Homeowners in Nevada band together for ‘Save My Community’ initiative
In an effort to get their voices heard about important bills that will affect their communities and futures, hundreds of homeowners have banded together to take part in a “Save My Community” coalition.
The Grassroots Initiative Committee, which has members in both northern and southern Nevada, is attempting to raise awareness on the important aspects of HOAs and living in communities that maintain their integrity and viability.
The homeowners targeted by our message are the ones who support their HOAs and want to keep their communities and property values safe,” said Paul Terry, Grassroots Executive Council member and partner of Anguis & Terry, LLP. “They are in the midst of conveying pertinent messages to legislators that will let them hear about the other side — that HOAs have an important role in our lives and any legislation that harms them should be reviewed with caution.”
Among some of the homeowners’ concerns are bills that will create more bureaucracy, red tape and expense for themselves and their neighbors and bills that will limit their community’s ability to collect the funds that sustain it and to use those funds in a responsible and efficient manner. The homeowners want their opinion to be heard that the elected officials shouldn’t continue creating legislation that serves special interest groups that don’t live across the privately maintained street, swim in the community pool, or jog the trails of the community park.
The Save My Community effort was spawned by homeowners after a grassroots initiative was formed through the non-profit Community Associations Institute. The goal of the grassroots initiative was to recruit, educate and organize homeowners to deliver a unified message to legislators and address legislation that could negatively impact their common interest communities. With the overwhelming majority of HOAs being run fairly, the group decided to take a stand and not let negative influencers take control of their communities’ destinies.
“The homeowners realized that a ‘voice’ directly from them — the voters — would get the message across more clearly than hearing it from lobbyists or organizations directly,” said Terry. “These are the people directly helped or hurt by laws that get passed. It’s in everyone’s best interest to think about the long-term effects of what emerges from the decisions during this legislative session.”
Currently, the Save My Community volunteers are addressing and closely watching bills including Assembly Bill 34, which would create additional expenses for Associations during the election process and hinder their ability to remedy unsightly minor maintenance issues quickly, and Senate Bill 222, which would eliminate a homeowner’s privacy and make every late fee waiver or payment plan request public.
“The big question is what happens to these Nevada communities if they are not saved?” said Terry. “These homeowners are proud to live in HOA communities. They need the legislators’ support now and in the future.”