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Colorado bills limit HOA’s power to foreclose
Colorado legislators are considering two bills that would require HOAs to offer a payment plan for delinquent homeowners before pursuing foreclosure and expect community managers to be professionally credentialed. “It’s important to remember that HOAs are nonprofit organizations,” says Westwind Property Association Business Manager Jessica Hanson. “We’re not out there to make money off the hard times of others. Any way we can work with people to get them caught up on their dues is good for the whole community.” Community Media of Colorado/Centennial Citizen (Colorado)

Fighting rental properties

The Southeast University Neighborhood Association has been fighting back against an invasion for decades. “We’re not squeamish about living with students,” says Michael Stanton, head of the homeowners association, known as SEUNA. “The thing is that, if the current trend continues, there won’t be any families. In a matter of years, they’ll all be replaced by rentals.” But SEUNA’s fight is not so much against students, but the landlords that buy homes, divide them up, and rent them to students. Stanton argues that’s lowering property values and the quality of life in the neighborhood.  Innovation Trail (New York)

Arbitrator: HOA boards bear specific legal responsibilities
When a homeowners association isn’t meeting its duties to repair issues and maintain common property areas, it’s best for homeowners to attend board meetings en masse instead of contacting the association’s management company, arbitrator Donie Vanitzian writes. “Owners should put the board on notice that failure to make repairs is a potential liability to the association,” Vanitzian writes. “If no visible progress occurs, individual owners or any group of owners may choose to enforce the board’s obligations to repair by filing a lawsuit against the association and its directors.” Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Homeowner’s association seeks private well

A local homeowner’s association wants to drill a private well, transgress the public right of way and bore under public streets to provide irrigation and water for a private swimming pool. The Cascade Addition Homeowner’s Association wants to install five underground street crossings in the public right of way. HOA President Vince DiCastro said in addition to saving the HOA about $13,000 annually, the private well would allow the HOA to take its swimming pool and irrigation system off of city water, freeing up millions of gallons for other uses. The Norman Transcript (Oklahoma)

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