Saturday, March 31, 2012

Homeowners, legislators want HOA rules to move forward for Myrtle Beach area

For Pat Howard, a Murrells Inlet homeowner, it’s been one issue after another with his homeowners’ association.

From money being spent on items the community wasn’t aware of, to an increase in late fees, to an insurance amendment without homeowners’ approval -- the list of complaints goes on and on.

It’s time, he says, for the state to step up and start overseeing homeowners associations.

Howard’s situation is one of numerous complaints some residents have about homeowners associations and how those groups use their power. They and local legislators say there’s a need to govern HOAs in South Carolina, which doesn’t oversee the groups.

It's the same story that has been playing out in various states for at least the past two decades. HOA reform is stuck the familiar wash, rinse, repeat cycle.

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