Saturday, April 05, 2014

27-home subdivision disbands homeowners association, reverts to control of Smithfield City - The Herald Journal: Allaccess

27-home subdivision disbands homeowners association, reverts to control of Smithfield City - The Herald Journal: Allaccess: SMITHFIELD — A 27-home subdivision has opted to disband its homeowners association and revert to the control of Smithfield City, a move that was approved by the Smithfield City Council.

The 5-1 vote regarding the Three Creeks subdivision took place during the council meeting on Wednesday, March 26. Councilmember Brent Buttars was the lone nay.

The subdivision first sought the change in January, but more information was needed before a vote could take place.

Under the final terms approved by the council, the homeowners agreed to contribute a one-time lump sum of around $20,000 to the city to partly offset the city’s costs in taking care of the subdivision near 700 Canyon Rd.


Privatopia, Utah sector, just got a little smaller.

Debate grows over concealed weapons at community associations -

Debate grows over concealed weapons at community associations -

"Physical assaults are uncommon, but they happen, according to the 2012 national survey "Violence in Homeowner Associations," conducted by the Community Associations Institute. The 1,314 respondents included managers, staffers and homeowners.

Among the respondents, 13 percent reported they had been physically assaulted one or more times by an angry resident, and 52 percent reported they had been threatened with physical violence one or more times by such a resident.

Associations rightly should be worried, said association attorney Marvin Nodiff in St. Louis. Concealed carry was legalized in Missouri in 2004.

"I call it a time bomb," he said. "At some point, we will have an angry meeting and someone will shoot off a gun."


Here's irony for you.  The gun lobby has been telling people the government is coming for their guns, which is complete nonsense. There isn't the slightest prospect for federal gun control legislation. Congress couldn't even bring itself to pass a background check law after the massacre at Sandy Hook.  And in any event, the current Supreme Court is almost as protective of gun owners as they are of rich people and big business.  But in the real world, HOA and condo boards really do have the power to ban guns, unless the laws of their state say they can't. And there are reasons they might want to ban guns, such as liability for accidential shootings and fear that the local angry owner will take up arms against perceived private tyranny--which has already happened a few times. Maybe in states with strong gun cultures, BODs will be less likely to interfere with gun owners' rights, but in Chicago guns were banned until recently, so I can see boards freaking out and enacting gun bans.

Homeowners’ association challenges judge’s ruling

Homeowners’ association challenges judge’s ruling: DADE CITY —

"The Bayhead Landings Property Owners Association, which battled one of its members in court over wheelchair access, has appealed a judge’s ruling that its deed restrictions expired more than three years ago.

County Judge William Sestak agreed with three Bayhead Landings homeowners that the association board failed to follow its own procedures for extending the neighborhood deed restrictions in 2010. He issued a court order March 24 ruling that the deed restrictions and covenants expired on Jan. 1, 2011."


And the saga continues..

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Bill would make homeowner association meetings accessible to all

Bill would make homeowner association meetings accessible to all: Despite feeling defeated the Whitts took their issue to Senator Wilton Simpson who introduced Bill 1450, requiring all homeowner association meetings to be accessible to handicapped people.

"It's for everybody that's disabled," said John. "There is veterans fighting wars coming back disabled and I wouldn't want him to go through what I went through."

The homeowners association says it has tried to accommodate the Whitts’ needs several times and it doesn’t understand their specific requests.


Sometimes a failure to communicate can have broad repercussions.

The threat of bankruptcy may be a new source of competitive advantage in post-recession urban politics

Interesting take on the post-crash dynamics facing cities. Expenses that were long considered untouchable may now be on the chopping bankruptcy court.  And the threat of Chapter Nine proceedings changes the dynamics of negotiation with public employee unions.