|State regulations for HOA's|
Q. Should the state have power over homeowner associations?
A. Only if you decide you want it and legislators agree.
Although regulation of homeowner associations has been rebuffed by state lawmakers since 1981, it does stand a chance during the 2009 legislative session that begins in March, Robaina said.
"More legislators are seeing the need for something to be done about unregulated boards," agreed Jan Bergemann, president of the volunteer Cyber Citizens group. "They are being flooded with complaints from owners and in the last few years, owners have become better organized."
The main issue, Robaina and Bergemann predict, will be if the state should enforce homeowner law like it does condo law. But to have enforcement, owners must pay. Currently, every condo association pays the state $4 a year per unit for enforcement and education.
Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel
By Joe Kollin
Published July 16, 2008