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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW...
 
The HOA bill supported by ChangeTheBoard.Org has been resubmitted to the state legislature. The bill, S.106, would free homeowners from the “taxation without representation” that plagues HOAs controlled by developers in South Carolina. 

Most important, S.106 is the ONLY bill submitted this year that would give homeowners insight into, and oversight of, their developer-controlled HOA.

When you email your state representatives to support or oppose certain provisions of this year’s batch of HOA bills, please tell your lawmaker to support S.106 too. More on contacting your reprentatives below.
 
Again, Thank You Senator Greg Gregory!
Once again, Senator Greg Gregory (District 16, Lancaster and York counties) has filed an HOA “sunshine” bill in the Senate. The sunshine bill, S.106, is one of seven bills submitted to the state legislature, which began its 2017-2018 session on January 11. Click to download and read the bill.

The seven bills—four from Horry County—show that our legislators have become increasingly aware of HOA injustices. 

S.106 would gradually phase elected homeowners onto an HOA Board of Directors beginning in the early stages of a community’s development. The number of homeowners on the Board would increase as the builder sells and closes more homes in a community. Finally, at 90 percent build-out and closure, elected homeowners would fill all seats on a Board. 

If enacted into law, bill S.106 would provide transparency into the management of our HOAs that are controlled by developers. 

In addition to Senator Gregory’s help, Lancaster County’s newly elected representative, Brandon Newton, assure us of his help. “I do support Senator Gregory's bill on HOA reform,” he assures us. “I hope that the Senate can get it through first, as it is the harder body to pass things through.” We thank Senator Gregory and Representative Newton for their support, as well as all remaining lawmakers who recognize the HOA issues troubling South Carolina.

The hope is that the Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on all HOA bills, incorporate the needed measures into a single bill, and approve it. With subsequent approval of the full Senate, House, and legislature, the bill would become law. 

Three Additional Senate HOA Bills, Two from Horry County
State senators prefiled three other HOA bills. None is comprehensive enough, however, to address the state’s need for protecting homeowners living under developer control in an HOA-governed community. Each bill appears to target one or more HOA problems in each senator’s own district. Click to see highlights of the Senate bills.
 
Three House HOA Bills, Two from Horry County
Click to see highlights of the three HOA bills prefiled in the House. 

View Full Text for All House & Senate HOA Bills
Senate
S.106 Change The Board Endorsed
S.82
S.104
S.122
 
House
H.3010
H.3065  
H.3301
Have You Contacted Your Legislator?
It’s time for our lawmakers to end their decade of dillydallying, stop kowtowing to developers, and pass a law to protect ALL homeowners—not just those with $7,500 claims! 

To contact your lawmaker, go to www.scstatehouse.gov. Click on Senators in the left-hand column and then on name of the senator you seek to contact. The Send a Message link will appear toward the top of the screen. To contact your representative, repeat the steps under House (right column).
 
When you email your lawmakers, add a quick summary of the oppression in your HOA. Then ask them to include the provisions of S.106 in any legislation that makes its way through the legislature.
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