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Lancaster County, SC • Change The Board announces statewide effort to pass a new HOA law. The proposed bill aims at protecting thousands of homeowners in the Palmetto State.
 
Panhandle Seniors Seek New Law to Protect Homeowners in Palmetto State

 
Yet another group—this one composed of seniors in the Panhandle of Lancaster County—is seeking a state law to protect homeowners governed by unregulated, developer-controlled Homeowners Associations (HOAs).
 
The group, called Change The Board, is seeking a law focusing only on communities in which the developer has maintained or is maintaining majority control of the Board of Directors of the Homeowners Association, with resulting damages to homeowners. (Read the proposed bill at www.ChangeTheBoard.Org.)
 
In a two-pronged approach, the group is seeking both to catalog the questionable or unfair practices of the state’s developer-controlled HOAs and to gain the support of other homeowners governed by similar HOAs.
 
Change The Board notes that South Carolina is with the minority of states that offer virtually no protection to homeowners governed by developer-controlled HOAs. The group is now working with their legislator to get an HOA bill introduced into the state’s 2015 legislative session.
 
The group also is asking homeowners to contact them if they now live, or recently have lived, in a development with a developer-controlled HOA that has caused serious issues. (Construction issues are generally not a part of an HOA’s responsibility.) Change The Board would like to hear from them and, eventually, use their input to convince the legislature that HOA laws are essential for creating a healthy living and business environment in the state. (Contact the group at Changetheboard@att.net).  
 
A few of the relevant HOA issues thus far discovered include the following:
  • Secretly subsidizing HOA expenses, resulting in a dramatic rise in monthly HOA fees homeowners paid when the developer left the community—a not uncommon practice that developers may employ to entice buyers.
  • Holding years of secret HOA Board of Director meetings that did not allow homeowners to address tens of thousands of dollars in overcharges of HOA fees or any other serious community issues—for eight years.
  • Underfunding of reserve funds budgeted to pay for the development’s long-term maintenance needs—for example, maintenance of roofs, pools, air conditioners and the like. In one well-publicized case, homeowners were assessed $7,000 for three succeeding months to make up for undercharges. Those who could not pay lost their homes.
In addition, Change The Board hopes that other homeowners living in the state’s estimated 6,500 HOA-governed communities will contact their legislative representative to support an HOA law or sign a petition to support the bill presented on www.ChangeTheBoard.Org
 
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