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Hunting Season!
In almost every county in South Carolina, candidates for state office are hunting for votes and for money to fund their election campaigns. Several “meet the candidate” events have occurred in our own community, and more are slated in the coming weeks.
 
Every chance you get, speak to a state candidate—the legislators who represent you, along with any other state candidates you run into. Explain your own HOA-mismanagement issues to the candidates and ask them to support an HOA law. If you run out of issues to discuss, check out the landing page of
ChangeTheBoard.Org. The recently updated page lists unethical HOA actions from across the state. Unfortunately, the space accommodated only a tiny fraction of the “HOA sins” that supporters have reported to us.
 
Do your own hunting. If you like how your candidate responds and feel generous, write a check for a few dollars (or more) to the candidate’s election campaign. Your help could make a big difference! If you mail a check, please send a “Support-an-HOA-law” note with it.
 

Once and Again
Change The Board will once again work to get HOA bills submitted to the House and Senate. Senator Greg Gregory, who represents us in Indian Land, introduced our HOA bill in the Senate last year. He recently stated that he continues to support us. In addition, both our candidates for Representative—Brandon Newton (R ) and Tyler Mitchell (D)—say they are onboard with our HOA bill. We hope to see our legislators pre-file our bill again in both the House and Senate by the end of the year. (See the provisions of last year’s bill below.)
 
CTB will continue to keep you informed of any events relating to an HOA bill.
 

Last Year’s Bill
We are assuming a newly introduced bill would mirror last year’s bill, S.1176. Obviously, there is a need in South Carolina for a comprehensive HOA bill, but we have been told repeatedly that the bill below is what has the best chance of being enacted into law. For your review, here is the now-inactive bill (minus its lengthy definitions):
 

(B) The declarant of a common interest community must transfer control of the executive board to unit owners by phasing unit owners, elected by the unit owners, onto the executive board so that no later than sixty days after conveyance of:
(1) thirty-three percent of the units that may be created, at least twenty-five percent of the voting interest of the executive board is elected by unit owners other than the declarant;
(2) fifty percent of the units that may be created, at least thirty-three and one-third percent of the voting interest of the executive board is elected by unit owners other than the declarant;
(3) sixty-six and two-thirds percent of the units that may be created, at least forty-five percent of the voting interest of the executive board is elected by unit owners other than the declarant; and
(4) ninety percent of the units that may be created, at least fifty-one percent of the voting interest of the executive board is elected by unit owners other than the declarant.
(C) The provisions of this section apply to all common interest communities created within this State after December 31, 2016.

 
Keeping in Touch
CTB will continue to keep you informed of any events relating to an HOA bill. Meanwhile, we welcome your HOA “horror stories” and your comments. Email us at ChangeTheBoard@att.net.
 
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