Laws without enforcement are just recommendations

In response to a post by Maria Winlet on the FB page, “HOA Reform – stop the abuse”,  reporting an article by Jessica Boehm of The Arizona Republic, I posted the following on the FB page:

“Want to stop this flagrant abuse and lack of homeowner protection by pro-HOA biased legislation, here in az or in any other state? Let’s hope that the uniform law commission — creator of UCIOA and its failed 2008 bill of rights version — agrees to pursue a legitimate bill of rights focused on limiting HOA government and protecting member rights, as is the intent of the constitution’s bill of rights. Set to decide this Oct. 29th. * * * * the ULC scope committee is handling the review. Timothy Berg is the committee chair. You can send an email to info@uniformlaws.org attn T Berg with a reference to member bill of rights. They have my history of HOA member bill of rights as posted here and on my website. We must offset CAI’s influence.”

All advocates and homeowners need to do their part if substantive reforms are to become real.

UCIOA (HOA) revisions in the works

The Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act (UCIOA) and Uniform Condominium Act (UCA) are currently in draft mode. (Essentially, they are being treated as one). As a model for states to adopt as their HOA laws, UCIOA was first introduced in 1982 and currently has 9 states adopting some version of UCIOA and some 14 states adopting UCA, the uniform condo act.

Among the changes being considered are amendments to governing documents (§1-206), owners and duties of the association (§3-102), executive board members and officers (§3-103), voting and ballots (§3-110), and assessments (§3-115).

A meeting of the drafting committee will be held this Friday and Saturday, April 3 & 4. The committee consists of lawyers generally appointed by their state Governor. Invited to attend are persons who have indicated an interest in the workings of the committee, designated as Observers. Observers are expected to contribute to the discussion of the issues and can submit amendments for consideration. Sort of like a citizen submitting a proposed bill to his legislator.

Not to be surprised, former CAI president and active NJ CAI member David Ramsey is an Observer.

In 2008, in response to David Kahne’s AARP paper on HOA member rights and the works of others including political scientists, a Member Bill of Rights was adopted as a separate add-on to UCIOA. It never took off. And still the ULC (Uniform Law Commission) has not revisited constitutional protections for members in spite of several bills advancing those rights in 3 states.

Read more about the objectives and purpose of ULC.