ID Legislative Action

Idaho is a great place to live.   More and more Idahoans are choosing to live in homeowner associations and condominium associations. Idaho’s law needs to recognize this and to facilitate the effective operation of these associations. It is time for homeowner associations and condominium owner associations in Idaho to stand up and have our voices […]

FHA Extends Temporary Condo Project Approval Guide

On August 29, 2014 the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced the extension of its current condominium project approval guidelines for an additional two years.  Several of the key project approval guidelines were modified in 2012 to make it easier for many condominiums to obtain FHA approval.  Those modified guidelines were originally set to expire on […]

AZ Senate Bill 1278

In April 2013, Governor Brewer signed Senate Bill 1278-Parking on Public Streets, which is a law forbidding HOA’s that are formed after January 1, 2014 from regulating the public streets within a neighborhood. This gives some closure to a years-long battle driven by complaints to Arizona lawmakers from frustrated homeowner. When a subdivision is formed, […]

Be Prepared for Financial Disasters

If you think hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and floods won’t happen to you or that you don’t need to insure against these disasters, you’re among the nearly half of U.S. homeowners and renters who lack the insurance coverage to deal with potential losses, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). In a recent NAIC […]

Guns at HOA Meetings – Utah

Gun violence at HOA meetings is rare, but receives much media attention. No one will forget the tragic murders of two women and the wounding of three others in Arizona when a man opened fire during an HOA meeting in 2000. More recently is the shooting in Louisville, Kentucky, where a homeowner shot and killed […]

Guns and HOAs- Arizona

Gun violence at HOA meetings is rare, but receives much media attention. No one will forget the tragic murders of two women and the wounding of three others in Arizona when a man opened fire during an HOA meeting in 2000. More recently is the shooting in Louisville, Kentucky where a homeowner shot and killed […]

ID Senate Bill 1310

Press Release Quoting VF Law Attorneys Re: Senate Bill 1310 In order to address the issue of homeowner association fines in Idaho, Senate Bill 1310 represents the beginnings of a promising effort. This bill, with Senator Rice as the driving force, will streamline existing government regulations, reduce red tape, and minimize bureaucratic waste. “The laws […]

Solar Energy, HOAs, and HB 3516

In 2012, new legislation went into effect in Oregon involving the installation of solar energy systems on residential and commercial buildings. House Bill 3516 (2011 Oregon Laws Ch. 464, codified at ORS 215.439 and ORS 227.505) was enacted with the purpose of facilitating the installation and use of solar energy systems. The new law makes […]

Fraud and Embezzlement Challenges Handout

  With difficult economic times over the last several years, the community association industry has seen a rise in thefts and embezzlement in homeowner and condominium associations. Many associations believe their money is safe and it is difficult to steal funds belonging to the association.  This is an unfortunate and incorrect assumption. For the information […]

Garage Sales and Your HOA

As the weather starts to turn from winter to spring, a great transformation happens in this part of the country: people begin to come out of their homes and start spending more time outdoors. With the increase in yard work, outdoor recreational activities, and leisurely strolls through the neighborhood, a great American past-time begins to […]