Lawmakers in some states, including Missouri, are saying enough is enough. It’s time, they say, to take on a more aggressive role in regulating the $85 billion HOA industry. The Star examined HOAs in an August series.
An Olathe HOA has filed a police report and called a special meeting to discuss a “significant” budget shortfall. Parkhill Manor also has filed a lawsuit demanding its former property manager return its "records and bank accounts."
Kansas lawmakers have stifled an effort to make HOAs more accountable by placing their oversight under the Kansas Attorney General’s office. Lawmakers shot down House Bill 2629 last week after a 36-minute debate on the House floor.
Scott Wircenske sued his Olathe homes association because it wouldn't let him see the HOA's financial records. Now, he's supporting a bill in the Kansas House that would require the attorney general to investigate complaints against HOAs.
The Avignon Villa Homes Community Association in Olathe has decided to no longer allow a family to park a car in its own driveway overnight. The HOA says it must maintain “the integrity of the neighborhood.”
Homeowners associations in Missouri would be required to undergo audits and make financial records available to members under proposals now before the General Assembly. Proponents say the measures will safeguard homeowners, but some homeowner advocates say the proposals will instead protect the $85 billion HOA industry.