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November 8, 2004 | C-IHC.org news
Bill # S-2016 was introduced by Senator Shirley Turner (D) District 15, (Mercer)

An Open Letter to NJ Legislators 

The introduction of this bill is the culmination of many years of hard work by members and supporters of C-IHC who understood the desperate need to bring about democratic reform in homeowner associations (HOAs) and used their voice as the instrument for such reform. The bill is based not only on the vast experiences of our membership but also on the excellent recommendations submitted by the Assembly Task Force to Study Homeowner Associations a few years ago.

The C-IHC has always believed that the fundamental flaw in HOAs stemmed from the fact that HOAs are viewed as corporations. This corporate model has not worked, and will never work, because people are not meant to live in corporations. This bill  finally accomplishes what so many people have been yearning for: to recognize HOAs for what they really are—quasi-governmental entities rather than corporations. In so doing, the bill also sets into motion all the accompanying rights that naturally follow in a democratic setting; rights which have long been missing in the lives of homeowners. To access the bill please click on the following link: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2004/Bills/S2500/2016_I1.htm for a summary of the Bill's provisions see our Legislative Update.

The C-IHC is deeply grateful to Senator Turner for understanding the difficulties inherent in HOA living, for her unflinching support in this undertaking, and for her bold move in introducing such comprehensive reform. When this bill becomes law, not only will 1.5 million residents living in HOAs across this State enjoy basic civil rights, but New Jersey would be the first in the nation to have accomplished this feat!

 

 

 



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