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Andrew Fortin

Andrew S. Fortin is the Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Associa. He works to engage government officials, the media and clients in building stronger community associations and help shape laws that support vibrant community associations.
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HOA News: South Carolina Legislature releases New HOA Report

Posted by Andrew Fortin on Feb 2, 2016 6:30:00 AM

This post was first published on LinkedIn Pulse and reprinted with permission.

The South Carolina legislature released their long-awaited report on challenges in Common Interest Communities. The legislature addressed isues ranging from document disclosures, to board education to manager licensing, but found little consensus on how to address these issues.


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Florida's "Home Tax" Bill Means Higher Homeowner Fees

Posted by Andrew Fortin on Jan 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM
This post was first published on LinkedIn Pulse and reprinted with permission.
 
Associa, the industry’s leading community management company, testified in opposition to Florida Senate Bill (SB) 722 in a hearing of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee in Tallahassee.   The bill, if it becomes law, would add unnecessary government regulation and could lead to higher fees for homeowners living in planned communities, which currently includes more than nine million Floridians.
 

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California Condos: It's Time to Consider FHA Approval

Posted by Andrew Fortin on Jan 21, 2016 4:39:00 PM

This post was first published on LinkedIn Pulse and reprinted with permission.

Changes to pre-sale disclosure packets in California become effective in July and will require all California condominiums to disclose to potential buyers if the condo association is approved for mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or by the Veterans Administration (VA).


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Quick Tips for Accommodating Veterans and Their Service Animals in Your Community

Posted by Andrew Fortin on Nov 10, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Each November 11, we honor those who have served our country with a national day of remembrance and thanks, Veteran’s Day. In 2015 there were more than 19 million Veterans in the United States. Of this group of heroes, more than 3.6 million of them have some form of disability related to their service. Increasingly, disabled veterans and others enjoy the benefits of service animals to assist them with life functions. Chances are that your community has a veteran living among you. For those with the need for a service dog, we can honor their service by understanding the role of service dogs and working to accommodate their needs in our condominiums and HOAs.


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Topics: Community Living

The Stakes are High as the Priority Lien Law Battle in Nevada Heats Up

Posted by Andrew Fortin on Jun 8, 2015 5:51:00 PM

What happens when a unit owner in an association doesn’t or can’t pay their assessments?

This question was at the core of an epic debate in the Nevada Assembly this year. Nevada, like more than 21 other states, has what is called a “Super-Priority Lien” law. The law requires that in the event of a foreclosure the first party to get paid money owed is the association. Such laws were passed to help protect the finances of associations who maintain community amenities, services, insurance and property which enhance the value of all units in the community.


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