I-Team Investigates: Homeowners Associations

(12/07/04) HAMILTON Some New Jersey residents who have complaints about the strict authority of homeowners associations may soon have new legislation at their side.

State Senator Shirley Turner (D-District 15) has authored a bill that would give some residents more power to fight fees and fines. The bill will allow homeowners to take associations to arbitration over disputed issues, which would be welcome relief to some homeowners who say their hands are often tied.

However, some association officials in the state say the bill could be dangerous. One official claims charges often need to be increased for routine maintenance. According to a member of the Community Associations Institute, the legislation could lead to the slums of the future.

Turners bill is currently in a Senate committee.

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