Nate Johnson laid a packet of information at the seat of every Horry County legislative delegation member at Wednesday’s HOA hearing that was so thick that it had to be held together with one of those fancy, spring-controlled paper clips.
Johnson, the government affairs director for the Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors, had compiled all the comments homeowners have sent to the association’s website as well as a number of letters and petitions on issues that individuals have with their homeowners associations.
The delegation scheduled the hearing because of an upwelling this year in complaints against association boards and declarants, as developers are known as long as they control the associations.
Johnson had also figured how many comments CCAR had gotten about each HOA, developer or management company and listed those like chapters at the front of the packet.
Johnson said the association has received 60 emails in the last three months from a form on its website. It is still available at ccarsc.org. Click on “Legislative” on the bar at the top of the page and then on “HOA Feedback Form’ in the dropdown menu.
The association entered the discussion by adopting a legislative goal to make HOA documents available to prospective homeowners prior to closing.
Johnson called the feedback so far “huge.”
Johnson also plans to send the compilation to SC Realtors, the state association, which has joined the effort and plans to lend its lobbying heft -- which is considerable -- to the effort to pass HOA law(s) in next year’s legislative session.