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HOA-POA reform group drawing momentum

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Next meeting Jan. 20 at BEMC

By Laura Lewis, Reporter

A nonprofit group pushing for homeowners and property owners association reform in the state legislature is gaining momentum, an organizer says.

Since forming two years ago, Homeowners for Education Advocacy & Rights (HEAR4NC) has expanded its advisory board and garnered the interest of Realtors, group organizer Ole Madsen said.

HEAR’S next meeting was scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. at 795 U.S. 17, Shallotte.

This month’s meeting presentation and topic is “how to remove members of your (HOA or POA) board,” Madsen said.

HEAR also has two bills pending before the state legislature this legislative session, Madsen said. He urges interested residents to attend the meeting to hear more about what needs to be done to ensure the legislation passes relating to state laws governing HOA and POA boards.

“We have to get our two bills out of rules and onto the floor as soon as possible,” Madsen said. The session officially starts May 14.

House Bill 871 gives the North Carolina Real Estate Commission authority to administer and license community property managers.

House Bill 883 requires an HOA or POA executive board to take four hours of education on North Carolina General Statute 47F governing the boards “or matters the NCREC deems necessary.”

 

HEAR meetings

HEAR participants will now be meeting at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month at BEMC.

A subsequent meeting of the New Hanover County Chapter for HEAR4NC meeting is 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 21, at New Hanover County’s Northeast Regional Library at 1241 Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington. The Tuesday meeting this month is because of the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday. Wilmington meetings are normally at 10 a.m. on third Mondays at the library.

Featured speaker at HEAR meetings in February will be Al Ripley, director of the Consumer & Housing Project with the N.C. Justice Center.

“He is a person of interest and has helped us with the legislative process,” Madsen said.

For information on HEAR membership, email Madsen at hear4nc@gmail.com or call 336-210-5959. The website is

www.hear4nc.org

 

Laura Lewis is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.