Since our inception as an organization in 2009, we have been instrumental in the following:
- Assisted in the efforts to successfully terminate South Carolina Senate Bill 30 when initially proposed in 2009, and its identical successors in subsequent years. As documented, this bill would have had a severe impact to every owner association in the state.
- Placed a member of our board of directors on the South Carolina Legislative Action Committee. This subcommittee of the Community Associations Institute is the primary watchdog for state legislation affecting HOAs and POAs. Their efforts and positive communications with our elected officials resulted in the passage of the South Carolina Homeowners Association Act, which was signed into law in May of 2018. This common-sense legislation places additional responsibilities on SC HOAs and POAs without being burdensome or costly.
- Conducted a workshop that detailed the specific requirements of the above new law to ensure that our members are aware of and prepared to administer the new requirements that this law places on HOAs/POAs. More than half of our members participated in the workshop.
- Administered numerous information-sharing requests for owners and neighborhoods on matters such as security, by-laws, liens, web site creation, septic systems, paving, reserves, and cost reduction of neighborhood lighting. We have accomplished this through surveys and also by facilitating communications between specific POAs experiencing similar issues.
- Conducted numerous seminars, workshops, and information meetings covering topics specific to the management of POAs/HOAs that included taxes, accounting, covenant enforcement, board member liability, D&O insurance, communications, and lakeshore restrictions. Each session was conducted by an expert in the field, the cost of which was borne by the organization at no additional charge to our members.
- Seated an active Board of Directors, representing a variety of neighborhoods, with the single-minded focus of helping to improve the effectiveness of community oversight organizations in the upstate.
We are proud that our membership includes a variety of neighborhoods across three counties. These neighborhoods range from very large to very small traditional HOAs/POAs that require compulsory membership and some that are strictly voluntary owner associations. We even represent one community that is an informal group of interested neighbors, not an HOA or POA.