History of South Carolina HOA laws
Not much to tell…
South Carolina is one of the few states that still does not control the responsibilities and actions of developers who control community associations. For a decade or more, state lawmakers have been aware of HOA problems, and many bills to resolve the problems have come before the legislature. S.16, S.18, H.3248, and S.1176 are among the newest and latest. All have failed—failed as miserably as our lawmakers have failed to protect homeowners.
An HOA collects and disburses anywhere from multiple thousands to multiple millions of dollars annually. The majority of collections comes from fees homeowners pay their HOAs. Sadly, many homeowners have no oversight of how their HOA spends their money.
Many, many of us would like to see a comprehensive bill that would help all of the estimated one-quarter of our population now living in the state’s estimated 6,700 HOA-governed communities. We are told, however, that such a bill would never pass the legislature.
Thus, the bill we support is small, simple, and cost-free to the state. It would have a much better chance of passing than does a comprehensive bill. Once a small bill passes, we hope it would be easier to add other important provisions later.
Democracy dies in darkness