National Condo & HOA News

Waltham woman pleads guilty to embezzling $350K from condo complex

A Waltham woman admitted over the summer to embezzling about $350,000 from a condominium complex, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.   Read more……..

Agencies deny responsibility after sinkhole forms in neighborhood (SC)

She’s been calling Lancaster County, the developer and her homeowners association for weeks now, trying to find out who’s responsible for fixing it.  She and ...

Laurel (MD) condo association wants city to adopt private road

Frustrated by increased public use of their private road, a Laurel condominium group wants the city to assume control and properly maintain Dorset Road.   ...

EL Nino Hits Southern California’s HOA’s

Floods, mudslides, and leaking roofs will ruin your Southern California winter with El Nino in full force. Drought-ridden California is dreaming of a rainy winter ...

Four Firefighters Hurt in Illinois Condo Fire

A “mayday call” was made during a fire in Riverdale, a Chicago suburb, and four firefighters were hospitalized during the extra-alarm blaze that damaged a ...

Brighton Council Votes Against Gated Community at Pine Creek

The streets in the subdivision are now public, but its homeowners’ association is asking that the subdivision be gated and open only to Pine Creek ...

Camarillo Springs (CA) insurance coverage murky

Some residents of the senior gated community have been getting conflicting information. Debris flows on Nov. 1 and Dec. 12 destroyed 10 homes and damaged ...

Condo complex residents pitch-in for children in need (MA)

Our Toys for Tots collection effort here at 22News wrapped up on Monday, but residents of the Cedar Ridge condominium community in Wilbraham are now ...

Ignored chimney maintenance caused Gill condominium fire (MA)

The investigation into a Friday condo fire points to a lack of upkeep as the cause of the blaze.  “Investigators believe that a lack of ...

Families forced from condo after building deemed unsafe (RI)

A local condominium was deemed unsafe one week before Christmas, forcing families out of their homes.  The River Haven Condominium is empty and residents are ...

How liable are condo board members for bad decisions?

What exactly is the “business judgment rule?” I have a problem with my condominium board, and the condo attorney keeps referring to this as a ...

Haile HOA first to be cited under county’s irrigation ordinance (FL)

Management Specialist Services, the property management company that takes care of the landscaped areas near neighborhood entrances and other common areas for the homeowners association ...

Recent Condo & HOA Articles From Around the Web

3 Tips for Successful Association Budgeting

It’s the end of the year and that means that you need to be thinking about preparing your budget for 2015. Budgeting can be tricky ...

Making it Fair: Transparency in Homeowner Communications

Openness. Honest communication. Accountability. People respond positively to these words because they convey fairness – a trait that we are trained to understand and seek ...

Where There’s Smoke … Developing Sound Fire-Safety Policies

One only needs to watch the news regularly to understand the devastation that a fire can have on a home or community whatever the time ...

Disaster Management: Expecting the Best, Preparing for the Worst

While the Boston Marathon bombing of April 2013 stands as the biggest catastrophe to befall the New England area in recent years, residents must be ...

Tips to Help HOA Board Members Manage Homeowner Forums

All meetings of the HOA board, excluding executive sessions, are open meetings. A required part of every homeowners association Board meeting is the homeowners forum ...

Your Board’s Presence Is Present Enough: Don’t forget to say “Thank you” this holiday season

We’ve all received the party invitation with a note letting us know that gifts are not requested–Your presence is present enough. Some of us take ...

Proposed Legislation Requires Mandatory Service on the Board

Just kidding. Playing through the scenario, though, what if being “elected” to the board was like being called for jury duty? Homeowners’ names are fed ...

Improve Your Property Management Company’s Efficiency with a Smart Technology Strategy

Throughout the preceding decades, savvy managers have leveraged new technologies to save time, build efficiency, and gain a competitive advantage. In the 1980s the PC ...

Security vs. Scrutiny: Does Security Trump Privacy for Condo Residents?

Providing safety and security is important, but condominium security providers consider each location a unique challenge. Without caution, an attempt to provide security can backfire, ...

Neighborhood Watch Groups: Looking Out for Each Other

It’s often said that safety starts at home—and while many HOAs spend lots of money on sophisticated security and access control systems to protect residents ...

How To Get A Crowd At Your Next Annual Meeting

Does your community have its annual meeting planned? Are you wondering how to get your members there? We have compiled four simple tips to help ...

Ownership, Maintenance, and Insurance Obligations in Community Associations

It is reasonable to think that owners of real property are responsible for maintaining and insuring that property. In community associations, however, the maintenance and ...

Legal & Legislative News

AB 2188, Changes Solar Energy System Restrictions in HOAs

Solar energy technology has advanced considerably over the years. It is arguably the cleanest renewable energy source available. Modern technology is capable of harnessing this ...

New Appellate Ruling Limits Lenders’ Liability for Assessments (FL)

With so many mortgages having been sold off by their original lenders to other lenders during the foreclosure crisis, a ruling last week by the ...

Developing Issues in Utah Construction Defect Litigation

Following the Utah Supreme Court’s decision in Davencourt at Pilgrim’s Landing Homeowners’ Association v. Davencourt at Pilgrim’s Landing, which clarified the law regarding the claims ...

Boards Must Move Quickly to Rent Units Pursuant to Collection Forcible Orders in 2015 (IL)

The relevant provisions of the Illinois Forcible Entry and Detainer code provisions governing collection actions for unpaid assessments will change in the new year. Specifically, ...

(CO) Emergency Rule-Making Hearing Scheduled for Manager Licensure

The Colorado Division of Real Estate is gearing up to get the rulemaking process rolling on the new manager licensure law that goes into effect ...

Minn. Supreme Court Rules Against Insurance Company in Key Storm Damage Dispute

A small Eagan condo association took a Fortune 500 insurance company all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court — and won. And the ruling ...

Oregon Court Denies HOA’s Effort to Proceed Against Subcontractors for Construction Defect

In Liberty Oaks Homeowner’s Ass’n v. Liberty Oaks, LLC, 2014 Ore. App. LEXIS 1696, the Liberty Oaks Homeowners’ Association (“HOA”) sued the developers of townhomes, ...

New Illinois Ruling Enforces Cause of Action Accrual Provisions and Holds that Express Indemnity Claims In A Construction Contract Are Subject to a 10 Year Statute of Limitations

The Appellate Court for First District of Illinois recently issued a decision with two important holdings for construction lawyers. First, the court held that a ...

Waltz v. Tanager Estates HOA and Individual Board Member Liability

The Washington State Court of Appeals, Division III recently published an opinion concerning the standard of care that is required of the board of directors ...

South Carolina senators Rankin, Jackson prefile bills aimed at regulating HOAs

After taking testimony across the state from homeowners frustrated by their homeowners associations, state lawmakers have filed separate bills aimed at making HOAs more tolerable. ...

Bill would force HOAs to allow fake grass

California homeowner associations would be forced to allow artificial turf in front yards under a bill recently proposed by the San Diego County Water Authority. ...

Bill headed to Quinn would bolster condo owners’ rights

Its taken years of work and negotiation but a bill headed to Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk attempts to mollify what can be an acrimonious relationship ...

Op/Ed

N.J. Supreme Court decision clarifies rules for condo associations, other properties: Opinion

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and a unanimous New Jersey Supreme Court issued this week a virtual emancipation proclamation for the million and a half residents ...

The Return of FHA Spot Condo Loans?

This past weekend, I was mentioned in a Ken Harney article (shameless self-promotion). He called me two weeks ago to revisit a topic that we ...

CONDO-MONIUM? Multi-family’s single headache hurting Aurora and state (CO)

“Condos were a great stepping stone for individuals and families looking to gain ownership experience, but we don’t have that anymore,” she said. “Individuals that ...

State must fix rules on Colorado condo construction (Denver Post editorial)

Credit the city of Lakewood for passing an ordinance to challenge Colorado’s vexing construction defects law, which has hampered the building of new condominiums. Even ...

HOA rules or fly the flag wherever you want?

There is something about homeowners associations (HOA) that get people riled up.  It’s the same thing when you talk about the American flag and where ...

HOA fraud (NV) case shows disdain for public access

It’s bad enough when federal judges, federal court administrators and federal prosecutors work together to block press and public access to the justice system. But ...

Gated communities and elitism: Planning commissioners argue they are ‘not Ann Arbor’

The Ann Arbor Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night in favor of annexing a 5.34-acre property along Ann Arbor-Saline Road into the city limits.  But ...

Leisure World of Maryland: Governance Needs To Be Certified- (Follow Up)

As President of the Leisure World of Maryland resident advocacy organization “JustUs”, I want to thank Councilman Leventhal and his staff for honoring my request ...

FL: Is Condo Litigation Wave Looming?

The sheer amount of condominium construction, coupled with reports of a shortage of skilled workers working on those condominiums, suggests another boom in condominium defects ...

Dear FHA: Please Loosen Lending Requirements!

With single family home prices continuing to rise, many homeowners are electing to downsize by purchasing more affordable condominium units. Additionally, a condominium is now ...

Homeowner’s Associations – The Perfect Storm of Corporate Cronyism and Legislative and Judicial Abuse of Constitutional Rights

Pennsylvania Congressional candidate offers his opinion about legalities of associations.      Read more…….

Why the Supreme Court (NV) Decision on HOA Foreclosures Is Good News for Everyone

Lenders and investors are squaring off in Las Vegas over the recent Supreme Court ruling that stated that Homeowners Associations (HOAs) have the authority to ...

Canada Condo & HOA News

Couple refuses to let condo go up in cigarette smoke

A couple in St. John’s with a baby on the way are concerned about second-hand cigarette smoke seeping into their condominium.  Ryan Peyton and Jayn ...

Broken elevator leaves disabled man stranded in condo for over a week (AB)

A Calgary man with cerebral palsy says he’s been trapped in his second floor condo for more than a week because the elevator is out ...

Condo corporations must tread carefully on status certificates

A major decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal last week has raised the bar on the level of due diligence required by condominium corporations ...

Condo Scene: Buyer beware — some legal advice before you jump in

If you’re thinking of buying a condo, there are legal matters you need to consider. When it comes to condo advice, lawyers Joshua Sprague and ...

Condo Smarts: How sections work within a strata corporation

Dear Tony: Do you have any idea what is happening with strata corporations who have sections? We are getting all kinds of pressure from our ...

Looking Forward: New Legal Requirements for 2015 (ON)

There are plenty of important legislative changes coming into force in January 2015. Some apply to condominiums, some apply only to larger condominiums. Some apply ...

Manitoba Securities Commission to hear condo trust fund allegations

A Winnipeg property manager is facing allegations he used funds he should have held in trust to pay off a personal debt.    The Manitoba ...

Condo Smarts: Council’s failure to communicate dismays owners

Dear Tony: I live in a 72-unit townhouse complex in the South Okanagan. Our buildings have been relatively well maintained and now we’re coming due ...

Keeping track can help condo board meetings stay on track

Q:  Who is supposed to conduct the board meeting? I find our meetings go on and on and nothing gets accomplished. Do you have any ...

Man found dead after condo fire in Estevan

A fire at a condominium complex in Estevan has claimed a man’s life.  Police say 40-year-old Michael Mure likely died of smoke inhalation after the ...

Injured condo resident’s car impounded because of expired plate

Owners and renters are being warned to read their condominium corporation bylaws carefully after an Edmonton man had his car impounded.  Taylor Getschel’s 2001 Saturn ...

Bill 9 criticized by condo group, opposition parties (AB)

The government’s new condo act is being criticized by opposition parties and the northern Alberta chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI).Bill 9 attempts to ...