Latest Condo & HOA News

View all posts

Residents upset over piles of trash at Orlando (FL) condo complex

Trashy, smelly, a nuisance: All words that could be used to describe what people in an Orange County condo complex

Vestavia Hills (AL) accountant charged with stealing from condo association, youth softball league

A Vestavia Hills woman, who has worked as an accountant for two decades, was arrested for allegedly stealing from a

After Tragic Condo Fire, District Seeks Community Feedback On Possible Changes To Code (MO)

When four children were killed in a tragic fire at Compass Pointe Condominiums, the community and public officials began looking

Grant PUD claims Sunland homeowner agreement null and void (WA)

The Grant County PUD is contending that violations by other landowners have nullified the covenant agreed to by homeowners in

Missing child found dead in South Jersey condo complex pool

Two hours after an intensive search that involved bloodhounds and a State Police helicopter began just after 9 p.m., authorities

HarborView Towers (MD) condo association seeks bankruptcy

The condominium owners association at the HarborView Towers has filed for bankruptcy-law protection from its creditors after its bank accounts

Pocket neighborhood a new housing concept in wide-open west

In June 2015, he began work on Crow Peak Places, which when finished will add 13 new homes near downtown

Snuffing out the smokers in condominium buildings

Even as of a few years ago, it was almost unheard of for a condominium building to go nonsmoking. Apparently

Latest Condo & HOA Articles

View all posts

Solving the Social Media Problem

Why does social media so frequently go sour in HOAs when it works great in most non-HOA neighborhoods? Can the

7 Mistakes New HOA Board Members Should Avoid

Congrats, you’re the newest HOA board member in your community! Chances are if you made the move to get elected

Enforcement of CC&R’s

Condominium and homeowner association CC&Rs are, in many ways, similar to contracts. If one party breaches the terms of the

4 Tips for Handling Construction Defects

Locating and fixing construction defects is one part of an association’s job, and there are a lot of different types

The Types of Board Members in a Condo Association

Board members in a Condo Association come in many varieties, but at the end of the day, they’re either bad

Master-Planned Communities Look to Innovative Future

Developers of master-planned communities (MPCs) must innovate to remain relevant, said Kathleen B. Cecilian, a ULI governor and chief executive

Protecting Your Biz: How do community associations legally cover themselves?

Community Associations, just like businesses, need to ensure that they are legally protected at all times. They are responsible for

Business is Never Personal: How to Keep Your Community Association Board Meetings Drama Free

We’ve all been there. Stuck in a meeting where two or more people get into a heated discussion or worse,

Legal & Legislative News & Articles

View all posts

Condo owners lose property-insurance case (FL)

In a dispute over property-insurance coverage, the Florida Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from condominium owners in Palm

High court: Condo policy violates foreclosure law (WI)

The state’s highest court on Friday found that a Lake Geneva condominium association’s policy involving certain assessments violated established foreclosure

A Quick Guide to the New Abu Dhabi Strata Law

For those in the real estate industry, the easiest way to understand the new Abu Dhabi strata law is to

Washington Supreme Court Issues Bilanko v. Barclay Court Opinion: 4/28/16

Bilanko is the most recent addition to the ongoing saga in Washington law and the enforceability of condominium declaration amendments

Colorado HB 16-1217: another administrative, mostly unenforceable HOA Bill

We have received several emails that have asked why we haven’t been excited about HB 16-1217 (see below). The presentation

Colo. Court Case Puts Spotlight on Special Districts That Issue Munis

A broad ruling by the Colorado Court of Appeals in a case of a developer’s egregious fraud has sent lawyers

Poinciana (FL) residents refile lawsuit against APV, Avatar

Three Poinciana homeowners filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Association of Poinciana Villages, Avatar Properties and the Village One Association,

(WA) Supreme Court Decides Bilanko – Upholds Rental Cap That Was Challenged Too Late

The Washington State Supreme Court has just issued its much anticipated ruling in Bilanko v. Barclay Court, dismissing a rental

Op/Ed Columns

View all posts

Mortgage Industry Scores Big Nevada Supreme Court Win in Continued Battle over HOA Super-Priority Liens

The mortgage lending community was dealt a serious blow in September 2014, when the Nevada Supreme Court held that an

Has HUD gone too far? The rights of criminals to live in your community

Anyone who believes that big government does not already intrude too far into the lives of the citizenry of the

Blackhawk HOA’s heavy-handedness leads to bigger conversation, expert says

The residents of Blackhawk, the upscale East Bay gated enclave, recently received unsettling news from their HOA: Tidy up your

The Balcony Did It? Why Asia’s Falling Deaths Raise Eyebrows

Those cases and frequent other incidents reignited decades-running discussion about suspicious cases of people, mostly male foreigners, dying in balcony-related

Canadian Condo (Strata) & HOA News

View all posts

Gang members turn Airbnb rental in downtown party that leads to shootout, then kidnapping and Russian Roulette (ON)

Imagine renting out your downtown condo on AirBnB and a Toronto gang rents it out, and throws a weeknight party

Condo Smarts: Strata cannot claim costs because it did not disclose agreement

Dear Tony: What happens when an owner buys a unit and there is an alteration agreement relating to the balcony

Castlegar (BC) strata residents seek exemption from parcel tax

The law does allow municipalities to waive or reduce the tax if the owner of the parcel has provided part

Burlington orders condo owners off their crumbling balconies

The city has ordered residents of a troubled condo building to stay off their crumbling balconies until repairs are made.

Canadian Condo & HOA Articles

View all posts

Are Drones Allowed on Condominium Property?

Increasingly, condominiums are facing issues with drone use on condominium property. With this increase comes a concern about noise, safety

Out with the old, in with the new. What changes does Bill 106 bring? (ON)

The concrete jungle continues to grow, sprouting up building after building year after year. The Toronto skyline has drastically changed

Preparing for Elections

Elections can be the cause of much anxiety, confusion, and distrust in condominiums, but they don’t have to be. Elections

Owner Awarded Damages for Corporation’s Slow Repairs

A recent court decision confirms the rights of owners to claim for damages when their condominium corporation fails to attend