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Military family fights for access to neighborhood pool (IN)

Two military veterans and their young daughters may be locked out of their neighborhood pool on the July 4th holiday.

Gateway Towers (PA) condominium plans to inspect windows after pair of incidents

The Gateway Towers condominium building Downtown advertises operable windows as one of its selling points. But lately, residents haven’t been

For thousands of Miami-Dade (FL) homeowners, tax increases coming after mix-up in special districts

The well-heeled residents of Star Island didn’t need a break from Miami-Dade County last year, but they got one: the

Clarendon Hills (IL), condo association in permit dispute

The Village of Clarendon Hills and a condominium association are currently engaged in a dispute over a ticket and complaint

Farmington Hills (MI) bears no responsibility for fixing private roads

Resident Joseph Scott never expected “anyone to come to the rescue” to help fix the deteriorating roads in the Golfview

Feds fighting to keep Las Vegas (NV) HOA fraud files secret

Federal prosecutors are fighting to keep secret the mass of evidence in the long-running investigation into the scheme to take

Condo wars: How a water leak turned into a $30 million lawsuit (DC)

It started with a leak, just a little water on a hallway floor.  That led to questions about bathtub installation,

Condo president charged with grand theft tried to repay money, police say (FL)

A Hollywood woman was arrested for allegedly stealing money from her boss for her own profit and that of her

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America’s Birthday and Flags

On the cusp of America’s birthday, I get to thinking about our national flag – what it represents, and the

How to Fundraise for your HOA

One ideal way to help raise money for an HOA is to hold a fundraiser. Not only does this generate

HOA or Condo Rules and Regulations should not be copied from the Declaration’s use restrictions

Most association boards understand that they have the right to enact rules and regulations, usually by a board vote. A

How to Communicate With You9r Residents: Method # 2 – Over Voice and Text

In the last series, we looked at how email is the most popular form of communication with homeowners. However, voice

Easy Guide to the U.S. Flag Code

Most of us learned growing up that during the Pledge of Allegiance we’re supposed to stand at attention facing the

Avoiding Fight Night – Community Association Boards vs. Homeowners

Volunteering as an HOA or Community Association board member is a thankless job at best. The basic goal of effectively

The Future of HOAs

Homeowners associations need rules and regulations to run properly and ensure the neighborhood remains an enjoyable place. However, no rule

Food for Thought: Unlicensed Practice of Law Opinion

While community association managers in Colorado have been working through the state mandated licensure process, the ‘hot button’ topic of

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Manager Licensing: Taking the Fear Out of Being Licensed (IL)

The Community Association Manager Licensing and Disciplinary Act was adopted on July 1, 2010 after much anticipation. The intent, as

New Laws Will Impact All Associations in Florida

Today’s post is the second and final installment of my annual report on new laws affecting community associations. In the

Childress Immune From Malpractice Suit, 11th Circ. Affirms

The Eleventh Circuit on Friday upheld the dismissal of a condominium association’s malpractice suit over law firm Childress Duffy Ltd.

U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Impacts all Ohio Community Associations

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry nationwide. The decision of the High

Nevada HOA foreclosures cannot extinguish deeds of trust held by Fannie Mae, holds U.S. district court

Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada issued an important ruling concerning the litigation over whether homeowners’

Condo Owner Windfall of Over $500,000? Court Says “Not So Fast” (MO)

The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled in a recent case that the unit owners of a condominium building were not

Fair Housing Law: U.S. Supreme Court upholds disparate impact claims

Can enforcement of a rule, regulation, practice or procedure that is completely neutral on its face create liability for discrimination?

Condo Terminations: Breaking Up Gets Harder to Do

On June 16, Gov. Rick Scott signed House Bill 643 into law, making sweeping changes to Section 718.117 of the

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Police scuffle could have been avoided (TX op-ed)

McKinney police were in a no-win situation Friday before they ever arrived at a private pool party that became a

Canadian Condominium Institute Welcomes Bill 106

Condominium owners across Ontario are rejoicing and they are not alone!  The Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) is also celebrating Bill

Sheltering condo owners from unwanted takeovers (FL)

In the category of Putting Profits Before People, it would be hard to top investor Donald T. Kelly.  The Palm

Amendments to Condominium Termination Law Impede Ability to Terminate (FL)

Responding to perceived abuses in condominium terminations, the 2015 Florida Legislature passed Chapter 2015-175, amending the termination provisions of the

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Condo smarts: Common property outlined in bylaws

Dear Tony: When I bought my home in 2005, I was told by the seller, who was the president of

Silverado condo resident raises stink over elevator doggie-doo

After finding doggie-doo in the elevator of her building on more than one occasion, Kathleen Sawisky decided to pen an

Smoking ban needs bylaw amendment

Q: I live in an apartment-style condominium. A few months ago, the board adopted a policy to ban smoking on

Condo Smarts: Drawing up an enforceable bylaw

Dear Tony: Our strata council has been working on a new set of updated bylaws that would replace our many

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Directors’ Qualifications and Disclosure Obligations Proposed Under the “New” Condo Act

Bill 106 was introduced at Queen’s Park on May 27, 2015. If adopted, it will introduce sweeping changes to the

Dog Restrictions and Disabilities

I am regularly asked by clients to assist them with enforcement of dog restrictions (i.e. weight limits) or complete prohibitions

Amendments to the Condo Act: the New Condo Authority and Condo Tribunal (ON)

As announced in our post of May 27, the province of Ontario finally released its much anticipated proposed amendments to

The latest in the Orr v. MTCC 1056 Saga: Court of Appeal Decision on Costs (ON)

The Court of Appeal has released a further decision on the implementation of its December 2014 decision and the costs.