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Condo owner returns home 13 months after fire (KY)

Gail Martin has been unable to sleep in her own bed for 13 months going from hotel to hotel and

New Jersey Townhome Development Claims Jurisdiction Over Airspace

A townhome development homeowners association in Mendham, NJ has passed a resolution banning the flight of model airplanes and drones

Jury awards Panama City Beach (FL) condo association $12 million

A jury has awarded nearly $12 million in damages to the Shores of Panama Resort Community Association in a lawsuit

Sprinklers prevent spread of South Portland (ME) condo fire

Two condominiums in South Portland were damaged in an early Sunday morning fire, but officials said no one was injured.

Flap over historic Ohio tree

A northeast Ohio man who has proudly brought guests to see what’s considered the world’s oldest cucumber magnolia tree has

FHA condo buyers: Beware of the lifestyle enhancement fee (CA)

None of the condominiums in Ladera Ranch are FHA approved because the mandatory Life Style Enhancement Fee, paid every time

City may fund maintenance for affordable housing HOAs (CO)

The city of Aspen is contemplating injecting as much as $16 million of public money into the capital reserve accounts

HOAs could face fines under California drought rules

The latest drought regulations adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board enable local water districts to fine associations that

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Spring To-Do List

February is here, and although the cold tends to keep most residents indoors, they’re likely feeling the beginning of spring

The Hardest Condo Association Board Member Good Habit to Learn

If you’re on your Board, you likely joined it to do good for your community. There’s a slim chance you’re

What Do You Do When Your HOA is a Sinking Ship? To Bail or Not to Bail.

It is time again to bring up some real problems that people coming to me for help are experiencing. I

When to Report Suspicious Activity in Your Homeowners Association

In this day and age, people are becoming more and more concerned about the threat of terrorism on their own

Arbitration Ruling Illustrates Associations Cannot Impose Certain Rules, Prerequisites for Granting of Records Requests by Unit Owner

A recent arbitration ruling over a request to inspect the official records of a condominium association by a unit owner

Clues That Your HOA Might Be The Victim Of Embezzlement

Last week, we talked about the ways that your HOA can unwittingly be stripped of their monies. This week, we

Conflicts of Interest Within Your HOA

While it’s easy to forget, an HOA is a business. Like in all businesses, the people with the power (particularly

What Condo Bylaws Matter the Most

Everyone gets a copy of their Association Bylaws both when they put an offer in for a Condo and after

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Florida Lenders Not Required to Compete with Homeowner Associations to Foreclose Where Lender’s Lis Pendens is Recorded First

It is not uncommon for a homeowner association (“HOA”) to file a separate claim of lien foreclosure action against a

Recent case clarifies foreclosures and assessments (IL)

Q. Can you discuss the 1010 Lake Shore Association v. Deutsche Bank National Trust case, and its impact on assessment

South Africa: Court blow for ratepayers in homeowners’ associations

Property owners who provide and pay for their own basic services are not entitled to pay lower rates than owners

South Africa: Durban tycoon loses case to gated estate

A property tycoon has lost his legal battle to overthrow what he says are “draconian” rules – involving speed limits

Nevada Supreme Court Opinion Impacts HOA Foreclosure Litigation

The Nevada Supreme Court held in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC. v. U.S. Bank, N.A. that a non-judicial foreclosure by

Illinois Appellate Court Invalidates A Lease Restriction Imposed By Rule

Decided by the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court on February 3, 2015, Strobe v. 842-848 West Bradley Place

How the Save Calusa Trust Case and Proposed Legislation Impacts Florida Property Owners and HOAs

The Florida Marketable Record Title Act (“MRTA”) was enacted in 1963 to simplify conveyances of real property and provide greater

Changes in FHA Condo Approvals?

On Tuesday of this week, H.R. 3700 – Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2015 passed out of the U.S

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Did the State of Michigan inversely condemn the entire City of Flint?: Environmental justice meets the Takings Clause

A complaint filed in mid-January by plaintiffs in Michigan’s Court of Claims alleges a novel, and intriguing claim. Taken to

What Homeowner Associations Can Teach Governments About Spending

People in government should take field trips to well-run homeowner associations. To experience fiscal responsibility first hand. To see how

Is Nevada’s HOA solution just another problem for mortgage servicers?

Between 2010 and 2014, loan servicers and Investors in Nevada had thousands of liens potentially wiped out by HOA foreclosures.

We Urge the McCormick Pier Condo Association to Peacefully End its Occupation of the Naito Greenway

It’s a tough time for public space advocates in Oregon.  No sooner do the feds finally roust one group of

Canadian Condo (Strata) & HOA News

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Condo corporation must accommodate physical disabilities

Most of the owners of the bungalows in our condo complex have mobility problems — or have visitors who require

How do we get our strata to follow the rules?

Dear Tony: We own an investment condo at Big White in Kelowna. It is not a very large strata and

Condo Smarts: Secure debts, no matter how small

Dear Tony: Our strata approved a project in August 2013 for the painting of our townhouses. Most of the funds

3 Benefits of Condo Newsletters: Communication, Community and Transparency

Since 82.9 percent of condo owners purchase their condominiums to live in themselves, it’s only fair to keep them updated

Canadian Condo & HOA Articles

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Smoking Bylaw in Strata Developments (BC)

The B.C. Supreme Court recently issued a ruling in a strata property case involving second-hand smoke. Andrushko v The Owners

Robotic Valet Parking Systems in Condominiums

When planning a condominium project, developers try to maximize the usage of the condominium property. Since parking takes up so

Numbers Never Lie: The Future of Building Restoration

The increase in size, volume and complexity of buildings needing to be restored, the knowledge of business, the increase in

Intelligent Building Solutions

In my recent experiences with residential and commercial clients across the GTA, I find myself often stumbling upon new heights