National Condo & HOA News

The chickens..t hits the fan in golf course (HOA) dispute (CA)

A dispute in the San Diego area took a bizarre turn recently when a course owner dumped noxious chicken manure on the property — land ...

Mayoral brawl over tax break for Soundview condo owners (NY)

Bronx condo owners to Mayor de Blasio: get over it. That’s the message after the mayor called a recent specific legislative tax break for owners ...

Mother goose claims squatter’s rights on condo balcony

Zukowski and his family live on the top floor of a sprawling Terwillegar condo complex in southwest Edmonton – a property he is now sharing ...

Dunwoody (GA) homeowners question proposed treatment center

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association is now joining the growing number of those questioning a proposed treatment center for girls battling eating disorders.    Read more……….

Woman accused in theft of Sunrise (FL) homeowners association funds

The former acting president of a Sunrise homeowners association was accused by police of stealing thousands of dollars from her community.     Read more…….

Cleanup begins after violent storm knocks down two condo walls (MS)

Strong winds from Monday’s severe weather caused some damage to a condominium complex in Gautier. Two walls at the Riverbend Condominiums came crashing down around ...

Hill neighborhood’s quest for gates has setback

A Burbank Hills community faced a setback Monday in its decades-long quest to create a gated neighborhood, after the Planning Board recommended that elected officials ...

Online voting is now open for the 2014 Manager of the Year contest

This contest is designed to recognize and reward manager excellence, serving to inspire others across the industry. Winners will receive a $5000 check at the ...

Neighborhood ordered to remove debris from pond (GA)

Fulton County code enforcement officials have given a south Fulton County community 90 days to clear debris keeping an overflowing pond from draining. The pond ...

Southern Utah Man Faces Federal Hate Crimes

A Southern Utah man who threatened to kill a black teenager is now facing federal hate crime charges. The man was upset about a bi-racial ...

HOA bans smoking at Naples (FL) condominium

In February, his HOA wanted to discuss banning smoking so the property management company sent out a survey to all tenants. Rich wasn’t allowed to ...

Condo Culture: Smoke-detector readiness is everyone’s responsibility

Q. Who is responsible for confirming that the condo owners have smoke detectors and that they are in proper working order? I have concerns because ...

Recent Condo & HOA Articles From Around the Web

Challenges to Vehicle Electrification Come From Many Angles

Sales of electric vehicles are gradually growing in the US. In 2012, 52,000 EV’s and plug-in hybrids were sold. That number grew to over 95,000 ...

The Four Reserve Rules

In preparing to speak to two different audiences in two days, both made up of new board members and new managers, I wanted to make ...

Special assessments and defect disclosures spark real estate lawsuits: Newbie agent caught in the crossfire

Have you ever been caught in the crossfire of litigation? When I first started in the business I had a run of bad luck that ...

The Truth about HOA trash can violations

Almost all HOA management companies have a regular community inspection schedule as part of their management duties when caring for a property. Every community is ...

The Advantages of Transparency

WLPP attorney Doug Stallworthy recently wrote a post on transparency in association boards. His thoughts follow. Transparency in decisions made by the board of a ...

When Security Clashes with Aesthetics

Most association-governed condominium communities have strict rules concerning the appearance of residences, common grounds, and common buildings. These rules help to preserve real estate value ...

Prepare your Condo Association Prior to Selling

Real estate experts often have lists of what you need to do to prepare to sell your home. These lists include suggestions about the condition ...

Do you know what does and does not constitute a material alteration?

In the last few weeks, several clients have discussed large renovation projects which, unbeknownst to them, include material alterations requiring membership approval. In a Florida ...

Is anyone performing background checks on directors? (FL)

Florida law has been changed over the years to clarify that convicted felons whose civil rights have not been restored are not eligible to serve ...

7 Scary Findings from the 2014 Symantec Internet Security Threat Report

A newly released study by global information protection expert Symantec Corp. delves into the problem of cyber security and suggests that we’ve only seen the tip of ...

Commitment to Good Service Form

The following document is really a “Code of Conduct” with a less offensive name. Why change the name? Because “Code of Conduct” sounds offensive. Incoming ...

FHA Assistance Animals

How many times have you heard the old axiom, “ignorance of the law is no excuse”? Well, it’s never more true than in the Fair ...

Legal & Legislative News

HOA Homefront – Sacramento Update

The California Legislature is very active this year regarding common interest developments (the term used by state law for what most call “homeowner association”). This ...

(FL) Legislative Session Update Week 6 — CALL Alert for April 11, 2014

As week 6 comes to an end, everyone is looking forward to a “mini-break” in the action next week. The House and Senate have decided ...

Judge denies injunction, restraining order for community association lawsuit (HI)

A judge denied Mauna Kea Resort Services’ request for an injunction Wednesday, ordering that organization to enter mediation with another community association. The Uplands at ...

Homeowner association accountability bill dead (FL)

A legislative effort to increase state scrutiny of Florida homeowners associations withered this year under opposition from influential community boards that fought the “condoization” of ...

Texas Supreme Court Holds Contractual Liability Exclusion of CGL Policy Not Triggered in Construction Defects Suit

In the recent opinion of Ewing Construction Company, Inc. v. Amerisure Insurance Co., the Texas Supreme Court construed a commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policy ...

Lakeside Heights (CA) lawsuit continued

A case management conference in the trial of Lakeside Heights et al, vs. County of Lake was continued Monday. The Lakeside Heights Homeowners Association and ...

Ruling puts boards on notice over business conduct (IL)

On March 21, the Illinois Appellate Court filed an order in Palm v. 2800 Lake Shore Drive Condominium Association (Palm II) that interprets the open ...

Florida District Court of Appeal Reaffirms Ruling Making Condominium Association Foreclosures More Costly

Last week, the Florida Third District Court of Appeal dealt the final blow to an often-used strategy by condominium associations. In the second iteration of ...

Neumont v. Volberding (Debt collection; California)

The real issue – which the parties focus much of their attention on – is whether defendants HOA and President were collecting a “consumer debt” ...

Mesa community manager concerned about two bills presented in Arizona Legislature

A Mesa Homeowners Association is not happy with two bills being considered by the Arizona Legislature. The Arizona Legislature is considering HB 2695 and SB ...

Bill to Help Homeowners’ Associations (VA)

Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41), working with constituents, has spearheaded legislation aimed at helping many residents of her district and across Virginia. The 41st District contains ...

Good News on Community Association Bill and Service Animal Bill — CALL Alert for April 8, 2014 (FL)

First, HB 807, by Rep. Moraitis, will be amended to include language to overrule the Aventura Management, LLC v. Spiaggia Ocean Condominium Association case which ...

Op/Ed

An Argument Against Home Owners’ Associations

Like most things, Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) began with good intentions. With home values so closely tied to upkeep and curb appeal, it made sense to ...

Fighting the dreaded HOA (OH)

As with many neighborhoods in the southern Summit County, here in the Portage Lakes there are people who live under the stringent rules of homeowners ...

Oh, what a world it would be

When it comes to making a positive impact on California’s environment — whether it be water conservation, reducing energy costs or even powering electric vehicles ...

Spiteful POA blind-sided by karma

First, a riddle: What do homeowners’ associations and offensive linemen have in common? That’s easy. The only time you notice them is when they screw ...

Green makes bad neighbor

Several times each year I accept and enjoy assignments in lawsuits as a litigation support and expert environmental science and regulatory consultant. Over the last ...

Rules, Laws, Guidelines or Suggestions

Today is tax day. Not a fun day for a lot of people, I suspect. Most of us have come to terms with it as ...

Mediation Law No Panacea For Condo Owners In California

he latest news release from CalHomeLaw.org shows that mediation is far from useful for most common condo disputes. The Community Association Institute (CAI) descended on ...

Don’t require condos to have thirsty lawns

Anyone who’s ever lived in a condominium knows that the homeowners association isn’t a happy institution for neighborly chats: it’s a form of hyper-hyper local ...

Earthquake Insurance Does Little for Most Homeowners

My husband and I moved to California from Texas about 15 years ago. Both of the homes we have owned since we moved here have ...

Saving Lives Verses Driveway Mildew — Our Skewed Values

I have recently returned from a poor dusty village west of Leon, Nicaragua where the locals live in huts built of plastic wrap walls and ...

Florida legislature considering new laws adversely affecting HOAs

The lawmakers in Tallahassee, in their infinite wisdom, sometimes decide that they know better than the average resident of the many neighborhoods represented by a ...

How Much is that Doggy in the Window (of My Condominium)? Are pet restrictions becoming a thing of the past?

Many condominium and homeowner’s associations have pet restrictions, ranging from prohibiting all pets to allowing only pets of a certain size and/or breed. These restrictions ...