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Homeowners Association Begins New Round of Coyote Trapping (NY)

The Chappaqua community that had trappers catch and kill a coyote–after one attacked a pet–has authorized another round of trapping,

Stars and Stripes, campaign sign create a stir in Spearfish (SD)

One week before Americans celebrate the nation’s 240th birthday, a homeowners’ association near this Northern Hills community is in a

Court makes decision in HOA voting procedure (CA)

Eastlake III homeowners met in court last week to sort out unresolved issues surrounding multiple elections for the Home Owners

‘I don’t want my home to be used as a hotel’: Anaheim condo becomes tourist lodging without owner’s permission

What the listing doesn’t say is that the property owner is not “Marc,” but Kathy Marchetti, and that Marchetti had

Newtown Township (PA) loses court case seeking $85K in damages for felled beech tree at Villas of Newtown

A Bucks County Judge has thrown out a legal action filed last year by the board of supervisors against McGrath

Imperial Beach homeowners assert claim to boulders (CA)

Imperial Beach residents are displeased with the new “Private Property/No Trespassing/No Climbing/No Sitting on Rocks” signs that have appeared on

Dunwoody council suspends order to DHA members to choose between group and city appointments (GA)

Dunwoody City Council voted June 24 to suspend enforcement of a city directive mandating members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association

Farmington (MI) Firefighters Obtain Vital Device for Deaf Woman

A deaf woman whose Farmington condo caught fire last month is now safer because of a specialized smoke detector obtained

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Identifying and Protecting Against Storm, Hail and Wind Damage

Although insurance brokers and agents are not meteorologists, they still play a big role in helping their commercial clients identify

The ‘PS’ of Community Living: Rules Enforcement

Question: We live in a nice community, but every so often someone breaks one of our rules. Sometimes the infraction

Budget Chess: Formulating a Strategic Plan for your Association

Once we have completed our annual budgets, held all our meetings, approved the plans and sent out the annual assessment

Voluntary HOAs and Their Powers

HOAs are a great way for homeowners to come together to create a community they truly desire. However, not all

Turning Bad Habits Into Best Practices

Property managers can play a key role in ridding boards of some nasty habits.  Most co-op and condo boards run

Three Ways to Calm Hostile Owners in a Condo Association

As a Board in a Condo Association, there are times that you’re going to have to do some unpopular things.

HOA Horror: Roaches, Bedbugs, And Rats Pt. 4

Last month, we continued our examination of HOA Horror stories about roaches, bedbugs, and rats. This week, we discuss how

Law You Can Use – Common Condominium Questions

Some people think a “condo” is a vacation rental property. Others view condos as “super apartments” where the entire property

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HOA Homefront: Checklist for dealing with the Open Meeting Act (CA)

The Open Meeting Act is a law within a law, found within the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act at Civil

Bill would allow AG to investigate private community squabbles (PA)

A bill requiring the state Attorney General’s Office to investigate or mediate alleged violations by operators of common interest private

According to One Bankruptcy Court, the “Wrangle Over Executoriness May be a Tale ‘Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing’”

After a dispute arose between a developer of a subdivision northeast of Albuquerque and a homeowners’ association (“HOA”) over the

Does The Business Judgment Rule Protect Directors Who Violate Governing Documents?

In Palm Springs Villas II Homeowners Ass’n, Inc. v. Parth, 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 485 (June 21, 2016), the Court

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Limits to its SFR Investments Decision

On June 22, 2016, in Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Premier One Holdings, Inc., the Nevada Supreme Court rejected this

Significant New Utah Case to Impact Associations

In a case released yesterday, Fort Pierce Indus. Park v. Shakespeare, 2016 UT 28, the Utah Supreme Court has clarified

Construction Defect Debate to be Heard by Colorado Supreme Court

The construction defects case of Vallagio at Inverness Residential Condominium Association, Inc. v. Metropolitan Homes, Inc., et al. has garnered

Legislation easing FHA loan restrictions on condos remains in holding pattern

A bill that would make it possible for more condo buyers to get financing through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)

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A Failure to Pay Assessments Will Negatively Affect Credit Scores and It Is About Time and Long Overdue

Until now, failing to make timely assessment payments could lead to additional charges for late payment fees, interest charges, collection

Flat Chat: Short let laws will make strata life a new hell

While NSW pollies are still wrestling with what to do about online short-term letting agencies such as Airbnb, which are

A Thankless Job That Doesn’t Even Pay

Is it time to start paying co-op and condo boards?  Wanted: Someone willing to work long hours, shoulder enormous financial

Sydney (Australia) storms: Beachfront homeowners deprived of adequate insurance cover

Coastal Residents Association secretary Pat Aiken lashed out at councils and the state government for preventing protective works such as

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Kelowna condominium spends $260,000 to make building woodpecker-proof

The sound of a woodpecker rapidly hammering into a hollow tree can evoke feelings of wonder and curiosity about the

Condo Smarts: Strata-management contracts are open to negotiation

Dear Tony: Our 200-unit strata is searching for a new management company and one of our requests was for the

Dozens evacuated after Montreal condo building catches fire

About 40 people were forced from their homes when fire broke out early Wednesday morning.  The fire started just before

Collingwood, Barrie condo fraud case set for pre-trial on Aug. 8

A woman accused of defrauding several local condominium corporations, is back in court next month.      Read the article………….

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A Reminder About Reserve Funds and Status Certificates

If a condominium corporation is aware of any circumstances that may result in an increase in the common expenses (that

Condos Do Not (Always) Have to Disclose Sewer Backups in their Status Certificate

In a recent Ottawa case, the court had to determine whether the condominium corporation was responsible for the damage caused

Owner’s Refusal to Co-Operate With Fireplace Maintenance Requirements – An Expensive Lesson (ON)

In the compliance proceeding case MTCC No. 634 v. Adamo, a condominium corporation had asked that fireplace maintenance be completed;

Court Orders Access to Condominium Unit

In a recent case, YCC No. 922 v. Lu, the owners of a condominium unit were ordered by the Ontario