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Two sides fighting over public access to North Canton’s (OH) giant cucumber magnolia tree

Battle lines are taking shape around an oversized cucumber magnolia tree.  The fight pits the 83-member Auburn Knolls Consolidated Condominium

Judge reverses Poinciana (FL) master board’s decision over finances, management company

On Monday a court reversed a decision by the community’s master board to fire the community management company and move

Judge orders community association to seat new leadership (MD)

A judge has ruled on a community dispute over two leadership positions, ordering the Russett Community Association to count votes

Lake Lawn, condo owners’ suit will go to trial (WI)

The lawsuit between Lake Lawn Lodge condominium owners and the Lake Lawn Resort and condo association will be heading to

HOA members use fake documents to skirt pet rules

Q: We live in a condominium near Lake Norman. We have a 30-pound weight restriction on pets, as well as

Lawsuit: HOA discriminated against disabled (IN)

Is it legal to ban group homes for the disabled?  That question pierces the heart of an ongoing civil lawsuit

Walden Lake Community Association votes to fight golf course development (FL)

The board of the association that represents Walden Lake’s homeowners has voted to join the legal fight against proposed development

‘Airbnb’ Horror Story: Tenant Sublets Condo, Without Owner’s Permission (IL)

It can be a little nerve-wracking — renting out your home to a stranger to make some extra money.  What

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Condominium Special Assessments in Florida: Understanding the Business Judgment Rule

Special assessments, under the Florida Condominium Act, are those assessments imposed against condominium unit owners, other than those assessments required

HOA HOMEFRONT: Explaining exclusive use common areas

Condominium owners often misunderstand exclusive use common area and this leads to far too many wasteful disputes.  Exclusive use areas

The Buck Stops Here: Four Steps to Lead Change in Your Community

We’ve all done it. We walk through our community and see something that we’d like to change: a rule regarding

Understanding Community Association Audit Fees

Q: We received two bids from different accounting firms for the annual audit of our association. One was for $5,000

Disaster Recovery Takes Careful Planning and Execution

Insurance coverage and claims are often among the most confusing and troublesome matters that developers and community associations must address,

An Introvert’s Guide to Speaking Up at HOA Board Meetings from a Toastmasters Expert

Heights, spiders, snakes – these popular phobias are no match for glossophobia, better known as the fear of public speaking,

Leaking brick wall: The bane of new construction

DEAR TIM: My wife and I moved into a new condominium building in March 2009. When it rains and there’s

What Can Your Community Association do about AirBnB?

Over a year ago, I wrote a blog post about the potential problems that AirBnB and similar short-term leasing websites,

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Condominium and Planned Unit Developments in Michigan: Creating the Potential for Walkable Towns and Cities

Michigan utilizes a variety of land use laws and the delegation of certain authority to local governments to regulate the

Declaration Amendment Petitions – Shall Means Shall! (CO)

Today, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued an opinion addressing the statutory declaration amendment process set forth in C.R.S. 38-33.3-217(7).

IL Condominium Property Act Unaffected After Governor Vetoes Bill

HB 2644 (Rep. Cassidy), would have amended former Section 18.8 “Common Elements; rights of board” of the Illinois Condominium Property

IL Governor Vetoes Bill, Maintains Higher Threshold for Associations Municipal Incorporation

SB 1344 (Sen. Haine), would have amended Section 1-20 (d) of the Common Interest Community Association Act by providing that

Fifth Community Association Bill Signed into Law: Increased Register of Deeds Indexing Fees

Senate Bill 332 “Register of Deeds – POA Indexing Fees” (with a full title of “An Act to Enable Register

Legalese in Governing Documents

Consider the following disclaimer on a law firm’s website:  Material contained herein is not offered as legal or any other

Misrepresenting Their Qualifications, Inexperienced Contractors are Liable for Consumer Fraud (NJ)

When finding and hiring contractors to perform construction work, property owners rely on information provided by the contractor, especially relating

Becker & Poliakoff Chief Criticized After Departures

A host of veteran lawyers, primarily in the community association division, have left Becker & Poliakoff in recent months, some

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AirBnB is Infuriating the Neighbors. Is It Time New Rules?

You’re one of six college friends in, say, New York or even Nepal, and you want to visit Hollywood for

The Stakes are High as the Priority Lien Law Battle in Nevada Heats Up

What happens when a unit owner in an association doesn’t or can’t pay their assessments?  This question was at the

Strata law overhaul a step too far (Australia Op/Ed)

The New South Wales government has released an exposure draft of strata termination legislation which empowers private citizens to forcibly

Property Managers Duck Questions, Culpability Over Legionella Deaths (NY)

When WNYC first aired an interview with HVAC specialist Matt Freije on the Legionnaires’ disease, four had already died. As

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No fire services in Pinchgut Lake ‘a major concern,’ says homeowner

The president of the homeowners association in Pinchgut Lake says no one would have decided to live there, if they

Vancouver strata councils tackle short-term rentals head-on

Some Vancouver strata councils, frustrated with a lack of action on the proliferation of short-term rental listings, are giving up

Condo culture: Why delete some items, concerned owner asks

Q: I received my copy of minutes of the board meeting and I feel too many items have been deleted

Condo Q & A

The other day I arranged with a real estate photographer to take interior and exterior pictures of the common elements

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More about the proposed new Condominium Authority Tribunal

As we have discussed in previous entries (see here and here), Bill 106 proposes to create a non-profit and self-financed

What Condo Companies Can Do About Airbnb-like Organizations

Cheap, short-term rental accommodations through companies like Airbnb Inc. are popular for travelers and condominium owners, however they are not

The “New Condo Act” Will Significantly Affect the Calling of Special Owners’ Meetings

Bill 106 (the bill presenting changes to the existing Ontario Condominium Act) proposes significant changes to the process by which

Introducing the Condominium Management Services Act, 2015 — Part 5: Restricted Practice

In our last piece, we reviewed the threshold for being granted a license as a condo manager or management services