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High-rises dealing with low water pressure (NJ)

The front lobby of the James Monroe luxury condominium building in the Newport section of Jersey City had a constant

Mountainside Condominium Association working with state on rebuilding (VT)

The board of the Mountainside Condominium Association has been in mediation with the state of Vermont over the Agency of

Lakewood (OH) condo owners left in the cold due to $3M fix

Some condo owners in a building on Lakewood’s Gold Coast are dealing with no heat.  The condo association says a

HOA sues to evict Arlington woman’s dog (FL)

An Arlington woman is fighting to keep her dog after her Homeowners Association filed a lawsuit demanding she get rid

HOA Community Tries to Oust President (GA)

“Why don’t you show up to the meetings with all the people? We’re trying to vote you off,” yelled a

HOA backs down from lawsuit over Hayden (ID) Christmas lights

The saga of a Hayden man’s controversial Christmas display continues.  The West Hayden Estates Homeowner’s Association Board said Tuesday it

FBI to review racist letters to Spring Valley homeowners (NV)

Vile hate mail is making its way into more than a dozen mailboxes, with the letters targeting race, religion and

Police Bust Weekly Mahjong Game Played By Elderly Women (FL)

Police in Florida busted a game of mahjong in Florida at a condominium clubhouse. The group accused of the crime:

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Planning in Community Associations

We probably all set goals for our community associations, but are they only in response to a short-term agenda for

Is Legionnaires’ Disease Lurking in Your Vertical Community?

If you have cooling towers at your community you might want make sure they are disease free. The Legionnaires’ disease

Controlling the Look and Feel In Your HOA

Homeowner associations maintain control over the common elements and exterior appearance of the structures for a variety of reasons. Most

Do Your Rules Violate Fair Housing?

It’s not uncommon for homeowner associations to adopt rules that violate federal and state fair housing laws, or the Fair

Do You Have a Problem With Trees?

Trees can add beauty to any yard and create valuable shade as well as improve property value. However, when trees

HOA HOMEFRONT: Tips for avoiding financial abuse

Some associations suffer damage from financial abuse, which can be every bit as devastating as a fire, except that this

Why Do Most People Hate Paying Legal Fees?

It happens on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. I receive a question from a blog reader and the question is

Do You Need Expert Testimony Regarding Interpretation of the Florida Building Code?

Is trial looming close and are you thinking to yourself who is going to make the best expert for interpretation

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Colorado Springs City Council votes unanimously on construction defects ordinance

The Colorado Springs City Council unanimously approved a construction defects ordinance on first read Tuesday, following Denver’s lead.  Read the

SB 800: Down but Not Out! (CA)

Until recently SB 800 was down for the count. Many in the building industry thought the law was going to

Denver council votes 12-1 in favor of condo defects ordinance

The Denver City Council voted 12-1 Monday night to approve an ordinance on condominium construction defects that city officials hope

Builder’s Pact Doesn’t Nix Insurer Liability, Ore. Justices Say

An Oregon condominium association’s agreement to not execute part of a judgment against a builder in construction defect litigation doesn’t

I Sued My Neighbor and Lost My Dock re: Riparian Rights (MI)

Occasionally I get a call from someone that begins with “I need to sue my neighbor.” What the caller really

No Class Certification in Case Alleging Condominium Association and Management Company Charged Excessive Fees (NC)

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently decided a case involving several homeowners’ claims that their condominium association, through its

Denver (CO) City Council Advances Construction Defect Ordinance

The Denver City Council on November 16, 2015 unanimously approved the first reading of a construction defect action reform ordinance

Government Affairs Alert

The Amateur Radio Parity Act (S. 1685) is scheduled for mark-up in the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee today (November 18).

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Coming Soon – Ham Radios in Your Community

Unless Congress decides to not oppose S. 1685, all communities (including condominiums, planned communities and co-ops) could be restricted from

No hope yet for change in POA/HOA laws (SC)

For anyone who missed the S.C. legislative HOA law revision committee meeting broadcast online Oct. 27:  All I could see

Keep Colorado’s Community Associations Viable

A provision of the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (C.R.S. 38-33.3-116) allows for certain community associations to operate under limited

Strata managers’ dirty little secret is about to be revealed (Australia)

The world of strata management is mysterious enough to a lot of people, and the best kept secret of all

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Bill 106 Ordered to Third Reading

The Bill was ordered to go to Third Reading on November 19, 2015.  Third Reading is the last stage before

Spate of condo blazes sparks safety campaign

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015, tenants on the west side of the Avenue complex at 301

How to choose the building’s first property manager

Q: We are faced with choosing our first property manager for our new condo. We need some advice before we

Woman charged in Collingwood (ON) condo fraud case

Police laid fraud charges after they uncovered “fraudulent financial activity” allegedly by a property management company employee involving various condominium

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Enforcing Single Family Restrictions in Condominium Documents

In condominiums close to university and college campuses there is frequently dissension between resident owners and investor/landlord owners as to

Louie v. Strata Plan VR-1323 (BC)

The insured’s claims against the strata corporation and the strata insurer were dismissed after a fire caused by a tenant’s

The cases for and against professional directors

Through the course of Ontario’s Condominium Act review, volunteer board directors took a lot of heat for their perceived part

5 Ways Condo Communities Are Better Than Neighborhoods

Some of us grew up in a neighborhood. A typical afternoon scene would have kids playing ball in the street,