National Condo & HOA News

Judge denies motion to dismiss Lake Lawn lawsuit (WI)

A 2-year-old lawsuit filed by Lake Lawn Lodge condominium owners against the Lake Lawn Resort and condo association will continue after a Walworth County judge ...

Family wins case to install grille in condo balcony for child’s safety (Singapore)

The Strata Titles Board has ruled in favour of a family who were twice refused permission to install a grille in the balcony of their ...

What happens when you bring sand to the beach (CA)

The Imperial Beach Shores Homeowners Association claims that the $28.5 million project paid for by SANDAG and designed and constructed by Moffatt and Nichols created ...

City Commission (FL) candidate caught on camera in HOA break-in

Surveillance video from inside the Whitehall Condominium office last Oct. 17 showed West Palm Beach City Commission candidate Katherine Waldron and several others entering the ...

2 hurt in 2-alarm Shirlington (VA) condo fire; heavy smoke seen for miles

Two people were hurt in a two-alarm condominium fire in the Shirlington area or Arlington that produced a plume of heavy smoke visible for miles ...

Clayton (NC) homeowners want their money back

Five Clayton residents are asking a homeowners association to refund their fees after learning they were never part of the group in the first place. ...

Greenwich Township residents get runaround on tall grass, garbage collection complaints

The garbage hasn’t been picked up for weeks at a time. The grass doesn’t get mowed. And four residents in this Greenwich Township development say ...

Condo endorsement in West Palm Beach race a real talker

But the one generating the most discussion is a purported endorsement of Neering by the Whitehall Condominiums of the Villages of Palm Beach Lakes — ...

Lake Highlands condos’ residents clear out for makeover of neglected complex

Holder was one of the few holdouts at the decaying Lake Highlands complex as deadlines loomed for tenants to make way for renovations by the ...

Homeowner group fights resident over mowing

f you mow the lawn for an older neighbor or a sick relative, that’s called a good deed.   But what’s it called when someone forces ...

One Greenbelt (MD) resident injured, 18 displaced in condominium fire

A Greenbelt man was injured and 18 residents were displaced when a fire ripped through a condominium building Saturday morning.    Read more………

Whitehall condo dispute costing taxpayers money; spending at issue (FL)

As a long-time condo owner, Cary Collins has invested a lot in his unit and his association through monthly dues.  “It was a well kept ...

Recent Condo & HOA Articles From Around the Web

Bridging the New and Old Brigade of Association Residents

When the demographics of your condo or homeowner association start to change with an influx of younger residents problems can and often will arise. Is ...

Should you stay or should you go? Directors- think twice before tendering that resignation!.

How many times have you thought about resigning from your association’s board of directors because you felt that your efforts and time were not appreciated ...

Do Your HOA Board Members Know Which Documents Are Open for Review?

As an HOA board member, you should know what homeowners association documents your members are entitled to review. Association members are welcome to read official ...

(CO) Manager Licensure Exam Available February 1st!

The Division of Real Estate has just announced that the Community Association Manager licensure exam will be available to take on February 1st! Here’s the ...

HOA boards should tread carefully on assistance animals

We are often asked about pet restrictions in the context of homeowners’ associations (HOAs) and their enforceability with respect to assistance animals for persons with ...

Preparing your association for electronic communications

Illinois community associations may now communicate electronically with their owners, but that doesn’t mean they can cut their paper and postage budgets. Many practical details ...

Do You Have What it Takes to Be an HOA Board Member?

The last time that you attended the HOA board meeting for your homeowners association the current board asked you and everyone present to consider volunteering ...

Drones could get expanded role in real estate

Drones — also known as “unmanned aerial vehicles ” — are everywhere. Our military uses them in warfare, archeologists scan ancient Peruvian ruins to avoid ...

Is It Difficult and Costly to Change Management Companies

NO!, That’s it, that’s the secret management companies do not want you to know. So let’s assume for the sake of this article you have ...

“We want to remove the board because we want to fire the manager”

So, this won’t be like my usual posts where I share a recent case or discuss a section of the Condominium Act, 1998. Today I’m ...

Frozen? Snow and Ice – Don’t Let It Go

Winter in Colorado is sure to bring cold weather, snow, and urgent phone calls about broken water lines and slip-and-fall accidents on common areas. The ...

Why Boards Should Never Defer Maintenance

Why shouldn’t boards defer maintenance? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Who can blame boards for not spending money where it’s not imperative ...

Legal & Legislative News

Court date approaches in Royal Shores (TX) mowing dispute

After more than two years, the ongoing dispute in the Royal Shores sudivision in Kingwood concerning mowing a reserve area is finally going to be ...

Fight over Virginia homeowner associations continues in 2015 session

As more and more Americans live in close neighborhood quarters, there’s a new sheriff in town — your local homeowner association.  And there’s an ongoing ...

Changes to Construction Defect Claims Process Being Considered by Florida Legislature Create Concerns for Associations, Property Owners

Developed with the assistance of the South Florida Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, House of Representatives Bill 87 seeks to amend Chapter ...

Foreclosing Lender Forced to File a Separate Action on Association Assessments

Foreclosing mortgagees often wait until after a foreclosure judgment and certificate of title are issued to determine the extent of liability to a homeowners or ...

Parking Enforcement More Streamlined for Wisconsin Condominiums

The ability of Wisconsin condominiums to remove illegal parkers from common elements has been made easier under a recent law and rule making by the ...

Town attorney says Land Court ruling on disputed Marshfield beach ruling may have wider application

A disputed Marshfield beach has been ruled public in Land Court with the help of 350-year-old documents from the Pilgrim Hall Museum, and the town’s ...

Conflicts in the Condo Association (VT)

This case has to do with a “longstanding feud” (SCOV’s actual description of the situation) between a condo association and one of the individual property ...

(CO) Hearing on Permanent Rule-Making for Manager Licensure Scheduled

The Colorado Division of Real Estate has announced that a hearing on permanent rule-making for manager licensure will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, ...

New legislation proposed (WA)

The Washington State Legislative Action Committee for CAI (LAC) has announced that Senate Bill Senate Bill (SB) 5263 – the Washington State Uniform Common Interest ...

Some gated communities may still keep politicians out (IN)

Lakes of the Four Seasons and similar gated communities that own their roads and sidewalks may once again become no-go zones for campaigning politicians.  On ...

Oregon Court of Appeals Clarifies Application of Statute of Limitations and Statute of Repose in Connection with Construction Defect Suit

In Riverview Condo, Ass’n v. Cypress Ventures, Inc., 266 Ore. App. 574 (Or. Ct. App. 2014), the Oregon Court of Appeals clarified application of the ...

Petersen’s Homeowners Bill of Rights to be heard in Senate (VA) committee Jan. 26

Senator Chap Petersen’s (D-Fairfax) bill to establish the Virginia Homeowners Bill of Rights (SB1008) will be heard in Senate General Laws Committee on Monday, January ...

Op/Ed

Don’t hassle me, I’m just trying to save the planet

Sometimes I get this feeling that I’m getting away with something. In some ways, it’s kinda true. When I drive my car on battery power ...

EDITORIAL: Political signs display constitutional rights

The state mid-level appeals court that decided last week in favor of Queensbury homeowners who put political signs in front of their house took the ...

“Super Liens” disrupt lender can-kicking bad mortgage loans

Super Liens are liens that have priority over all other liens in the property record, and they can’t be subordinated. Courts historically shun super liens ...

Could limiting defect lawsuits bring more condos to Denver?

If you’re looking to buy a condo in Denver, you’ve probably noticed there aren’t many options. Only 2,205 building permits for condos and townhomes are ...

Miami Beach fights rising sea by building more waterfront condos

But Miami Beach needs this penthouse — and many more like it. The more developers build here, the more taxes and fees the city collects ...

AIRBnB is Infuriating the Neighbors. Is It Time for New Rules?

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

Can Boomers Make Cohousing Mainstream?

About 130 cohousing communities exist in the U.S., according to the Cohousing Association, a nonprofit based in Durham, North Carolina. McCamant, whose firm Cohousing Partners ...

Towering inferno of excuses

Despite warnings that the city wouldn’t extend the deadline further, 455 high-rises failed to complete the fire safety improvements by Jan. 1. That astonishing number ...

Condo-fee foreclosures become headache for homeowners

If you’ve fallen behind on your condo or homeowner association (HOA) fees, this might be a shocker for you: Your HOA or condo association might ...

Denver (CO) Chamber of Commerce Focused on Destroying Homeowner Rights

The 2015 legislative session in Colorado is set to kick off tomorrow and it promises to be an interesting one. Following the November elections, the ...

N.J. Supreme Court decision clarifies rules for condo associations, other properties: Opinion

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and a unanimous New Jersey Supreme Court issued this week a virtual emancipation proclamation for the million and a half residents ...

HOA fraud (NV) case shows disdain for public access

It’s bad enough when federal judges, federal court administrators and federal prosecutors work together to block press and public access to the justice system. But ...

Canada Condo & HOA News

Woman upset she paid neighbour’s Hydro bills for 12 years

A Surrey woman is demanding answers from BC Hydro, and her strata, after finding out she was paying her neighbour’s power bills for the past ...

Condo Smarts: Pitfalls to avoid when investing strata funds

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation has $350,000 invested in GICs with an investment brokerage. We have used the same company for the past five years ...

Condo Questions: Unpaid fees a disaster waiting to happen

Q: If a condo corporation were to become insolvent because many owners are refusing to pay a special assessment fee and their monthly condo fees, ...

Strata Living: What a difference a day makes

Dear Tony: What happens when proper notice of a council decision is not sent to an owner? We had a recent situation where an owner ...

‘Like a set out of the Walking Dead’: Penhorwood’s troubled condos to come down in Fort Mac (AB)

Like other Penhorwood owners and residents, Brace has been unable to return since the cold night the 168-unit development was hurriedly evacuated nearly four years ...

Condo owners scramble to meet July 1 deadline for recycling kitchen scraps (BC)

A single, 250-litre garbage bin sits inside a basement room at the Classico condominium at 1328 West Pender, waiting to be pressed into service to ...

Did you know you could sue the syndicate of co-owners for damages on your property caused by construction defects of the common areas?

One autumn afternoon, after heavy rains, Monica sees water stains in the ceiling. She touches the ceiling, and finds out that it is wet. She ...

When a condo board goes rogue and plays by its own rules

Q. Our corporation is not following the Condo Act. Annual meetings are not called, rules are not enforced, inquires are not answered, etc. This is ...

Condo Questions: Unpaid fees a disaster waiting to happen

Q: If a condo corporation were to become insolvent because many owners are refusing to pay a special assessment fee and their monthly condo fees, ...

Etobicoke residents say neighbourhood lost out on $100K in negotiations with condo developer

A Mimico residents’ group still wants to know how their neighbourhood lost out on $100,000 in proposed money for local amenities.  The cash was part ...

Condo Smarts: Kitchen scraps (new BC waste management regs)

Dear Tony: We have seen a few articles and interviews on the new organic waste requirements.  Our strata corporation is a 32-unit apartment building with ...

MLA puzzled by condo act complaints (AB, Canada))

Bill 9, the Condominium Property Amendment Act, passed unanimously in the legislature on Dec. 10, but for some groups, dissatisfaction with the act lingers.  The ...