National Condo & HOA News

Condo association to apologize to bi-racial couple for discriminatory treatment (FL)

A South Florida condo association has announced it will issue a formal apology to a retired bi-racial couple after, the alleged victims said, they were ...

Fight Over Ground Squirrels Pits (HOA) Neighbor vs. Neighbor in Danville (CA)

A fight over ground squirrels is pitting neighbor against neighbor in Danville. Their tunnels are damaging a neighborhood, however one woman is waging a campaign ...

Interpretation of homeowner associations’ restrictive covenants should be logical

Perhaps the greatest source of disputes in homeowner associations is how restrictive covenants (deed restrictions) are interpreted and applied. The best way of minimizing argument ...

Embezzlement report filed against HOA president

According to the report, the Vice President was contacted by the HOA’s former President and was informed that they needed to contact the bank that ...

Three-way dispute over Riverwalk Townes subdivision (VA)

A dispute between a homeowners association, a developer and York County is heating up as each is lawyering up and residents say the county approved ...

Afflicted Plaza Gardens condos up for sale “as is” (MO)

Condominium buildings plagued with problems over its decks and balconies are scheduled to go up on the auction block this fall to be sold “as ...

Police lag to notify Edgewater (OH) HOA of jogger rape meant any high-resolution video erased

A resident’s group in the neighborhood where a jogger was attacked and raped Sept. 2 said in the time it took police to notify them ...

Some Las Vegas HOAs cast in role of underdog

Homeowners associations don’t often get to play the role of underdog in the valley. But they, too, have their dog days, because of a combination ...

Lion statues stolen from Cypress-area subdivision (FL)

Two bronze lion statues that once greeted families as they went in and out of a northwest Harris County subdivision were stolen and authorities are ...

Liberty Counsel Fights Religious Intolerance from Florida Home Owners’ Association

When Enock and Ines Berluche, homeowners at the Shingle Creek Reserve at the Oaks in Central Florida, were told to remove the religious statues in ...

Dog Leash Laws (CA) Unclear When It Comes to HOA’s

A neighborhood in Buellton is making its own rules to allow dogs to roam free at the local park. But some fear the leash-less dogs ...

Aurora (CO) HOAs fight 10 years over path for schoolkids

Two southwest Aurora neighborhoods have concluded 10 years of on-and-off mediation efforts to put an electronic gate between their properties to allow children from one ...

Recent Condo & HOA Articles From Around the Web

Governing by Representation

Community associations are a representative form of government founded on the principle of elected individuals representing the people. Much of our country is based on ...

How to Handle Reasonable Accommodation Requests

A request for a reasonable accommodation typically presents itself when an owner needs permission to break an association rule in order to accommodate a disability. ...

Does Your NC Property Owners Association Need Workers’ Compensation Insurance? Yes!

The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act (“Act”) requires all employers with three or more employees to carry workers’ compensation insurance. The purpose of this requirement ...

Top 10 Energy Tips: Good Advice Makes Saving Simpler

There’s probably not a condo, HOA or co-op board that doesn’t worry about money at some point or another, which is why staying on top ...

New Case of Theft, Fraud by a South Florida Homeowners Association President

Yet another case of theft and fraud inflicted on an association by an HOA president made local South Florida headlines recently. According to news reports, ...

3 Tips for Collaboration Between Property Managers and Boards

When trying to build and maintain a successful community, it is important that property managers and boards to work together to reach their goals, but ...

Solar Panels, HOAs, and Condominiums in North Carolina

Our modern society is always looking for opportunities to limit our footprint on the environment and to increase sustainability in a modern world. Wind, solar, ...

Is a Private Cloud Right for Your Property Management Company?

By now, you’ve heard all about cloud computing. It’s the buzzword that’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue. At its heart, cloud computing is simply ...

The Co-op/Condo Owner’s Manual (NY)

Thinking of buying a co-op or condo? Already bought, and not sure how co-op/condo life and rules work? Learn all about purchasing a place and ...

Strategic Planning and the Community Association

Strategic planning is a systematic planning process involving a number of steps that identify the current status of the association, including its mission, vision for ...

Eight Golden Rules for Boards of Directors

Board members must interface with their membership, management team, association vendors and other members of the public pragmatically at all times. Following are my personal ...

5 Tips for a Healthy Fall Lawn

Follow these five helpful fall landscaping reminders for a healthier yard and plants.   Read more………..

Legal & Legislative News

Bill to Eliminate Kafka-esque Condo Law Heads to Obama’s Desk

A bill that aims to eliminate cumbersome government regulation of condominium sales by clarifying the proper application of a 1968 law was due to head ...

Nevada high court: Super priority lien extinguishes first deed of trust

The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a super priority lien held by a homeowners association can extinguish a first deed of trust on ...

Law would protect right to display American flag (OH)

Landlords, apartment and condo complexes, and homeowners associations would no longer be able to demand the removal of the American flag under a bill introduced ...

An Overview of Condominium Defect Litigation in Florida

Due to poor mid-2000’s construction, the area of construction defect litigation is booming. Across the country, numerous owners are grappling with issues of shoddy construction ...

Condo Association’s Demand to Access Units Must Be “Reasonable and Necessary” (FL)

The Florida Condominium Act provides that an association has “the irrevocable right of access to each unit during reasonable hours, when necessary for the maintenance, ...

Horry delegation could get state support on HOA bill (SC)

The Horry County legislative delegation is counting to some extent on SC Realtors, the state association, to help in its quest to pass a bill ...

Washington Court Rules that Condominium Leasing Restrictions Require 90% Approval

The Washington Court of Appeals ruled earlier this month that 90% owner approval is necessary to amend the declarations of condominiums created after July 1, ...

‘Brown is beautiful’ landscaping bill signed by governor (CA)

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pair of bills on Thursday that protect residents in homeowners associations across San Diego County and California who want to ...

Huge Fla. Homeowners Group Says Firm Holding Files Hostage

The nation’s largest homeowners association filed suit in Florida state court Monday against Gursky Ragan PA, claiming the Miami law firm refuses to turn over ...

Does Your Homeowners Association Have the Right to Sue on Your Behalf? (MO)

Homeowners associations regularly file lawsuits to protect the interests of their members. These actions are oftentimes met with a challenge that the homeowners association has ...

A Congressman (NY) and Co-op / Condo Advocates Push to Reshape FEMA Aid

Shore View Condominiums, 20 units in seven seaside buildings in Rockaway Beach, Queens, was hammered by superstorm Sandy. And though the complex suffered nearly $250,000 ...

Judge dismisses homeowners’ lawsuit against Garden City (UT) over beach access

A lawsuit challenging public access to a segment of Bear Lake’s west beach was dismissed by a 1st District Court judge this week.  In June, ...

Op/Ed

Want to See More Millennials as Homeowners? Ease FHA Condo Restrictions

To casual observers, it may seem evident by now that urban density is not only fashionable, but has economic and environmental benefits. This does not ...

H-O-A from H-E-L-L

There’s a strong wind blowing through the Fishers neighborhood of Windermere and it feels a lot like mutiny. That’s where I live and not a ...

Are CDDs a Hidden Way to Tax Homebuyers and Pad Profits?

How did Beruff, Neal, Benderson and other local developers get so rich? One reason may be Community Development Districts. There are at least 75 CDDs ...

Let’s go for lawn-less front yards

Regarding Gary Horton’s provocative piece on old thinking about water rationing (Aug. 20, “Water rationing is old thinking”), I think Gary Horton is right on ...

HOA Management, A Reality Check for Board Members, Management and Homeowners

Having professional management, especially in these times of economic down turn, is more important than ever. With the continuing barrage of laws being passed related ...

With Odd Reasoning, HUD Won’t Let Co-op Owners Have Reverse Mortgages

Single-family houses can get reverse mortgages. Two- to four-family houses can get reverse mortgages. Even condominium apartments can get reverse mortgages — but not co-op ...

CAI Presses for Defeat of Federal Legislation to Pre-empt CC&Rs

Congress is slated to begin its final weeks in session prior to adjourning for the 2014 election. While the primary purpose of the session is ...

Editorial: Flawed condo law (FL) is assault on property rights

Condominium owners in Florida should be free to sell their units at a price of their choosing.  But a 2007 law is putting thousands of ...

A Radio Tower in Every Yard?

Most often the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (also known as the “CCR’s,” “Declaration of Condominium,” “Restrictions,” or by other names) is the highest ...

Beware of communities with HOAs (DE)

The events which resulted in our move to Sussex County last year originated from our desire to be free of involvement in a homeowners association. ...

Heritage House Condos, Greensboro, NC

One of the negatives to linking to news stories, is that those stories are most often, just one side of an issue.  Rarely do you ...

Other victims of the recession (ID)

The recession hit hard in America as well as here in North Idaho. Not only were families affected by job loss and the resulting foreclosures ...

Spotlight Category - Boards

Strategic Planning and the Community Association

Strategic planning is a systematic planning process involving a number of steps that identify the current status of the association, including its mission, vision for ...

5 Tips for Getting Newly Elected Board Members Ready to Serve

As exciting as getting new board members is with all the opportunities it presents, it can be difficult to get them up to speed with ...

Top 10 Attributes of Successful Community Association Boards

In addition to working with many community association and HOA boards on tax and audit matters, I’m also the president of my neighborhood’s Homeowner Association. ...

4 Steps to Taming Homeowner Rage in your HOA

Have you noticed how the “rage” once confined to our roadways has crept into our communities as well? “Owner Rage” is what we’ve come to ...

Four Types of Bothersome Homeowners Conduct

Q: I serve on the board of directors of a homeowner association.  There is one particular owner who monopolizes board time with antics and actions ...

Eight Golden Rules for Boards of Directors

Board members must interface with their membership, management team, association vendors and other members of the public pragmatically at all times. Following are my personal ...

Five things a community association Board of Directors should never do!

I have represented association boards for more than two decades and served on my own HOA board at one time so understanding the mechanics of ...

6 Steps for Removing a Board Member

Unfortunately, there are many reasons for which HOA board members are ousted from power. Felony convictions, acts of fraud, or simply not performing the duties ...

If you think Congress is tough, try serving on a condo board

It’s political season and candidates are telling us about their valuable education and experience in the military, business and government, all reasons we should make ...

Legal Update: A board can prevent a dissident board member from obtaining privileged information (WI)

Q: One of our board members opposes the association’s enforcement action against his close friend, the developer, but the action was approved by a majority ...

Changes to Condominium Property are Highly Scrutinized (FL)

The Board of Directors has the responsibility and authority to maintain the common elements of a condominium. On the other hand, Section 718.113(2)(a), Florida Statutes, ...

Avoiding Legal Blunders as a Volunteer Board Member

Much like corporations and charity organizations, condos, co-ops and HOAs across the nation are helmed by groups of residents who volunteer to serve their communities, ...