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Lack of regulation makes condo regimes easy targets for fraud

A swarm of FBI agents.  Computers, hard drives and financial records seized.  Reports of missing money.  The scene last month

Property Administrators closure: Where’s the money? (SC)

At least $1.2 million is missing from three former clients of Hilton Head Island’s now-shuttered Property Administrators Inc.  That figure

Fish kill neighbors speak out at meeting (NV)

Residents of the Desert Shores community that experienced a massive fish kill spoke out before their HOA on Wednesday evening.

Condo Owners Claim Shoddy Construction and They Are Fuming; File $45M Suit (FL)

When Jackie Durham closed on a new condominium within walking distance of the posh Gardens Mall in late 2005, she

Fire crews: Alarm system not working during NE Charlotte (NC) condo fire

Fire crews say the fire alarm system was not working in a condominium building when a fire broke out in

Lawyer convicted in HOA takeover scheme (NV) to continue legal practice

A federal judge Thursday denied a government request to bar convicted attorney Keith Gregory from practicing law while he waits

Fence fight divides neighbors in Virginia Beach (VA)

They say good fences make good neighbors, but one neighbor in Virginia Beach begs to differ. Rashonda Kelly claims someone

Sun never sets on ‘Twelve Oaks’ solar battle

Scott Hausman and the solar panels he erected at his Lake at Twelve Oaks home have been in and out

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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

The Need-to-Knows of Living in a Condominium Development – Part One: The Public Offering Statement (NJ)

No matter whether you are a first time home buyer or veteran repeat purchaser chances are you have been mentally

Noise Complaints: Blasting Music Is One Thing, Playing the Piano Another

Neighbor-to-neighbor noise complaints are almost always tricky for co-op and condo boards. Ideally, boards have to find a way to

Go Slow: Children at Play

The U.S. Department of Justice announced settlement of a Fair Housing violation case against a Community Association and its Management.

Boardroom Etiquette

Could your Community Association volunteers benefit from these boardroom manners?  Emily Post is one of the best known experts on

Get involved with your HOA to protect your home’s value

We take so many things for granted as we go about our busy lives. One of them is the routine

Long-range Planning in Your HOA

A manager of a seniors homeowner association once commented “We have to approach long range planning carefully around here. Many

Drones present opportunity, challenge for community associations

In the not-too-distant future, community associations could launch camera-equipped, unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, for many routine tasks.

Legal & Legislative News & Articles

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(VA) House Bill 2100 – What Does It Mean for Your Association’s Fees, Charges and Rental Restrictions?

There is a short summary statement about this bill being circulated that is very misleading. House Bill 2100 awaits the

(CA) Effective January 1, 2015, There is a New Law Impacting the Installation of Solar Energy Systems

AB 2188, which became effective January 1, 2015, redefines what reasonable restrictions an Association is allowed to require and, in

A Beacon for Homeowners and HOAs. Not So Much for Design Professionals (CA)

Earlier we wrote about a case that made architects none too happy – Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings

New laws (MD/DC) next year mandate bicycle storage, training for board officials

If you are a member of a community association board of directors in Montgomery County, as of January 2016 you

Re/Max Accused of Caribbean Condo Fraud (IL)

Re/Max sold 30 people luxury condos in the Cayman Islands without telling them the developer had no financing, and refused

CAI-CLAC Convenes HOA Industry Round Table

For several years CAI-CLAC has invited all segments of the community association industry to a “pre-session” meeting in the Capitol

Condo/Homeowners Associations Beware: The Michigan Legislature Has Dealt You a Severe Blow

In a lame duck session this past December, the Michigan Legislature quietly made sweeping changes to the Michigan Nonprofit Act.

Homeowner Association: $1.2 Million Fee Award Against Homeowners/Short Renting Landlords Affirmed On Appeal

This one is truly frightening and shows why fee shifting is a potential game changer in litigation.  Plaintiffs were condo

Op/Ed Columns

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Condo/Homeowners Associations Beware: The Michigan Legislature Has Dealt You a Severe Blow

In a lame duck session this past December, the Michigan Legislature quietly made sweeping changes to the Michigan Nonprofit Act.

Beware of condo bargains with high fees

If you come across a condo unit that’s selling at a rock bottom price, but with an unusually high maintenance

(FL) Editorial: Legislature should protect condo owners in apartment conversions

The best hope for condominium owners being forced out of their homes as their buildings are converted to apartments is

Colorado Senate Wins the “Arizoonie” Award

I thought I had retired the “Arizoonie”.  This was originally an annual award I gave to the state that proposed

Canadian Condo (Strata) & HOA News

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Owners have the power to amend rules about pets

Our condominium has a rule limiting pets to one dog in a unit. What steps can I take to change

Condo Smarts: Fee facts and fictions

Dear Tony: Our strata has been struggling with the issue of determining how high our strata fees should be.  Since

Condo Smarts: Look behind the numbers when comparing building’s strata fees

Dear Tony: Our strata has been struggling with determining how high our strata fees should be. Since we received our

Strata Living: Does size matter with pets?

Dear Tony: We have had a bylaw in our Burnaby building for the past 25 years that limits the size