National Condo & HOA News

Local SoCal Homeowners Spray-Painting Lawns Green To Avoid Water Fees During Drought

Homeowners in Los Angeles are facing tough choices in keeping their lawns green during a devastating drought, pushing some far enough to spray paint them. ...

Residents want answers from condo association on storm cleanup (MI)

Three weeks after an EF-1 tornado ripped through Kentwood and Wyoming the destruction it left behind is still visible.   Some residents in a condo association ...

Goat landscaping, it’s a thing now (CA)

Among all forms of employment available to members of the animal kingdom, working for Goats R Us probably ranks among the most-coveted.   The Orinda-based company ...

Subdivision slide suit (CA)

A Northern California county is countersuing residents of a subdivision over a landslide last year that damaged numerous homes.  Lake County officials say the Lakeport ...

Laurel construction company sued over damaged Lake Serene dam (MS)

The Lake Serene Homeowners Association filed suit against Bush construction company of Laurel, blaming the company and its agents for damaging the dam that separates ...

HOA restricts homeowners from renting homes (CO) – New subdivision will limit rentals to 15% of homes

At Peoria Place, a 120-home development under construction in Englewood, Richmond American Homes is offering new features for homeowners, including a new clause in the ...

Failed Norristown condos still a burden to buyers

Terry Derby had to surf on seven different couches. Ellen Frank was turned down for credit cards and had trouble leasing a car. Ryan Schofield ...

Smoke signals: Condo neighbors try to resolve second-hand smoke issue (MA)

The right to smoke versus the right to clean air was up for debate during the July 16 Board of Health meeting.   Wareham Health Agent ...

Valley woman says HOA’s sprinklers damaged her home

It seemed like a small problem with a simple solution. “All I wanted was for the water to be aimed away from my house.”  Carol Till ...

Condo parking structure partially collapses in Century City (CA)

A section of a large parking garage collapsed in Century City on Friday morning, apparently caused by the storage of too much dirt and rocks ...

Lawsuit claims neighbor’s cat odors hurt property values (IL)

A Chicago couple filed a lawsuit alleging that 20 cats in their downstairs neighbor’s one-bedroom unit in Lakeview and the corresponding odors are reducing property ...

Renter voices frustration with HOA (CO)

Bryan Kahtava has been living in Stetson Hills for a year now and is fed up, after citations from his local home-owner’s association began stacking ...

Recent Condo & HOA Articles From Around the Web

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 ...

Do Water Lines Belong in a Reserve Study?

When deciding whether a common area item belongs in a reserve study, refer to The National Reserve Study Standard four-part test: Is this item Association ...

Some Of The Strangest Homeowner Association Regulations You’ll Ever Hear!

Yes, HOA’s are intended to help maintain a certain quality of consistency in planned neighborhoods, designed, among other things, to ensure all homeowners keep their ...

Here’s a Riddle: What Takes More Than a Minute, But Less Than a Minute to Lose?

Unlike earlier articles we have written about the necessity to memorialize and document actions taken by condominium and subdivision boards and their constituent members, there ...

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 ...

Medical Marijuana, Google Glass…what other items are the subject of new rules in your community?

Summer is the perfect time for many associations to speak with their association attorney about updating their rules and regulations. I have been busy for ...

Group Homes in HOAs

One HOA president recently told me his community has about 10 group homes, ranging from group homes for the disabled to group homes for troubled ...

How to get Homeowners to Attend HOA Meetings (AZ)

What do ghost towns, Arizona saunas in the summer, and HOA meetings have in common? If you’re a board member and you hold regular meetings—as ...

Alternative Investment Opportunities for Condominium Reserve Funds

While the 2013 cost of living rate went up about 1.5 percent, the rate on money market funds and certificates of deposit have maintained rates ...

Frustrated? Stifled? Trying to Get Something on the Agenda of Your HOA?

I commonly receive questions about meeting and committee agendas. Owners want to get something on the agenda for an upcoming meeting. Sometimes the owner is ...

The Board and Homeowner Struggle

One of the most often asked questions we hear from disgruntled homeowners is “who gave the board the right to tell me how to live ...

Private Security Cameras in HOAs: How Much is Too Much?

Security cameras offer peace of mind for the resident who installs them, but for the rest of the HOA, they may infringe on privacy. The ...

Legal & Legislative News

New Florida Condominium and HOA Law 2014

Another year and another round of tweaking to Florida’s Homeowners Association Act (Florida Statutes Chapter 720) and the Florida Condominium Act (Florida Statutes Chapter 718) ...

“Spoliation of Evidence”: Another Reason Not to Misbehave During a Lawsuit (NY)

In the ever-amusing annals of things co-op and condo boards shouldn’t do, one of them is breaking into an apartment during a legal dispute. This ...

New law prohibits some fines for brown lawns during droughts

Californians who let their lawns die during a drought won’t risk a slap on the wrist from their homeowners’ associations, thanks to a bill signed ...

Courts curb power of HOAs to amend Declarations (NC)

I’ve written before about amending the Declarations for a homeowner association. A new case handed down this month by the North Carolina Court of Appeals ...

ARRL President Issues Call to Action to Gain Support for HR.4969 Amateur Radio Parity Act!

If the measure passes the 113th Congress, it would require the FCC to amend the Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply PRB-1 coverage to ...

Publication of Debtors = Problems for Creditors

Publishing a list of deadbeats may seem like a cool and effective means of collecting debts but it could get the publisher(s) in big legal ...

Condo bill would toughen rules for document access (MA)

State legislators are being urged to toughen a law governing condominium boards so condo owners will have better access to basic financial information.   Read more…….

A Primer: Economic Loss Doctrine Not Necessarily Bar to Tort Recovery (MA)

Although the “economic loss doctrine” has historically barred recovery of certain classes of tort damages, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently affirmed an Appeals Court ...

Which affirmative defenses might derail your community’s enforcement efforts

Most association boards can decide when they wish to pursue an owner who has violated the community’s restrictions. However, it is the rare board that ...

A deep divide over condo foreclosure bill (IL)

An Illinois bill awaiting the governor’s signature or veto has deeply divided a constituency with a shared goal: getting new owners into foreclosed condominiums.  The ...

AG sues Colorado’s largest foreclosure law firms alleging massive fraud

Colorado’s largest foreclosure law firms — The Castle Law Group and Aronowitz & Mecklenburg — were slapped with massive civil lawsuits Tuesday by attorney general ...

Architects Beware: It is Now Settled That the Principal Architect Owes a Duty of Care to Third Party Purchasers for Negligent Design (CA)

In Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, the California Supreme Court held that architects and engineers can be held liable to ...

Op/Ed

Federal Legislation re: Ham Antennas

Last month, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced H.R. 4969, legislation that may invalidate community association rules and architectural standards that govern the installation and use ...

Battle begins for Sarasota County Human Rights Ordinance

The desire for the HRO came out of a conflict with 2013 Venice condo complex, Casa Di Amici, where Nowak rents her condo to her ...

Should homeowners associations allow therapy dogs?

Service dogs make sense. Service pigs, I have my doubts.   In Lake Worth, Eric and Rori Halpern say their pet potbellied pig Wilbur is a ...

Builders (CO) insist the threat of lawsuits keeps them from erecting condos

Here’s a surprising fact: Despite the popularity of starter homes in today’s recovering housing market, Colorado builders aren’t throwing up many condominiums.   Read more………

It May Be Time to Fire Your HOA Management Company

Here is a lesson that we can all take to heart. My contact and experience with management companies is fairly extensive–both as a home owner/investor and ...

DNA Testing Dog Poop: Genius or Ridiculous?

It’s happened to everyone. You walk outside to discover an unpleasant pile of dog poop on your beautiful lawn, and you don’t even own a ...

Should your condo or HOA have an Automatic External Defibrillator?

The American Heart Association encourages the purchase and availability of automatic external defibrillators (AED) and many community associations have already purchased this life safety equipment ...

Shamed for a Bike Ramp: What’s Wrong with My Home Owners’ Association?

Let me tell you a little bit about me. I am practical, not elaborate in needing too many material things, I love allowing my kids ...

When You Send Plans to Your Homeowners Association, It’s Real

In case you don’t know me very well, here’s the deal on my property. Eric and I have 4 acres.  Our acreage is located in a ...

HOA Fines Force Tear Down of The Graffiti Fence

With a heavy heart I must tell you that the Graffiti Fence Experiment is being shut down because the Summerlakes Homeowners Association is raising the ...

Should the US flag be exempt from neighborhood rules?

There is a new controversy over an American flag and the rules of a homeowner’s association – this time in the Denver suburb of Littleton, ...

Why Should Your Condo Be FHA Certified

Ensuring your HOA and community has many perks to draw in potential homebuyers is a must, and now you can add FHA certification to that ...

Spotlight Category - Energy/Water Conservation

Chandler (AZ) pushing HOA reclaimed water use

Three quarters of south Chandler’s homeowners associations take advantage of their access to reclaimed water, and the city is hoping a new loan program will ...

A condo community that doesn’t use fertilizer or irrigation? Yes, it’s possible (FL)

Water flows through Oak Park Terrace the way it way it does in so many neighborhoods in Florida. Rain hits the rooftops, lawns and parking lots. Gravity ...

Water conservation effort pays off for townhouse HOA (AZ)

Paseo Place is a small 120-plus townhome development in central Glendale that has been around more than 40 years. It was one of the first ...

Going Green to Save Green

These days, it seems like everybody is looking to ‘go green.’ The term is shorthand for a movement of environmental awareness that involves everything from ...

Water Restrictions, HOA Fees a Struggle for Plano (TX) Homeowners

Trying to grow grass in the Texas heat isn’t easy, especially with water restrictions during the drought. But not growing grass can prove costly for ...

Water Efficient Landscape Maintenance – The Easy Way

Here in California we’re experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades. State wide, officials are calling for more stringent limitations on water usage. Water ...

New law prohibits some fines for brown lawns during droughts

Californians who let their lawns die during a drought won’t risk a slap on the wrist from their homeowners’ associations, thanks to a bill signed ...

Solar Panels And Community Associations: Sparks Can Fly (WA)

Green living sometimes can be at odds with community association living. As much as we all likely strive to live in an environmentally responsible manner, ...

HOAs Prohibited from Fining Homeowners for Failure to Water (CA)

As residents of homeowners associations (“HOAs”) began responding to the Governor’s plea by reducing their irrigation, HOAs fined their members for failure to maintain their ...

San Leandro (CA)company to install four short wind turbine towers after HOA winds suit

Heron Bay Homeowners Association won its lawsuit when a judge agreed that San Leandro should have required an environmental review before approving the tall turbine ...

The Pros and Cons of HOA Recycling Rules

Recycling is beneficial to the environment and cuts down on waste, but is not mandatory, and some HOAs do not have recycling laws. If your ...

X-Rated Landscaping

Most HOAs have rules regarding the upkeep of homes, including landscaping. However, a healthy green lawn and beautiful plants take water, and in some states, ...