National Condo & HOA News

Housing options limited for veterans (MI)

Site condos look just like homes you’d see in a typical subdivision, but guidelines set by each homeowners association are stopping veterans from getting special ...

The HOA: Help Or Headache?

This past weekend, KNPR ran across this story by the Las Vegas Review Journal about a man, geese and an homeowner’s association. And that got ...

Country Club neighbors at odds over proposed gates

Residents of a small cluster of high-end homes just outside the front gates of Bakersfield Country Club hope to secede from the surrounding neighborhood to ...

Blind man fights HOA over fence blocking him from bus stop (TX)

A blind man is suing his homeowner’s association after a fence they put up blocked his access to public transportation.   Chris Prentice has been waging ...

Promised 10 years ago, pool house still incomplete (DE)

Most people would have given up by now. For the better part of a decade, Richard Diesinger has been trying to get a pool house with ...

Save the Lakes seeks HOA approval for yard signs (AZ)

The group fighting to keep the Lakes Golf Course from becoming a blight in their community is being accused of causing a blight themselves with ...

Marijuana Policies Debated At HOA Conference

How to deal with marijuana smoking on private property was the subject of debate at a Homeowner’s Association conference in Denver.  Currently HOAs are treating ...

Homeowners want money back from ousted association president (PA)

Homeowners in the Wellington Heights development in Chester want their $3,400 back and they are currently fighting one of their own to get it back. ...

ABM (AZ) struggling to help Lakes Golf Course situation

The Ahwatukee Board of Management (ABM) has been accused of being dormant over the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course since it closed last year, but those ...

Problems plague subdivision (UT) – sinking into landfill

From the street, these homes appear sound, precise and attractive. Closer examination, however, reveals several have frightening structural cracks, apparently the result of the fact ...

Man’s kindness to web-footed creatures ruffles the feathers of homeowners association

Paradise Springs is a unique gated community near the corner of Pecos Road and Hacienda Avenue with a water feature that has been designated as ...

Treasure Island (FL), condo in conflict over dog beach access

There’s a spit of sand on the east side of Sunset Beach, just inside Blind Pass, that surfaces at low tide. Until recently a wooden ...

Recent Condo & HOA Articles From Around the Web

Spring Cleaning Inside and Out!

Even though it’s hard to tell sometimes, spring is finally here in Wisconsin. For many of us, springtime means spring cleaning. Maybe for you that ...

The Scoop on the Poop

You have heard that it rolls downhill, you might step in it literally and figuratively, and it is frequently a topic of discussion and a ...

Compliance Matters

Compliance is one of the major issues that all Associations face. On a daily basis complaints come in to the management company regarding non-complaint residents ...

Pros and Cons of HOA’s

Pro: Practice maintains value of property, adds safety      Read the pro’s Cons: Members could experience unfair practices     Read the con’s

How well informed are you on Directors & Officers Coverage?

When I thought about running for my HOA Board of Directors more than ten years ago, I wanted to know how many members served on ...

Not in My Yard: When Tensions Flare Over Front Yard Issues

Condos and HOA communities can be a great setting to own a home, enjoy privacy and the comforts of your own personal space. But, there ...

6 steps for reviewing plans with an HOA architectural review committee

Q: Our house plans have gone through three reviews with our Architectural Review Committee and their consulting architect, and we have been turned down each ...

4 Tips for Overcoming Challenges with Community Members

Running an HOA is challenging, especially when community members are difficult. The best way to overcome these challenges is through good communication between the board ...

HOAs and Condo Associations Might Consider Workers’ Compensation Policy

Question: I read your blog of April 3, 2014 Volunteers Can Cause Involuntary Liability For Condos and HOAs. Having a background in insurance, I agree ...

Buying into an HOA (PT 1) (CA)

Buying a new home can be an overwhelming process. The amount of paperwork is staggering. When buying property that is part of a homeowners’ association ...

Gun Control (CA)

QUESTION: Does the board have the right to ask residents to declare if they own a gun and what kind? Don’t we have 2nd Amendment ...

Community Policy on Security Cameras

We know you want to feel safe at home and you should. Maybe you’ve tried trimming foliage, increasing exterior lighting and installing a home security ...

Legal & Legislative News

Management Company Transparency Bill Signed Into Law (CO)

On April 18th, Governor Hickenlooper signed HB 1254 into law. The bill addresses the disclosure of fees charged to HOAs in Colorado by management companies. ...

Owners will be forced to sell under new laws (Australia)

A majority of apartment owners will be able to force their neighbours to sell their homes to developers under proposed laws to be taken to ...

A Brooklyn Condo Board Fights a Sponsor’s Alleged Shoddy Construction

The condo board at 550 Grand Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, had a problem unrelated to hirsute hipsters, organic kale smoothies and double-wide strollers. It’s a ...

Appellate court ruling on Palm is informative (IL)

In the recent case of Palm v 2800 Lake Shore Drive Condominium Association, the Fifth Division of the First District Appellate Court of Illinois issued ...

Directors’ Alleged Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Not Subject To Anti-SLAPP Statute — Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation

A SLAPP is a strategic lawsuit against public participation.  California enacted Code of Civil Procedure Section 425.16 as an antidote to SLAPP suits.  In general, a ...

Colorado HOAs vow strong defense of construction-defects law

Colorado homeowners associations plan a full-court press against any last-minute attempt to change the state’s construction-defects law — if and when it comes.     ...

Maryland House and Senate Fail To Agree On Versions of HOA Disclosure Requirements And Related Fees

Both the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates passed bills that would require Homeowners Associations to make re-sale disclosure information available upon written request of ...

Minnesota bill would prevent homeowners associations from banning solar

A bill likely to be voted on today in the Minnesota legislature would establish the right of certain homeowners to put solar panels atop their ...

Iowa Supreme Court Rules for Contractors in Homeowners Association Dispute with Subcontractors

The construction industry can claim another victory in its ongoing effort to avoid claims by homeowners who sue companies with whom they had no contractual ...

Condo Association can revoke license to park (FL)

A recent case demonstrates how important it is to carefully consider what documentation to use in connection with allocation of the use of parking spaces. ...

Florida House Bill 1061 is dead: Measure could’ve helped homeowners stay inside their homes

The days that Bob Domanick and his neighbors can sit at their condo pool in Boynton Beach may be numbered. Each one may be forced to ...

Court of Common Pleas issues ruling on 400 S. 40th Street that’s both a victory and a defeat for the Woodland Terrace Homeowners Assoc.

In May, 2012, the Philadelphia Historical Commission gave Penn permission to demolish the individually designated mansion at 400 S. 40th Street. The decision was based ...

Op/Ed

The saga of solar panels

We applied for a permit to install solar panels on the roof of our house in Great Island of Plymouth in September 2013.   On April ...

Don’t require condos to have thirsty lawns

Anyone who’s ever lived in a condominium knows that the homeowners association isn’t a happy institution for neighborly chats: it’s a form of hyper-hyper local ...

Fighting the dreaded HOA (OH)

As with many neighborhoods in the southern Summit County, here in the Portage Lakes there are people who live under the stringent rules of homeowners ...

Saving Lives Verses Driveway Mildew — Our Skewed Values

I have recently returned from a poor dusty village west of Leon, Nicaragua where the locals live in huts built of plastic wrap walls and ...

Spiteful POA blind-sided by karma

First, a riddle: What do homeowners’ associations and offensive linemen have in common? That’s easy. The only time you notice them is when they screw ...

An Argument Against Home Owners’ Associations

Like most things, Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) began with good intentions. With home values so closely tied to upkeep and curb appeal, it made sense to ...

Rules, Laws, Guidelines or Suggestions

Today is tax day. Not a fun day for a lot of people, I suspect. Most of us have come to terms with it as ...

Mediation Law No Panacea For Condo Owners In California

he latest news release from CalHomeLaw.org shows that mediation is far from useful for most common condo disputes. The Community Association Institute (CAI) descended on ...

Oh, what a world it would be

When it comes to making a positive impact on California’s environment — whether it be water conservation, reducing energy costs or even powering electric vehicles ...

Earthquake Insurance Does Little for Most Homeowners

My husband and I moved to California from Texas about 15 years ago. Both of the homes we have owned since we moved here have ...

Green makes bad neighbor

Several times each year I accept and enjoy assignments in lawsuits as a litigation support and expert environmental science and regulatory consultant. Over the last ...

Florida legislature considering new laws adversely affecting HOAs

The lawmakers in Tallahassee, in their infinite wisdom, sometimes decide that they know better than the average resident of the many neighborhoods represented by a ...