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Residents displaced in University City condo fire (CA)

A fire sparked by a plumber’s torch tore through a University City condominium building Thursday afternoon, causing an estimated $600,000

Some neighbors fume as developers eye Phoenix golf courses to build houses (AZ)

“You can’t make someone keep a property a golf course with no other economic use,” he said.  And private covenants,

HOA tells man to stop building treehouse (GA)

The large treehouse, a room built on a 20 x 20 deck, sits behind a Snellville home. Mitch Howell says

At state committee hearing in Doylestown, condo owners lobby for relief from county recording fees

When the Villages of Flowers Mill Homeowners Association in Langhorne amended its bylaws in 2011 to allow for exceptions to

East Lansing (MI) in court again over nearly $20K in rental fines (condo rental)

A city code enforcement officer wrote nearly $20,000 in tickets on one day in February to an East Lansing couple

Valley Cottage condo complex uproots vegetable garden (NY)

A Rockland mother says her Earth Day project turned out to be a lesson in disappointment.  Peggy Prisciotta planted a

Avon Lake gate ordinance in effect despite questions (OH)

A new ordinance that requires all current and future gated communities to install a universal emergency access system is now

Neighbor Disputes Turn Wealthy Areas Into War Zones

The battle between homeowner Marshall Jenney and the Seabreeze Homeowners Association in Rehoboth Beach, Del., began innocently enough: Some of

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Residents displaced in University City condo fire (CA)

A fire sparked by a plumber’s torch tore through a University City condominium building Thursday afternoon, causing an estimated $600,000

Homeowners’ Groups Fill U.S. Last-Mile Broadband Gap

Incumbent telecommunications providers in the U.S. have long been protective of their franchises and footprints in trying to maintain their

What Community Associations Should Know About the Fair Housing Act and its Impact on Pool Rules and Regulations

With the summer heat wave in full force, it is nice to enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool to

The Single Most Important Word

The question comes up every time I’m meeting with a prospective client. What are you not accomplishing at your community

Blurred Lines: Real Estate vs. Strata

Given that owners corporations in their early days were largely managed out of real estate offices, any suggestion that real

How to Write Requests for Proposals for Best Results

Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are a tool managers can use to ensure the best products and rfpspecifications are used in

How Property Managers can Fight Terrorism

“It won’t happen here.” That’s surely something uttered by property managers every time another incidence of terrorism occurs. However, the

6 Facts You Should Know About Homeowners’ Associations

Most people assume that owning a home is just like owning almost anything: once it’s yours, no one short of

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Reductions in Property Value Due to the Presence of Construction Defects

Last month the Oregon Supreme Court recognized and seemingly affirmed a strategy to reduce taxable property value due to the

The Fuss about Florida’s Fire Sprinkler Opt Out Deadline

The Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes (“Division”) has recently been quoted in several media articles advising that

Carson’s contaminated Carousel tract wins $120 million settlement (CA)

Workers have only just begun removing millions of tons of oil-caked soil left buried for decades in the yards of

Political Signs in HOAs: What Residents, Boards and Managers Need to Know (CO)

For those of you who know me, you know that I’m a political junkie. But even for me, this political

Nevada Supreme Court Accepts Certified Question in HOA Lien Litigation Case – Should the SFR Decision Apply Retroactively?

We previously reported on the Nevada Supreme Court’s decision in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC. v. U.S. Bank, N.A., holding

New FHA bill brings good news for condo buyers

Congressional Democrats and Republicans haven’t agreed on much lately, but they’re together on one issue that affects condominium buyers and

Your Homeowners’ Association May Not Be Taking Advantage of a Favorable Tax Break (FL)

A major expense for many homeowners’ and condominium owners’ associations is the cost of the utilities for common areas of

When are association dues not due? (Philippines)

IN the past, people strive to own a home to free themselves from the hassle and burden of paying monthly

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N.J. gas explosion victims are at mercy of others

In the end, it is the homeowner’s association and its management company that should go to bat for the residents

How to connect HOAs and cities

Homeowners associations are key elements of West Valley communities, but the original concept has outgrown its usefulness.  Many cities make

Body Corporate Services and the strata scheme from hell

SOME ARENAS of corruption and rorts receive tolerable coverage in the media. By contrast, the strata management sector has kept

Laws change while Virginia sleeps

In January 2016, two bills were introduced into the General Assembly, SB-416 and HB-812, one in the Senate, the other

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Condo ‘presales’ could be left in chaos by new B.C. tax, industry warns

B.C.’s new tax for foreign buyers could end up causing a “huge mess” that hurts Canadian property owners if the

Condo Smarts: Census collection sparks concerns

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation has been contacted by census staff requesting access to our building.  We have been advised

Animals left on condo balconies ‘grey area’ for Toronto police

When it comes to animals being left on condominium balconies and how police can act, it is very much a

Condo Q&A: Help! The upstairs neighbour’s dirty laundry water ends up in my kitchen sink

Q. My upstairs neighbour has a portable washing machine hooked up to her kitchen tap. When in use, this causes

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Drone Regulations in the US

In a prior blog post we reported about an out-of-control drone that crashed into a Florida condominium.  The Federal Aviation

The First Year in the Life of a Condominium Corporation

The first year of a condominium corporation is a big one. In addition to dealing with ongoing construction work, construction

How to Calculate the First Year Budget Deficit

Unfortunately, many budget statements are grossly inadequate, which leads to significant deficits in the first year and sharp increases in

Court finds that strata owners in Victoria cannot make rules to prevent the use of an apartment for short-term lettings (BC)

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Victoria has found that planning law, not strata law, is to govern