National Condo & HOA News

Residents of Packard condos (IN) settle suit with developer

Residents of downtown’s The Packard condominiums have settled a two-year-old lawsuit with developer Kosene & Kosene Residential.  Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but ...

Travel costs for Parkway Gardens (CA) manager total $25,550

The court-appointed manager for Parkway Gardens has billed $25,550 for trips to the condominium development over the past 17 months – an expense Fairfield City ...

Police investigation launched into homeowners’ association treasurer (FL)

a Coral Springs community called Glen Walk plagued by homeowners’ association politics and allegations of wrongdoing by a powerful board official. Since Norman began his ...

Case of the leaking corpse: Court won’t revisit condo owner claim against insurer (FL)

The 4th District Court of Appeal on Wednesday said it won’t reexamine its April decision concerning Judy Rodrigo’s long battle with State Farm.  Rodrigo’s condo ...

Homeowners being told to tear down patio covers in place for years (NV)

They say the sins of the father are visited upon the son. And that seems to be just what’s happening in a central valley home owners ...

North Shore (LA) Neighborhood Warning: Don’t Feed the Sharks

The homeowners association for Eden Isles in Slidell wants people to beware of bull sharks in the neighborhood’s canals.   According to an online posting, the ...

Has your Association updated its Frequently Asked Questions and Answers Sheet? (FL)

Many associations are not diligent in timely updating their Frequently Asked Questions and Answers Sheet (“FAQ”), which may be a violation of Florida law. Rule ...

MetroWest (FL) residents may pay $2M to gain control of community

Almost 30 years after the opening of MetroWest, its residents may get control of their community.  The MetroWest Master Association, which oversees about 40 homeowner ...

Condo neighbor ‘masterful’ in ‘freaky’ video (OR)

Mitchell Brown said his condo association board neighbor won’t stop harassing him. He said she screams at him and calls him names.  But what bothers ...

HOAs fall victim to developers’ leftover costs (NC)

Many of you contact Action 9, upset with your homeowners association. But, sometimes, homeowners associations are the victims. Lakisha Allen is a parent, a full-time IT ...

Oswego (IL) may take control of private streets in subdivision

The village of Oswego is considering taking ownership of several private streets in the Ogden Falls subdivision. The Village Board recently authorized staff to begin the ...

Vultures help clean up fish kills in Parrish ponds (FL)

River Plantation, a deed-restricted residential community in the heart of rural Parrish, reportedly experienced a fish kill in three community stormwater retention ponds over the ...

Recent Condo & HOA Articles From Around the Web

Office of the Attorney General (NJ) Issues Disability Fact Sheet for Housing with Homeowner’s Associations

Division on Civil Rights Director Craig T. Sashihara announced today that the Division has posted a new Disability Accommodation Fact Sheet on its Web site ...

Help! Our HOA (or Condo) Needs Money

Community associations can become cash-strapped for a variety of reasons – unexpected large repairs, increased utility expenses, weather related emergencies, or simply years of poor planning.  ...

Condo and HOA Insurance – Risk Management Budgeting

Each year an association’s board of directors is entrusted with budgeting for the upcoming fiscal year. This would typically be spearheaded by the management firm, ...

How to start building a valuable brand for your community association? Part II of our Branding Series!

My last blog discussed why you should start considering your community’s brand and how you are viewed in the marketplace by potential purchasers, vendors and ...

HOA Governing Documents

Governing documents for a community association are given out to all residents in an HOA. They contain the declaration, articles of incorporation, bylaws and rules ...

Lawmakers, Homeowners Fight Rules Saying Solar Is Too Ugly To Install

“What if I want a solar panel shaped like the Starship Enterprise?” a Texas state senator asked during a 2011 legislative hearing about solar panel ...

The Basics of General Building-Facade Maintenance

Without adequate preparation, keeping your building in shape can become an expensive headache. But if a building is properly pointed, with solid coping, good flashing ...

Vendor Proof of Insurance: Resident vs. Non-Resident

When you hire someone to do work for you, do you assume they have worker’s compensation insurance or do you ask for proof? Worker’s compensation ...

General Contractors: Make sure you have a Subcontractor Exception to the Your Work Exclusion in your CGL Policy

Do you know what your CGL insurance policy covers? General contractors may expect that their CGL policy covers the cost to repair defective work, or ...

FEMA Flood Map Service Center (New & Improved)

The official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Use the MSC to find your official ...

Best Practices for Texts, Emails & Speeches

Communications is an important tool often underutilized. Many of us in our day-to-day processing of tasks seem to think that the person(s) we are communicating ...

Difficult Resident? Think Long-Term

With well over a million units under management, the Associa team has pretty much seen it all when it comes to difficult residents and the ...

Legal & Legislative News

Homeowners Association Super Liens

If you don’t pay the fees and special assessments imposed by your homeowners’ association, in most cases, a lien will usually automatically attach to your ...

New Case Regarding 9(g)(1) and Foreclosing Mortgagees Resolves Some Confusion (IL)

A recent Illinois Appellate Court case confirms that the purchaser of a condominium unit that does not pay its assessments following its purchase of the ...

Gov. Quinn (IL) kills bill to cap assessments tied to foreclosed condo sales

Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday killed a bill that would have limited the amount of money due to a condominium association when a foreclosed unit ...

Lawmakers (CA) approve bill to pave way for drought-tolerant landscaping

Kicking off a two-week lawmaking flurry before closing shop for the year, California legislators took actions on 143 bills on Monday, including a bill that ...

Old Cases Ring True: A Review of Wolinsky v. Kadison and Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims

As boards and managers take in the Palm II opinion and digest its consequences, we want to provide a few case briefs on existing condominium ...

Airspace in an Age of Drones (Research Paper)

The growing interest in domestic drones is drawing new attention to unresolved questions regarding the scope of landowners’ rights in the airspace above their land. ...

What Happens if a Sheriff’s Deed is Transferred? Who Pays Association Assessments?

In a recent, unpublished opinion, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that the transfer of a purchaser’s interest in property that was acquired through a ...

Bad Faith and the Costs of Ignoring a Court Order

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently released its much anticipated decision in the ongoing Boily saga.  You may recall from previous blog posts that the ...

Can Delinquent Condo Owners Be Exposed? (MD)

If you live in a condominium and you are delinquent on your monthly assessment, can your association disclose your name? If you live in a ...

When do HOA assessments become your responsibility? (IL)

A recent Illinois Appellate Court decision has brought to the forefront the ongoing dispute between foreclosure sale purchasers—usually mortgagees—and homeowners associations (HOAs) regarding the extent ...

Unit Owners Can Be Liable for Condo Association’s Legal Fees

A judgment entered by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary S. Glazer in 315 Arch St. Condominium Association v. 315 Arch St. Realty 2005 ...

The Impact of Tiara Condominiums: Independent Tort Claims and Jury Trial Waivers Make Their Way to Florida Banking Law

The newest development concerning independent tort claims and causes of action arising from a breach of contract manifests as a result of Tiara Condo. Ass’n., ...

Op/Ed

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 ...

Early Efforts on Behalf of “The Amateur Radio Parity Act” HR.4969 Bearing Fruit (the other side)

Initial efforts to secure additional co-sponsors for “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” — HR.4969 — are starting to produce results. As of August ...

The days of simply being able to smoke ‘em, anywhere, if you got ‘em are long gone, and smoking pot at home may be going the same way.

Where this is going to get dicey in Aurora is in apartment, condo and townhouse complexes. Homeowner associations governing these communities can and should regulate ...

HOA Rules (Sometimes) Make Sense

Homeowners associations (HOAs) are notorious — even infamous — for having draconian rules, spotty enforcement, and … But sometimes, if you dig a little deeper, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Let’s hear from an amateur radio operator –

If you read the simple, three-page bill, you will see that while the bill would, as you correctly state, pre-empt community rules and HOA blanket ...

Our view: Rules are meant to be … followed (CA)

Reports of a Nevada County man’s duel with his homeowner’s association made headlines well beyond the county borders in the past week, after he said ...

California drought: We all must conserve

The “Tone Deaf Award of the Month” goes to the Bay Isle Pointe Homeowners Association, which just sent out green postcards warning selected residents of ...

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 ...

Spotlight Category - Energy/Water Conservation

Lawmakers, Homeowners Fight Rules Saying Solar Is Too Ugly To Install

“What if I want a solar panel shaped like the Starship Enterprise?” a Texas state senator asked during a 2011 legislative hearing about solar panel ...

Lawn watering disputed (CA)

Two Birnam Court Wood residents’ attempt to comply with state guidelines for water conservation during California’s plaguing drought raised the ire of their homeowners association, ...

Woman calls Team 10 over HOA water waste (CA)

A woman called Team 10, upset her homeowners association was wasting what could be thousands of gallons of water during the severe drought.    Read ...

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 ...

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 ...

Lawmakers (CA) approve bill to pave way for drought-tolerant landscaping

Kicking off a two-week lawmaking flurry before closing shop for the year, California legislators took actions on 143 bills on Monday, including a bill that ...

Texas law lets developers ban solar panels while subdivisions are growing

But when Schirmer submitted an application to his homeowner association, his request was denied — despite a Texas law that bans HOAs from restricting the ...

East Bay (CA) Homeowner Fined By HOA For Replacing Lawn With Drought-Resistant Landscaping

An East Bay homeowner is in a battle with her homeowners’ association over her drought-resistant yard after she was fined by the HOA for not ...

HOAs can and are getting on board with drought restrictions (CA)

“Following the water rules” (Thursday’s Signal) expresses a legitimate concern of SCV HOA residents — they are concerned about penalties for letting their lawns go ...

The Fight for the Right to Hang a Clothesline

Clotheslines. Ugly nuisance or thrifty household friend? You’ll find strong opinions on both sides of the question.   Many homeowners associations across the country ban clotheslines ...

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, ...