National Condo & HOA News

Witnesses say HOA conspirators used cash, guns and even growls to sway votes (NV)

More allegations surfaced Thursday about heavy-handed tactics used by former construction company boss Leon Benzer in the scheme to take over homeowners associations.   Read more………

One Dead In Rolling Meadows (IL) Condo Fire

The building is a three-story wood frame multi-family building containing 48 condominium units and a below level parking garage.   Read more………

Gate safety eyed after boy’s tragic death (NV)

The death of 8-year-old Matthew Cattlet is raising questions about the dangers of automatic gates.   Cattlet was crushed to death Tuesday night as he played ...

Parking ticket on private property from HOA raises residents concerns (CO)

Denver viewers got a parking ticket outside their Arvada townhome in the middle of the night.  It immediately raised their suspicion that it might be ...

After budget spat, Woodlake begins the healing process

The healing has begun in Woodlake.  One of western Chesterfield’s earliest upscale planned communities, the 2,800-home subdivision on the banks of the Swift Creek Reservoir ...

Man arrested after standoff in Deerfield Plantation (NC)

Police said that Coolbaugh, who was angry with security officers in the neighborhood for telling his son he couldn’t lay out in the sun in ...

HOA decides to let girl battling cancer get playhouse (MO)

Shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday the Stonegate Homeowners Association announced they will allow a little girl battling cancer to have her wish come true of ...

CBS4 Investigates: Condo Cash Mystery Part 1

The judge is talking about the situation at International Park One Condominium, specifically the units that were placed under a receiver by the court.   ...

HOA reconsiders denial of playhouse for girl battling cancer (MO)

Ella Schultz is just 6 years old and she’s already battled a lot in her life. Cancer has wracked her body and she’s back at ...

HOA scheme straw buyer, attorney say they feared for lives (NV)

Suspended lawyer Brian Jones testified Wednesday that he was fresh out of law school working at a high-powered law firm when he became involved in ...

Condo owner says association should fix leaky roof issue (CT)

Snow and ice have caused a lot of problems, especially on roofs of homes and businesses.  In Waterbury, Carlene Fuhring has a leak in her ...

Trying to close enforcement gap: Condos live under own rules; compliance mixed (AZ)

Unfortunately, there is little either SCHOA or COA can do to address those situations. COA is only an advisory group and has no regulatory authority ...

Recent Condo & HOA Articles From Around the Web

Is 10% of Budget to Reserves a Law?

Due to the financial meltdown that began approx 2008, more lenders are particular with respect to making loans. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA have ...

Committee Members

Give committees well-defined missions and trust them to do their jobs. You might just find they’ll take budgeting, design review, landscaping and more off the ...

Background checks can protect your community, but the landscape is filled with legal and regulatory land mines

Background checks can be complex, precarious and occasionally contradictory. But many community associations conduct a variety of investigations when hiring employees, considering prospective tenants and ...

Association Crime Stoppers

Everyone wants a safe place to call home, and our association strives to make all residents feel secure. While we’re diligent in our efforts to ...

The Rules Say You Have to Clean the Snow… But How?

Spring may be allegedly around the corner, but the snow is still coming — an inch here, three there, falling on top of all the ...

Condominium and Homeowner Federal Tax Returns again Due

Tax season is here once again! As nonprofit corporations, every community association in Ohio is required to file an annual tax return with the Internal ...

Tips to Run an Effective Monthly HOA or Condo Association Meeting

All homeowner’s associations have meetings, but often those in charge do not take the meetings quite as seriously as they should. It’s not to say ...

Tips for community associations to get more residents involved

In order for a homeowner’s association to work to its full potential, it needs to have the help of the entire community. However, that can ...

ACH: The HOA & Automated Clearing House Transactions

If you ever get the good fortune of working at a bank you will quickly learn that banking has more acronyms than the United States ...

Who’s Packing?….. and Does It Matter?

Schools, hospitals and government buildings ban firearms. Why don’t more communities do the same?  An otherwise peaceful and playful day this past summer at a ...

Increasing Board Engagement

An HOA board is in charge of making the big decisions. However, this can only be done through excellent board engagement, and many community associations ...

How an HOA Board Can Prepare the Association for a Flooding Disaster

In many areas, flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster—and it can happen in your homeowners association. Just one inch of water in ...

Legal & Legislative News

Tract 19051 Homeowners Association v. Kemp (CA)

The California Supreme Court reversed a decision of the court of appeal. The court held that where a defendant prevailed in an action to enforce ...

Homeowners Bill of Rights creates NO new obligations for Associations (VA)

Senate Bill 1008 awaits the Governor’s signature to proclaim a “bill of rights” for homeowners in condominiums and property owners associations. The irony is that ...

(UT) HOA bill passes both the Legislature

If a bill regarding homeowner associations continues down its current path after passing both the Utah House of Representatives and the Senate, most association meetings ...

Sandoval signs bill to reform Nevada construction defect law

Gov. Brian Sandoval on Tuesday signed the first major Republican-backed reform bill of the 2015 session, a measure making changes to Nevada’s construction defect law. ...

The Wisconsin Supreme Court Provides Associations a Powerful Tool in the Fight Against Blight

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has taken a stand against banks that are dragging their feet foreclosing properties that have been abandoned by their owners. This ...

Estoppel Bill Raises a Number of Concerns (HB 611) (FL)

HB 611call_logo.png, by Rep. Wood (R-Winter Haven) bill will be heard in Civil Justice Subcommittee today, Wednesday, March 4, at 12:30. The Chair of the ...

U.S. Supreme Court to Issue Important Fair Housing Act Decision

Generally speaking, the Fair Housing Act and its Amendments (FHA) prohibit discrimination against a protected class of persons, which include race, color, national origin, religion, ...

Debunking the Myths of SB 177 (CO): Installment Number 1

A coalition of special interest groups, led by the Metro Mayors Caucus and Denver Chamber of Commerce, are behind the introduction of Senate Bill 15-177 ...

Potential Changes to Receivership Introduced with SB 181(CO)

Recently, SB181was introduced in the Senate to provide some oversight for the receivership process in Colorado. Briefly, a receivership is the court ordered appointment of ...

The Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act Is Celebrating Its 30-Year Anniversary: Let’s Celebrate

Much has changed over the last 30 years. In 1985, the Dow Jones industrial average was at 1500. The Internet’s domain name system was created ...

Philly Building Engineers Want Share Of $5M Verdict Axed

A Philadelphia construction engineering firm asked the Pennsylvania Superior Court on Tuesday to overturn a $350,000 judgment that was part of a $5 million jury ...

Indiana Tax Court rejects property tax exemption for Homeowners’ Association that failed to show it was organized to retain and preserve lake property

A Hoosier Homeowners’ Association was denied a property tax exemption because it failed to show that it was established for the purpose of retaining and ...

Op/Ed

2015 Legislative Session Preview: Will Airbnb make itself at home in Florida?

What does it mean to own property? Are app-based lodging and transportation services showing the way toward an enlightened age of the Sharing Economy or ...

HOA scam shows need for construction defect reform (NV)

The largest corruption investigation ever pursued by federal prosecutors in Southern Nevada is slowly and painfully coming to an end in a Las Vegas courtroom. ...

Stop the Construction Defect Legislative Insanity!

As anticipated, the 2015 edition of the construction defect bill has been introduced in the Colorado Senate. Senate Bill 15-177 (“SB 177″), contains most of ...

FHFA move threatens associations and owners

In late December the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released a statement expressing concern about state statutes that allow community associations to obtain lien priority ...

Enough with the fake service dogs and ‘emotional support’ pigs

Frequent fliers offer up a silent prayer each time they board a plane: Please, God, don’t let me be seated next to a gregarious blowhard ...

Is this blog post “advertising”? California’s bar proposes bright-line rule for regulating attorney blogs

California’s bar has proposed a rule for whether attorneys’ blogs must comport with rules that govern attorney advertising. Here is the proposed test:   Read ...

Reform the Condominium

FROM New York to Miami, from South Padre Island, Tex., to Park City, Utah, the American condominium has become the hot new investment for global ...

Colorado’s Manufactured Condo Lawsuit Crisis

As the national housing market started to recover in the last couple years, there have been a slew of articles with headlines like this September ...

A Condo Termination Bill That Could Satisfy Public Outcry

The Florida Legislature will consider a new bill in March or April that amends Section 718.117 of the Condominium Act. Specifically, this amendment deals with ...

Legislative Meddling Could Have Dire Consequences for Florida HOAs and Condominiums

Two troubling bills have been introduced this legislative session that could have very dire consequences for Florida community associations.     Read more……….

Community Associations Institute’s call to action: Oppose Federal HAM Radio Standards for Community Associations

Oppose Federal HAM Radio Standards for Community Associations.   In 2014, legislation requiring community associations to “reasonably accommodate” installation of HAM radio towers and antennas was ...

The feud between the city of Santa Rosa and a gated community in Oakmont (CA) is certainly helping the local lawyer labor market. But at its core, it’s downright silly.

Here’s the issue. Five years ago, Santa Rosa filed suit against the Villages at Wild Oak Association after the association posted “No trespassing” and “No ...

Canada Condo & HOA News

Liberals look to hike charges on condo developers

The Ontario Liberals are proposing reforms they say would give residents a greater say in how their communities grow, and give cities more money to ...

Decertify our condo board, residents tell Cambridge council (ON)

Fed up with appearing to the outside world as a disjointed “condo-road,” residents of 15 homes in Hespeler asked city council to decertify their condominium ...

MT Condominium Group responds to Toronto Star article “Killer Condo Fees”

We read with interest the article about Craig Gagliano, his views on condominium fees and how they lowered them by 30% in his building. While ...

Living Small: Step up security in your condo

Living in a condominium means sharing space, including a building’s entrances, elevators, hallways and parking lots.  While those common spaces can be important for interactions ...

Before purchasing a condominium, it’s important to know where the unit boundaries lie

Condominium ownership can be appealing for people who want the independence of owning a home but not the responsibilities such as maintenance and repairs. And ...

Senior reaches settlement with condo corporation over hotel, food costs

A senior left with an $11,600 hotel and food bill after vacating his penthouse unit at a condominium high-rise so repairs could be done to ...

Condo Smarts: Fuss about fines

Dear Tony: We are about to sell our townhouse and decided to gather all of the documentation in advance to make the process easier for ...

Depreciation reports trigger condo re-roofing boom (BC)

A fairly recent provincial Strata Property Act amendment requires strata corporations document future maintenance and assure sufficient funds are put aside to cover the work. ...

Little Burgundy condo residents get water back after 12 days

The residents of three buildings in the Southwest borough finally got their water back after 12 days.   City crews managed to restore running water on ...

Pension funds swoop in on Toronto condo towers as rental market heats up

Paul Finkbeiner hasn’t pulled the trigger yet but the head of GWL Realty Advisors, which has more than $16 billion in assets under management, doesn’t ...

Living Small: Step up security in your condo

Living in a condominium means sharing space, including a building’s entrances, elevators, hallways and parking lots.    Read more………

Flood Forces Condo Tenants Out

One downtown condo tenant says she has been forced to live out of a motel for the past six days at her own expense after ...