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From time to time, specific issues will arise that seem to cross the country at the speed of the internet and create problems or concerns for condominium and homeowner associations. On this page we’ll try and track the news items and articles as they arise.

Pokemon

  • Of Condominium Associations and Pocket Monsters (Pokemon) October 3, 2016 During Summer 2016, the Pokémon GO game for smartphones took the world by storm – leveraging novelty and nostalgia to get millions of Americans up off the couch and out of doors in ways that create important legal issues for condominium associations and other owners of real property.  In principle, augmented-reality location-based smartphone games have been available for almost all Americans since Google’s Niantic Labs released its title Ingress in 2014. Augmented reality (AR) is a live view of a ...
  • Coal Harbour condo dwellers call Pokemon pest control September 12, 2016 Residents of a Coal Harbour condo building are now free of pesky Pokestops after complaining to the City of Vancouver and their MLA, as well as to the company that makes the popular augmented reality game.  “Their concern was there were four Pokestops right around the entrance to their building,” said Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA for Vancouver-West End.  The situation was leading to crowds of anywhere between 10 and 50 people on the grounds of the Bayshore Drive condo building, ...
  • Pokémon Go Class Action Says ‘Pokestop’ Disturbs Condo Residents (FL) September 6, 2016 The Pokémon Company, Nintendo Co. Ltd. and app maker Niantic Inc. are facing a class action lawsuit filed by a condominium association that claims its unwanted “Pokestop” designation has created a major disruption to its residents.  The Villas of Positano Condominium Association Inc. filed the Pokémon Go class action lawsuit last week in California federal court.  It is a nonprofit organization comprised of residents of the Villas of Positano, an oceanfront condominium complex located in Hollywood, Florida.
  • Pokémon, Zika and Marijuana Are Creating New Concerns and New Risks for Condo Associations September 1, 2016 The risks confronting condo associations are generally well-known. Although there are always variations on old themes, the risk fundamentals don’t tend to change much from year to year. But every now and then new risks emerge, like Loch-ness monsters from the deep, to threaten condo communities and challenge the boards and managers who oversee them. We have three new risks to add to association worry lists: Pokémon, Zika and Marijuana.      Read the article……………
  • For Many Condo Communities, Pokemon Go Quickly Becoming Pokemon No August 18, 2016 The issues arise both from nonresidents who are pursuing these animated characters and feel compelled to enter a property as well as from residents and their guests who are gallivanting through the hallways and common areas at all hours in their never-ending search for more Pokemon.  While some association complexes feature a manned security gate at the main entrance, many do not and visitors are able to drive onto a property without restriction.   Read the article……………
  • 3 Hidden Opportunities Your HOA Can Unlock by Playing Pokémon Go August 11, 2016 By now you’ve seen your share of Pokémon Go stories in the news. Some articles sing its praises—most notably getting kids out of the house—while others highlight the game’s perils, like turning people into zombies and causing vehicular crashes.  Not sure what to make of it? Here’s a quick rundown of the game and why Pokémon Go should be a go for your community association.     Read the article………….
  • Pokémon Go, What HOA’s Need to Know August 9, 2016 As technology changes, so must community associations adapt. On July 6, 2016, Nintendo and software developer, Niantic, released the new cellular phone game called, “Pokémon Go.” In the United States alone, an estimated 21,000,000 individuals use the application daily. During the inaugural week, Nintendo’s stock value increased by 120%. While there has been some retreat in valuation, at less than a month old, Pokémon Go became one of the most profitable and most popular games in history.   Read the article…………
  • Pokemon GO…. Away! Mobile game can spell headaches for private residential communities. August 8, 2016 After writing this blog for well over a decade, I often think that I have covered every conceivable topic which can impact shared ownership communities. Almost inevitably, just when I start thinking this is the case something new crops up like drones or, more recently, locating, battling and capturing virtual creatures called Pokemon.  Read the article…………….

Pokemon Archives

Fraud & Embezzlement

  • PCSD: HOA treasurer admits to stealing $180,000 (AZ) April 14, 2017 The treasurer for Canoa Seca Estates II walked into the Green Valley substation of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday afternoon and told deputies he was guilty of stealing $180,000 from the homeowners association, according to a PCSD spokesman.  Wendell Odean Byram, 79, was booked into the Pima County Detention Center on a single count of theft, Lt. Eric Johnson said.  Bill Copeland, the HOA’s incoming president, said he went to Chase Bank with past-president Carl Schuster on Thursday ...
  • Condo Deposit Fraud results in Criminal Conviction for Developer’s Lawyer April 11, 2017 A Toronto lawyer, Meerai Cho, was recently convicted of criminal breach of trust and had her licence to practice law revoked for her part in facilitating the theft of $13,000,000 by her client, a condominium developer. We previously blogged about this in May 2015.  The stolen money was comprised of deposits paid by over 140 purchasers of units in a mixed-use commercial/residential condominium to be built in North York, Ontario. As reported by the Law Society of Upper Canada (the ...
  • Clayton woman pleads guilty to embezzling $800,000 from 25 homeowner associations (NC) April 10, 2017 Diana Kelly, a woman accused of embezzling more than $800,000 from 25 homeowner associations whose accounts she managed, pleaded guilty on Monday to the charges as part of a plea arrangement with Wake County prosecutors.  Kelly, 54, rose in front of Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens and told him she had agreed to enter the plea, which could bring a 10-year prison sentence.  It was not immediately clear whether any of the sentence would be probation.   Read the ...
  • HOA defrauded of millions accuses law firm of facilitating scheme (NV) March 29, 2017 Forty people were arrested and at least three people killed themselves after federal investigators started bulldozing a construction company owner’s massive election-rigging scheme to defraud homeowners associations of millions of dollars and win an illegal fortune off of construction defect lawsuits and building repair contracts.  The construction company owner, Leon Benzer, is serving a 15-year prison sentence. His criminal partner, former construction defect attorney Nancy Quon, killed herself in 2012 as authorities were zeroing in on her role. Her estate ...
  • Homeowners’ association treasurer gets 3 years for stealing $122,779 (FL) March 17, 2017 The 60-year-old former treasurer of Cimarron Homeowners Association near Medulla was sentenced to three years in prison Friday for stealing $122,779 from the group over an 11-year span.  Martha Beard, who still lives in the 72-home community, told Circuit Judge Wayne Durden during Friday’s hearing that she had intended to pay the money back, but the debt became too great.  “This was a major error in judgment on my part,” she said, “and I take full responsibility.”  Her son, 33-year-old ...
  • Spotting and Stopping Fraud and Embezzlement in Your HOA March 15, 2017 Fraud and embezzlement can cause a homeowners’ association’s (“HOA”) board of directors a lot of time, money, and energy. So how can the board prevent potential fraud or embezzlement before it occurs? The solutions are simple but often overlooked. The board needs to understand its role in fraud prevention and the two key components of fraud: motivation and opportunity. In almost all cases, both of these factors must be present for fraud to occur. Motivation is a factor completely outside ...
  • Former ITD official resigns (ID) February 26, 2017 Facing felony theft and fraud charges, Idaho Transportation Department business manager Scott Fellom has resigned.  Fellom is accused of embezzling $13,363.85 in forged checks from the Sunset Ridge Homeowners Association in Post Falls. He was the treasurer of Sun Ridge, which overlooks Columbine Court and Yarrow Court near Chase Road and Poleline Avenue.    Read the article………….
  • Grand Jury Calls for Criminal Charges to Rein in ‘Wild West’ of Condo Boards February 17, 2017 The question isn’t whether there’s fraud and abuse among some of the boards, according to the grand jury report, which cites thousands of annual reports of alleged wrongdoing to Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The question is how to police it and shore up a regulator described as a toothless tiger.    Read the article…………….

Fraud & Embezzlement Archives

Companion Animals

  • Third Circuit: neighbors who criticized condo residents over emotional support dogs must face civil rights suit April 12, 2017 In blog posts and comments, two residents of a Virgin Islands condominium complex criticized two other residents who were (in line with rights prescribed to them under federal law) keeping emotional-support dogs despite a no-dog rule in the complex. Among other statements, one or the other of the two said dog owners would be “happier in another community,” speculated that “diploma mill” paperwork could certify any canine whose owner cared to claim stress, suggested the complex should “lawyer up” and ...
  • Accommodating disabilities: What medical evidence is required? April 8, 2017 It is well known that condominiums owe a duty to accommodate persons with disabilities. It is less clear, however, what constitutes adequate proof of a disability. Ambiguous medical notes containing no meaningful details are often the only documentation given to condo boards and managers, who must decide whether the legal threshold for disability is met.     Read the article…………..
  • Emotional Support Animals in Cooperative Apartment and Condo Communities: What Every Association and Owner Should Know April 7, 2017 An emotional support animal (commonly referred to as an “ESA”) is a companion animal (typically a dog or cat) that provides therapeutic benefit to an individual with a mental or psychiatric disability. An ESA is not the same thing as a “pet”. Rather, for a resident of a Coop or Condo who is living with a mental or psychiatric disability, an ESA may provide him or her with the opportunity to live independently.   Read the article…………….
  • Can Blogging Violate the Fair Housing Act?–Revock v. Cowpet Bay West Condo Ass’n April 1, 2017 This case is a collision between dogs as emotional support animals and a “no dogs” condominium association rule. The civil rights implications of a “no pets” rule are pretty obvious; such a rule can exclude the disabled. At the same time, we know that emotional support animals can be overclaimed, and we also know that the tiniest of disputes in condo/homeowners’ associations can easily mushroom into the Apocalypse.   Read the article…………
  • Defendants lose fight to dismiss Aspen service dog suit (CO) April 1, 2017 The defendants in a lawsuit that accuses them of violating federal laws regarding service animals and housing have lost their bid to have the complaint dismissed.  Senior Judge Wiley Y. Daniel’s order issued Wednesday determined allegations against Jack Smith and Heather Vicenzi, who were members of the Aspen View Condominium Association when it fined a condo-owner for allowing a service dog on the premises that prohibits canines, are sufficient enough to proceed. Daniel made a similar ruling regarding property management ...
  • Emotional Support Chickens Are Ruffling Feathers (HI) March 20, 2017 A rise in questionable emotional support animals is concerning to condo associations and businesses that must accommodate them.   And the animal owners are offering proof with bogus papers easily obtained online to push back against anyone who challenges them.  Condo associations and rental property managers are increasingly frustrated as more and more people demand the right to keep the pets in condominiums and rental units which prohibit pets.   Read the article…………

Companion Animals Archives

Flags

  • Homeowner’s association tells Florida woman to take down Blue Lives Matter flag March 22, 2017 A Florida woman is being told to take down her Blue Lives Matter flag that’s been flying for several years now by her homeowners association.  Jeff Gaddie told Action News Jacksonville that his daughter has been flying the flag to honor him and many other family members who are law enforcement.  “She called to ask why,” Gaddie said. “They told her they had received a complaint that it was considered racist, offensive and anti-black lives matter,” he said.     Read ...
  • Can Your HOA Prohibit You From Flying Your Favorite Flag? March 15, 2017 Flags are common yard decorations; drive around any community and you’ll see everything from holiday flags to sports team banners. If you live in a planned development, however, hanging your favorite flag might result in a demand from your homeowners’ association (HOA) to take it down.  Can your HOA really ban you from flying a flag? The answer depends on what type of flag it is, where you live, and how you display the flag.    Read the article………….
  • HOA threatens veteran with fines for flying Marine Corps flag, then takes decision back (KY) February 3, 2017 A veteran threatened with fines of up to $500 over a Marine Corps flag outside of his Union, Kentucky home is now allowed to keep his flag flying.  Scott Wallace, who lives in the Triple Crown subdivision, posted on Facebook Thursday a notice he received from his homeowner’s association this week that claims he was breaking the community’s rules by flying a Marine Corps flag outside of his home.   Read the article…………..
  • HOA says residents not allowed to fly U.S. flag was misunderstanding (SC) February 3, 2017 Outraged residents in Indian Land reached out to Channel 9, saying their homeowners association told them to take down their U.S. flag.  Estates at Audubon Lake Estates neighbors are upset after a man in an unmarked car was seen taking pictures of houses.  It appears he was hired by the HOA.  “He says we’re out here taking pics of folks with flag violations and I said, ‘the American flag violation?’ And he said, ‘Oh yes,’” resident Jim Williams said.   ...
  • Mesa vet goes on ‘flag patrol’ to protect American flags in his neighborhood (AZ) December 27, 2016 Carlyle Brown goes out on patrol in his Mesa neighborhood every chance he gets, looking for American flags that have seen better days.  “When you see the flags out here flying, you can see they are ripped, slashes on them, edging is gone, all frayed on the end,” Brown said.  The retired Vietnam veteran has no interest in calling homeowners out and reporting them to his homeowners’ association. His mission is simply to let folks know that their flag needs ...
  • Ohio moves to protect flag-flying rights December 13, 2016 The Ohio Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would ensure residents of manufactured home parks, condos and certain other neighborhoods can fly U.S., state and military service flags.  HB 18 passed on the unanimous vote and awaits concurrence by the Ohio House and Gov. John Kasich’s signature.  Sen. Bill Coley (R-West Chester) said comparable legislation passed the Ohio Senate earlier this session.  “Currently, the display of the American Flag is protected by federal law,” he said. “It’s not clear that the ...

Flags Archives

Short-term Rentals

  • AirBnB’s popularity adds to short-term rentals debate in West Michigan April 21, 2017 AirBnB, an online rental marketplace that has become a go-to place for those seeking vacation and business rentals, allows travelers to scan available homes for rent in specific areas and quickly book a time.  These AirBnB customers are asked to share who will be staying at the rental space, why they are visiting and acknowledge the rules.  After that, the website takes the renter’s payment and the details are sent to the homeowner to confirm the stay.     Read the ...
  • NSW to regulate Airbnb but promises greater powers for strata bodies April 19, 2017 The New South Wales government looks set to allow home owners to rent out spare rooms and entire homes using Airbnb and similar sites but has committed to giving strata corporations greater powers to deal with problems in apartment blocks.  The state government on Wednesday released its long-awaited response to last year’s parliamentary inquiry into short-term holiday letting, offering “qualified support” to changes that would see the industry regulated in NSW for the first time.    Read the article……………
  • Does your Community Association have sufficient protections in place for Short-Term Vacation Rentals? April 17, 2017 With the rise in short-term rentals through popular sites like Airbnb, Inc. and Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO), homeowners and condominium associations face new challenges in policing owners who violate restrictions against short-term leasing. This is especially true in Florida where many people seek out vacation rentals every year. Not only does this type of activity promote continuous violations of an association’s governing documents, but it presents privacy and security issues as well.     Read the article…………..
  • Short-term rentals spark battle between Clearwater Beach condo owners, homeowner’s association April 13, 2017 Crescent Beach Club is a waterfront condominium complex Clearwater Beach managed by Associa Gulf Coast. According to recent records, Joseph N. Joyce Jr. serves as the homeowner’s association president………Each of the five units has been offered as short-term vacation rentals.  None of the plaintiffs have filed for homestead exemptions, signifying all are also non-resident owners.  Bylaws of Crescent Beach Club state that any lease issued by condo owners must be for a minimum of 14 days. In 2015, the homeowner’s ...
  • Airbnb’s Friendly Buildings Program has Strata managers concerned April 13, 2017 A CONTROVERSIAL new program being proposed by Airbnb to increase transparency has NSW Strata managers concerned.  The Airbnb Friendly Buildings Program allows owners corporations to access details of the Airbnb lets in their buildings, place caps on the number of nights they can be let and take a percentage of the earnings.  The program is currently a pilot in the US and is only available in select buildings.  Airbnb executives have recently visited Australia to present their Friendly Buildings Program ...
  • Condos find new way to crack down on owners who secretly rent units (FL) April 7, 2017 At least three South Florida condo associations have found a novel way to put the brakes on owners who break the rules.  They are using a parking app to do it.  “We have implemented new technology to combat both Airbnb and illegal seasonal renters, and snowbirds that rent their units more than what our declarations state,” said Josh Travieso, vice president of the 150-unit Cypress Bend Condominium V association in Pompano Beach.     Read the article…………..
 

Short Term Rental Archives

Displays, Signs, Free Speech – 1st Amendment Issues

The First Amendment Center maintains an archive of articles about cases involving community associations and the First Amendment.  Here is a link to their archive

  • St. Johns County family projects ‘Blue Lives Matter’ flag on garage after HOA complaints (FL) April 22, 2017 Support for law enforcement officers is now proudly projected on a St. Johns County home.  The house once displayed a “Blue Lives Matter” flag.  “It doesn’t seem to quite be covered that a projector from a vehicle projecting on your garage door is a violation of the HOA,” Jeff Gaddie said.  He said the flag flew outside his daughter’s home in Samara Lakes for years.    Read the article……………
  • HOA cites homeowners for hanging rainbow flag to celebrate diversity (AZ) April 13, 2017 When Haycraft hung an American flag and a rainbow flag, which honors gay and transgender communities, inside a garage window to celebrate diversity.  The homeowner’s association sent him a letter five weeks later demanding Haycraft remove “unsightly items” from public view to keep the development “a beautiful, well maintained community.”    Read the article……………
  • Family debating HOA over Christmas wreath fine (NV) April 8, 2017 A man living in the Arroyo Canyon subdivision near the 215 Beltway and Hualapai Way says his homeowners association is threatening to fine him $100 over a decorative wreath.  Milan Thakkar says his wife picked out the wreaths to decorate their front door and make it less plain. They say it’s not a Christmas wreath, but their HOA sent a letter claiming they violated a rule that holiday decorations have to be taken down within 30 days of the holiday. ...
  • Hayden-area man with Christmas light extravaganza sues home owners association for religious discrimination (ID) January 19, 2017 A Hayden-area man with a Christmas light extravaganza is suing his home owners association for religious discrimination.  “I thought all that mattered was what rules say,” said Jeremy Morris. “I didn’t realize it kind of doesn’t matter because they still will do whatever they can to destroy you.”  The lawsuit, filed Jan. 13 in U.S. District Court asks for $250,000 to “compensate Mr. and Mrs. Morris fully for their shock, humiliation, embarrassment, inconvenience, and economic loss.”     Read the article………….
  • Political Signs in HOA’s and Free Speech January 5, 2017 The 2016 presidential election was one of the most vicious the US has seen. As a result, HOAs are struggling to decide between free speech or forbidding political signs. To learn more about HOAs, political signs and free speech, check out these three FAQs.    Read the article…………
  • Check With Your HOA Before You Decorate (TN) December 17, 2016 Before you break out the crates filled with holiday cheer or buy that new outdoor-lighted display, you may want to check with your Homeowner’s Association. Whether you rent or own, the HOA’s rules apply to all residents of the community. Read your HOA covenants or check with the Board to make sure your holiday décor is in line with the guidelines.   Read the article…………..
 

1st Amendment Archives

Energy & Water Conservation

  • Governor Brown Declares the End of the Drought April 20, 2017 On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown signed Executive Order B-40-17, ending the drought state of emergency in most of California. Drought restrictions will remain in effect in Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Tuolomne counties, which continue to face drinking water shortages and diminished groundwater supplies. The new Executive Order rescinds the emergency proclamations from January and April 2014, along with four drought-related executive orders   Read the article………….
  • How Condo Associations Can Get Ahead of the Energy Benchmarking Trend – Energy Efficiency Part 1 April 18, 2017 Is your condominium or co-op association required to report your building’s annual energy usage? If not, and if yours is a mid-rise or high-rise building (50,000 square feet or larger), get ready. Chances are that mandatory energy benchmarking will be coming to your area soon as energy conservation becomes a higher priority for jurisdictions.    Read the article……………
  • End of the Drought: Law Changes Your HOA Board Needs to Know About (CA) April 17, 2017 The California drought has officially been acknowledged as coming to an end. While this is great news for the residents of California, it’s not back to the normal day-to-day management of homeowners association just yet.  Desperate times called for desperate measures, which meant enforcing some strict water conservation efforts that trickled down to HOA communities through emergency legislation in the Davis-Stirling Act. If you’re an HOA board member in California, it’s important to be aware of what the official end ...
  • HOA Homefront: The drought emergency is over. Back to business as usual? (CA) April 15, 2017 On April 7, 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-40-17, formally ending the drought emergency, which can be read in its entirety at https://www.gov.ca.gov, the governor’s web site. The order is not only confirmation of good news for California, but also immediately changes the applicability of two important statutes in the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act.    Read the article……………
  • California Makes Artificial Grass Permanent April 10, 2017 This month, Governor Brown signed AB 349, a drought bill aimed at California HOAs that restrict the installation of artificial turf. Significant protections already exist for owners who wish to install “low water-using landscaping,” but AB 349 goes a step further, directly addressing artificial turf.    Read the article………….
  • The West Ridge Blues: Lot owners look to overcome water problems (ID) April 6, 2017 West Ridge has 120 lots, but only six houses.  The situation is such that Grant Durtschi, who owns a vacant lot in the West Ridge Ranch Subdivision, is also the subdivision’s Home Owners Association (HOA) president.  West Ridge does not have enough water currently available to build more—at least that’s what the county has been saying up till now.    Read the article……………..

Energy & Water Conservation Archives

Nuisance

  • How to deal with nuisance smells in condos March 3, 2017 I recently had an issue arise at a condo association that is not terribly uncommon. An American couple of Indian ethnicity cooks with curry. Sometimes a lot. The odor wafted into a neighbor’s unit and he complained to the board. This can be tricky.  What constitutes a nuisance, including cooking smells, is generally left to the board, any board. Usually there is language in the documents, or there should be, that reads something like this: “No harmful or offensive use ...
  • 6 Common HOA Nuisances and How to Handle Them January 24, 2017 Nuisances complaints are a major cause of legal action in HOAs, both by and against homeowners. For those who might be unfamiliar with what exactly a nuisance is, a nuisance typically consists of one or more of the following issues:   Read the article…………….
  • Burnaby (BC) condo owners ordered to pay fines for ‘unacceptable’ behaviour April 11, 2016 A couple accused of screaming bigoted and obscene taunts at their neighbours and smearing dog feces on doors in their Burnaby condo complex have been ordered to fork over thousands of dollars in unpaid strata fines.      Read the article………..
  • What happens when resident vs. homeowners association? Ave Maria (FL) homeowner finds out April 8, 2016 In late March, Miami Management Inc., which runs the homeowners association on behalf of the development, threatened to sue Ospina if he continued to host the workouts, pointing to covenant agreements that are so common among neighborhoods and communities in the Naples area.   Read the article…………..
  • Explosions in the Sky March 17, 2016 Setting off fireworks is a bright, colorful way to celebrate certain special occasions. While most commonly associated with the 4th of July, it is not unusual for people to set off fireworks on New Year’s Eve and other holidays, as well. When the Seahawks won their first-ever Super Bowl in 2014, the Seattle sky was peppered with exuberant blue and green explosions—a night most of us won’t soon forget.    Read the article………….
  • Sydney mum threatened with $550 fine for noisy toddler in strata apartment March 7, 2016 A SYDNEY mum is furious after receiving a letter from her apartment building strata company threatening her with legal action unless she can stop her toddler from creating “excessive noise”.  Read the article…………

Nuisance Archives

Electric Vehicles

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in HOAs – What Must Be Allowed? (CA) December 13, 2016 According to many sources on the internet, the production of Electric Vehicles will show a surge of 67% this year, and one can only imagine where this is going over time into the future. C’mon, you (as an HOA) don’t want to be the last holdout or the test case in court, do you? You (as an owner) have more rights than ever, but the onus is in many cases to be left on you to offer a solution to ...
  • What to Do With an Electric Car or Plug-In Hybrid When You Live In a Condo December 7, 2016 While the green lifestyle is very appealing to prospective EV owners, the ever important challenge of charging a car is hard to ignore. It’s pretty easy if you have your own house with a garage, but if you live in a condo or apartment, you may be wondering how to charge your own car at home. Fortunately, we have some ideas.  Whenever it’s time to talk about charging an electric car, we have to bring up the types of chargers ...
  • Electric Cars and HOA Living November 30, 2016 Electric cars are becoming more and more popular thanks to their environmental benefits and because electricity is so much cheaper than gas. While more and more charging stations are popping up in various public places, such as stores, most people charge their electric cars at home, which is great if you have your own home, but for people living in apartments, it’s not easy to charge their electric cars.    Read the article…………….
  • Electric Vehicles Projected to be 35% of New Car Sales in 2040: What About the Electronic Charging Stations? November 10, 2016 Governments from around the world, including, China, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, U.K. and the U.S. are taking steps to combat climate change by increasing access to clean energy technologies and reduce dependence on oil. One policy focus has been on programs that will accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.   Read the article………….
  • Board asked to approve electric car charging station October 8, 2016 Q. An owner in our condominium requests the board to grant this owner permission to install an electric vehicle charging station in his garage unit. This would require some infrastructure changes to the electrical system for the association. What sort of issues should the board consider in making a decision?      Read the Q&A…………

Electric Vehicle Archives

Smoking

  • Condo boards brace for medical marijuana smoke complaints (HI) March 28, 2017 Right now there are some 13,000 medical marijuana patients registered in the state and that number is only expected to grow as the state’s first dispensaries open later this year.  Many of those patients live in condominiums and apartment complexes.  Industry watchers say complaints about marijuana smoke are on the rise. Two years ago lawmakers tried to set the framework to balance out one person’s medicinal need, with another’s right to be smoke-free.    Read the article…………..
  • No Ifs, Ands, or Butts: Regulating Smoking Within Community Associations March 20, 2017 The past twenty years have seen a dramatic uptick in the regulation of smoking, as dozens of states and hundreds of cities and counties have enacted laws making designated public places “smoke-free.” For its part, the North Carolina legislature passed an anti-smoking law in 2009 which prohibits smoking in restaurants and bars, as well as lodging establishments that serve food and drinks. While these kinds of smoking bans have become commonplace in local eateries and pubs, the issue has reached ...
  • The End of the Age of “Mad Men” March 17, 2017 The past twenty years have seen a dramatic uptick in the regulation of smoking, as dozens of states and hundreds of cities and counties have enacted laws making designated public places “smoke-free”.  For its part, the North Carolina legislature passed an anti-smoking law in 2009 which prohibits smoking in restaurants and bars, as well as lodging establishments that serve food and drinks. While these kinds of smoking bans have become commonplace in local eateries and pubs, the issue has reached ...
  • Condo owners have lots of thoughts on smoking issue March 11, 2017 Lots of readers wrote in with suggestions for those condo owners whose balcony and apartment interior were spoiled by cigarette smoke from their downstairs neighbors. Some suggested legal measures.   Read the article…………..
  • Condo owners weed out smoke (MA) March 2, 2017 Pot may be legal in Massachusetts, but don’t even think about toking Afghan Kush or cultivating some Chronic buds if you live in certain buildings — including the ritzy Residences at The InterContinental in Boston.  That building’s condominium trust has banned vaping, smoking tobacco, clove, marijuana or electronic cigarettes and harvesting marijuana inside the waterfront high-rise — and experts say “just say no” is likely to be a growing real estate trend.    Read the article…………..
  • Bill In the MD General Assembly Would Permit Restrictions and Prohibitions On Smoking By Condos, HOAs February 21, 2017 House Bill 500, now pending the Maryland General Assembly, provides for a proposed amendment to Section 11-104 of the Maryland Condominium Act that would allow a condominium’s bylaws to include “a restriction or prohibition on smoking tobacco products within the units or in the common elements.” The proposed legislation would also amend Section 11-111 to authorize a council of unit owners to adopt a rule imposing such a restriction or prohibition.      Read the article……………..

Smoking Archives

Medical Marijuana/Marijuana

  • Is your Condo Ready for the Legalization of Marijuana? April 18, 2017 Last week, the government of Canada introduced legislation to legalize and regulate the possession, production and use of marijuana in Canada. What does that mean for your condo corporation? It may be time to update your rules.   Read the article………….
  • Condo boards brace for medical marijuana smoke complaints (HI) March 28, 2017 Right now there are some 13,000 medical marijuana patients registered in the state and that number is only expected to grow as the state’s first dispensaries open later this year.  Many of those patients live in condominiums and apartment complexes.  Industry watchers say complaints about marijuana smoke are on the rise. Two years ago lawmakers tried to set the framework to balance out one person’s medicinal need, with another’s right to be smoke-free.    Read the article…………..
  • Marijuana Statute (MA) Raises Questions about Condo Insurance Coverage and Employment Rules March 24, 2017 Proponents of the new state law permitting recreational use of marijuana, and the voters who approved it, viewed the measure as a long overdue move to put marijuana in the same category as alcoholic beverages ? no more or less harmful and no more or less subject to abuse than beer and wine. Voting ‘yes’ for marijuana was relatively easy; dealing with the avalanche of legal, political and administrative questions the law has triggered is far more difficult.   Read the ...
  • Florida Medical Marijuana Amendment’s Impact on Community Associations March 17, 2017 With the approval of Amendment 2 last November to legalize the use of medical marijuana in Florida, the state legislature and Department of Health are now developing the rules and regulations that will govern the use of cannabis by those who suffer from a number of ailments listed in the new constitutional amendment. Likewise, now is also the time for associations to begin discussing and considering the implementation of their own rules and restrictions regarding the use of the drug ...
  • HOAs and Marijuana March 15, 2017 The National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) put out a deep dive on marijuana laws and use in America. NCSL stated, “Marijuana has lit up conversations and controversy across the country. It’s a hotly contested and complicated issue for states to weed through, and no doubt will remain high on legislative agendas for the foreseeable future.”  Aside from the legislative agendas, how is your community dealing with the issue of marijuana? Do you already have smoking or odor related restrictions? ...
  • The Impact of Legalization of Medical Marijuana on Your Florida Community Association February 17, 2017 This past November, Amendment 2 legalizing the use of medical marijuana was approved by Florida voters. The rules governing medical marijuana have not yet been passed by the State Legislature and the Department of Health; however, it is likely to assume that situations regarding the use of this substance within our community associations will soon come up.  Condominiums and homeowner’s associations are likely to have some of the following questions:     Read the article…………..

Medical Marijuana/Marijuana Archives

 Guns

  • Handgun Regulation in Community Associations March 10, 2017 An entire textbook and law school class could be devoted to the topic of handgun regulation. This article will focus on two recent United States Supreme Court (“Court”) decisions, briefly discuss some of the ways in which the Court’s decisions could apply to community associations, and identify practical issues that a community association should consider before embarking on any attempt to restrict handguns in its community.   The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states.  A well-regulated Militia, being necessary ...
  • Community Associations and the Second Amendment February 8, 2017 The Second Amendment to the United States’ Constitution guarantees individuals the right to keep and bear arms. The Florida constitution contains a similar guarantee. With few exceptions, Florida law allows licensed individuals to carry concealed firearms in most public locations. Based on these constitutional and statutory rights under U.S. and Florida law, many owners residing in community associations believe that they also have the right to conceal-carry firearms when on their community’s common elements.    Read the article…………..
  • Open carry at the condo? (NH) January 6, 2017 “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” U.S. Constitution, Second Amendment.  The Constitution is, of course, federal law, so one might think an outright prohibition against arms would be limited only to the federal government. But through the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, it applies to state governments as well. Further, the matter of bearing arms appears in the New ...
  • Defending (My) Our Castle: A Look at Gun Regulation by Community Associations December 14, 2016 On September 6, 2012, David Merritt, president of the Spring Creek Homeowners Association, called a homeowners association meeting to order. Approximately 30 minutes later, Merritt, and former president of Spring Creek Marvin Fisher, would be fatally shot by their neighbor, Mahmood Hindi. The dispute between Hindi and Spring Creek involved an unapproved driveway and fence installed by Hindi. Hindi was charged with murder, but committed suicide in jail prior to his trial. The Hindi case may not be familiar to ...
  • Ask a Real Estate Pro: HOA can’t ban firearms in homes (FL) November 11, 2016 Q: Some of the board members in our community are considering a rule that no firearms can be kept anywhere on the grounds, including in our own homes. Can they do this?    Read the Q&A…………..
  • Can Your Condo Prohibit Firearms on Common Property? (ON) March 22, 2016 I recently stumbled upon an interesting blog out of Florida, where the author discussed whether a Community Association can prohibit firearms on common areas. The author discussed the required trade off between individual rights and the greater common good of the condominium community. The same balancing act applies here, north of the 49th parallel, but thankfully the discussion does not involve guns and other firearms.     Read the article………….

Guns Article Archives

Violence in Associations

  • Homeowners president head-stomped by robber in Broward County (FL) April 24, 2017 An attempt to quell a noisy group outside his residential complex caused a homeowners association president to suffer a brutal, head-stomping robbery.  Arthur Burns, 61, president of the Villas of Lakeview Homeowners Association, suffered multiple injuries in the Nov. 4 attack caught on surveillance video. He recently reviewed the footage and said on Wednesday it stunned him.  “It scared me because I realized how close I came to getting killed,” Burns said.    Read the article…………….
  • Deputies: HOA president arrested for threatening men with gun (FL) April 15, 2017 An HOA president is facing criminal charges for threatening a father and his son with a gun in an Orange County neighborhood.  The incident comes amid the fallout over the death of Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman said he was acting as a neighborhood watch volunteer when he shot the teenager.  Police say the HOA president used a gun to threaten the two in an Oakland neighborhood. Officials say the HOA president believed the two were trespassing.    Read the article…………
  • Fight about truck with HOA president gets man arrested (FL) April 10, 2017 A man upset that a Jupiter homeowners’ association had towed his truck was arrested last week after entering the group president’s home and threatening to retaliate, town police said.  John Whitelock Tellam of Miami faces charges of simple assault and burglary on an unoccupied structure in the incident, which took place Wednesday at the Coppola Villas on East Riverside Drive, north of the Loxahatchee River and west of U.S. 1.      Read the article…………..
  • Man cooking turkey in charcoal pit accuses HOA board member of assault (FL) March 29, 2017 A man who had dug a pit, filled it with charcoal and was cooking turkey next to the pool at a development in the 400 block of Ocean Trail said he was attacked by another resident. He claimed the man, who was a board member, said it was against association rules. The man said when he told the board member that when he finished the turkey he would fill the pit back in and replace the grass he was attacked ...
  • Chesapeake HOA fires security company after guard charged in death of Pokemon Go player (VA) February 22, 2017 We have new details in the shooting death of Jiansheng Chen, a 60-year-old Pokemon Go player who was allegedly shot by a security guard in his own Chesapeake neighborhood.  News 3 is the first to learn the homeowner’s association in the River Walk neighborhood where Chen was shot has fired the security company hired to patrol the neighborhood.  According to a spokesperson for the River Walk Community Association, Billy Rudolph, the security company was fired Tuesday night after an emergency ...
  • Security guard accused of murdering 60-year-old grandpa playing Pokémon Go (VA) February 17, 2017 A security guard is accused of shooting and killing a 60-year-old Virginia grandfather who was wandering around playing Pokémon Go.  Jiansheng Chen was driving around at 11 p.m. one night in January when he headed toward the parking lot for a recreation center in Chesapeake.  Johnathan Cromwell, a security guard for the River Walk community clubhouse, confronted Chen in the parking lot’s driveway, at one point yelling “stop,” according to prosecutors.    Read the article………..

Violence in Associations Archives

Security

  • Package Theft in your Community April 22, 2017 While worse during the holiday season, package theft is a year-round concern for anyone who shops online. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, there are people who drive around communities looking for unattended boxes sitting on porches. If you or anyone you know has ever had a package stolen, you know the frustration it causes.  Since this threat is a reality for every community, we encourage you to be mindful of the below tips to avoid package theft with your homeowners:   ...
  • Men posing as plumbers rob woman in Pompano Beach condo (FL) April 21, 2017 Clair Casale said she was conned Wednesday by two men who showed up at her Pompano Beach condo posing as plumbers.  The men told her they were sent to make repairs.    Read the article……………
  • West Ashley homeowners say suspects with guns attempt to break into cars (SC) April 19, 2017 A West Ashley neighborhood is on high alert after several home surveillance cameras captured some attempted car break-ins showing the suspects holding guns.  It happened in the Hunt Club neighborhood off Bees Ferry Road Monday morning.  A member of the HOA board said car break-ins have occurred over the last three years.    Read the article……………
  • Thousands of condo owners at risk as thieves bypass entry-phone systems with default passcodes April 19, 2017 Joe Rae lives in a complex that has been hit by burglars who didn’t need a crowbar or any other tools of the trade to break into the building. Instead, it appears all they had was a default passcode for the building’s entry-phone system that could easily be found online.  “It was just driving us crazy,” Rae said. “My wife was upset. I said, ‘That’s it, I can’t keep this building safe. We’ve got to sell and move.’”   Read the ...
  • Desert Shores residents want HOA to spend on security, not big money cosmetic upgrades (NV) April 13, 2017 A Las Vegas community is worried about crime, and the people say their homeowners association is apparently looking to spend six figures on cosmetic upgrades instead of security.  Neighbors in the Desert Shores community near Buffalo Drive and Smoke Ranch Road say safety is a much larger concern.    Read the article…………..
  • Thieves Make Off With $168K From Condo Office (FL) April 4, 2017 Two thieves wearing white hoodies stole $168,000 in checks and money orders from a condominium property manager’s office.  “Detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department, Kendall District have released video surveillance footage of a commercial burglary at a condominium property management’s office in Southwest Miami-Dade and are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and/or locating the two burglars involved in the theft,” explained Detective Marjorie Eloi of the Miami-Dade Police Department on Tuesday.    Read the article……………..

Security Archives

Infrastructure Problems

  • Officials search for reasons two upscale Wandermere homes’ foundations became unstable (WA) April 19, 2017 In January, Dr. Joel McCullough agreed to pay $595,000 for a home in the upscale Wandermere Estates neighborhood north of Spokane.  At the end of March, he was told to get out, or risk his safety.  McCullough’s house and the one beside it are considered too dangerous to occupy as the ground beneath them shifts because of excess moisture. Officials placed signs on the doors last month and more recently installed plastic fencing around both properties. The signs warn: “Danger!!! ...
  • Couple Blames HOA For Crumbling Home (TX) April 15, 2017 A Hood County home is slowly crumbling into the Brazos River.  It’s owner, Mark Hall, says he first noticed something was wrong a year and a half ago, when he woke to find part of his patio missing.  “The whole wall was gone,” he remembers. “It went down the hill, and I thought, ‘My god, what am I standing on?’ ”    Read the article……………
  • Upset Rincon residents take up road issue with city (GA) April 12, 2017 Many Effingham County residents made their way to the Rincon City Council meeting Monday night to appear before the council to discuss the streets in Bent Tree Crossing subdivision.  The residents of the subdivision, led by Maegan Hakes, explained to the council that their two roads in the subdivision are currently fine but that if something is to go wrong with them, there is no current entity (Effingham County Commission or Rincon City Council) who would take ownership of the ...
  • Homeowners approach board for help in solving Chestnut Hill road issues (MS) April 5, 2017 Bad and unfinished roads brought Chestnut Hill subdivision representatives to the Madison County Board of Supervisors meeting seeking help. The 100-home subdivision off Highway 463 could be facing costly road problems. This issue comes after months and even years of issues between developer principal David Landrum and lot owners in the subdivision. “The biggest issue (right now) is the roads aren’t being maintained, so we don’t want more roads being built,” Homeowners Association (HOA) representative Russell Green said.    Read ...
  • Leesburg Council Rejects Exeter Dam Settlement Offer (VA) April 4, 2017 The Town Council has rejected another settlement offer from one of its largest HOAs.  The Exeter Homeowner’s Association filed a lawsuit against the town last year to establish ownership of a stormwater management dam on the HOA’s property. What neither party is disputing is the location of the dam, with both sides affirming it falls on HOA property. However, the residents contend that the deed of easement and the plat recorded by the town and HOA in 1990 put the ...
  • County balks at funding West Lake lights (GA) March 31, 2017 Some West Lake residents want the county to help defray the cost of installing new street lights.  But at nearly $80,000, county officials says they don’t have the money nor the inclination to lend a hand.  A representative of the West Lake Property Owner’s Association told commissioners on the Development Services Committee last week that the approximate cost of the installation for 36 new street lights is $200,000.  “They … wanted us to pay a $78,000 fee … (to) tunnel ...

Infrastructure Archives

Religion

In addition to the items below and their archive, we have begun to create specific pages with more and deeper resources.  Visit the page for Community Association Religious Issues

  • Judge rules that religious organization must remove structure it built in Towson neighborhood (MD) April 14, 2017 A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge has ordered that a controversial 6,614-square-foot structure a religious organization built in a residential neighborhood in Towson must come down within the next year.  The decision is the latest in a legal battle between Friends of Lubavitch Inc. and the organization’s neighbors in the community of Aigburth Manor, who say that the structure the organization built at 14 Aigburth Road is out of character with the neighborhood, has decreased the value of surrounding property ...
  • Spring Valley lifts religious prohibitions on condo complex (NY) March 23, 2017 The village has agreed Park View Condominiums has a constitutional right to have a synagogue and other ritual uses at the 61-home complex on Main Street and Maple Avenue, which may lead to the dismissal of pending building violations, village lawyers said.  As a private business, the government cannot restrict Park View owners from having a house of worship or other religious uses inside the complex, as long as all zoning and safety regulations are met, the village’s legal counsel, ...
  • Condominium Owners’ Meeting on Muslim Holiday – Was this Discrimination? February 28, 2017 A condominium corporation found itself before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (Kamal v. PCC No. 51) after several unit owners alleged that the corporation had discriminated against them on the basis of creed, by holding an owners’ special meeting on an important Muslim religious holiday.  Major repairs to the tune of $2,000,000 were required to repair the corporation’s common element balconies and exterior walls. Unfortunately, there was only $200,000 in the corporation’s reserve fund. The need for the repairs was ...
  • Be True To Your Shul by “The Pool Praying” Continues At Deerfield Beach Condo Pool! January 14, 2017 In a bit right from the late great radio legend Nell Rogers. Rogers amongst many funny comedy routines and bits had a song ‘Be true to your Shul” he played frequently.Here in Deerfield Beach Century Village East a controversy about a shul at the pool continues.”Be True To Your Shul by The Pool Praying Continues At Berkshire Condo Pool!  As Deerfield-New,com had previously reported a shul of sorts has been holding services at the Berkshire Pool. A common area for ...
  • City: Naperville woman can’t hold church services in her basement (IL) December 9, 2016 A Naperville woman who has been operating a small Christian church out of the basement of her townhouse has been asked to find another place to conduct services.  The planning and zoning commission this week unanimously denied Debra Richmond’s request for special permission to operate a church — classified as an institutional use — out of her townhouse in a residential area near 95th Street and Book Road.    Read the article………….
  • Remove Our Lady of Charity Statue (FL) December 6, 2016 Our Lady of Charity is the patron saint of Cuba, a saint a little girl prayed to so her mother could be released from Fidel Castro’s prison. Now a South Florida homeowner’s association is forcing her to remove the statue from her yard. Can they do that? It’s why she called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.    Read the article…………….

Religion Archives

Drones

  • Does Your Community Association Need a Drone Policy? April 10, 2017 As drone technology advances and the number of drones in the air increases, managers and board members in community associations are asking about drone policies. If drones are being used in your community or if there is a plan for their use, whether recreational or commercial, your board should adopt a drone policy.    Read the article………….
  • Residents of Florida HOA Speak Out Against Association’s Use of Drones April 5, 2017 The residents of the Concord Station community north of Tampa in Land O’Lakes, Fla. recently shared their complaints and confusion with a reporter from one of their local television stations over their HOA’s use of a drone equipped with a camera in their community.  The residents indicate in the station’s report that they received an online notice from their HOA alerting them that it would be flying the drone, which the association confirmed that it operated over the community in ...
  • How technology can save community associations time and effort March 22, 2017 When a community association manager needed to know how badly the property’s gutters were clogged, Nik Clark had a solution. He launched an unmanned aircraft system, otherwise known as a drone.  It flew above the building’s roofline, and Clark and the manager viewed aerial imagery on his smartphone.  Within minutes she had her answer.    Read the article………………..
  • Residents speak out against Pasco community HOA using drones March 17, 2017 Residents of a Pasco community are speaking out against the use of a drone by the community’s association, though they aren’t sure they have any real say in the matter.  Residents of the Concord Station community said they got a notice online alerting them that the homeowners’ association would be flying a test drone Tuesday. Officials with the community said a drone was used today at 200 feet instead 50 feet of because of the wind.    Read the article…………….
  • Florida Community Associations Responding to Soaring Popularity of Drones March 17, 2017 The growing use of drones by consumers across the U.S. is leading to the adoption of new rules and restrictions by the federal government, state governments and community associations. Questions regarding safety, property damage and privacy abound with drones, and associations are responding by establishing clear parameters for their use by unit owners.    Read the article…………..
  • Electronic Spying, Satellite Surveillance & Drones February 4, 2017 Science fiction! Actually not. Over the last several years, technology available to the homeowners association has exponentially grown. Drones have become the proverbial “Soup de Jour.” An increasing numbers of homeowners associations use drones to inspect common areas, architectural improvements, combustibles on balconies in high rises, etc. Is this good or bad? That depends on who you ask.  For associations with vast acreage, using drones to inspect the common area has become commonplace because it is less expensive and tends ...
  • TAKING FLIGHT – Drones in Our Community January 31, 2017 IF DRONES AREN’T ALREADY buzzing around your community, it’s highly likely they will be soon. Association board members, managers, attorneys, and insurance professionals, among others, need to get a handle on the new challenges and possibilities presented by drones.  An estimated 3 million drones were expected to fly off the shelves to hobbyists and businesses in 2016, according to the Consumer Technology Association. Roughly 550,000 have been registered by the federal government since last December, and an estimated 1.3 million ...
  • Tips to Handle Drones in Your Community January 23, 2017 Drone sales are on the rise. According to Business Insider, consumer drone shipments will quadruple in the next five years, as drones get easier to operate by beginners and competition causes prices to drop. In addition, big businesses like Amazon and Walmart are beginning to test pilot programs using delivery drones. This technology can cause a dilemma for communities. How can a community ensure safety? What about issues of privacy? Should damage to property occur, how is responsibility assigned?  All ...

Drone Archives

Hoarding

  • How to Deal with Hoarders in Your Condo or Co-op November 10, 2016 Everyone loves to own things—sometime even many things. But occasionally, ownership of things can go too far and accumulation can grow problematic. In the modern parlance, a too-many-thing-haver is often referred to as a “hoarder,” an individual who can prove a burden for their neighbors, their property, and their community at large. In a condominium or cooperative where communal living is paramount, this can grow exceptionally troublesome, as property values are intertwined and one resident’s approach to – or disregard ...
  • Handling Hoarding in a Condominium Community November 2, 2016 Hoarding is becoming an increasingly common disorder that carries serious consequences for the afflicted, their family, and neighbors. Hoarding has the potential to attract rodents, create fire hazards, and can threaten the health of occupants. While hoarding is dangerous for anyone, it is especially problematic for condominium associations where residents live so close together. Rather than just affecting the occupants of a specific unit, it can also affect the neighboring units and common elements.    Read the article……………
  • Hoarding and Hoarders Must Be Handled With Care August 15, 2016 The problems posed by community association residents who hoard are complex and difficult to manage. Boards have to balance the legitimate concerns of residents affected by hoarding, while respecting the rights of residents who hoard, or who are suspected of hoarding.  The signs and symptoms of hoarding include foul odors, insects or rodent infestation, dirty windows, dirty or continually closed curtains and blinds, window obstruction from large pieces of furniture or stacks of boxes blocking window interior views. When uncontrolled ...
  • This Stinks! The Minefield Created By Hoarders June 17, 2016 They say one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. For those who are members of a condominium or townhome owners’ association, one person’s trash (or treasure) is often another person’s headache. A “hoarder” may be defined as one who accumulates material things for preservation or future use, often in a hidden or carefully guarded place.     Read the article………….
  • “HOA”rding Situations June 8, 2016 According to the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Foundation, a hoarder is someone who obsessively acquires too many possessions or has enormous difficulty discarding possessions when they are no longer useful or needed. When this type of behavior spirals out of control and threatens a person’s health or safety it becomes a hoarding “disorder”.     Read the article…………
  • Hoarding & Marijuana…. What’s an Association To Do? April 1, 2016 In addition to risks experienced by first responders responding to emergency calls, health problems include falls or accidents in the unit, clutter, garbage, animal or human feces, and the resulting mold or infestation can also cause respiratory and other health problems (Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services ). In communities with common walls, hoarding also has negative impacts on the common elements including the physical deterioration of the walls and floorings, as well as noxious odors permeating neighboring units ...
  • Hoarders IN HOAs. Where Do You Start? March 26, 2016 I have had a number of HOAs and also individuals recently that complain of concerns about residents that may be hoarders. They want to know what to do.   Read the article………….
  • Hoarding in Your Condominium: What Every Michigan Association and Property Manager Should Know March 11, 2016 As the weather becomes warmer here in Michigan, many homeowners or co-owners undergo the yearly “Spring Cleaning.” Unfortunately, many condominium associations in Michigan face co-owners, tenants or residents who do not maintain the same sanitary living space as their neighbors. At the extreme, hoarders may fill units and/or limited common elements with debris, combustible material, food or other unsanitary or unsafe materials.    Read the article…………

Hoarding Archives