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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

  • Trial for an alleged HOA embezzler delayed (CA) February 11, 2017 The trial was delayed Friday for a man accused of being a co-conspirator in an embezzlement case involving nearly $2.8 million from a San Mateo homeowners association, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.    Read the article……….
  • ITD manager accused of HOA embezzling (ID) February 11, 2017 Idaho Transportation Department business manager Scott Fellom is facing felony grand theft and forgery charges.  According to court documents, Fellom, an employee of ITD’s District I bureau in Coeur d’Alene, is accused of embezzling $13,363.85 in forged checks from the Sunset Ridge Homeowners Association.   Fellom was the treasurer of the Post Falls-based group, which overlooks Columbine Court and Yarrow Court near Chase Road and Poleline Avenue.      Read the article……………
  • Ex-property manager indicted in theft of $8k from Cobb HOA (GA) February 7, 2017 A former property manager was recently indicted after police say she stole more than $8,000 from a Kennesaw homeowners association.  A grand jury handed down the decision Thursday for Wendy Teresa Robinson’s pair of theft charges.    Read the article……….
  • State fails to protect condo owners from board fraud, grand jury finds (FL) February 7, 2017 The Florida state agency that regulates condominium associations does not work to protect the tens of thousands who live in condos, resulting in extensive fraud, mismanagement and conflicts of interest among the boards and management companies that govern them, according to a Miami-Dade grand jury report issued Monday. “Unfortunately, the seems ill-suited to resolve, correct or prevent many of the recurring problems that have been brought to their attention,” the grand jury report ...
  • Embezzlement suspect receives probation sentence (MI) February 2, 2017 A Gwinn woman accused of embezzling $19,000 from The Pines at Red Fox Woods Condominium Association was sentenced Thursday morning in Marquette County District Court.  Tracy Spruitenburg, 44, received 12 months probation plus court fines and costs. Spruitenburg was arrested by the Forsyth Township Police Department in October for embezzling $19,000 from the association.    Read he article…………
  • Accountant Accused of Stealing $100,000 From Homeowners Association (GA) February 2, 2017 A local accountant has been charged with stealing money from a homeowner’s association for more than a year.  Investigators with the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gregory James Heath, 43, of Cartersville on Wednesday in connection to the case.    Read the article………….
  • Debt collector pleads guilty to defrauding Lee, Collier HOAs (FL) February 1, 2017 A man pleaded guilty to communications fraud for his role in debt collection scam that took at least $56,000 from three homeowners’ associations in Lee and Collier counties.  Robert Dana Brown also owed more than $48,000 to another nine homeowners’ associations, the Florida Office of Financial Regulation said Wednesday. Brown was ordered to pay a cash restitution of more than $105,000.    Read the article………….
  • Malaysia: MACC nabs condo management execs in RM1.5mil misappropriation case January 31, 2017 KUALA LUMPUR: A former secretary and an accountant of a Joint Management Body (JMB) of a condominium here were on Tuesday detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on suspicion of misappropriating RM1.5mil.  The suspects, aged 53 and 27 years, are believed to have carried out the misappropriation since 2010.  According to a source, the misdeed was uncovered when the salaries of the staff of the JMB company, which maintained more than 500 condominium units, were unpaid from June 2016. ...

Fraud & Embezzlement Archives

Companion Animals

  • Attention Boards: your two favorite menaces have combined: Airbnb and Pets! February 6, 2017 Whether I am giving a presentation to hundreds of people, teaching a class to dozens of managers or meeting privately with a board of directors, the two issues that have come up without fail over the last few months are: Airbnb and Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) and other pet issues.  The questions I field on these topics usually sound like this:     Read the article…………
  • A No-Pet Policy Is Not Enough January 27, 2017 There is no shortage of scams people use to get a bogus “support pet” into a no-pet building, and there are ways to keep them out. But every co-op and condo board needs to treat every “reasonable accommodation” request seriously. Failure to do so can lead to disastrous lawsuits.     Read the article…………..
  • Clearing the Air On Companion Animals: What Property Managers Should Know January 20, 2017 While the multifamily housing industry has become pet friendly, some furry friends are catching the ire of property managers. Residents who attempt to bring their pets on property under the guise of them being companion animals are leaving some apartment operators fearing fair housing issues if they don’t comply.   In a spirited conversation recently on Property Management Insider’s LinkedIn group, some said it’s not worth the risk of legal action to fight a tenant who appears to be purposely ...
  • Where Do Condo, Homeowner Associations Stand on Emotional Support Animals? January 17, 2017 Picture, if you will, a young man named John. He lives in your association-controlled community. John bravely served in the U.S. Army and received the Distinguished Service Cross for his extraordinary heroism in active duty. Upon John’s return home, he finds himself traumatized by his experiences at war. His trauma causes him to suffer from insomnia and severe depression.  At the recommendation of a psychologist, John purchases an emotional support animal; a dog named Hero. Hero’s presence greatly alleviates John’s ...
  • Attorney advises communities on support animals (FL) January 17, 2017 Attorney Joshua Gerstin recently provided Alliance of Delray Residential Associations members with advice on medically necessary pets, making decisions through emails and governing documents, topics that community board of directors will face this year.  “A growing number of advocates feel community association pet restrictions should be illegal,” he said. “This is supported by federal and state agencies and federal and state courts being heavily in favor of removing pet restrictions. He cited the wording in the Federal Fair Housing Amendments ...
  • Service animals: Can you ask someone to prove need? (FL) December 15, 2016 Realtors representing housing providers, such as a condo association, homeowners association or owner, occasionally find themselves in a delicate situation when a customer or client appears to overstep regarding requests for additional information about a service or assistance animal. Occasionally, before providing the legally required reasonable accommodation, the housing provider makes a specific request for documentation to “prove” the need for the animal in question. So what kind of information may a housing provider provide regarding a service or assistance ...

Companion Animals Archives

Flags

  • 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.   ...
  • Flag Bill Signed Into Law (OH) December 30, 2016 In a flurry of activity at the end of the 2-year cycle for the 131st Ohio General Assembly, Governor Kasich signed 17 bills into law, including HB 18, “The Flag Bill.” After passing the House unanimously in late 2015, the bill was amended in the Senate committee, but not taken to the full Senate for a vote until December 6, 2016. With a 31-0 vote, it was sent back to the House for a final approval of the amended version, ...
  • 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 ...
  • HOA on flag removal: We honor the military and our colors (CA) December 1, 2016 The HOA that came under fire for reportedly telling a Marine’s wife to remove her American flag has issued a response to the claim.  “We honor the military, honor our colors. Anybody in the community who wants to fly a flag, we’ll go to extraordinary lengths to help them out,” said Robert Ross, vice president of the Home Owners Association.  “Our property manager was subjected to some harassment, threats of pickets and all kinds of stuff and they’re a great ...

Flags Archives

Short-term Rentals

  • Singapore: Condos turn to by-laws as Govt mulls over rules on short-term home rentals February 8, 2017 Unhappy with the sheer volume of tourists rotating through their condominium for short stays, the management committee of The Sail@Marina Bay decided to take things into their own hands, and last year passed a by-law to compel residents to present their tenancy agreements upon request.  A bouncer was even deployed to deal with aggressive and uncooperative residents, in a precautionary move taken by its Management Corporation Strata Title (MCST).    Read the article………….
  • Anti-Airbnb law claims its first casualties (NY) February 8, 2017 A Manhattan landlord and a former Corcoran realtor are the first casualties of a newly enforceable law meant to curb illegal Airbnb listings, The Post has learned.  Property owner Hank Freid — who was once crowned one of NYC’s “Worst Landlords” by a watchdog group in 2005 — and real estate broker Tatiana Cames were slapped with 17 violations, at $1,000 apiece, for their allegedly illegal listings on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and in Bedford-Stuyvesant, in Brooklyn, according to documents ...
  • Airbnb and VRBO and your Home: Regulating The Shared Economy February 7, 2017 The “Shared Economy”— where economic and social activity occurs directly between individuals with the help of an online format— is reshaping our national economy. Today we can easily monetize everyday assets, including your car and home, in ways that were previously impossible.  This innovation and advancement has not occurred without growing pains, many of which have occurred in the context of real estate. Airbnb, FlipKey, HomeAway, VRBO, and others have made it relatively simple to use your house, apartment or ...
  • Attention Boards: your two favorite menaces have combined: Airbnb and Pets! February 6, 2017 Whether I am giving a presentation to hundreds of people, teaching a class to dozens of managers or meeting privately with a board of directors, the two issues that have come up without fail over the last few months are: Airbnb and Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) and other pet issues.  The questions I field on these topics usually sound like this:     Read the article…………
  • Condo units in the Timbers can now rent short term (CO) January 25, 2017 The Mt. Crested Butte Town Council approved a new plat for the Timbers Condominiums that includes an amendment allowing for short-term rentals. The Mt. Crested Butte Planning Commission recommended approval of the second amendment to the plat, as well as 70 percent of the Timbers unit owners.  The original document contained a clause that disallowed rentals for less than 30 days. The short-term rentals amendment does not apply to the seven deed-restricted rentals, as all of the deed-restricted units have ...
  • AirBnB: Please Stay Away From Our Condos January 24, 2017 It is estimated that over one million visitors came to Washington for the innauguration – some to applaud and some to protest our new President.  Where did all these people stay? Some were in hotels, although room rates in downtown places were astronomical; others stayed with friends.  And many signed up for lodging with AIRBNB, which had expected more than 10,000 renters would be staying for the long weekend in over 6,000 listed lodging.   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

  • 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…………..
  • Local family refuses to pull plug on holiday lights (FL) December 15, 2016 With just days left until Christmas, a local family has found themselves in the middle of a holiday light fight.  They’re vowing to keep the cheer bright in front of their Debary home despite a recent warning from their new Homeowner’s Association that challenged their decorative display.    Read the article…………
  • Keeping Your Community on Track During the Holiday Season December 14, 2016 Holidays can be a lot of fun when you live in a planned community, condo or co-op. But when you are on your association’s board of directors, they can also be a lot of work. You have to make sure all the prep work is done, decorations are up, vacations are covered and parties are planned. Can a group of volunteers—as dedicated as you may be—possibly get it all done? And do you dare wish to do it with minimal ...
  • 4 Tips to Read Before You Deck the Halls in the Homeowners Association December 9, 2016 During the holiday season many homeowners association members plan festivities with friends and loved ones. With all of the merriment that’s sure to ensue, it’s important that the HOA board reminds residents who are hosting celebrations to not only be considerate of their neighbors, but also take note of the Association’s rules.  A complete listing of Association rules and regulations can be found in the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) of your HOA, but here are a few key items ...
 

1st Amendment Archives

Energy & Water Conservation

  • Utah homeowner associations may be forced to allow solar panels February 17, 2017 Lawmakers on Friday advanced a controversial bill to require, in most circumstances, homeowner associations (HOAs) to allow solar panels.  The Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously to endorse SB154, and sent it to the full Senate for consideration.  Its sponsor, Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan, said the bill is a significant compromise from previous efforts, and gives HOAs more power to potentially ban solar panels.    Read the article…………
  • Four Ideas for Water and Energy Savings for Condo Owners February 16, 2017 Electricity and water conservation should be a major priority for all Condo Associations. While things like solar panels and EV chargers are the provenance of Associations, there are many things that support water and energy savings for Condo Owners. These include a variety of water- and energy-saving devices which can help you in the long run.    Read the article…………
  • HOA Homefront: Are we STILL dealing with drought? (CA) February 11, 2017 Q:  Regarding water cutbacks and dead lawns, can an HOA require homeowners who stopped watering to replace their dead lawns with other types of ground cover such as drought tolerant landscaping, compost, artificial turf, etc? Or are we stuck with what we see?   Read the Q&A………….
  • Green Technology and Conserving Water in a Condo Association February 2, 2017 Electricity is usually one of the biggest expenses in a Condo Association, but not too far behind it is water. Some Condo Associations have individually metered units, but others do not. Irregardless of that disposition, conserving water in a Condo Association is the right thing to do, both environmentally and financially. Today’s article focuses on actions a Condo that does not sub-meter – meaning the Association is responsible for all water costs – should take to save water and money. ...
  • Lee’s Summit homeowner fights for right to install solar panels (MO) January 25, 2017 Tim Ely wants to do something to his Lee’s Summit home that he believes is every homeowner’s right: install solar panels.  But so far, Ely hasn’t been able to get his homeowners association — Arborwalk Community Association — to agree. His struggle is a common one all across Missouri.   For the last three years, Missouri Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, has fought to get a bill through the Legislature that would prevent cities or homeowners associations from banning solar ...
  • Energy Efficiency in Your HOA January 24, 2017 While there is continuing debate about the reasons driving climate change, most agree on the need for better stewardship of the Earth. While governments often move at a glacial pace to enact green policies, self help is readily available today. What better place to start than at the homeowner association? HOAs often control a variety of systems, processes, equipment, designs and materials. There are opportunities to improve energy efficiency which often produce economic benefits as well. This is a win-win: ...

Energy & Water Conservation Archives

Nuisance

  • 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…………
  • Parker County (TX) Swingers Club Could Be Forced To Reveal Guest List March 1, 2016 A Parker County swingers club could be forced to reveal the names of hundreds of guests at its late night parties.  Randy Carter is being sued by his HOA for throwing the large, late night parties the neighbors consider a nuisance.   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

  • 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……………..
  • 2 people, parrot rescued in Tinton Falls condo fire (NJ) January 11, 2017 Two elderly residents and a 25-year-old African Gray parrot escaped a condominium unit that caught on fire Tuesday around 9 a.m. after one of the residents left a lit cigarette on the back patio, police said.    Read the article………….
  • Secondhand Smoke on Condominium Lanai: What are my Rights? December 30, 2016 Question: I just read the question you answered in one of your prior columns about a man wanting to smoke cigars in the common area of his condominium complex. You said that “the ill-health effects of secondhand smoke are well established.” I live on the second floor of a two-story condominium building. When someone smokes on the lanai downstairs, the smoke comes up into my lanai. I don’t mind what anyone does in their own home. But when they smoke ...
  • The Rights Of Smokers And Non-Smokers Continue To Evolve December 13, 2016 The rights of smokers and non-smokers in condominiums continue to evolve across Canada.  The Smoke-Free Ontario Act prohibits smoking in the interior areas of the common elements of all condominiums, and also prohibits smoking on outdoor patios of bars and restaurants (including such outdoor patios on condominium property).  Condominium corporations can also pass Rules to prohibit smoking in other areas of the common elements.  But what about prohibiting smoking in the units?    Read the article……………..
  • Dealing with Secondhand Smoke in Your Ohio Home November 16, 2016 Every Ohio tenant knows that living in an apartment or condo complex is often challenging, especially when your neighbors’ actions interfere with your life in unpleasant ways. Along with noisy neighbors, secondhand smoke is increasingly becoming a common tenant complaint. Whether you have a respiratory problem such as asthma, are concerned about the health effects of secondhand smoke (especially if you have children at home), or simply don’t like the smell of cigarette smoke wafting into your apartment, there are ...
  • Can my condo snuff out my right to smoke? October 15, 2016 Q: I have owned my condominium unit for more than 14 years. I enjoy having an occasional cigar at the designated smoking section provided at the condominium pools. About a year ago, a new board decided to ban smoking at all of the pools. Is there a grandfather clause for my type of situation? One of the reasons I purchased a unit in this particular condominium was that it permitted smoking at the pools.  Read the Q&A……………..

Smoking Archives

Medical Marijuana/Marijuana

  • 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…………..
  • What Impact Will Medical Marijuana Amendment to Florida’s Constitution Have on Community Associations? February 3, 2017 Many states have placed the legalization of medical marijuana on their ballots in recent years and Florida is no different. A measure legalizing medical marijuana failed in Florida in 2014, gaining only fifty-eight (58%) percent of the vote. However, this past November, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 2 which legalized medical marijuana. Seventy-one (71%) percent of Floridians voted in favor of Amendment 2 surpassing the sixty (60%) percent threshold required for passage.    Read the article……..
  • Marijuana Condominium January 31, 2017 The legalization of marijuana in some jurisdictions has led to the creation of many business opportunities in the marijuana industry. In an effort to capitalize on this growth, Grow Condos, a “publicly-listed real estate company dedicated exclusively to the Cannabis industry”, is looking to develop an industrial condominium with units designed for the growth and processing of marijuana.    Read the article…………..
  • Kass: If state law allows marijuana use, can condo board prohibit it? January 30, 2017 Q:  Can smoking of tobacco and cannabis be prohibited in units? This is becoming complicated with cannabis being legalized in some states and the District of Columbia, decriminalized in others and gaining medical status.  I have attended meetings for condo associations where this has been discussed. One attorney said that smoking can be prohibited in units, and that the board can take action against tobacco use. If cannabis is being used, he said, call the police.
  • Pot condos? Oregon developer sees big market in marijuana January 13, 2017 A southern Oregon real estate company looking to capitalize on the marijuana boom is planning to build a multimillion-dollar growing and processing facility in Eugene that could house more than 30 different pot ventures.  The Eugene Register-Guard reports that Grow Condos has submitted a proposal to the city of Eugene for review.  The four-building marijuana complex would have 50,000 square feet of potential growing space divided into 32 units, which would be sold or leased by the publicly traded company. ...
  • Recreational Marijuana Hits MA: Why Evey Condo Needs to Amend Their Documents to Prohibit Smoking, Growing & Selling December 24, 2016 On December 15, 2016 the recreational use of marijuana became legal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, after voters on election day approved Ballot Question 4 The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act. Personally, I do not think that everyone knew what they were voting for. The new recreational marijuana law did not simply legalize or decriminalize marijuana. The new law recognizes that Marijuana is big business and it encourages it as big business because the Commonwealth wants to tax it. ...

Medical Marijuana/Marijuana Archives

 Guns

  • 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………….
  • Part II of Guns in Community Associations Can your Board of Directors Restrict or Prohibit Firearms In and On the Common Areas? February 15, 2016 In Part I of my blog post on guns in community associations, we discussed the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) categorized gun ownership inside a home as a fundamental right which likely means that a mandatory community association, despite being a private actor, would not have the authority (either by rule or amendment to the documents) to prohibit guns inside the units or homes.

Guns Article Archives

Violence in Associations

  • 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………..
  • Chesapeake man killed by security guard was playing Pokemon Go, says family’s lawyer January 30, 2017 The 60-year-old man who was shot and killed by a security guard in the River Walk neighborhood last week was playing Pokemon Go at the time, according to his family’s lawyer.  Jiansheng Chen was a regular player of the game, attorney Greg Sandler said in an email.  Chen was seated in his minivan outside the River Walk clubhouse in the 700 block of River Walk Parkway around 11 Thursday night when he was confronted by a security guard, police said. ...
  • Security guard shoots, kills man in Chesapeake’s River Walk neighborhood, police say (VA) January 27, 2017 A 60-year-old man died after he was shot last night half a mile away from his home in the River Walk neighborhood, according to police.  Officers found Jiansheng Chen, 60, with gunshot wounds just after 11 p.m. Thursday, according to a police news release. He died at the scene in the 700 block of River Walk Pkwy. off Great Bridge Boulevard.  Police say Chen was seated in his minivan in the River Walk clubhouse parking lot when a security guard ...
  • Homeowner Chided for Threatening WCA Board and Staff (FL) January 16, 2017 A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy attended the Jan. 12 meeting of the WCA Board after a resident, appealing a fine, threatened board members prior to the session.  Opening the meeting, Westchase Community Association (WCA) Directors unanimously appointed West Park Village residents Phil Rainaldi and Carlos Quiros as alternate members of the Modifications Committee.   Read the article………….
  • Citrus Springs HOA Board Members Brawl During Christmas Party (FL) December 15, 2016 Indian River County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance at Citrus Springs in Vero Beach about a fight between HOA board members during the community’s Christmas Party.  Deputies met with Chris Goodwin who said he was involved in a dispute with Thomas Deblase at the party. Goodwin advised that he and Deblase are on the board for the homeowners association in Citrus Springs.    Read the article…………
  • 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 ...

Violence in Associations Archives

Security

  • Saratoga: HOAs can operate neighborhood security cameras (CA) February 10, 2017 Neighborhood surveillance cameras operated by bona fide homeowners associations for security purposes can operate in public rights-of-way with an encroachment permit, city attorney Richard Taylor told the city council at a recent meeting.  Cameras, like the two already installed as part of a pilot project in Saratoga neighborhoods, are seen by city officials as a way to curb increasing neighborhood crime. The city’s Public Works Department will approve or deny the permit applications based on a specific set of criteria. ...
  • Burglars strike gated community in northwest Las Vegas (NV) February 7, 2017 “We’re going to look at how to make the entrance and exit gates more vandal proof so you can’t get in,” said Bill Sandeen, the president of the HOA which oversees the subdivision.    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 ...
  • Security guard shoots, kills man in Chesapeake’s River Walk neighborhood, police say (VA) January 27, 2017 A 60-year-old man died after he was shot last night half a mile away from his home in the River Walk neighborhood, according to police.  Officers found Jiansheng Chen, 60, with gunshot wounds just after 11 p.m. Thursday, according to a police news release. He died at the scene in the 700 block of River Walk Pkwy. off Great Bridge Boulevard.  Police say Chen was seated in his minivan in the River Walk clubhouse parking lot when a security guard ...
  • Jacksonville neighborhood’s anti-crime initiative shows thieves in the act (FL) January 26, 2017 One local neighborhood’s efforts to stop crime captured a car break-in as it happened.  A teenager appears to wave to a surveillance camera before he rummages through a car parked in a driveway. Three other teens can be seen keeping a lookout.   Read the article……………
  • After 40 years, Avondale security arrangement ends (OH) January 6, 2017 For decades, Avondale residents knew someone was watching out for them.  Now, a longstanding policing practice has been called into question and the community is looking for alternatives.  Last month, the Stark County Sheriff’s office put an end to an arrangement between Avondale and a reserve sheriff’s deputy dedicated to patrolling the Plain Township neighborhood.  The homeowners’ association has contracted with a deputy for at least 40 years; the last 20 years with the same person, said Alan Harold, president ...

Security Archives

Infrastructure Problems

  • Lawsuit settlement over collapsed flume/storm sewer OK’d (PA) February 17, 2017 Bob Duncan, assistant Lower Merion Township manager, said the collapse of the flume involved four properties along the upper portion of the road near the Wawa at Conshohocken State Road. The site includes one property owned and used by the Lower Merion School. The properties also include the Greenhouse Condominium Association and two smaller properties.  According to township officials, a settlement conference took place last month between a judge in the case and the five entities including the township and ...
  • Patton proposes funding plan for Dunlap Lake dredging (IL) February 17, 2017 The dredging project for Dunlap Lake has a new proposal on the table. Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton approached the Dunlap Lake Homeowners Association at their annual meeting at the Edwardsville Moose Lodge Thursday night in an effort to gather support for the estimated $4.5 million project.  Patton proposed a partnership with the City of Edwardsville and Dunlap Lake property owners, inquiring that the city puts forward an estimated $400,000 toward the project and the 355 lots on Dunlap Lake form ...
  • Woodlands set for new water, sewer (NY) February 15, 2017 A state Health Department official Tuesday night encouraged the Hornellsville Town Board to allow the town to take dedication of a brand new water and sewer system in the former Green Acres Trailer Park.  Board members, most of whom seemed generally in favor of the request, are expected to vote next month on the issue.  The park was formerly privately held, but it is now owned by residents and operated as a non-profit entity by the Woodlands Homeowners’ Association. The ...
  • Holly Lake Condo Community Raising Money to Repair Dam Spillway (NJ) February 15, 2017 A condominium association in Little Egg Harbor is reaching out to save Holly Lake, a 10-acre freshwater lake whose spillway was possibly damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 with subsequent damage by winter Storm Jonas in 2016.  The spillway runs under Great Bay Boulevard in the portion that is owned by Little Egg Harbor Township and empties into the lagoon community of Holly Lake.  When the ground around the spillway eroded in the spring of 2016, the N.J. Department of ...
  • No Looming Oroville But Michigan’s Aging Dams Pose Real Flood Risks February 15, 2017 More than half of the state’s dams are privately owned, often mom-and-pop-type organizations — maybe a condominium association that had a dam installed for their lake, said the DEQ’s Lane. The cost of dam repairs, often exceeding $100,000, is a “huge hit” for most. The limited grant funds available aren’t typically to repair dams but to remove them and restore the river’s natural flows and fish habitat.    Read the article……….
  • Potholes growing to unavoidable nuisance in Cordova neighborhood (TN) February 14, 2017 The potholes aren’t avoidable either as it’s a one-way street, so all the houses have to drive past them.  The street’s connected to all their driveways. Tiffany said the problem is it’s not named, so it’s not the county’s responsibility.  WREG’s Bridget Chapman dug up the original paperwork for the properties and found out the task is one for the homeowners association.  The only problem is that HOA went inactive in 2009 due to lack of funding.     Read the ...

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

  • 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…………….
  • Menorah-lighting ceremony back on after disagreement with PSL Tradition community (FL) November 18, 2016 A large private homeowner’s association changed its holiday Hanukah menorah-lighting cancellation.  Now Tradition property managers will allow a menorah lighting to continue after coming to a compromise with local rabbis.  Protests from those all over our area showed up on social media, with many claiming the move to cancel the menorah-lighting was discriminatory action, albeit on private property.    Read the article…………………..
  • Is your Meeting Date a Human Rights Violation? (ON) October 7, 2016 In 2015 I wrote about an interesting human rights complaint that had been started by three owners because of the date selected by their condominium and manager for the AGM. The owners claimed that they were discriminated against because the meeting was held on an important religious holiday for Muslims. They claimed that the condominium would never have held the meeting on another religion’s holiday, such as Christmas, and that they had been discriminated against because they were Muslims.  The ...
  • Lakewood condo owners sue over single-sex pool (NJ) September 20, 2016 Since changing over to having a majority of Orthodox Jewish homeowners, a Lakewood adult community has restricted mixed-gender swimming times to two hours per day, Sunday through Friday.  Jewish law prohibits men and women from bathing together.  A group of non-Orthodox homeowners have filed a lawsuit against the condominium association in state Superior Court, alleging that the pool policy is discriminatory.     Read the article………….

Religion Archives

Drones

  • 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 Delivery and Its Impact on HOAs November 16, 2016 As technology continues to move forward, many online companies – amazon at the forefront – are toying with the idea of using unmanned drones to deliver packages to customers. If you’re not familiar with drones, they’re essentially small, highly maneuverable helicopters that can be controlled remotely.    Read the article………….
  • The Future of Condos: Drones! November 2, 2016 The future is exciting, there’s no doubt about that. Between self-driving cars and increasingly intuitive home networks, a comfortable and sustainable lifestyle is within everybody’s reach.  Condominiums, especially, have an interesting road ahead. A road filled with the potential to take advantage of drone deliveries, the sharing economy, urban farming and so much more.   For fun, watch the video………….
  • Drones, GPS Used To Measure Town Neck Beach September 23, 2016 The condominium association, Sandwich Shores Condominium Association, argues, however, that the right-of-way no longer exists because the town beach has been washed away.  In addition, the White Cape Path residents say, they have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to shore up the dune between their homes and the ocean. If they allow the public to come over the dune, the association members will not only incur more sand replacement expenses, they will be liable for beach visitors’ injuries.   ...
  • 8 Ways Your Drone Could Land You in Jail September 21, 2016 By 2020, there will be more than 7 million drones in US skies alone. Hobby flying is booming. With ever greater numbers of untrained operators has come increasing numbers of accidents, as well as some hair-raising near-misses with commercial planes.  While some countries allow drone flight pretty much anywhere, many countries are quickly creating laws to limit their use. You don’t have to get the attention of your local aviation administration to land in jail. It could happen because you ...
  • Hot Topics in Community Association Law: Attack of the Drones August 26, 2016 Given the ever-changing world in which we live, it is important for community associations to at least try to keep up with, if not stay ahead of, the latest trends. This can seem like a daunting task for even the most progressive associations. The rapidly expanding use of unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as “drones,” is a prime example of one of these emerging trends. Drones are taking command of the skies in today’s neighborhoods, and will likely affect an ...

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