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Tesla New Solar Roof Tiles Are A Game Changer

Tesla’s new solar roof tiles are a game changer IMO and here’s why. Homeowner Associations have rules on installing solar panels. You need to get approval from the Architectural Committee, which works under guidance from the Board of Directors. The

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Remodeling? Beware of condo association rules

Your condominium is your castle, until you try to remodel it.  Associations have a say in the types of alterations that can be made and the materials that can be used. If you don’t follow their rules, you could be

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Messing With The HOA Can Be Expensive

Most homeowners in a common interest development probably understand that it can be a real hassle to get into a dispute with the Homeowner Association (HOA). Not so many, though, may know that it can become pretty expensive as well.

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Fence variance approved on Karros Court (IL)

“I have not voted for a variance because I think we have HOA documents that cover it, an ordinance that covers it; we’ve passed a resolution that gave us guidance about when, if there were previous things in an easement,

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Architectural Control, What Can an HOA Actually Enforce?

Architectural Control is one of the key reasons people either choose to live in or run from an HOA. Some people appreciate the HOA’s ability to enforce architectural controls via an Architectural Control Committee (“ACC”); whereas, others resent the thought

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Architectural Control, What Can an HOA Actually Enforce?

Architectural Control is one of the key reasons people either choose to live in or run from an HOA. Some people appreciate the HOA’s ability to enforce architectural controls via an Architectural Control Committee (“ACC”); whereas, others resent the thought

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The New Architectural Renderings: Marrying Technology and Smart Design

In the past, when it came time to do a remodeling project, no one really ever had much of an idea as to how things would turn out. Architects and designers would come by with blueprints or swatches of color

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Alteration Issues: Private Projects Need Board Approval

It’s no secret that residents in condos or co-ops can be a fickle bunch, and many times decide to undertake a repair or remodeling project themselves, without going through the proper channels.    Read the article………….

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3 Benefits of Having an Architectural Review Committee

HOAs often have many different committees to help maintain standards throughout the community. One possible committee is the architectural review committee, which helps homeowners understand what types of changes to their home and yard are, and are not, allowed. If

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Architectural Review Guidelines

Many community associations are governed by architectural design guidelines. Often, those guidelines are enforced by an architectural review committee (sometimes called architectural control committees or architectural design committees). The guidelines allow owners to know what types of changes require approval,

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Controlling the Look and Feel In Your HOA

Homeowner associations maintain control over the common elements and exterior appearance of the structures for a variety of reasons. Most HOAs are built with a design theme, exterior materials s and color palette that, if compromised, reduces the value of

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Why Your HOA Board Needs to Implement a Design Review Program

Whether you have a majority of first-time homeowners or long-time residents in your homeowners association, everyone has a hefty investment in where they live. It’s important that the HOA board has a program in place to preserve the value of

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Architectural Review Committees: When Silence is Not Golden

Although summer is the most popular season for construction and it is quickly coming to a close (I am not ready to admit it’s over), architectural review committees (“ARCs”) operate year-round to review and respond to architectural review committee applications.

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Getting an HOA Approval for House Color

Some homeowners associations have strict rules regarding what color you can paint the exterior of your home. In other communities, they may require you to get an approval before you paint your house a different color. Check out these tips

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What’s the best way to update architectural rules?

Q:  I’m the president of a single-family residential subdivision with about 100 homes. The homeowners assumed control over the homeowners’ association from the developer about a year ago, and our HOA’s board of directors is revising and updating the community

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HOA Home Improvements Battle (CA)

Suzanne Yang and Jeff Madison say they’ve made home improvements to the tune of $300,000 and now the Terra Lago homeowners association says they must put the home back the way it was because they’re in violation of the governing

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An Ounce of Prevention: Architectural Review in Your Homeowners Association

Most homeowners associations have some sort of architectural review process. Of these, many spell out how that review is supposed to proceed.  Generally, the homeowner submits an application for some sort of change to the property, and the board of

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What’s the best way to update architectural rules?

Q: I’m the president of a single-family residential subdivision with about 100 homes. The homeowners assumed control over the homeowners’ association (the HOA) from the developer about a year ago, and our HOA’s board of directors is currently revising and

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Model HOA Remodeling

Owning your own home is an American dream. In urban settings, homeowner associations have become a dominant form of new construction, often representing over two thirds of new home construction. While HOA homeowners carry many rights and privileges, the owners

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Spring Projects Create Work For This Architectural Standards Committee. Are You Ready?

Q. It is springtime and a few creative and industrious neighbors are out erecting fences and sheds as others have done in the past without requesting the permission of the Association. We are a 24 home association that recently elected

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Why Communities Have an Architectural Review Process

Many community associations have a set of written design review standards and processes. Some homeowners mistakenly believe these standards restrict their freedom of individual expression; actually they provide a framework within which each homeowner can express individual tastes and preferences.

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Star-Spangled School Design ‘Clashes’ With Neighborhood, Must Come Down (TX)

A district spokesman said when CISD purchased the land from the developer, the district signed an agreement stating the color-scheme of the new campus would line up with standards put in place by the Cimarron subdivision homeowner’s association.   Read more……….

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What Is Material Alterations?

Material alteration in an HOA refers to the act of changing the shape, form, specifications or elements of a shared structure. Material alteration affects and influences the function, use or appearance of the structure. Because material alterations may affect the

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6 steps for reviewing plans with an HOA architectural review committee

Q: Our house plans have gone through three reviews with our Architectural Review Committee and their consulting architect, and we have been turned down each time, often for reasons not identified as requirements in our community’s architectural guidelines. The reasons

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Condo board loses suit over ailing tenant’s air conditioning (NY)

Manhattan Supreme Court ruled in favor of an ailing 73-year-old man who accused the co-op board at 200 Central Park South of barring him from installing a state-of-the-art air-conditioning system in his unit.    Read more……..

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How to work with an HOA architectural committee

The challenge to any Architectural Review Committee (ARC, ACC or ARB) is to make the review process an added value to the homeowner so that the product at the end of the process is better because of it. This requires

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Advice from an architect on HOA architectural committees (NC)

The Architectural Review Committee, or ARC, is typically charged by a community’s covenants, conditions and restrictions, the CCRs, with the exclusive task of promulgating guidelines in order to maintain aesthetic standards within the community and to preserve values.    Read

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Homeowner Alterations

Some individuals argue that maintaining the uniform appearance of the homes or units in many condominium or homeowner associations is a valuable aspect of owning a home governed by community associations. However, often times, the owners of homes or units

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JUDICIAL FOLLIES – The $60,000 Windows

Thomas and Donna Stanton owned a condominium in San Diego County that was managed by a homeowners’ association, the Chapala Management Corporation. Like many such developments, the condominium came with a lengthy list of rules about what the condo owners

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Maryland Court of Special Appeals upholds board’s decision to deny architectural application

A recently reported decision issued by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals offers some guidance and support for community associations on two issues that are frequently the subject of homeowner disputes. The case of Randall Reiner, et ux. v. Clifford

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HOA Design Standards

In urban settings, homeowner associations have become a dominant form of construction. While HOA homeowners carry many rights and privileges, they often concede certain freedoms enjoyed in more traditional home ownership. One particular area of concession involves remodeling,   Read More……

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CA: Court Rules in Tramonto Dispute

A State Court of Appeal has affirmed a summary judgment in the continuing Castellammare litigation battle that pitted a homeowner against another neighbor and the local homeowners association. Just to recap: the case began in 2006 when Saied Kashani filed a

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Architectural Standards

One of the central roles of a homeowners or condominium owners association is the enforcement of architectural standards. The establishment of architectural standards is at the core of many declarations of covenants, conditions and restrictions (CCRs or “declaration”). Owners want

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How to Deal With a Fence Repair Notice from your Homeowner’s Association

Most homeowners that live in neighborhood subdivisions will have some sort of Homeowner’s Association (HOA) in place with the goal of keeping minimum standards in order to protect the neighborhood property values. Periodically they will make the rounds in the

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HOA Appearance Standards

One of the important proactive policies a homeowner association board can enact involves acceptable appearance standards. These are particularly important in condos and other common wall communities where uniform appearance underscores market value.  Read More……

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