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Sun City Grand residents fight HOA (AZ)

Ed and Pat Stolarz were among several Sun City Grand residents who received a letter from their homeowners association issuing citations to residents with a driveway “border” or “barrier.” These barriers range in appearance, but typically look like rectangles or

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HOA Restriction Enforcement and Architectural Control for Boards

Your HOA has several restrictions set in place for the benefit of all of the residents within the neighborhood. This can include everything from the colors that houses in the community association can be painted to the types of structures

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Board Changes Its Mind – and Winds Up in Court (NY)

What happens when a co-op board approves an alteration project and then changes its mind? What usually happens is a lawsuit. Consider the case of Salvatore Moltisanti.  In 2012, Moltisanti purchased an apartment in the four-building 1,672-unit Co-op Village on

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Couple refuses to remove yard lamp, so their neighborhood is suing them (KS)

A battle is waging in the front yard of a home in one east Wichita neighborhood.  At the center of it? Dan and Alice Smith’s outdoor lamp.  They say the 12-foot-tall cast iron light is a vintage, high quality piece

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Charlotte couple fighting $7,000 HOA fines over roof tiles (NC)

A Charlotte couple says they are being fined $7,000 because their roof is too nice.  They’ve been fighting with their HOA for six years because they, and many of their neighbors, just don’t get it.  Robbi and Michael Ott have

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Do You Live Next to a Hot Pink Gazebo? (AZ)

Happily, at a time when so many folks can find so many things to debate, there is one topic on which most can agree: they hate their HOA. Yes, homeowner’s associations get a bad rap, but is this always justified?

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Architecture committee to start Spring Creek property reviews (NV)

Spring Creek homeowners might get more letters about compliance from the Spring Creek Association Committee of Architecture after its September review of properties.  The COA recently amended its rules and regulations and upgraded its computer system to quickly process property

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How to handle unauthorized co-owner modifications to the common elements (MI)

Michigan condominium associations are often forced to deal with co-owners that are unfamiliar with condominium living, or in some instances, are not even aware that they live in a condominium that is governed by a master deed, bylaws or rules

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Mother May I? Coping with Permissions in Community Associations

Everyone remembers our parents’ favorite retort: “When you’re 18 and on your own, you can do what you want, but when you’re in my house, it’s my rules” or something similar. No matter what we wanted to do as young

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HOA Homefront: Don’t make them guess – Is your HOA architectural application process complete?

A fundamental HOA purpose is to preserve the association’s architectural theme, typically protected by rules administered by an architectural committee or the board. If a homeowner wants to change the entry door color, the style of windows or install a

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Why the HOA Must Approve Architectural Control Requests

The role of the Architectural Control Committee for your homeowners association, or HOA, is to ensure that the community’s property values are preserved. Without an architectural control committee your neighbor could easily paint his home bright blue with pink shutters

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Spring homeowner battles HOA over pool safety fence (TX)

A family in Montgomery County is at a standstill with their neighborhood homeowner’s association. The Bender’s Landing HOA Board doesn’t like the very thing Susan Durgapersad says is keeping her family safe.  She called consumer expert Amy Davis for help

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HOA Homefront: Two views of architectural enforcement

Q: You have a very enlightening column. Our board is now requiring approval of any architectural changes within the individual owner’s unit. Seems this is poking their noses in where they don’t belong. Is it legal?   Read the Q&A…………..

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When a Property Owner Association Approves Plans Then Rescinds Its Approval, Can It Be Held Financially Responsible? (CO)

The Supreme Court of Colorado answered that question in Mac McShane and Cynthia Calvin v. Stirling Ranch Property Owners Association, Inc. (2017 CO 38).  Mac McShane and his wife, Cynthia Calvin (“Owners”) bought property, hoping to build a multi-story home

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Maryland Appeals Court Slams Owner’s Door

A homeowner’s unauthorized installation of a new entry door was slammed by a Maryland appeals court. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled, in Spoon v. Deering Woods Condominium, that a Howard County condominium acted properly in requiring a unit

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How are exterior paint colors determined in an HOA?

Q: My neighbor just painted his home an awful color that sticks out. Every home in the neighborhood is a neutral color and this house is a bright yellow. He claims that the association president gave him the authorization to

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Aesthetic Rules in Co-ops, Condos & HOAs: A Matter of Taste?

For many people, one of the most attractive aspects of co-op or condo living is the fact that everything, from the windows to the elevators to the numbers on the apartment doors, looks great. Clean, bright, elegant and well-maintained. For

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Aging Condominium updates for an Aging Population

Condominiums are not just for young people, there are many elderly condo residents that bought their units in the 1980’s. Many early construction condo buildings are now facing challenges of providing amenities to owners who are 65 years or older.

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Everything You Need to Know about Homeowner’s Association Rehabilitation Projects

The name might sound fancy and formal, but a homeowner’s association, or HOA for short, is simply an establishment that governs an area consisting of buildings developed by the same real estate company. The company holds private ownership over the

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HOA Model 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 homes. While HOA homeowners have many rights and privileges, they often concede

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Condo Smarts: Alteration agreements have been lost over time

Dear Tony: Our strata corporation is 164 units of mixed-use highrise, townhouse and commercial space. Over the past 15 years, a number of strata lots of all three types have made significant changes to the use of their properties.  Our

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April Sound residents, POA clash over election petition (TX)

Residents in April Sound will vote Saturday in a controversial election regarding the April Sound Property Owners Association Architectural Control Committee.  The POA’s ACC is a three-person panel that considers requests by residents who want to make architectural changes to

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Each owner is responsible for complying with HOA covenants and rules

Q:  I live in a housing for older persons HOA community. When I moved here three years ago, I hired a landscaper to expand my walkway and to enhance the beauty of my property. She never did disclose to me

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Neighborhood’s battle over feral cats headed for trial (DE)

Chancery Court on Thursday opted not to find in favor of a homeowners association attempting to stop a property owner from housing feral cats in an outside building.  The Quail Village Homeowners Association is suing Janice Rossell. She earlier testified

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Guiding Homeowners through the Window/Door Architectural Request Process (IL)

One of the secrets to limiting the amount of conflict between the individual owners and the association at large is to be clear in guidance regarding the exterior standards for the association. For instance, in regards to window and door

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Architectural Control Committees are Needed

Question: I live in a new town house development and am on the architectural control committee. Some of the homeowners do not feel the need to go through our committee for approval before they make any exterior changes. Our declaration

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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.

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Messing With The HOA Can Be Expensive

This all started with a decision to depart from or modify the plans as approved by the Association. Typically, it would really be a bother to go back to the architectural committee and seek approval for the change

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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 controls include such things as the general design of a home, exterior finishes, color, landscaping, fencing, window covering, sheds, etc

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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

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The New Architectural Renderings: Marrying Technology and Smart Design

“Remodeling projects can be some of the most complex projects; if they are not managed properly they can wind up as a huge disaster,”

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Alteration Issues: Private Projects Need Board Approval

The objective of the board is to protect the infrastructure of the property,

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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

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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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