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Hundreds of Fish in Rancho Murieta Lake Killed After Homeowners Assn Tried to Treat Algae (CA)

Hundreds of fish killed in a Rancho Murieta lake after a homeowners association tried to treat algae blooms.  “My son and I, I have a 4-year-old son, we use the lake quite a bit,” said Brian Donnalley, a Rancho Murieta

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Sand Canyon HOA abandons “opt out” plan for email blast (CA)

Plans by the Sand Canyon Homeowners Association to share an email list of its members with the local radio station as a way of alerting them to emergencies such as brush fires, have been abandoned due to privacy concerns.  Last

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HOA Homefront: “Bare walls” or full coverage – insurance brokers weigh in

So-called “bare walls” insurance plans are often discussed in associations trying to limit the cost of water damage claims. In a “bare walls” approach, the homeowners association insurance does not restore unit interiors, but each owner insures (via individual HO6

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Presidio Terrace: This is the second time residents lost their own street (CA)

Homeowners in ultra-wealthy Presidio Terrace were shocked in May to discover that their privately-owned street—as in the, lanes and sidewalks of the street itself, including over 100 potentially quite valuable parking spaces—sold at auction in 2015 because of a $14/year

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HOA Winning $1,881 In Damages Against Homeowner Also Was Entitled To Attorney’s Fees Of $201,750 (CA)

We do not really need to get into the specifics of Mustafa v. Mountain View Park Homeownerss Assn., Inc., Case No. E063529 (4th Dist., Div. 2 Aug. 8, 2017) (unpublished), but the end result in sobering for purposes of our

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Lawyers Fear SF’s Millennium Tower Could Tilt 10 More Inches by 2019 (CA)

At its current rate, San Francisco’s troubled Millennium Tower could tilt another 10 inches toward the Salesforce Tower in the next two years, lawyers for the homeowners warned in a legal filing urging a speedy trial over the sinking building.

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Laguna Woods Village homeowners association bans short-term rentals (CA)

The United Mutual board unanimously approved revisions to the qualifiers for subleasing manors regarding short-term rentals, targeted at online, vacation-style rentals such as Airbnb, at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8.  The revisions come after increases in illegal occupant violations

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Rich residents shocked their private street was sold because of a $14 HOA error (CA)

Presidio Terrace is a block-long, oval street dotted with 35 megamillion-dollar mansions known for famous residents including Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.  It’s a street known for its exclusivity — a guard is always on duty

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HOA Homefront: Failed plumbing? Who is responsible?

Q: Recently our homeowners association called a meeting to let us know they want to change our CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions) specifically to have homeowners be responsible for the pipes inside our walls. They claim they are having problems

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Truckee-area HOA considering short-term rental limits (CA)

Short-term rental use is on the rise in Tahoe-Truckee, but that may not be the case for long in at least one local neighborhood.  The Glenshire Devonshire Residents Association is considering adopting regulations that would limit the use short-term rental

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They responded to Trump with a lawn sign. Then came a homeowners association letter (CA)

A few months ago, Bill and Diane Durston placed an “In Our America” yard sign in front of their Gold River home.  The sign, resembling an American flag, states: “In Our America, all people are equal, love is love, black

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Safety versus privacy: the Sand Canyon HOA weighs the choices (CA)

About 900 Sand Canyon residents, many whose homes were threatened by last year’s deadly and devastating Sand Fire, are on a list of emails compiled by their homeowners association to be notified in the event of a similar disaster.  But

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Future of Millennium Tower’s earthquake safety remains unknown (CA)

Millennium Tower tenants and city supervisors were not satisfied on Tuesday with the breadth of a recent engineering report that found the sinking high-rise could currently withstand an 8.0 earthquake.  Though the Millennium Tower is sinking by an inch a

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Lake Pillsbury area homeowners weigh in on dam removal proposals (CA)

In a letter addressed to the Lake Pillsbury Homeowners Association, president Frank Lynch wrote that the topic of PG&E’s filing to renew its license to maintain Lake Pillsbury as part of the Potter Valley Project with FERC was discussed at

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HOA Homefront: Readers ask if board elections and votes for loan are fair?

Q: I own units in many different HOAs, including one in Huntington Beach. The HOA board has recently promulgated new rules regarding qualifications required for being elected to the board, and only owners who live on-site in the development are

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Local HOAs Protect Members’ Information (CA)

Sand Canyon Homeowners Association, or SCHOA, is not the only HOA approached by KHTS co-owner Carl Goldman. He is asking associations to give the emails of their homeowners to the radio station. The emails will become part of the station’s

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Rancho Santa Margarita resident, HOA at odds over drought-tolerant front lawn

Jeff Armbruster installed a drought-tolerant front lawn including nine yards of pink sandstone at his Rancho Santa Margarita home. He is now in trouble with the Santa Margarita Landscape and Recreation Corporation because the yard isn’t covered with 85 percent

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Residents ‘blindsided’ by removal of Torrey Pine tree in Bay Ho (CA)

A 45-year-old Torrey Pine tree was cut down on Tuesday outside a condo complex in Bay Ho, causing concern to some residents who say they were never notified.  “I’m heart broken,” said Eileen Dougherty, a 29-year resident of the complex.

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Old Paradise Pines Golf Course now a fire hazard? (CA)

The same residents who were once drawn to live near a lush green golf course in Magalia now look out their back windows in fear.  Dead grass and overgrown weeds have turned the former fairways of the Paradise Pines Golf

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Oakmont News reporters quit as political fallout widens after pickleball dispute (CA)

In another blow to the convulsing retirement community of Oakmont, four retired journalists have quit the all-volunteer staff of the village’s newsletter after a new officer of the homeowners’ association board demanded that stories be submitted to the board for

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Broken hydrant floods Mission Valley condo complex, displaces families (CA)

A broken hydrant flooded parts of a Mission Valley condominium complex Friday morning after being hit by a vehicle.  Around 11 a.m., an 80-foot geyser formed inside the Mission Gate Condominiums on Camino de la Reina near Mission Center Road.

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HOA gets OK to remove troublesome oaks

A Newbury Park homeowners association has received planning commission approval to cut down 15 coast live oaks that are damaging neighborhood infrastructure.  Though the 20-year-old trees—planted by the Larry Court HOA in 1998—are protected under city law, commissioners said July

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It will cost $240 to charge electric vehicles and golf carts at Laguna Woods Village (CA)

Laguna Woods Village’s Third Mutual on Tuesday, July 18 passed a resolution to make amendments to its plug-in electric vehicle and golf cart policies and procedures, including fines for unpermitted use of common-area electricity.     Read the article…………..

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Residents Escape Condo Fire in Walnut Creek

Shooting flames popped out of a condominium complex in Walnut Creek early Wednesday, but residents living inside the building were able to escape unharmed, according to Contra Costa County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Quesada.    Read the article…………..

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No signs of healing in Oakmont as political fallout deepens after pickleball vote (CA)

The political acrimony in Oakmont deepened Tuesday with calls for the president of the homeowners’ association to step down and a surprise call to ask residents to decide — by popular vote — the future of a terminated pickleball court

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Twice annual tree trimming is not enough for seaside condo owner (CA)

A dispute over ocean views in Del Mar that has simmered since the 1990s heated up again this week when a condo owner demanded that the trees and shrubbery at the edge of a nearby 5.8-acre lot be trimmed every

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Millennium Tower keeps on sinking, but there may be a fix (CA)

City officials and other sources familiar with the situation tell us that the building, which as of last year had sunk 16 inches since construction got under way in 2005, continues to descend into the bay fill at Mission and

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Fire burns on high-rise balcony in downtown Long Beach (CA)

Firefighters responded to a small fire at a high-rise condominium building in downtown Long Beach Tuesday morning.  A large number of firefighters headed to the building at 400 West Ocean Boulevard, which is near Queens Way, around 11:40 a.m., according

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Why most Millennium Tower owners didn’t get a tax break this year (CA)

The San Francisco Assessor’s Office decision to give minor tax breaks to only around 25 percent of the owners of units in the sinking, leaning Millennium Tower has some residents up in arms.   Read the article……………..

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Deadly Hawaii fire raises concerns about lack of sprinklers in older high-rises across the U.S.

Moon Yun Pellerin was still in shock as she sat on a bench Saturday morning in the crowded lobby of her Honolulu high-rise. Her home on the 27th floor — owned by her 78-year-old mother who has dementia — had

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Oakmont manager Cassie Turner resigns following pickleball vote (CA)

The fallout from Oakmont’s great pickleball debate continues to roil the east Santa Rosa retirement community.  Oakmont Village Association manager Cassie Turner resigned Friday, citing difficulty working with a board she says is freezing her out of key decision making.

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HOA Homefront: Before you paint garage doors purple, check out association rules

Associations are normally created with an initial architectural and landscaping theme that boards are responsible to protect and preserve. Condominium association boards also are expected to protect and preserve common area. Therefore, owners are usually prohibited from changing the exterior

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Vacations ruined after geyser floods condo units in San Diego’s Mission Beach area

Two units at a Mission Beach condominium complex were damaged Friday morning after a broken pipe sent a water geyser into the air and onto the building.  At about 3 a.m., water crews were at work in an alley on

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Playa del Rey condo owners file lawsuit over Westside ‘road diet’ (CA)

The first lawsuit has been filed in the brewing battle over a recent “road diet” in Playa del Rey that eliminated 9.4 miles of traffic lanes on major streets, causing gridlock and irking South Bay commuters.  A 17-page complaint filed

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Firefighters Control Los Angeles Condo Fire (CA)

It took firefighters 81 minutes of suppression operations conducted in 91 F heat to confine fire damage to four condominium units on this 47-year-old, wood frame and stucco structure. The units shared a common attic.        Read the

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Millennium Odor Problem Could Point to Fire Risk, Experts Say (CA)

Unexplained odors inside the Millennium Tower units could be evidence of a potential fire safety risk to the 58-story sinking and tilting structure, experts tell NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit.   View the news report………….

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HOA Homefront: Addition of cameras in common areas needs research before board steps in

Q: A new owner in our condo complex rented it to tenants who installed security cameras on the exterior of their unit, one on their front door and one on their balcony that pans all outside their doorway and mine,

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Coarsegold homeowner association settles retaliation lawsuit. Here’s what they must pay (CA)

A homeowners’ association must pay $177,750 to settle a retaliation lawsuit, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing announced Thursday.  Yosemite Lakes Owners’ Association of Coarsegold was accused of retaliating against a former employee, Amanda Childress, firing her for

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Trial for alleged HOA embezzler delayed to December (CA)

The trial for a man accused of being a co-conspirator in an embezzlement case involving nearly $2.8 million from a San Mateo homeowners association was delayed until Dec. 4 as his defense attorney addresses a family medical emergency, according to

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County settles suit (from HOA) for $4.5 million (CA)

After nearly four years of back and forth, the Lake County Board of Supervisors settled the lawsuit brought against the county by the Lakeside Heights Homeowners.  The two sides agreed on a $4.5 million payment from the county.  Originally, 46

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Barbecue Mishap Blamed For Fire That Destroys 4 Condo Units In Chatsworth (CA)

A fire destroyed four condos in Chatsworth Tuesday afternoon.  Officials blamed a mishap with a propane barbecue grill for igniting the out-of-control blaze.  Firefighters seemed to be gaining the upper hand on the fire in one unit when fire poked

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Hayward residents furious after string of mail thefts caught on camera (CA)

Hayward residents are furious that someone is breaking into their mailboxes and stealing their personal items, and many of the thefts have been caught on camera.  One resident reached out to KRON4 News and is hoping that the United States

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Homeowners can opt out of newly incorporated associations (CA)

Q: Our neighborhood is established and has had an unincorporated homeowners association that has worked well for decades. But recent outside threats have given cause to incorporate in spite of enthusiastic opposition from some homeowners. Is it possible to incorporate

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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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Residents say HOA’s fence plan costing them (CA)

Thousands of San Diegans pay monthly fees to a homeowners association that’s supposed to maintain their neighborhood, but a group of Tierrasanta residents says their HOA’s plan to beautify their area is getting them surprise bills.  The Villa Portofino development

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WeHo City Council Gives Condo Owners a Pass on Earthquake Safety (CA

Faced with dozens of letters in opposition and a crowd carrying signs saying “voluntary,” the West Hollywood City Council last night quickly yielded to owners of condominiums who demanded it not require them to protect their buildings against earthquakes.  The

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Assembly Judiciary Committee Approves Wieckowski Bill (CA)

A bill to clarify that the political speech rights of residents in common interest developments cannot be infringed upon by homeowner association (HOA) boards unanimously passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee this morning. SB 407, authored by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont)

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HOA Homefront: Can board deny privileges if homeowners aren’t paying?

Q: Our homeowners association reserves are extremely low and our collections are growing worse by the day. We are a gated community, with many renters. Can we deny access to the automatic transponder gate to delinquent owners/renters and require that

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HOA Homefront: Can managers legally encourage association members to vote?

Q: Dear Mr. Richardson: I have been a director of a mid-sized association. About 90 percent of the homes are owner-occupied. For the last three years, we have been unable to obtain a quorum. Each election we tried three times,

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Oceano homeowner shares HOA struggles as a lesson to others (CA)

A local woman is being forced to remove a room she added to her home because she didn’t follow her homeowner’s association guidelines.  Sheila Eckert, a special education tutor, has lived in her Old Avocado Ranch home in Oceano since

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