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Condominiums in crisis: Financial troubles put many communities at risk (MD)

For five summers, a tarp has covered the swimming pool at Grand Bel II, a condominium community in Silver Spring that has no money for lifeguards, chemicals or insurance. The Vistas at Washingtonian Woods in Gaithersburg faces $600,000 in repairs

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Just named a director on your new condo board? Better get busy

I have just been elected president of our new condominium. Our new board of directors has just taken over from the developer, but frankly we are at a loss as to where and how to go. Any suggestions?     Read

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Why you should look carefully at an HOA’s plans for that community before buying a home there

Q: My wife and I made an offer on a property in a self-managed Virginia community of single-family homes. Our offer hinged, in part, on the sales agent’s assurance that maintenance of the community’s private roads was totally covered by

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Former Tidewater Property Management employee receives no jail time for $55,000-theft scheme (MD)

A former Tidewater Property Management employee was given a 10-year, fully-suspended prison sentence Wednesday morning after pleading guilty in April in stealing over $55,000 from individual homeowners and the Wyndham Condominium Association.  Donald Eugene Henderson III, of Pasadena, pleaded guilty

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In a crisis, condo board needs its own attorney

My sister and her husband own a condo in a development where a deck recently collapsed. The resident on the deck suffered a broken back. Now there is conflicting information about what repairs need to be made to all the

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Mother fights back after neighborhood dog attacks daughter, dog twice

A battle had been brewing for three years, after a neighborhood dog named Debo attacked Norma Coates’s daughter and his dog, Lucky, back in 2013. And then it happened again this year.  Read the article…………

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How to handle your downstairs condo neighbor who complains about your noisy footsteps

Our covenants, conditions and restrictions for our association state that all units above the first floor must be carpeted, with the exception of the kitchen and bathroom areas. It then goes on to say that large rugs that cover the

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FEMA Reps Roasted Over Costly Flood Map Error In Ocean City (MD); ‘Disagreement’ Between City, Feds Still Being Worked On

However, in a few areas of the resort, particularly along condo row from 93rd to 123rd streets, FEMA determined through its new maps an existing secondary dune, built in front of several oceanfront properties in the early 1980s is now

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Battling dog owners square off at HOA meeting in MD

Norma Coates and her Bijou, Lucky, want German Contreras’ dog, Debo, banished from their Greenbelt neighborhood after she says the American Bulldog attacked and bit Lucky and her daughter, Natasha Lyles, on two occasions.  Contreras, who has already paid several

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County Says ‘Trash Enclosures’ At New Bethesda Condo Building Must Be Removed (MD)

Six outdoor trash storage “enclosures” made of stone and marble at a new Bethesda luxury condominium building aren’t allowed and must be torn down, according to a county permitting official.   Read the article………….

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Golden Sands condo guests report Legionnaires Disease (MD)

Following their stay at the Golden Sands condominium, 109th Street, last month, two guests have been diagnosed with Legionnaires Disease, a form of pneumonia.  Debbie Goeller, county health officer, confirmed the newest round of infections, which also occurred last year

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Tips for a season of safe grilling

Barbecue season heats up in earnest this holiday weekend and keeping the grill clean is just one safety issue to consider.  The National Fire Protection Association recommends periodically removing grease or fat buildup from grills and trays below the grill.

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FEMA ‘error’ may cost condominium owners (MD)

Hundreds of Ocean City condominium owners are finding themselves waist-deep in insurance premiums in the wake of new flood maps that local officials criticize as flawed.    Read the article………….

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Management Firm Owner Admits to Stealing Over $2.5 Million from Client Homeowner and Condo Associations (MD)

William Kyndall Francis, age 39, of Elkridge, Maryland pleaded guilty today to wire fraud.  The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the

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HarborView Towers (MD) condo association seeks bankruptcy

The condominium owners association at the HarborView Towers has filed for bankruptcy-law protection from its creditors after its bank accounts were frozen amid a long-running legal dispute over water leaks and mold problems in one of the building’s penthouses.  The

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False fire calls cost resort significant money (MD)

In March, a hotel and a condo were fined a total of $300. In April, a condo was fined $200, and in May a different condo was fined $200. In June, a condo was fined $100. In July, a condo

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11 families displaced in Harford County (MD) condo fire

Nearly 60 firefighters responded from area fire departments and controlled the blaze within one hour after arrival on the scene.  The American Red Cross is assisting those affected by the fire. The Office of the State Fire Marshal said the

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Is Your County Fortunate to Have a Commission on Common Ownership Communities ?

Members of Common Ownership Communities in Montgomery County Maryland have been fortunate to have the Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) since January 1, 1991. In the late 1980’s the Montgomery County Council realized that condominium, cooperative and homeowner associations

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HarborView Towers condo association seeks bankruptcy (MD)

The condominium owners association at the HarborView Towers has filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors after its bank accounts were frozen amid a long-running legal dispute over water leaks and mold problems in one of the building’s penthouses.  

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Proposed Legislation in the Maryland General Assembly Would Require Common Ownership Communities To Register Annually with the State

Bill 1061 in the Maryland House of Delegates would require common ownership communities — including residential condominiums, homeowner associations and cooperatives — to register each year with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.   Read the article…………

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Washington House residents face $100,000 repair bills (MD)

Residents living in the 54-unit, luxury complex at 113 E. Main St. are being asked to foot the bill for a multi-million dollar project to repair structural deficiencies and falling façade. The second of six annual installment payments was due

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Several displaced in condo fire (MD)

Fire department spokesman Adam Nolder said 3 condo units and the attic were involved in the fire in the 7600 block of Coach Light Lane early Sunday afternoon.    Read the article…………

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Plows throw snow back onto shoveled sidewalks (MD)

Mounds of crusted snow smothered a sidewalk in front of the Stonnington Woods Townhomes, in Wheaton, Md., although the neighborhood paid a company $1,600 to plow its streets and sidewalks, according to HOA President Elaine Leichter   Read the article………..

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Maryland General Assembly Again Considers Legislation To Protect Condo Owners’ Rights of Action Against Developers

Legislation has again been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly to prevent developers from including provisions in condominium governing documents that limit the developer’s liability for construction defects. Read the article………….

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Partial roof collapse at Gaithersburg condo building leaves 225 residents without heat

The Potomac Oaks Condos in Gaithersburg had a partial roof collapse in the utility building, Montgomery County Fire reports.  There are no reported injuries, but power and gas have been shut off at the complex at 766 Quince Orchard Blvd.

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Maryland Bill To Encourage Installation of Electric Vehicle Chargers Now Available For Review

The text of Senate Bill 168, which would provide for the installation of electric vehicle chargers at condominiums and in homeowner associations, as well as at rental properties, is now available  Here is a link to the full text of

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Man at center of Lake Linganore (MD) dispute defends his tactics

He was the bane of his Lake Linganore neighborhood, with his outrageous, aggressive and sometimes obscene signs, his assertive personality and refusal to bend — even to the point of provoking the Frederick County sheriff to get involved.    Read

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Maryland Senate Bill Would Encourage Installation of Electric Vehicle Chargers

A bill introduced in the early stages of the 2016 session of the Maryland General Assembly would make provisions for the installation of electric vehicle chargers that impact condominiums and homeowners associations.  Read the article…………..

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Rosedale (MD) residents upset over rats, rescue operation

Residents in a Rosedale community are upset over not only a rat problem in their building, but also a family running a rat-rescue operation.   Read the article…………

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Firefighters rescue residents from 2-alarm fire at Md. condo building

Fire officials said firefighters responded to the fire at around 5:20 p.m. SkyFox captured heavy flames coming out of the top floor of the complex located in the 9200 block of New Hampshire Avenue.  Several people were seen being rescued

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Fire decimates Ocean City (MD) condominium

Ocean City firefighters responded Wednesday to the scene of a condominium fire at a building on 140th Street.  Around 11:30 a.m., the fire broke out at a four-story building on the oceanfront. There was heavy fire on all floors. No

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Lake Linganore (MD) neighborhood dispute comes to an end as tenant moves

A Lake Linganore man accused by his neighbors of continual harassment has moved out of his home at 6723 Woodridge Road. His move comes weeks after Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins negotiated a deal with the home’s owner, Tim Pritchett,

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Two-alarm fire damages Crofton condos (MD)

A two-alarm fire Tuesday morning caused $100,000 in damages to a condominium building in Crofton, a county fire official said.     Read the article………….

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Free speech or harassment: Aggressive signs roil Linganore neighborhood (MD)

More than a year’s worth of pent-up frustration spilled over at a neighborhood association meeting Monday near New Market.  A crowd of homeowners packed into the Lake Linganore Association headquarters for its monthly board meeting to tell board members that

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MD: Columbia neighbors focus on recovery after townhouse fire

Nyawara is one of the former residents of the 12000 block of Sleepy Horse Lane in Columbia’s Clary’s Chase neighborhood, where a natural gas explosion the evening of Sept. 24 triggered a three-alarm fire that rendered six houses uninhabitable and

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Two-alarm fire extinguished at Odenton (MD) condominium

The blaze was reported about 9:40 a.m. in the 300 block of Baldwin Road, when construction workers noticed smoke coming from a fourth-floor unit, said county fire department Capt. Russ Davies. The site is located near Odenton Volunteer Fire Co.

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Smoking Materials Spark Bethesda (MD) Condo Fire

A Bethesda family is without a home after smoking materials started a fire that damaged the townhome, authorities said.  A passerby and neighbor discovered the fire at 5700 Chapman Mill Drive in a three-story condo, and called 9-1-1. Monday’s fire

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‘Know Before You Owe’ rules could delay condominium closings by weeks (DC/MD)

Residential real estate has changed as of this month. New contract forms exist for Maryland and the District, and new mortgage disclosure rules issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are now in effect.    Read the article………..

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How should condos regulate legal pot use?

Usually the questions directed to you are about legal problems such as smoking laws and homeowners associations, and the association usually wins.  But what will be the outcome on legal marijuana? Pot stinks just a badly as cigarettes. If it’s

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Russett Community Association officials replaced (MD)

Following a contentious legal dispute spanning the past several months, the president and vice president of the Russett Community Association have been replaced.  In an Aug. 25 order, Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Paul Goetzke directed Annapolis-based attorney Jonathan Hodgson

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12 Condos Damaged, 3 People Injured During Fire in Columbia (MD)

Fire officials say 12 condominiums were damaged and three people suffered minor injuries during a blaze at a building in Columbia. The fire broke out around 11:45 a.m. Sunday. Howard County fire officials say the condominium complex is next door

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County, residents team up to repair roads in Edgewater Village neighborhood (MD)

Residents of an Edgewood neighborhood were able to repair their dilapidated private roads this summer, thanks to a partnership between their homeowners association and Harford County government.      Read the article………….

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Judge orders community association to seat new leadership (MD)

A judge has ruled on a community dispute over two leadership positions, ordering the Russett Community Association to count votes from a June election and seat new members of the Board of Directors.     Read the article………

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OPA Looks To Sell Home To Collect Unpaid Assessments (MD)

Each year, Ocean Pines Association residents are expected to pay an assessment fee to the homeowners association. This year, that amounted to $921 for most residents. While many — in fact more than 97 percent of them — pay the

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Maryland Court of Special Appeals Upholds Contempt Ruling Against Condominium

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has upheld a ruling of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City finding a Condominium Council of Unit Owners in contempt of court for failing to make common element repairs within the time designated in

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Russett’s woes show problems with HOAs (MD)

The recent conflict between long-standing board members in Russett, Tim Reyburn and Colin Sandy, and the Russett Community in general highlights the many problems instigated by vague governing documents that are prey to legalistic manipulation and poor oversight by the

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Power play in Russett (MD): But many residents unaffected by battle over community leadership

The grass in Russett is uniformly evergreen and trimmed, the homes are meticulously maintained and the roads are smooth and spotless.  Below the surface looks very different.  A power struggle over two leadership positions in the community association pits neighbor

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Non-dedicated streets continue to frustrate Rising Sun (MD) officials

Like Maple Heights, the streets and sidewalks in Bryan’s Grace have yet to be dedicated to Rising Sun. That’s a legal agreement in which a developer officially hands over maintenance of infrastructure to the town. Although construction at Bryan’s Grace

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Silver Spring (MD) condo building hit by 2nd fire in less than 72 hours

A high-rise residential building in Silver Spring has had two fires in less than 72 hours, Montgomery County fire officials say.  Firefighters responded to an electrical fire Saturday night and another one Tuesday afternoon at the University Towers in the

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Potomac Homeowners Concede Fight with Pepco (MD)

The leader of the Potomac homeowners who have been protesting and blocking Pepco’s cutting of trees conceded Thursday that their cause was lost—at least for now.     Read the article……….

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