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‘Emotional support’ or a ‘no-pet’ loophole?

Q: We have a no-pet rule in our condominium association. Recently, one of the owners presented the condo board with a letter from her doctor stating that she needed a dog for emotional support. The board voted to allow her

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Cambridge moves to restrict short-term rentals (MA)

In the absence of a state strategy to regulate short-term housing rentals, the Cambridge City Council voted Monday night to require hosts to live in the same or an adjacent building as part of a new set of rules designed

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Wrongful death suit alleges lack of security in condo of murdered South Boston doctors (MA)

The families of South Boston doctors Richard Field and Lina Bolanos have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a number of parties responsible for providing security in the upscale condominium building in which they were brutally murdered in May  

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Woman carried down 6 flights to safety in N. End condo fire (MA)

A veteran city worker switched roles from ticketing cars to leading a rescue yesterday, helping to carry a woman down six flights of stairs after her North End condo building caught fire.    Read the article………….

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Real Estate Advice: The conundrum over condo assessments

Q: I am on the board of a 40-unit condo association. We need to put a new roof on and have voted to special assess each owner $5,000 to pay for it. This has proved very unpopular. Owners are complaining.

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Controversy Dogs Lynn Condo Association (MA)

Milo will be fighting for his home against the OceanView Condos’ board of trustees on Wednesday.  The nine-pound shih-poo was purchased in 2014 as an emotional support dog by Cheryl Hardnett, who rents the two-bedroom apartment from Pam Boucher at

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Improperly installed exhaust pipe ignited massive Dorchester fire, commissioner says (MA)

The massive fire in a Dorchester condo building last month started when an improperly installed exhaust pipe heated by diesel fumes ignited wood framing in the upper level of the Treadmark building, Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph E. Finn said Wednesday.

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25 Investigates: Woman fined for hanging American flag on her front door (MA)

A Leominster woman was forced to pay a fine for hanging an American flag on her own front door – a move that has one state lawmaker calling for action to protect patriotic homeowners.  Elizabeth Heller called Boston 25 News

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Noise complaint could put Board of Health in a pickle(ball) (MA)

“My windows were shaking,”Lawrence Richmond, who lives in the Great Island section of the Pinehills, said about a match between highly skilled competitors played on the tennis court he lives near. The sport, which is similar to tennis, is played

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Crews battling four-alarm fire in Reading condo complex

Crews battled a four-alarm fire in a condo complex in Reading Thursday afternoon.  The fire was at 52 Sanborn St. at the Old Reading Schoolhouse Condominium complex located about a block from Town Hall.  Fire departments from several neighboring communities,

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Somerville’s condo conversion law faces legal challenge (MA)

Somerville’s housing wars have a new battlefield: a city ordinance that controls conversions of apartments to condominiums, which tenant advocates say has been exploited by landlords, while developers complain it is overly restrictive and possibly illegal.  The fight is playing

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Waterfront Condo Boards Take Issue With City Hall’s “Community Engagement” On Removing Brick Sidewalks (MA)

A discussion not on the agenda, but definitely a hot button issue erupted at the May 11th meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA). North End waterfront condo associations, representing over a thousand residents, have signed on

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Condo community hit by a ‘random, horrible situation’ (MA)

There were a lot of tears and hugs last night at a standing-room only, emotion-packed meeting for the tight-knit residents of a luxury South Boston condo complex where two beloved doctors were murdered Friday night.  About 200 residents from the

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How can my condo fee be too low?

I often hear the question “Why is this condo fee so high?” by both potential buyers as well as agents. But I ask the opposite question of some condominiums, “Is this condo fee too low?”   It shows me that

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Suspected killer of Boston doctors formerly worked security in condo, filled bag with jewelry before shootout (MA)

The 30-year-old Chelsea man shot Friday by police while inside the South Boston penthouse condominium of two slain doctors formerly worked for a security firm used by the complex, Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney John Pappas said.  Bampumim Teixeira appeared

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Pols urge tougher review of Southie condominium flips (MA)

City officials are calling for a year-long period of stricter review for small houses being flipped into large condo projects in South Boston, saying the city needs to scrutinize those plans as it reviews recently passed regulations to make even

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Representing condominium developers (MA)

Like most condominium lawyers, I represent condominium associations and developers. In this article, however, I am going to summarize some of my thoughts on representing condominium developers.  I am deliberately being provocative and aggressively pro-developer in this article. As Sasha

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Coworkers raising (funds) for man whose condo building collapsed (MA)

An empty space is all that remains of three condos from a South Boston building, more than a century old.  In the early morning hours of March 22, the side wall on the O Street triple decker suddenly partially collapsed.

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Condo owners want hydrant fee eliminated (MA)

About 100 local condominium owners packed a meeting Monday night to get the selectmen/water commissioners to rescind a fee for private hydrants in complexes.   The show of force at the selectmen meeting was spearheaded by Bill Greilich, chairman of

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Condo owners take stand against tree clearing (MA)

A group of owners at the Royal Park Condominiums at 147 Sylvan St. are taking a stand after a contractor for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company cut down at least seven trees at the front of their building to clear

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AG: Fitchburg man falsified wastewater reports (MA)

The president of a private wastewater-treatment company and an engineering firm in Fitchburg was indicted on dozens of charges in connection with allegedly falsifying wastewater samples and test results at three condominium facilities including the Village of Flat Hill in

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Students react to new fence around Townehouses (MA)

Patrick Kamins of Kamins Real Estate said it was the Condominium Association’s choice to put up the fences.  “We put them up to keep the unwanted guests away, to protect the property, to protect the people that live there and

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Royal Park Condominium owners say trees cut without notification (MA)

Several residents of Royal Park Condominiums parked their cars at the foot of the condo complex Wednesday morning, protesting trees being cut down on their property — trees they say they were never informed were coming down  “It’s shocking. Everybody

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Condo residents cope with aftermath of plane crash (MA)

On Friday, Jim Peyser and his wife, Diane Klein-Peyser, moved into the Residence Inn in Andover, their fourth temporary home since a small plane came crashing through the roof of their condominium building in Methuen on the last day of

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Condo owners weed out smoke (MA)

Pot may be legal in Massachusetts, but don’t even think about toking Afghan Kush or cultivating some Chronic buds if you live in certain buildings — including the ritzy Residences at The InterContinental in Boston.  That building’s condominium trust has

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Pilot killed when plane crashes into Massachusetts condo complex

A pilot was killed Tuesday when a small plane crashed through the roof of a condominium complex in Methuen, Massachusetts.  The crash happened at 1:25 p.m. at Prides Crossing Condominiums on Riverview Boulevard in Methuen, according to state police.  The

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Seawall Decision Divides Condo Owners, Legislators (MA)

A recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is causing friction between state legislators and a number of New Seabury condominium owners struggling with the effects of coastal erosion on Nantucket Sound.  In 2014, the Mashpee Conservation Commission and

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Child critically injured in ‘tragic accident’ outside condo complex (MA)

A 9-year-old boy was seriously injured when his head got caught by the cover of a garbage bin outside a Taunton apartment complex.  The boy was playing around a Dumpster at the Taunton Gardens Condominium Complex at 819 County St.

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Committee backs trash collection ban for condos (MA)

The city will no longer pick up trash and recyclable materials for condominiums built after Dec. 31, 2016, pending a vote next week of the City Council.  The council’s Ordinances, Charter & Rules Committee this week voted, 4-1, to endorse

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Low-owner occupancy boosts condo loan costs (MA)

Q. Dear Rick: I’m thinking of buying a condominium this spring. One of the things I’ve been warned about is “low owner-occupancy” condo projects. Can you explain what those are, and why I should be careful of them?    Read

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Conservation Law Foundation fires again at controversial Seaport condo tower

One of Massachusetts’ top environmental advocates is asking state officials to reconsider their recent decision to bless a controversial condo tower in the Seaport District.  The Conservation Law Foundation Thursday sent a letter to Environmental Secretary Matt Beaton, urging another

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New Hampshire firm acquires Worcester condo company

Worcester condominium management services provider Rickman Companies announced it has been acquired by Great North Property Management of New Hampshire, a major New England provider of condominium management services.  Rickman Co-founder and CEO Jason Rickman said in a press release

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Leominster condo association treasurer, son accused of thefts (MA)

A 78-year-old Leominster woman and her son pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of stealing more than $180,000 from a condominium association in Leominster.  Judith R. Remy and her 56-year-old son, Raymond R. Remy Jr., were each arraigned Friday morning

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Lowell City Council OKs bill in tainted condo case (MA)

Lowell will pay more than $350,000 as a result of a court judgment last June on a lawsuit by residents of the Grand Manor condominium complex.  Residents sued the city seeking damages because the Centralville complex was built on a

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Leominster mother and son indicted by grand jury for larceny in connection with condo association theft

A Leominster mother and son, who allegedly stole more than $183,000 from a condominium association between 2010 and 2016 were indicted by a grand jury on Dec. 21 on several larceny charges, according to a spokesman for District Attorney Joseph

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Stephen Marcus Receives Prestigious Gurdon “Don” Buck Lifetime Achievement Award

We are beaming with pride and excitement to announce that our own Stephen Marcus has been awarded the Don Buck Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor given by CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). Stephen will be accepting the

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City reconsiders trash policy for apartments, condos (MA)

Potentially reversing a policy that was instituted nearly 20 years ago, the City Council is considering legislation that would curtail municipal trash pickup at apartment buildings and condominium complexes with more than three units built after Dec. 31, 2016.   Read

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Condo fire leaves two homeless in North Attleboro (MA)

At least two people were left homeless late Sunday afternoon by a fire that broke out in a condominium unit at 16 Juniper Road. Residents of the 24-unit building said they were unaware there was a fire burning in the

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Judge: Homeowners Cannot Block Town Neck Beach Access (MA)

In granting the homeowners’ request for a temporary injunction against fencing and “no trespassing” signs barring their path to the sea, Judge Robert B. Foster ruled that an old right of way is still valid.  The decision, which was released

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Cooking fire caused evacuation of Springfield condo complex

Residents of a downtown Springfield condominium complex were evacuated due to a fire late Wednesday morning.  Dennis Leger, aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner, told 22News that food on the stove led to the fire at the Kimball Towers Condominiums

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Condo owners: Penalty for company too light (MA)

Two executives of a Haverhill-based property management company received probation earlier this month and were ordered to pay restitution to several condominium complexes they were accused of stealing money from.  The executives pleaded no contest to the thefts, which police

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City Condos May Receive Refund After Outside Managers Plea Bargain

The Essex County District Attorney’s office is still trying to determine if a Haverhill condominium development will share in $20,000 in restitution from a Haverhill-based property management firm.  Shawmut Property Management pleaded guilty and its two representatives pleaded no contest.

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Shawmut Properties of Haverhill guilty of stealing money from condo associations

Judge Thomas Drechsler sentenced the two men to two years of probation and ordered them to pay $20,000 in restitution to victims

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Luxury Condos in Seaport to Begin DNA Testing Dog Poop (MA)

A luxury condo tower in Fort Point has taken the nuclear option to solve its apparent problem with improperly curbed pooches.  The management at 315 on A, which opened in 2014, is requiring all incoming tenants to subject their dogs

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Cheshire Will Continue to Plow Private Roads (MA)

The Selectmen on Tuesday rejected a letter request to stop plowing and maintaining private roads.  The letter from a citizen had asked that the Department of Public Works end its maintenance of the privately held lanes until the issue could

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Charges dismissed in alleged Leominster condo theft (MA)

District Court Judge Mark Noonan, however, denied the state’s request for the continuance and granted the defense’s team request for the charges to be dismissed, “over the objections of the District Attorney’s office,” said Connolly

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Drones, GPS Used To Measure Town Neck Beach

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

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Survey Work Could Shed Light On Beach Dispute (MA)

The long-simmering right of way dispute came into sharp focus earlier this summer when residents living in a condominium association of seaside houses and cottages blocked a longstanding right of way, known as White Cap Path, with a five-foot pile

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Shawmut Properties trial continued again

2 from Haverhill-based firm charged with stealing $100K from condo owners

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Condo residents thank Methuen (MA) firefighters for rapid response

The families who lost their homes that day expressed their gratitude to the Fire Department Tuesday evening by presenting them with a picture of a firefighter carrying a little girl he has rescued from the flames

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