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Unhappy holidays at the condo? (NH)

Summer is distant memory; fall is slowly fading like the color on the leaves; winter is coming and the holidays with them, a situation that brings a certain set of issues not usually thought of at condominium associations. It is

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Fayette HOA, residents battle over plan to kill deer in the community (GA)

Some residents in a south Fayette County community have locked horns with their homeowners association over the HOA’s deer-killing plan.  The HOA at the Whitewater Creek Country Club subdivision recently told residents it plans to cull part of the whitetail

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Residents give Sugar Creek neighborhood its heart (SC)

Sugar Creek is far more than its mature trees and traditional homes. The community thrives because residents join together for fun and purpose, and in doing so, they give the neighborhood its heart.  Kevin Keilman serves as president of the

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HOA clarifies rules, evictions will not occur (ID)

People renting from property management companies in the Driggs neighborhood of Buffalo Junction can breathe easy, thanks to a clarification made by the president of the HOA.  Property management companies such as Grand Valley Lodging were concerned when Buffalo Junction

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Developer in prison, but Clearwater condo owners still paying the price (FL)

When Wayne Chase retired from his nuclear plant job in 2012 and bought a waterfront condo overlooking Tampa Bay, he knew he’d pay the typical fees that come with gated community living.  But when he got his tax bill that

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Rep. Gwen Graham denounces hate crimes; volunteers respond to Killearn Lakes incident (FL)

U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham Wednesday urged the country to speak out against the occurrences of racial, gender and religious intimidation that has been reported across the country.  Speaking on the House floor, Graham referred to a Tallahassee Democrat report Monday

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A first-hand account of the possible tornado that ripped through Charlotte (NC)

About 6:30 p.m., my family and I left our home in Ayrsley to go out to dinner. We were about a quarter mile south of Westinghouse on South Tryon Street when traffic came to a halt. As we slowed, both

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HOA on flag removal: We honor the military and our colors (CA)

The HOA that came under fire for reportedly telling a Marine’s wife to remove her American flag has issued a response to the claim.  “We honor the military, honor our colors. Anybody in the community who wants to fly a

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Complaints About Toxins, Shoddy Construction Trail New England Developer (NH)

The Crims and five other homeowners also complained to the Consumer Protection Bureau of the N.H. Department of Justice. The state hired a civil engineer to inspect 40 brand new homes. The engineer found 450 building code violations, including walls

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Richland Township woman paid $53,000 restitution to homeowners’ association (PA)

A Richland Township woman was placed on probation after she paid back money taken from a homeowners’ association, authorities said.  Julianna T. Zamias, 33, paid $53,000 restitution to Skyview Estates Homeowners’ Association.  She appeared before Cambria County President Judge Norman

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The rise, the fall and the future of Longboat Key’s Colony Beach & Tennis Resort (FL)

As we digest our Thanksgiving feast and continue the sentiment of appreciation for the bounty bestowed upon us, an oftentimes tense and tenuous issue facing Longboat Key continues — the redevelopment of the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort.  This week,

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HOA letter tells Pendleton Marine wife to remove American flag (CA)

The wife of a Camp Pendleton Marine received a letter from her homeowner association earlier this week instructing her to remove an American flag from outside their home.  The letter stated she must remove the flag because it’s located in

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DEP: Deer Lake dam reconstruction fouling trout steam (PA)

The Deer Lake Improvement Association, the private homeowners group undertaking the replacement of the earthen dam built in 1906 and the dredging the 74-acre recreational lake, has asked the DEP to approve a major modification of its existing permits. The

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Sleazy treasurer left Westchester Trump Tower a financial mess: suit (NY)

The other Trump Tower — in White Plains — is in financial trouble after the condominium discovered its longtime treasurer had been allegedly stealing cash for years, according to a lawsuit filing.  Frank Palazzolo, a real estate investor who was

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One month later, Palm Cove residents still unsure of future (FL)

More than a month after the Palm Cove of Bradenton Condominium Association was terminated, residents who bought what they thought would be their forever retirement homes are still uncertain of where they will end up.  “We don’t know when we

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What should community associations expect in 2017?

As another new year approaches, community associations face lengthy agendas. Some issues they will grapple with are ongoing, while others are first-time challenges.  What’s ahead in 2017? Several industry veterans offered their insights:     Read the article………….

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Woman Killed in 2-alarm condo fire (TX)

Houston firefighters are investigating a fire that broke out at a condominium in southeast Houston.  It happened around 3:20 Tuesday morning at the Briarwick Condominiums on Holly Hall and El Mundo.      Read the article…………..

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Fire rips through College Park condos (FL)

More than a dozen people were forced from their homes when a fire broke out at a condo complex in College Park.    Read the article………….

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Neighborhood dispute rolls on as ‘stubborn citizen’ clings to his backyard putting green

An Elkhorn man has run out of mulligans.  Eight years ago, Eric Marsh dropped jaws when he began dropping about $350,000 into his property — eventually installing tee boxes, a putting green, boulders, fire cauldrons, a sport court and an

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160 Brookside trees might get chopped (CA)

A Brookside neighborhood association has asked the city for permission to remove up to 160 trees from a route often used by walkers and runners, saying that the roots are damaging property owners’ backyards and potentially their homes.  The city

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Engineering underway to fix condo sprinklers systems in Sunrise Beach (MO)

Engineering is underway to fix water system issues at three condominium buildings in the Shawnee Bend area of Camden County after state and local code agencies found that the system was inadequate to feed the buildings’ sprinklers along with other

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“KKK” vandalism on Killearn Lakes office prompts investigation

Killearn Lakes Plantation resident Jeff Caster first heard Friday of vandals using paint to smear the front entrance of the building housing the association.  Then, on Sunday, he received a shocking photo showing “KKK” scrawled on the side entrance of

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Man Concerned About Parking Citation Issued by HOA (FL)

Southport man is concerned about a parking ticket he found on his vehicle during a recent visit to South Walton.  “When you look at the wording, they try to word it in a way to make it look like it

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Pool management company serving Loudoun communities hit with child labor violations (VA)

A Northern Virginia pool management company that provides everything from lifeguard services to repairs at as many as 25 pools in Loudoun and about 45 in the region has been cited by the state’s Department of Labor and Industry for

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New satellite report confirms Millennium Tower, other Bay Area sites sinking (CA)

San Francisco’s Millennium Tower is sinking and leaning so much that it is visible from space, according to a new report from the European Space Agency.  “The Sentinel-1 satellites have shown that the Millennium Tower skyscraper in the center of

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Pulte rejects county’s offer on Sun City roads, drains (SC)

Sun City Carolina Lakes’ developer has rejected Lancaster County’s demand that it secure a $3 million line of credit to handle storm-drain repairs before the county will take responsibility for all of the development’s roads.  In a Nov. 15 letter,

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Racist notice celebrating Trump’s election, threatening minorities posted at McKinney park (TX)

Several notices threatening non-white residents were posted at a park in McKinney’s Craig Ranch subdivision this week.  The Craig Ranch Community Association sent out an email advising residents of the notice, which fits with the recent trend of racially insensitive

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Man injured, 3 units destroyed in condominium community fire (NJ)

A fast-moving fire at an adult condominium community in Monmouth County has destroyed at least three units and seriously injured an 82-year-old man.  Middletown police say the fire broke out shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday in a second-floor unit in

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Feds investigating fire that destroyed ABQ condos (NM)

Federal authorities have joined an investigation into a fire that destroyed a luxury condo building in Albuquerque.  It’s unclear whether the fire was connected to a spate of crimes targeting businesses. When asked if the incidents were related, Albuquerque Fire

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Condominium Association Life: Response required if issue already addressed? (FL)

Q: I am on the board of directors for a homeowners association. We received a certified letter from an owner demanding an answer to a very long and complicated question that we have discussed time and time again at board

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HOAs can turn into the Grinch when you deck the house in Christmas splendor

The cheerful looking note – adorned by a cartoon Christmas tree – was sent to homeowners with a less than cheerful headline: “The annual request to stay off and out of the tree.”  What followed was a friendly holiday threat

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Cape HOA pays extra after company fails to pay bill (FL)

An ongoing Call for Action investigation has found another person claiming Goldy Krekic of Cape Coral-based Croat Pavers did not follow through on a job.  Jerry Dout, president of the Rubicon Condo Association in Cape Coral, recently reached out to

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New HOA rules may affect tenants (ID)

The homeowners’ association in a north Driggs neighborhood has amended its Rules and Regulations in a way that might cause some evictions this winter.  The Buffalo Junction Homeowners’ Association added a new rule stating that condo owners can only rent

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20 displaced by fire at DeKalb condo complex (GA)

A fire at a problem-plagued condominium complex Wednesday in DeKalb County left 20 people homeless for Thanksgiving, Channel 2 Action News reported.  The blaze at the Brannon Hill complex in Clarkston destroyed a building, which crews demolished in the afternoon,

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At least a dozen reportedly forced from condos in Somerset County blaze (NJ)

The residents of several condominiums in Green Brook escaped a fire without being injured early Friday, according to a report.  At least 12 people were displaced and two units damaged in the fire on King Court, according to WABC-7.  

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East Lansing condo fire leaves multiple families displaced

Firefighters in East Lansing were forced to fight a resilient fire that seemed harmless at first, but ended up causing some serious damage, leaving multiple families without a home for now.  Earlier this morning, East Lansing firefighters spent hours putting

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Should condo association borrow money for new roof or use reserves?

Q: We are a 35-unit condo building. Our reserves are nearly enough for a new roof. The board is having a heated discussion on whether we should have a special assessment for the remainder of the roof or take out

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

We’re going to take a few days off to spend this holiday with family.  We’ll bring the news up-to-date Sunday.  In the meantime we want to wish all of readers a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.

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Neighbors say teens terrorize Silverado Ranch neighborhood (NV)

A Silverado Ranch neighborhood is being terrorized by teens, according to homeowners there.  “Tearing up the pool, putting holes in walls and if you want to go smoke, smoke somewhere else,” said Sam Mallernee who lives at Silverado Place.  An

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City officials: recurring townhome dumping problem going to court (TN)

Passersby couldn’t read the sign marking the entrance to Fox Hollow Townhomes Tuesday; it was blocked by trash and debris, including shaving cream cans and an old television.  A woman named Lala said she’d owned her home there for nice

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Can HOA boards pass any rule they want? (CA)

Q. I’m confused between rules and CC&R’s (covenants, conditions and restrictions). Our board, over the years, has implemented new rules. How is this different than making changes to the CC&R’s, which would require homeowner approval? For example, the board passed

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New HOA rules may affect tenants (ID)

The homeowners’ association in a north Driggs neighborhood has amended its Rules and Regulations in a way that might cause some evictions this winter.  The Buffalo Junction Homeowners’ Association added a new rule stating that condo owners can only rent

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South Africa: Couple wins ‘David vs Goliath’ housing estate battle

Johannesburg – A young couple who took on a plush housing estate’s body corporate regarding its rules have emerged victorious in what they described as a David versus Goliath matter.  Sifiso Ntshangase and Vuyile Zikalala, of Greenstone Estate in Edenvale,

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15 apartment complexes, condo buildings found violating fire alarm requirements (WA)

Fire officials in Snohomish County said more than a dozen condo buildings and apartment complexes aren’t updated with legally required fire alarms.  The compliance crackdown comes nearly a year after a fire killed a person in their Everett apartment on

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Engineering underway to fix condo sprinklers systems in Sunrise Beach (MO)

Engineering is underway to fix water system issues at three condominium buildings in the Shawnee Bend area of Camden County after state and local code agencies found that the system was inadequate to feed the buildings’ sprinklers along with other

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Tenant sues association over high fees (FL)

A tenant is suing a Miami condo association over its excessive application and move-in fees, saying they violate state law.  The lawsuit is the first of several class-actions that attorneys say they plan to file against condo associations over high

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Hurricane Matthew’s tree damage – some of it preventable? (SC)

While plans for revising local tree policies have not yet been adopted, experts offer several suggestions to mitigate tree damage before the next hurricane.  Scientists at the University of Florida analyzed tree damage after 10 Florida hurricanes and found advanced

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Woman charged with felony theft (AR)

A Hot Springs woman is charged with a felony after being accused of transferring nearly $30,000 in funds to her private bank account while serving as treasurer of a property owner’s association.  Sara Delaine McQuilliams, 68, who lists a Belvedere

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Dispute between HOA, residents ends (TX)

A months-long dispute between a homeowners association and residents of a local subdivision resulted in the dismissal of a lawsuit and a display of democracy as residents of the Lakeside subdivision met Friday evening to cast their ballots for a

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Neighborhood seeks help with mailbox traffic concerns (WY)

For residents of the HR Ranch subdivision, there’s plenty to like about where they live.  Located to the south and east of Cheyenne proper, the residents of HR Ranch enjoy large lots and wide-open vistas, but are still just a

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