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Community without water for more than 24 hours (FL)

For more than 24 hours, the Habana Park Condominiums did not have water.  The HOA president, Peter Busto, blamed a leaking pipe that was found underground near an entrance of the community for the inconvenience. The community is located off

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Mount Laurel residents search for neighbors who lost homes after fire in condo complex (NJ)

After a fire destroyed four homes in the Laurel Creek neighborhood three weeks ago, residents of the condominium complex took it upon themselves to collect clothing and supplies to give to their neighbors in need.  But the volunteers have been

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Tiber saga continues with wave of new lawsuits (VA)

Two months after opening its first finished unit, the legal wrangling surrounding a long-troubled West End condo project is continuing with a fresh round of lawsuits.  Three of the four original partners on The Tiber, a high-end development at Libbie

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North Ridgeville condo owners fight against major foundation repair project (OH)

Dozens of residents at the Forest Ridge Condominiums in North Ridgeville believe a major foundation project effecting 48 units isn’t needed. They feel it is being forced upon them by their condo association.  John Taylor and Noreen Del Giudice, who

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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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Maricopa HOA lawsuit dismissed in court (AZ)

A Pinal County judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by a Maricopa resident against her homeowners association.  Erin Meehan, a resident of Maricopa Meadows, filed a civil complaint last year, claiming she was harassed by the HOA board president.

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HOA wants crackdown on large boats, trailers parked on public roads (VA)

Neighbors in the Madison Grove housing development want Culpeper Town Council to enact stricter rules regarding the parking of boats and trailers on public streets.  “It’s become a nuisance and an eyesore,” homeowners association president Rick Fields told the Public

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Condo fire caused $1 million in damages (TN)

Fire officials in DeKalb County estimate that a fire that destroyed the top floor of a condominium complex overlooking Center Hill Lake Monday caused up to $1 million in damage.  Fire Chief Donny Green said the blaze apparently started in

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Co-op and Management Company Fined $125,000 for Discrimination (NY)

In a chilling reminder of the high cost of flouting the Fair Housing Act, a Westchester County co-op and its management company have agreed in federal court to pay $125,000 in compensatory damages and attorney’s fees to an applicant who

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4 Albemarle dams get grants to improve risk levels (VA)

Four dam owners in Albemarle County have received a total of about $107,000 in state grants to help reduce the risk of dam failures.  About $1.15 million in grants from the Virginia Dam Safety, Flood Prevention and Protection Assistance Fund,

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Lewisville family defends ‘mailbox to heaven’ after HOA expresses concern (TX)

Behind beautiful North Texas Neighborhoods are HOA’s who keep it that way. In Lewisville’s Chase Oaks neighborhood, the board had problem with a particular house on Witherby Lane.  It wasn’t the huge pile of dirt in the driveway from foundation

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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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Funds allocated to address lake and river issues (IN)

A funding recommendation to address ongoing dredging at Simonton Lake was approved Monday by the Elkhart County Stormwater Board.  The $250,000 from the stormwater fund, disbursed $125,000 at a time, was approved by county council members in May to address

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CALL 6: Homeowners say state can’t do enough about HOAs (IN)

Some Hoosier homeowners believe the Indiana Attorney General’s office does not have enough authority to intervene when they’re having a problem with their homeowners association, or HOA.  Approximately 960,000 people in Indiana live in a neighborhood with a community association,

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Tampa Bay Area’s community uses HOA fees to curb speeding

The Carrollwood Village Homeowner’s Association is sharing how they were able to fix a big problem in their community: speeding and reckless driving.  They hope other Homeowner’s Associations can learn from their experience.  “We were having traffic crashes beyond anything

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No Sprinkler Systems, More Costly Damage in Oahu high-rises

While the actual damage amounts were relatively small, the dramatic difference in losses between the two types of buildings is likely to fuel the debate on whether the city should require old residential high-rises to install automatic sprinkler systems.   Read

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Condo owner upset about beach restoration project (FL)

Lack of signed easements by the neighbors means 50 Gulfside Condominiums in Indian Rocks Beach won’t be getting any new sand during an upcoming beach restoration project.  Condo owner Rick Smith appealed to Pinellas County commissioners July 18, asking them

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A look inside neighborhood watch programs that deter burlgars (KS)

Put a sign in yard that says you have an alarm and neighborhood watch.”  “Have a security and neighborhood watch.”  Those are two direct quotes from convicted burglars telling Gray affiliate KWCH’s FactFinder 12 how people can avoid falling victim

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Crews Called To Large Condo Fire In Smithville (TN)

Crews have been called to a large condo fire in DeKalb County.  The incident was reported Monday morning at a complex on Center Hill Lake in Smithville, possibly located off Dale Ridge Road.    Read the article…………

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Residents anxious about future of closed Legacy Golf Club (NV)

Henderson residents living in homes surrounding the recently purchased Legacy Golf Club are voicing displeasure about its closure and uncertainty about future uses.  Tom Sarnelli, a board member of the Grand Legacy Homeowners Association, told members of the Henderson City

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Problems with HOA president escalate (NV)

Q: A homeowner has already sent you complaints regarding our homeowners association’s president. The only way to judge this HOA is to come to one of our meetings and see for yourself.  At this moment, we pay our assessments and

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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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Condo board term limits measured at time of next election

Question: My question is in reference to your recent column regarding board term restrictions. Am I correct in assuming that, as you understand it, the law passed this year is effective as of eight years ago? That is, someone who

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Woman complains about smell after neighbor’s body removed (AZ)

A woman is complaining about the smell after a body was removed from a neighboring condominium.  On June 25 the Pima County Sheriff’s Department was called to check on a 74-year-old man near Orange Grove and Oracle Roads. A deputy

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Land O’Lakes residents seeing backyards erode away

Jeff Cole comes out to check on his backyard just about every day.  And his anxiety is up since a sinkhole destroyed two homes just three miles from here.   “When I purchased the home I had no idea that this

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Residents concerned for health, HOA response after condo floods for second time in years (GA)

Residents are demanding answers after a sprinkler pipe burst and flooded the inside of a popular Downtown Atlanta condominium community, not once, but twice in the past three years.  People living in at Twelve Centennial Park are not only concerned

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Indian Cooking Reportedly Cause of Indian American Couple Being Denied Condo Rental

An Indian American couple in Illinois was recently denied the opportunity to sign a lease for a condo because the owner allegedly voiced a displeasure at the smell of Indian cooking.  The child of the couple posted July 19 on

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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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Insurance May Not Be Enough For Some Marco Polo Condo Owners (HI)

For Vasana Chiu, the one-bedroom condominium with a lanai overlooking Waikiki Beach and the azure Pacific Ocean beyond, was her dream place. But the dream vanished last week when a fire destroyed her apartment on the 27th floor of the

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Condo living on the Gold Coast: Lawsuits, fines, insults (IL)

Inside an austere Gold Coast tower overlooking North Michigan Avenue, the condo board president allegedly charged at a gadfly board member during a meeting and drew his fist back in rage.  No punch was ever thrown in that 10th-story conference

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Subdivision residents wish they’d been warned better before lakes’ sale (IL)

Sure, Holly Jones said, Champaign County did everything required by law to notify her and Timberline Valley South residents before auctioning off two of the neighborhood’s lakes.  That doesn’t keep her from thinking that the county should have done more.

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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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Funding HOAs challenging, especially when deed restricted (CO)

Deferred maintenance and inadequate capital reserve funds are the bane of homeowners associations, and even more challenging for deed-restricted HOAs that lack financial clout.  When new regulations for employee housing owners are considered by the Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority in

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‘It’s a plague’ – Concerns raised over spread of hydrilla in La Joya lake (TX)

Alaniz said residents of the Palm Shores and The Coves subdivisions -which surround the lake – have called him wanting to know how the city plans to handle the hydrilla, questions Alaniz said the city cannot answer.  “The city has

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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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8 people treated after Surfside Beach condo fire (SC)

Horry County Fire Rescue crews responded to a condo fire in Surfside Beach Wednesday morning.  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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Pond full of dead fish stinking up Round Rock neighborhood (TX)

The smell of dead fish was so strong in one Round Rock neighborhood that Laura Isbell could smell it inside of her house.  “I don’t have a good sense of smell, and it’s bad,” said Isbell as she showed KVUE

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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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Homeowners complain about practices of Towne Lake HOA (AL)

Louis “Lou” Balestrieri moved his family to Montgomery’s Towne Lake community from New York in October 2011, and he said he began to feel targeted by the community’s Homeowner’s Association in early 2012.  According to Balestrieri, he has been sent

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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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ondo owners battling billionaire’s plan to put amusement rides on Cocoa Beach (FL)

He is the “King of Time Shares” in Orlando, but on the beach just 40 miles to the east, the billionaire owner of Westgate Resorts is being called a noisy neighbor who locals say wants to be even noisier.  David

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Litigious Geracis lose another court battle over dog-walker attack (IL)

It’s been nearly four years since multimillionaire-bankruptcy attorney Peter Francis Geraci allegedly threatened to “ruin” a dog-walker his wife had attacked in an elevator at their River North condo building.     Read the article…………..

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Caldwell proposes mandating sprinkler systems for older high-rise condo buildings (HI)

Three days after a major fire killed three people at the Marco Polo condominium complex, Mayor Kirk Caldwell has sent the City Council a proposal to require high-rise residential buildings without automatic fire sprinklers to install them.

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Homeowner’s feel decked by their association (NE)

A shock in the mail for some homeowners in a northwest Omaha neighborhood. A demand they change the look of their decks or face possible legal action.  Her freshly painted white deck may cause squinting but Sheila Lyons says its

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Neighbors at odds over dam repair (SC)

Lake Dogwood recently became the fourth community in Richland County that voted to tax itself to rebuild a dam, bringing life back to Dogwood Lake.  Forty-nine of the community’s 110 registered voters went to the polls, voting 33-15 to create

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Residents forced from their homes in Wadsworth where mine collapse may have damaged condos (OH)

On her two year anniversary of living at Cornerstone Condominiums in Wadsworth, Connie Bechtel was forced to move out for her own safety.  Within the last few weeks, a large crack formed in her first floor ceiling and several other

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