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Aurora condo residents frustrated with hoarding neighbor (CO)

A frustrated and fed-up resident reached out to the FOX31 Problem Solvers, after her pleas for help went unanswered.  She says a neighbor’s hoarding and drug problems are putting her and her community’s health and safety at risk.  The trouble

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Is a condo board obligated to call a vote when an investor comes knocking?

Q:  I live in a 38-unit condominium building. I recently learned that an investor contacted our board of directors. The investor was interested in purchasing our building to deconvert it into apartments.  The investor offered the board a very attractive

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Highlands Ranch resident crusading against HOA transfer fees (CO)

You are about to sell your house in a local planned community. All the paperwork is ready. You notice a single line item charging you $350, labeled as a transfer fee for “unreimbursed expenses” incurred — usually by your homeowners

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Governor vetoes a bill that generated controversy in Spotsylvania County (VA)

Spotsylvania Parkway’s picturesque—and pricey—landscaping is here to stay.  After an outcry from some homeowners, Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently vetoed a bill that could have turned the parkway’s landscaping over to the Virginia Department of Transportation. The 2-mile stretch of Spotsylvania

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Boats Block View (FL)

They bought their condos for a water view. Now their view is blocked by 100-foot yachts after their condo board rented out the resident’s dock space. Legally, can a board take away their residents waterfront views? It’s why they called

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HOA says truck owner cannot park on street (NV)

The latest conflict between a Las Vegas homeowners association and a resident all comes down to his truck.  It is too big for his garage or driveway, but HOA will not let him park on the street in the area

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Condo boards brace for medical marijuana smoke complaints (HI)

Right now there are some 13,000 medical marijuana patients registered in the state and that number is only expected to grow as the state’s first dispensaries open later this year.  Many of those patients live in condominiums and apartment complexes.

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Eagle Mountain Ranches HOA lawsuit decision of $14M in damages brings both sides to the table (UT)

When the Eagle Mountain Ranches Master Homeowner’s Association lost the lawsuit brought against it in March, many residents belonging to the association cheered.  The lawsuit, filed by the Willow Springs, Cold Springs and Rock Creek HOAs, was decided in their

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Upper East Side condo to sue Equinox gym over noisy weights, workouts (NY)

An Equinox gym in a tony Upper East Side condo building might soon be sweating over residents’ complaints about noisy weights.  This Equinox outpost, located in the bottom three floors of the ritzy Barbizon 63 tower on E. 63rd St.

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Trump Tower Condo Owner Fined $1,000 for Listing Apartment on Airbnb (NY)

A woman accused of illegally listing her Trump Tower pad on Airbnb could pay as much as $1,000 for violating city and state laws regulating apartment rentals, officials said.  Yelena Yelagina was slapped with a civil summons when the city

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How far is too far: Do homeowners associations have too much power? (GA)

When we started exposing the seemingly unbridled power of homeowner and community associations, viewers sounded off. We received emails describing HOA’s as “horrible and greedy.” Some accused their boards of conspiring to “violate the law and victimize homeowners.” One viewer

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Collapsed Va. condo owners remain homeless, with few options (VA)

Last October, residents in 32 units of the eight-story condominium were displaced after one wing of the building dropped and shifted several inches due to years of water damage.  Almost six months later, Crowley and other residents in the front

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Two people injured in Myrtle Beach condo fire (SC)

Firefighters in Myrtle Beach worked to put out a structure fire at 4106 Fairway Lakes early Monday morning.  The fire happened around 6 a.m. at a condo complex. Two people were transported to the hospital and one person suffers from

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Fire Crews Tackle Blaze In Shelton Condo (CT)

Firefighters doused a blaze in a four-unit condominium building in Shelton on Monday morning, according to the Connecticut Post.  A heavy fire was reported coming from a second-floor window above a garage at 6 Acorn Hollow in the Tamarack Ridge

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Lightning Strike Causes Fire At Branson At The Meadows (MO)

Lightning caused a fire that forced people in 40 units at Wyndham at The Meadows in Branson to evacuate early Monday morning.  Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin tells KTTS News the fire broke out around 12:45 a.m. when lightning blew

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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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Dispute over road repairs raises questions in Mill Creek (WA)

Help from the homeowners association certainly added volume to the latest complaints.  Before there was the city of Mill Creek there was the development of Mill Creek.  The nonprofit Mill Creek Community Association, formed by its developer in 1974, now

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Brunswick developer, Ocean Ridge association locked in legal battle (NC)

The developer of a neighborhood in Brunswick County is suing a homeowner’s association in a community it developed.  Developer Mark Saunders’ company, Coastal Communities at Ocean Ridge Plantation, LLC, filed the suit.  According to the initial complaint filed in January

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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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Stinky seaweed befouls Palm Bay neighborhood (FL)

Gene Cate once fished a crystal-clear seagrass bed near the dock at Castaway Shores.  These days, stringy, rancid seaweed carpets the banks of the Indian River Lagoon along the condo’s cove-shaped shoreline.  Looks like, smells like — you know what.

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The unwelcome surprise of a condo special assessment and why the fee is needed

We often welcome things that are special – birthdays, gifts, events. But condominium special assessments? Not so much.  While monthly condo fees are an ordinary part of condo ownership, special assessments represent an unanticipated expense that is levied on all

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Gold Coast condo backs away from threat to fine owner over door-dropped letter (IL)

A fine for sending a letter urging fellow unit owners to attend a condo board meeting has not materialized as threatened more than three months ago.  Michael Novak said last December he had been threatened with a fine of $50

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Rio Bravo residents worried about country club closing (CA)

When you buy a house on a golf course, the value of your property increases in proportion to your views of long sloping fairways, picturesque water features and well-manicured greens.  But what happens when the greens turn brown, the pond

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Spring Valley lifts religious prohibitions on condo complex (NY)

The village has agreed Park View Condominiums has a constitutional right to have a synagogue and other ritual uses at the 61-home complex on Main Street and Maple Avenue, which may lead to the dismissal of pending building violations, village

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HOA boards can create more than enough problems for residents (AZ)

Mary Jean Lindgren said she never had a problem with her neighborhood homeowners association when she lived in the 4200 block of E. Brookwood Court in Ahwatukee for 10 years.  But when her neighbor across the backyard became president of

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Miami-Dade-backed condo law reforms advance in Legislature (FL)

A plan from Miami-Dade lawmakers to penalize fraud and abuse in condominium associations earned unanimous initial approval in House and Senate committees this week.  The bills, most notably, impose new criminal penalties for falsifying association documents, committing fraud in association

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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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Longs neighborhood upset with HOA, new bill in Senate could help (SC)

A new law that would put stricter regulation on homeowners associations is now making its way through the state Senate and for one neighborhood, the changes can’t come soon enough.  State Sen. Greg Hembree proposed a bill this year that

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Carrollton residents seek vote on infill of contaminated silt basin (TX)

Two homeowner’s association boards in the Country Place subdivision have voted to fill a nearby silt basin that contains traces of beryllium, lead and other contaminants, despite opposition from some residents.   The Country Place and Townhome One HOA boards

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Welcome to Hollywood: residents clash as access to famed sign is blocked

In 1923, the miles of hiking and bridle trails around the sign were described in a promotional document as “beyond comparison”, and the thousands of Angelenos and out-of-town visitors who descend on the area every weekend think that’s still true.

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A North Side Neighborhood Really Wants Its Geese Back (TX)

Three geese have gone “missing” from Eden Pond and a North Side neighborhood would really, really like to have them back.  Folks from the Eden Homeowners Association near Thousand Oaks and Tavern Oaks by McAllister Park are worried someone has

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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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Condominium Associations Should List Their Attorney as the Registered Agent

I am the President of my condominium association. I just found out that the association was sued by a disgruntled owner. Unfortunately, I just recently learned that the association has been “defaulted” in the lawsuit because we failed to answer

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Homeowners Association repairing their own dunes (FL)

When Hurricane Matthew blew out of town, the 2.3 mile stretch of dunes on the Hammock Dunes Beach was left destroyed.  The storm that crept along the coast Oct. 7, 2016 left just enough of the dunes to protect the

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Homeowner’s association tells Florida woman to take down Blue Lives Matter flag

A Florida woman is being told to take down her Blue Lives Matter flag that’s been flying for several years now by her homeowners association.  Jeff Gaddie told Action News Jacksonville that his daughter has been flying the flag to

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Suntree residents restrict allowable pets (FL)

Gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, reptiles and a long list of other animals are no longer welcome in Suntree.  At least on paper.  Residents voted last week to approve a measure that restricts pets in the planned unit development to domesticated

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HOA in Daybreak files lawsuit against homebuilders (UT)

Leaky roofs, leaky windows and damage to insulation: just some of the problems homeowners in a Daybreak neighborhood are dealing with. Now the HOA has decided to sue the builders of the nearly 10-year-old homes.  Kori and Mason Emerson were

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Not so neighborly dispute over spending dues (NE)

Several homeowners in southwest Omaha have serious concerns about spending by their neighborhood association. They claim they’re due more answers.  Some of them told Six On Your Side they’ve not seen cancelled checks or receipts.  Declining an on camera interview,

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Serrano HOA hit with a lawsuit (CA)

Serrano resident and former Homeowners Association Director Dean Getz has filed a $15.7 million lawsuit against the Serrano El Dorado Owners Association and Serrano Associates as an individual and on behalf of “all over-assessed past and present” Serrano homeowners.  Getz

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One person dead in North Seattle condo fire (WA)

An elderly woman was killed in a condo fire Tuesday morning in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood.  It happened around 2:30 a.m.when crews responded to a suspicious odor call.      Read the article……………

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Australia: Airbnb’s new building program to give strata bodies a cut of short-stay rentals

Strata fees could fall in buildings that allow owners to list their properties on Airbnb, under a building program launched by the home sharing platform this week.  The Friendly Buildings Program, which has been piloted in the US, will redirect

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Two people taken to hospital due to carbon monoxide issues at condo complex (VA)

Roanoke Fire crews are on the scene of a carbon monoxide problem at a condo complex in Roanoke.  A Roanoke Fire-EMS spokesperson said two workers were taken to the hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning at Southview Condominiums on Peters Creek

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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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Emotional Support Chickens Are Ruffling Feathers (HI)

A rise in questionable emotional support animals is concerning to condo associations and businesses that must accommodate them.   And the animal owners are offering proof with bogus papers easily obtained online to push back against anyone who challenges them.

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Are condo & HOA bank deposits fully insured by Uncle Sam?

Condominium and homeowners associations (HOAs) currently have an estimated $50 billion on deposit nationwide in banks to stash operating account and reserve funds, experts say.  Is it possible that hundreds of millions of dollars on deposit by the estimated 50,000

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Bozeman to study shifting HOA-managed parks to city maintenance district (MT)

Bozeman leaders will likely approve a contract Monday to have a consultant study the cost of maintaining the city’s extensive parks and trails network, exploring the feasibility of a parks maintenance district that could take over responsibility for some parks

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Cressona residents, borough debate road ownership (PA)

Despite being surrounded by feet of snow, Marsha Drive resident Sally Butcavage feels like she and her Cressona neighbors are between a rock and a hard place.  At issue is who is responsible for the upkeep and winter maintenance of

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A Short Break

We’re going to take a short break this week, and try and find some warmer weather.  We’ll update the news and Twitter periodically, probably if it rains.  We’ll catch up with all of the news and articles next weekend.

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More Proof That Condo Clout Is Dead In Broward (FL)

Century Village’s pathetic turnout in the Deerfield Beach city election on Tuesday brings to mind David’s lament from The Bible: “How are the mighty fallen!”  A decade or so ago, Century Village could reliably turn out thousands of votes in

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HOA Homefront – Can the association enforce unwritten rules?

Q:  This past year we got a new homeowners association manager, and there has been a huge increase in the number of violation letters. Some are for items like patio chairs on walkways, water hoses not coiled in specific areas,

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