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Treasure Lake Property Owner’s Association comments on Ski Lodge closure (PA)

Two days after residents and guests of the Treasure Lake Ski Lodge were angered to learn the business was closing, the board of the property owners association has cited its reasons for ending the lease agreement with the ski lodge’s

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City to Crack Down Even Harder on Illegal Sublets (NY)

A week after it was revealed that lobbyists for the hotel industry helped push through new state laws against short-term sublets, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that he plans to pump an extra $2.9 million into a citywide crackdown

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Siena Golf Club homeowners offered chance to save course (NV)

More than 800 golf courses have been shuttered nationally in the past decade because of financial distress and other issues, according to data from BusinessInsider.com.  SilverStone and Badlands have closed in the Las Vegas Valley, and legal battles are in

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Video surveillance allowed in condo’s common areas

Q: My condominium installed electronic locks with fobs on the building doors along with security cameras recording who is coming and going. I don’t like the idea of the board tracking my movements. What are my rights? —Read the Q&A…………..

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Hospitals-Turned-Condominiums: The Latest Conversion Trend (NY)

In New York City, the real estate game is hard fought and won by aggressive players. Everyone wants a piece, from developers to buyers. So when space — a rarity in the crowded metropolis — becomes available, it gets used.

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Woman accused of taking $100,000 from NH condo association

A woman has been arrested after she was accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from a town condo association over 18 months.  Police said Lynne Barry, 53 of Intervale, stole the money from the Northbrook Condominium Association from April 2014

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Ponte Vedra condo association sues Dream Finders over buffer agreement (FL)

A dispute between a condominium association and a builder in a new development in Ponte Vedra Beach has reached a stalemate that has pushed one side to pursue legal action.  A lawsuit was filed Friday in St. Johns County by

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Chalet Village HOA can collect even if wildfire consumed home; fees assessed on land (TN)

Rebuilding Chalet Village’s facilities will take every dime from property owners’ annual assessment, according to the homeowners association board members.  The HOA bills drew complaints from a few people who lost cabins to the November wildfire, who asked why they

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After arrest, Home Owner’s Association dues theft serves as example

It has been almost four years since allegations arose about the Belair Homeowners’ Association possibly falling victim to Laura Kozma, a former employee.  Monday, the AG’s Office arrested Kozma for theft over $25,000, money laundering over $20,000 and bank fraud.

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12 days until water shut off at rundown Orange County condo complex (FL)

Residents living at a troubled Orange County condo complex have 12 days before their water could be turned off at the TymberSkan condos because of $13,000 in unpaid bills.  Residents told Eyewitness News that they have faith that their community

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Woman says HOA ‘blowing off’ potential damage

A Tierrasanta woman said a vicious root system could be damaging her home from underneath right now, but she claims her homeowners association is blowing off her concerns.  Penny Sansevieri spends hours each day working in the comforts of her

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Slidell woman arrested for stealing from homeowners’ association (LA)

Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Office has arrested a Slidell woman for felony theft in excess of $25,000, Money Laundering over $20,000 and Bank Fraud.  Laura Kozma was booked into the St. Tammany Jail Monday following an investigation by the Louisiana

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HOA calls for action on perennial water, light problems (TN)

Residents of a La Vergne subdivision say the recent rains only prove that the neighborhood’s drainage system doesn’t work, exhibited by rivers of water through backyards, between homes, across roads and in crawlspaces of the newly-built homes.  Muddy waters flow

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Springs Landing Tries Bear-Proof Trash Cans (FL)

A homeowners association in Longwood has bought bear proof trash cans for each of its residents. We visit Springs Landing where bear sightings are common, to see how they’re trying to get residents bear wise, and this Thursday they’ll roll

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Homeowners File Suit in Water Dispute (ID)

The Idaho Club Homeowner’s Association is suing to keep water flowing their homes’ taps.  The nonprofit homeowners group is seeking a judicial declaration that VP Inc. must honor its water service contracts with homeowners and cannot unilaterally terminate the service.

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Tampa subdivision accuses former leadership of lying, falsifying records over recall vote

A Tampa subdivision is accusing its former leadership of lying and falsifying evidence to overturn a recall vote and stay in power, after an expensive arbitration process.  Camden Woods is a subdivision in southeast Tampa with 115 voting homeowners. Records

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Holly Geraci loses lawsuit, must ride condo elevator with dogs (IL)

The wife of a prominent Chicago bankruptcy attorney will have to share the elevator with dogs after losing a federal lawsuit last week against her condo association asking for canine-free carriage.  Holly Geraci filed the housing discrimination lawsuit in March

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Metro Detroit retiree says condo association didn’t give her reimbursement (MI)

A Macomb Township retiree says she was promised a reimbursement from her condo association that never came.  Gail Cieskowicz says she was told she’d be paid a year and a half ago but is still waiting and wondering what it

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Fire district signs off on plans to fix water system at Sunrise Beach area condos (MO)

The proposed fix for the water system serving Sunrise Beach area condominium buildings in Shawnee Bend to meet the demands of the sprinkler systems has been reviewed and approved by the fire protection district.   Read the article……………

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Smoldering BBQ coals ignite flames at Reseda condo: 7 homeless (CA)

Smoldering barbecue coals ignited flames at a Reseda condo Sunday, and firefighters needed 14 minutes to knock down the blaze, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.  Seven people were forced out of the condo and were temporarily homeless.  

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Homeowners president head-stomped by robber in Broward County (FL)

An attempt to quell a noisy group outside his residential complex caused a homeowners association president to suffer a brutal, head-stomping robbery.  Arthur Burns, 61, president of the Villas of Lakeview Homeowners Association, suffered multiple injuries in the Nov. 4

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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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HOA may not be great place to make a movie (NV)

My question has to do with nailing down whether or not it would be OK to use a home in a homeowners association as a set for a movie production through the Nevada State Film Commission.  In other words, what

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How can we best terminate our landscape vendor?

Q: We are not happy with our current landscape vendor. We already have bids from various landscape maintenance contractors and want to terminate the current vendor. Any tips?   Read the Q&A………..

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Proposed annexation could help continued South Charleston growth

The South Charleston City Council is considering an annexation proposal from The Ridges subdivision. The Ridges has approximately 225 households, the majority of which are custom-built. Homeowners have wanted to join South Charleston in the past year because of the

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St. Johns County family projects ‘Blue Lives Matter’ flag on garage after HOA complaints (FL)

Support for law enforcement officers is now proudly projected on a St. Johns County home.  The house once displayed a “Blue Lives Matter” flag.  “It doesn’t seem to quite be covered that a projector from a vehicle projecting on your

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Dream home in Botetourt County turns into a headache for one homeowner

Chelsea Edwards and her husband fell in love with Botetourt County, home to several subdivisions, and thought they had settled on the perfect property in Hunter’s Green.  “The sign had rocks it began falling apart, we began to discuss what

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Condo Q&A: Board controls management company selection

Q: Recently the board of directors of my condominium association voted to terminate our management company’s contract and to hire a new management company. Many of the unit owners liked our former management company and are very upset at this

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How can we stop the display of unapproved political signs?

Q: During the last election cycle, we had a lot of political signs in our neighborhood. Our governing documents provide that no signs are allowed except for sale or rent unless otherwise approved by the board. No one got approval

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Men posing as plumbers rob woman in Pompano Beach condo (FL)

Clair Casale said she was conned Wednesday by two men who showed up at her Pompano Beach condo posing as plumbers.  The men told her they were sent to make repairs.    Read the article……………

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Neighborhood meeting boils over then cools down (NE)

A southwest Omaha neighborhood has been in turmoil over spending by its homeowners association board. Residents consider their dues like tax money and they want answers. Mike McKnight first reported the controversy and was at a neighborhood meeting when it

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Condo residents to receive break on water billing (IL)

Residents of Munster’s five residential condominiums are likely to see their water bill decrease.  After hearing complaints from the residents over the past several months that they were being unfairly charged for water, town officials examined Munster’s water rate ordinance

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Real estate Q&A: Is it worth suing a rogue condo board president?

Q: I live in a community association where the president of the board is violating several statutory provisions and community rules. When a homeowner brought this up at a board meeting, the president told the audience to deal with it

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Traçage condos rebrand, eye construction as legal woes end (LA)

After more than 10 years of delays and over a half dozen lawsuits from neighbors, a Warehouse District high-rise condo complex is moving forward with a new name and fewer developers.  Spectrum Capital, the financial arm of the former Tracage

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West Ashley homeowners say suspects with guns attempt to break into cars (SC)

A West Ashley neighborhood is on high alert after several home surveillance cameras captured some attempted car break-ins showing the suspects holding guns.  It happened in the Hunt Club neighborhood off Bees Ferry Road Monday morning.  A member of the

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Officials search for reasons two upscale Wandermere homes’ foundations became unstable (WA)

In January, Dr. Joel McCullough agreed to pay $595,000 for a home in the upscale Wandermere Estates neighborhood north of Spokane.  At the end of March, he was told to get out, or risk his safety.  McCullough’s house and the

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New Oakmont board votes to kill hotly disputed pickleball courts (CA)

The enmity that roils Oakmont crescendoed Tuesday as the new majority on the homeowner association’s governing board voted to immediately terminate all contracts related to the construction of pickleball courts. Directors of the Oakmont Village Association’s board voted 5 to

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Recent court ruling could mean millions for evicted condo owners (HI)

Condo owners in Hawaii are raising alarms over a recent federal court ruling that found condo associations used the wrong part of the law to file hundreds of foreclosures, some going back nearly ten years.  Those owners fear the ruling

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Condo owners’ assessments for Palm Beach utility project could fall (FL)

Condominiums and homes in multifamily buildings would fare better than single-family homes in a revised method for determining how much property owners would pay for townwide undergrounding of utilities.  The revised assessments were presented to the Town Council last week

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Neighbors say HOA should do more about gators (TX)

Folks in one Fort Bend County neighborhood are thankful for some peace and quiet this evening, after a Texas game warden got this 10-foot gator out of a homeowner’s yard.  Neighbors in the Old Orchard Park neighborhood say the gators

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HOA Presidents moves forward with road project despite community outcry (FL)

Despite dozens of complaints from residents at Sabalwood at River Ridge in New Port Richey, residents say the HOA President Brian Tortarelli will move forward with a road resealing project.  “There is no reason to postpone this,” Tortarelli said. “The

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Criminal penalties in proposed condo law spur controversy in Tallahassee (FL)

The Florida condo reform bill is moving forward in the state Legislature, but the controversy between those who are in favor of and those who are against criminalizing certain infractions could intensify in the coming weeks.  The bill, led by

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Action 9 goes to work for disabled vet denied a mailbox (FL)

A disabled veteran claims he can’t get mail at a condo he’s renting because the association only allows owners to use the mailboxes. Todd Ulrich asks if the condo association has gone too far and what rights renters have. Every

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Condos may be appreciating faster than single-family houses

It’s a real estate question that historically has had an easy answer: Do single-family detached houses appreciate in value faster than condominiums?  The standard answer has been: Of course single-family houses appreciate faster. They are what most Americans prefer to

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Village of Four Seasons, POA in tug-of-war over comp plan (MO)

A survey to help the Village of Four Seasons update its Comprehensive Plan has raised the ire of the the Four Seasons Property Owners Association, effectively reigniting a tug-of-war between the two groups.    Read the article……………

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Rancho Palos Verdes nears $500,000 settlement with Vista Verde condo owners (CA)

The city of Rancho Palos Verdes on Tuesday is expected to settle three lawsuits by residents of the Vista Verde condominium complex adjacent Green Hills Memorial Park, agreeing to pay $500,000 for wrongly approving a mausoleum and rooftop burial site

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Las Vegas firefighters rescue man from burning condo (NV)

Las Vegas firefighters rescued a man from a burning condominium late Friday evening.  One other occupant escaped through a rear bedroom window.  Fire dispatchers received a 911 call at 11:40 p.m. Friday that a condo was filling with smoke in

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Couple Blames HOA For Crumbling Home (TX)

A Hood County home is slowly crumbling into the Brazos River.  It’s owner, Mark Hall, says he first noticed something was wrong a year and a half ago, when he woke to find part of his patio missing.  “The whole

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Deputies: HOA president arrested for threatening men with gun (FL)

An HOA president is facing criminal charges for threatening a father and his son with a gun in an Orange County neighborhood.  The incident comes amid the fallout over the death of Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman said he was acting

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HOA Homefront: The drought emergency is over. Back to business as usual? (CA)

On April 7, 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-40-17, formally ending the drought emergency, which can be read in its entirety at https://www.gov.ca.gov, the governor’s web site. The order is not only confirmation of good news for California,

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