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Fire at Park Ridge condominium complex displaces about 50 (NJ)

A fire at a Park Ridge condominium complex displaced about 50 people on Friday night, a fire official said.  No one was injured and the cause remained under investigation of the fire that started at about 9 p.m. on North

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Mayor says city will look into concerns of Parkway Gardens residents (CA)

Mayor Harry Price says the city will try to follow up on concerns three Parkway Gardens residents raised involving the 240-unit condominium that had been managed by a court-appointed receiver.  Resident Minnie Noble told City Council members Tuesday that she

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HOA Homefront: Is our mobile-home park an HOA?

Q: How is it legal for a mobile-home park HOA to be registered with the government as a condominium association? What ramifications does that have on our CC&Rs? We’re having a lot of trouble here, and I need help understanding

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Yacht Club at Portofino sues to evict city of Miami Beach over nonpayment for repairs (FL)

A dispute over nearly $900,000 in building repairs, between the condominium association for the Yacht Club at Portofino and the city of Miami Beach, could prevent city residents and visitors from parking cars and using public restrooms at the 34-story

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Residents could be forced out of problem-plagued Md. condo complex again

Less than a year after residents were forced to move out on a moment’s notice, the problem-plagued Lynnhill condominium complex is facing a similar scenario: The Prince George’s County Fire Department has warned residents that several serious fire code violations

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Can your HOA issue you a speeding ticket? (AZ)

Sun Lakes is in the East Valley and is known for having active adult communities for retirees like Bernie Van Emden.  “You name it, they got it here,” Van Emden said of all of the amenities in his development.  Van

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Work underway to fix foundation problem on condos (CT)

Crumbling foundations and faulty concrete in the state is a story that has been talked about for years.  On Thursday, Eyewitness News got an up-close look as one condo association in Vernon is going to great lengths and heights to

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Fort Collins accountant sentenced for felony theft (CO)

A Fort Collins accountant who pleaded guilty to felony theft in June was sentenced to community service and probation this week.  Meredith Kanter, also known as Molly Hoff, pleaded guilty to felony theft in June after two criminal cases alleged

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Cops: Condo worker stole $20,000 worth of items

When a Singer Island man returned home after a month of traveling, he said he noticed many things missing but no signs anyone forcefully broke into his condo.  Police tracked the man’s gold bracelet engraved with his name on it

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Hundreds of Fish in Rancho Murieta Lake Killed After Homeowners Assn Tried to Treat Algae (CA)

Hundreds of fish killed in a Rancho Murieta lake after a homeowners association tried to treat algae blooms.  “My son and I, I have a 4-year-old son, we use the lake quite a bit,” said Brian Donnalley, a Rancho Murieta

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A Roof Deck Project Is Not a Place to Save Pennies (NY)

Paul Gans, project manager at New Bedford Management, has learned from experience that roof deck projects can turn into minefields. At several properties, he was hired when roof deck projects were partially complete – and headed for disaster. The problem

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Who pays for $100,000 sinkhole in Md. couple’s backyard?

A Charles County couple woke up to find not one, but two sinkholes in their backyard.  Now they might be getting stuck with a $100,000 bill to fix the sinkholes, even though they formed after a drainpipe that serves their

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Unhappy Property (Manager) Loses in South Carolina

“If you think hiring a professional is expensive, try hiring an amateur.” – Anonymous In South Carolina, as in most states, there exist various consumer protection and licensing laws, intended to protect the public from the unauthorized practice of law

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Sand Canyon HOA abandons “opt out” plan for email blast (CA)

Plans by the Sand Canyon Homeowners Association to share an email list of its members with the local radio station as a way of alerting them to emergencies such as brush fires, have been abandoned due to privacy concerns.  Last

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Austin couple sues homeowners group over condo sale (TX)

A couple who owned four units in the Villas on Town Lake is suing over the recent sale of the 1980s condominium project, saying they have yet to be paid $1.9 million they are owed.  Kevin Green and his wife,

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(Condo) complexes can apply for rebates on electric car chargers (OH)

Hoping to encourage the use of electric cars, Smart Columbus is offering to spend a total of $170,000 in rebates to owners and developers who install charging stations in apartment and condo developments.  “We’re curious to see what they want

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History or hazard? Sammamish’s Baker House being considered for landmark status

A debate between a historic preservation group and a local homeowners association ended inconclusively at the Sammamish Landmarks Commission meeting on July 27.  The debate centered around whether to give landmark status to Baker House, a farmhouse built in 1908

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Two men charged in hot tub assault that left women with ripped bikini, bruises (MI)

He later told police he did not know the three women were staying in a condo recently purchased by a new owner. Dean, a condo board member, told police there had been previous problems with strangers trespassing in the hot

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Condominium Sues City Over Cocoa Beach Pier Amusement Rides (FL)

A condominium association has filed a lawsuit against the City of Cocoa Beach for granting a variance to allow amusement park rides installed at the Cocoa Beach Pier.  According to the lawsuit, the City’s grant of the variance was unlawful

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Chandler HOA community keeps increasing fees, where is the money going? (AZ)

Residents in one Chandler community want to know where their money is going and they’re voicing their concerns at an HOA board meeting being held Tuesday night at a Chandler library. “The percentage that they’re hiking it, I think it’s

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Homeowner, association spar over goldfish Woman says she needs fish for her disability (IN)

A Johnson County homeowner is fighting to keep goldfish in her driveway despite requests from her homeowners association to move them.  Carol Hanquier has lived at the end of a cul-de-sac in the Silver Springs neighborhood for 20 years, but

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Denver man finds racist graffiti scribbled on his condo door (CO)

A Denver man is incensed and confused about racial hatred that literally came to his front door.  The man noticed racist graffiti scribbled on the door to his Cherry Creek North condo on Sunday night.  Miles, who did not want

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Homeowners want HOA rules changed to allow in-home business (TX)

A group of Williamson County homeowners say their homeowners association is behind the times and needs an update. But the HOA said it’s up to their fellow neighbors.  Dianna Sells and her husband have a crate-free dog boarding business based

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Rock Island condo owners plan to speak up about ongoing sewage backup issues (IL)

About a dozen homeowners from Hodge Park and Park Ridge condominiums plan to attend Monday’s city council meeting, August 14, to talk about ongoing sewage buildup problems.  For some this has been an issue for about 10 years.  Homeowner Katrina

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Westgate Resorts sues Orange County over timeshare in dispute with widow (FL)

Timeshare giant Westgate Resorts, mired in a struggle with a widow over her vacation condo, has sued Orange County for permission to open its new high-rise timeshare tower in Orlando’s tourist district.  The seven-story, multimillion-dollar tower looms over the fenced-off

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Sinkhole Pits Homeowner Against Subdivision (TX)

A woman who lives near Lake Conroe is suing the property owner’s association she once headed.  At issue is a sinkhole she’s afraid may swallow up her home.  “My biggest fear is safety,” said retiree Sue Horne.  She’s afraid continued

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Franklin Township: Condominium Fire Kills Franklin Township Woman (NJ)

A condominium fire on Gregory Lane, in Franklin Park, killed the female owner Sunday night, after she was apparently trapped on the first floor, an official unauthorized to speak to the press said.  According to an alert from the Breaking

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State investigating Pine Ridge election (FL)

A state agency is conducting a hearing later this month on a man’s complaint that results from the Pine Ridge Property Owners Association spring election should be negated because more than 100 ballots were not counted.   Read the article……………

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Flooding drives residents from Glendale apartments (AZ)

Flooding sparked by rain Saturday night and Sunday morning forced dozens of people out of their homes at a Glendale condo complex.  It was about 3 a.m. Sunday when the Arizona chapter of the American Red Cross got a call

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Condo Living: Can the board fine me for property violations?

Q: I transferred my home to my revocable trust a few years ago. The Board is trying to fine me for property violations. Can the Board fine me individually when my trust owns the property?    Read the Q&A…………..

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Buckeye Lake-area residents seek storm water solutions (OH)

Fairfield County Engineer Jeremiah Upp and county Soil & Water Conservation District Engineer Amy Boyer have developed two alternative drainage projects. Both include building underground pipelines to discharge storm water into a county-maintained ditch.  One project, estimated to cost around

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HOA Homefront: “Bare walls” or full coverage – insurance brokers weigh in

So-called “bare walls” insurance plans are often discussed in associations trying to limit the cost of water damage claims. In a “bare walls” approach, the homeowners association insurance does not restore unit interiors, but each owner insures (via individual HO6

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Emotional Support Animals can create mess for condo boards

More and more condominium associations are facing the issue of what to do when an association has a  “No Pets” policy and someone claims a need for an Emotional Support Animal, aka an ESA.    Read the article……….

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Oak trees chopped down in Merritt Island neighborhood (FL)

Flat-topped tree stumps marked with pink spray paint now line Old Parsonage Drive, where Brevard County crews chopped down a dozen majestic oak trees.  The tree-cutting operation roiled the New Georgiana Settlement neighborhood. Officials said wayward tree roots were cracking

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POA fined for alcohol violations (AR)

An offer of settlement from the Alcohol Beverage Control Board to the Property Owners Association has been received and accepted, General Manager Tom Judson said on Monday.  The settlement included three fines for three Class C violations, according to ABC

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Condo promises repair, but when? (NY)

St. Gabriel’s Church and School have become frustrated with the two-year wait for the building next door to repair its crumbling facade. Falling bricks have closed a portion of the school’s playground and parking lot.    Read the article………….

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Chandler residents petitioning HOA to allow artificial turf (AZ)

Many people are switching from real grass landscapes to artificial turf because of lower water usage and less maintenance. But some Chandler residents can’t because their homeowners’ association won’t allow it.  “We couldn’t keep it green, our water bills were

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Warped boards? Condo associations require scrutiny (TN)

When purchasing a condo, the principle of caveat emptor – “let the buyer beware” – should be executed to the fullest and not solely for the construction of the unit or even the financial condition of the homeowner association, although

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Weslaco Woman Fighting to Keep Pet Pig on Property (TX)

Mix a pig, a city, and a homeowners association – you get conflict. A Weslaco mother is fighting to save Winston, her pet pig.  A year and a half ago, Charla Layne purchased the pet she claims to be three-quarters

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Condo Board’s Long Legal Nightmare May Be Over (NY)

Construction defects can have a long shelf life. As the condominium board at 50 Madison Avenue has learned, the legal ramifications of faulty construction can live on for a decade, or more. But based on a new court ruling, this

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Presidio Terrace: This is the second time residents lost their own street (CA)

Homeowners in ultra-wealthy Presidio Terrace were shocked in May to discover that their privately-owned street—as in the, lanes and sidewalks of the street itself, including over 100 potentially quite valuable parking spaces—sold at auction in 2015 because of a $14/year

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Only in Brooklyn: Discrimination Against Baby Strollers (NY)

A couple bought into a co-op in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, a month ago, and promptly began putting their baby in a stroller and exiting and re-entering the building through the front door. Then one day, an employee of the managing

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Parents upset HOA asked school to move bus stop farther away (GA)

Some Alpharetta parents say a decision to move their children’s bus stop is putting their kids in danger.  Parents in the Windward Pointe subdivision off Windward Parkway told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik they learned before school started that the district

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Can an HOA require you to keep your grass green? (FL)

Here in Jacksonville, we have a lot of subdivisions. Most of those have a Homeowner’s Association that makes rules to help keep home values intact. Those rules can range from making sure your trash cans aren’t left on the street

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Condo owners vote to sell fire-destroyed Grandview property (NY)

Owners of condominium units at the fire-destroyed Grandview Palace complex in Loch Sheldrake voted unanimously at an annual meeting on Sunday to sell the property, and 96 percent of those voting approved pursuit of a sale while a court battle

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Westbury condo settles discrimination lawsuit (NY)

A Westbury condominium complex has settled a lawsuit that challenged the building’s accessibility for disabled residents.  As a result of the settlement of the suit filed in Dec. 2015 by Long Island Housing Services, the Westbury Terrace Condominium made a

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Developers Say Boards Are Using Access Agreements as “Ransom” (NY)

In a landmark court ruling last year, co-op and condo boards won the right to demand license fees, plus attorney and architect fees, when granting access to their buildings to developers at neighboring properties. That legal ruling has introduced a

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Lawyers Fear SF’s Millennium Tower Could Tilt 10 More Inches by 2019 (CA)

At its current rate, San Francisco’s troubled Millennium Tower could tilt another 10 inches toward the Salesforce Tower in the next two years, lawyers for the homeowners warned in a legal filing urging a speedy trial over the sinking building.

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Laguna Woods Village homeowners association bans short-term rentals (CA)

The United Mutual board unanimously approved revisions to the qualifiers for subleasing manors regarding short-term rentals, targeted at online, vacation-style rentals such as Airbnb, at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8.  The revisions come after increases in illegal occupant violations

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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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