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New construction brings strife at Abbotts Square (PA)

Hailed as a hero for restoring the Divine Lorraine Hotel, developer Eric Blumenfeld has been photographed on its rooftop, skyline behind him, racking up praise for revitalizing North Broad Street.  Across town, however, folks at Abbotts Square Condominium, at Second

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Judge ends receivership that cost a Miami Gardens condo millions

A Miami-Dade civil court judge put an end to the receivership of a former judge who billed millions to a condominium in Miami Gardens for two years of work.  During a hearing Friday, Judge Jorge Cueto ended the appointment of

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HOA should have to relocate condo satellite dish

Q: I requested permission to install a satellite dish on my condo in Henderson in 2014. I was granted permission, which clearly stated I could mount this on my roof. Now, the homeowners association has informed me I am violating

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Staten Island blaze kills man celebrating birthday, hurts 9-year-old son who cried to neighbors, ‘Help my dad’

A 9-year-old boy tried desperately to save his father from their burning Staten Island home Saturday night by running to neighbors and “begging” for help, witnesses said.  “Please, please help me get my dad,” the child cried out, while ringing

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Troubled waters in northwest Champaign (IL)

Since they bought their home in northwest Champaign’s Timberline Valley South, Oscar Gamble and his family have enjoyed lakefront living, with access to fishing and kayaking on one of the subdivision’s two lakes from their own backyard.  Those days may

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Abandoned condominium in Southeast DC described as war zone, city leaders step in

City leaders are stepping in to address an eyesore in Southeast D.C., after a condominium was abandoned.  “It was something that we should never have in D.C., which is that kind of long term neglect of a building,” said Deputy

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Eight months after Hurricane Matthew toxic mold discovered at the Ormond Heritage condos (FL)

The Ormond Heritage’s claim to fame has always been that it sits on the land where the Ormond Hotel, built by John Anderson at 1 John Anderson Drive, once stood.  The 156-unit condominium was damaged during Hurricane Matthew nearly eight

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HOA fines traffic offenders; videotapes residents (FL)

Charles Rivers and Rachael Bagby both say their homeowners’ association fined them for rolling through a stop sign.  “I admit it, I ran the stop sign,” said Bagby. “I’m not perfect, I’m human.”  “You know at the end of the

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Condo association, owner at odds over Heritage Inn condition (FL)

The situation at the Heritage Park Inn on East U.S. Highway 192 turned into a “he said, she said” matter between the owner and the condo management association this week.  At a Osceola County Code Enforcement Board meeting Wednesday, officials

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Altamonte Springs renters living in moldy condo offered new unit after Channel 9 report (FL)

Renters in an Altamonte Springs apartment said they have been living in deteriorating conditions for a nearly a year, and management refused to help until they turned to Channel 9 to get answers.  Gilretta and Felice Mathieu said they’ve been

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Cape condo pool where kids drowned deemed unsafe (FL)

The pool where two children drowned this week is unsafe, city officials say.  Signs were posted Thursday as a warning to the property representatives of the condominium building on the 1000 block of Southwest 47th Terrace. A 3-year-old boy and

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9 Investigates: Plan may be in the works to fix troubled Tymberskan complex (FL)

9 Investigates uncovered a potential plan to turn around one of Central Florida’s condominium complexes, days after residents there faced the threat of having their water shut off again.  The homeowners association manager for Section 2 inside Tymberskan said she’s

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He charged $525 per hour to save their condo. But two years later, problems persist (FL)

They welcomed him with open arms, because they thought he was their salvation.  In March of 2015, a judge assigned a professional to rescue a 310-unit condominium in Miami Gardens, at the request of lawyers for Miami-Dade County. The “receiver”

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Ousted Malletts Bay homeowners seek insurance payout (VT)

Two dozen former Colchester residents have collectively lost about $4 million in mortgages and other investments in homes they were forced to leave last month, their lawyer says.  A lawsuit currently pending in Vermont Superior Court — filed last year

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To avoid significant rate hike, Green Acres attempts move away from privately-owned sewer system (IN)

A measure is underway to save Green Acres subdivision residents from a sewer rate hike of nearly $40 per month, though a slight increase could still be inevitable.  The Howard County Board of Commissioners this week approved a petition to

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Maricopa HOA Facebook feud goes to court (AZ)

A defamation lawsuit that accuses a homeowners association in Maricopa of slander and vandalism is being litigated in Superior Court.  Erin Meehan, a resident of Maricopa Meadows, filed a civil complaint last year after she claims to have been harassed

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Homeowners’ association prez admits to embezzling $300K; worked as civilian for NYPD

A civilian employee of the Police Department, who as president of a Rossville homeowners’ association used the group’s checking account as his personal piggy bank by siphoning off more than $300,000, pleaded guilty Wednesday to grand larceny.  Danny Juliano was

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Eagle Mountain looks at its role as Ranches HOA dissolves (UT)

With the recent dissolution announcement of Eagle Mountain’s Ranches Master Homeowners Association, city officials are researching their role in serving the neighborhood’s affected residents.  Though it’s been suggested by some on social media outlets that Eagle Mountain is looking to

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Hollywood Police investigating after condo board member gets threatening, racist letter (FL)

Condo disputes in South Florida are nothing new. But in one community, it has gotten personal — and racist. 7’s Brian Entin has our special assignment report – “Guilt by Association?”  For 40 years, Gloria Davis worked long hours as

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Lockwood Folly couple files lawsuit against POA (NC)

A Lockwood Folly couple has taken legal action against the Lockwood Folly Property Owners Association and its board of directors, claiming a breach of association bylaws and its master declaration as well as certain state statutes.  Lockwood Folly residents Gary

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Ask The HOA Expert: Reviewing And Approving Annual Budgets

Question: Our budget process takes place in the fall so we will have an approved budget at least 30 days prior to the start of our fiscal year which begins in January. As it turns out, we hold our annual

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The power of volunteerism (AR)

The latest edition of Village Values covered one of the hallmarks of the Village – volunteerism. Without it, Village governance would be quite different.  Ten Property Owners’ Association standing committees are staffed by volunteers. And the caring goes beyond the

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Sugar Grove subdivision building on lawsuit success (IL)

Signs of new life are everywhere this spring in our Fox Valley neighborhoods … and I’m not talking about freshly hatched chicks or multi-hued tulips.  Big machinery is rolling. Earth is moving. Building signs are sprouting up. And residents who

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Crews battle large fire at northwest Columbus condo building (OH)

Firefighters battled flames Tuesday afternoon at a condominium in northwest Columbus.  Columbus Fire Chief Martin says crews are working to get the fire under control. The crews were working in defensive mode after the roof caved in, according to the

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Ball Father’s Latest Project: Overhauling His HOA (CA)

The father of the former UCLA basketball star and projected top NBA draft pick Lonzo Ball is known to stand out with his outspoken ways and pricey Big Baller Brand shoes.  Even LaVar’s Ball’s Chino Hills home stands out. It’s

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Waterfront Condo Boards Take Issue With City Hall’s “Community Engagement” On Removing Brick Sidewalks (MA)

A discussion not on the agenda, but definitely a hot button issue erupted at the May 11th meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA). North End waterfront condo associations, representing over a thousand residents, have signed on

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Pair of siblings drown in pool at Cape Coral condo complex (FL)

Two children drowned in a pool at a Cape Coral condo complex late Monday night, according to an incident report obtained by ABC7.  It happened at the Aurora Townhouse Condos located at 1330 SW 47th Terrace just before 10:30 p.m.

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Lawsuit filed against Jupiter police chief for not paying HOA fees (FL)

Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow owes about $1,600 in homeowner association fees, according to a lawsuit filed against him in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.  The homeowner’s association could foreclose on its claim of lien on the house if the

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City Files $1.2 Million Lawsuit to Shut Down “Airbnb Hotels” (NY)

As of last week, not a single violation had been levied in the city’s hotbed of illegal sublet listings – East Williamsburg, Brooklyn – and only two had been issued in the entire borough. The city has issued a total

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Clearwater attorney disbarred for misappropriating funds (FL)

Nicole Mae Frost, an attorney from Clearwater, has been disbarred by the Supreme Court of Florida after an investigation found the attorney culpable in mishandling and misappropriating client funds in two matters.  In both matters, Frost was the representative for

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Residents, developer fight for control of HOA with $300,000 stuck in limbo (MO)

Homeowners are in a bitter, ongoing dispute with the developer of their north Kansas City neighborhood over who has control of the homeowners association.  At stake is who controls more than $300,000 in association fees, who’s responsible for the upkeep

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Homeowners share cautionary tales of HOA nightmares (NC)

The power of Homeowner’s Associations: You pay your mortgage and taxes, but HOAs still have the power to boot you from your home.  When you’re looking for a new home, you always make sure that home meets your needs, and

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Costly condo disclosure papers can hit buyers where it hurts

A condominium sale easily generates hundreds of pages of association documents, and each one costs money. Who pays varies, but buyers frequently get stuck with the bill.  “I’ve seen document fees run into four figures,” says Sara Benson, principal managing

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Video shows man punching female security guard at River North condo building (IL)

Police are searching for a man caught on security video punching a female security guard outside a condo building in River North over the weekend.  The video, obtained by WGN-TV, shows the guard walking up to the man after he

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Elkhart County Council approves $250,000 for Simonton Lake dredging (IN)

he Elkhart County Council Saturday approved giving $250,000 to the Simonton Lake Area Homeowners Association for sediment removal and promised $125,000 more once a watershed management plan is created.  The money will come from the county’s storm water fund.  

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Carolina Forest resident protests HOA on side of road for 3 days (SC)

An HOA battle is brewing in one Carolina Forest community, with one man who spent several days protesting his HOA on the side of the road.  If you’ve driven down Carolina Forest Blvd in the past few days, you may

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Multiple agencies plan for shut down of troubled Heritage Park Inn

Multiple agencies are planning to shut down the Heritage Park Inn near Kissimmee and help relocate residents from the troubled condos, according to an email from the deputy county manager.  According to the email, officials with the county—including the Florida

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Campbell Ranch Seeks Appeal (NM)

A group that has been fighting a large development in the East Mountains for the past 17 years told residents Sunday that the company has not given up trying to acquire water rights as an appeal makes it way through

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HOA Homefront: Copies of documents should be a reasonable cost

Q:  Recently my family sold a house and paid over $700 in fees to the association, a large portion of which was for copies of rules and regulations to be provided to the buyer. The association provided the files to

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Condo fire displaces 4 families in St. Pete (FL)

At least four families are displaced after an overnight fire in Saint Petersburg.  Flames raced through the Enclave condo complex on North Martin Luther King Street just before 11 Thursday night.  Fire crews responded to a 2-alarm fire and multiple

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Drainage dilemma threatens family’s home (AL)

Repair estimates to put in a proper drainage system run $60,000 according to Whitaker. Something she says she could never afford to do on her own.  A Jefferson County judge is expected to rule this month, whether Whitaker’s lawsuit can

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Scores Of Families Displaced After Condo Fire In Clarkston (GA)

More than 40 people were displaced early Friday in a fire at some condominiums in the Decatur area, police officials said. The blaze erupted at the Brannon Hill condos, located in the 1000 block of Old Hampton Drive in Clarkston.

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Action 9 gets results for SUV owner and disabled vet denied a mailbox (FL)

A disabled veteran who called Action 9 after a condo association refused to let him receive mail, now has a mailbox after a local congressman saw Todd Ulrich’s first story and got involved.    In Kissimmee, an Action 9 story

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Troubled condos near Kissimmee to kick out residents, shut off power (FL)

People who live at The Heritage Park Inn near Kissimmee will have to find somewhere else to live.  The condo association posted a flyer on the front door Thursday night that said the power will be shut off after Friday

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Several displaced following fire at DeKalb County condo complex (GA)

Fire has displaced several residents of a condominium complex that some call the worst neighborhood in the United States.  The blaze started around 2 a.m. at the Brannon Hills Condos on Old Hampton Road in Clarkston.  Investigators say at least

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Decades-old deed restriction reads ‘Caucasians only’ (TX)

Decades-old deed restrictions can protect a community’s charm and value, but some also contain outdated and racist reminders of a dark past.  A deed restriction drafted in 1947 for the Oak Forest neighborhood states:  “None of the lots shown on

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Homeowners association settles RV dispute for $300k (OR)

The parents of a disabled woman who say they were forced to move from their Marion County neighborhood after the homeowners association barred them from parking an RV in their driveway have settled their lawsuit for $300,000.  The parents of

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Seminole County residents resist homeowners’ association demands to re-sod yards during drought (FL)

A group of Seminole County residents are crying foul after their homeowners’ association has demanded they re-sod their browning yards during the worst drought Central Florida has seen in 100 years.  The homeowners told Channel 9 that they want their

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Residents angry no asbestos assessment was done before renovations at condo building (FL)

Residents near a condominium complex are concerned the white powdery dust from a roof repair is toxic.  “My arguing about it, me being upset about it, my telling somebody is not going to prevent it from going on,” Keith Pinder

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Neighborhoods reel in residents with full schedule of social events (TN)

Durham Farms is one of a growing number of neighborhoods in the region where community events and the residents’ social calendar are professionally managed.  “I say I’m a cruise director without the water,” said Lacey Edwards, the lifestyle director for

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