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Fire marshal blames grill for blaze at Nippers Corner condo

Investigators have ruled the fire at a Nippers Corner area condo was accidental, and it may have been started by a charcoal grill on a wooden balcony.  The fire at the Creekside Condos was fast and fierce. It consumed one

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Christian Ministry Receives the Wrath of the Dove Creek Homeowners Association’s Attorneys

Friday, The Bishop Street Boot Camp Ranch, a ministry for men trying to turn their lives around, received a letter from attorney James C. Skinner of San Angelo law firm Smith Rose Finley demanding the ministry cease operations on the

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Fort Collins accountant pleads guilty to theft (CO)

A Fort Collins accountant accused of stealing from two of her clients took plea deals in two criminal cases against her Monday.  Meredith Kanter, also known as Molly Hoff, appeared before Eighth Judicial District Judge Devin Odell Monday on 15

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Fire destroys 2 Nashville condos, leaves at least 3 families homeless (TN)

A fast-moving fire swept through two condos Sunday night in the southwestern part of the city near the Brentwood line, destroyed both homes and left at least three families homeless, Nashville fire officials said.    Read the article……………

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Development finally coming to former Deer Track Golf Resort after sitting empty for years (SC)

Development of an empty lot at Deerfield Plantation, formerly Deer Track Golf Resort, in Surfside Beach has finally begun, after it sat vacant since the resort closed in 2006.  Retreat at Ocean Commons and Montage at Ocean Commons will be

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Homeowners can opt out of newly incorporated associations (CA)

Q: Our neighborhood is established and has had an unincorporated homeowners association that has worked well for decades. But recent outside threats have given cause to incorporate in spite of enthusiastic opposition from some homeowners. Is it possible to incorporate

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HOA Homefront: Two views of architectural enforcement

Q: You have a very enlightening column. Our board is now requiring approval of any architectural changes within the individual owner’s unit. Seems this is poking their noses in where they don’t belong. Is it legal?   Read the Q&A…………..

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Associations must allow flags (FL)

Q: I am a military veteran. Over Memorial Day weekend, I displayed my American flag outside my home. I intend to display the same flag for the Fourth of July. I recently received a letter from my homeowners’ association stating

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Flood insurance: Condos and the rising tide (VA)

Perhaps you’ve noticed homes in Norfolk’s Larchmont neighborhood jacked up several feet to escape flooding, or you’ve seen chilling news photos of single-family houses or townhouses surrounded by floodwater.  Sights like these may give the impression that single-family homes, whether

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Teen died from carbon monoxide; property association may share blame, court rules (ID)

It’s been more than four years since an 18-year-old Marine died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a Meridian apartment complex — and Idaho courts are still sorting out who, if anyone, is legally liable for the young man’s death……The Forbush

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HOA could foreclose on home over unpainted mailbox (FL)

Paint your mailbox, pay a $1,000 fine or we’ll foreclose on your house.  That’s the message a Wesley Chapel homeowners’ association is sending to homeowner Joe DeVirde.  The problem is DiVerde says he didn’t get the notice, until it was

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Homeowners buy Royal Tee Golf Course in Cape Coral; hire director (FL)

The Cape Royal Homeowners Association has taken going green to a whole other level.  The members bought and are renovating the former Royal Tee Golf Club in Cape Royal, hoping to open the 27-hole course to the public and keep

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Residents say HOA’s fence plan costing them (CA)

Thousands of San Diegans pay monthly fees to a homeowners association that’s supposed to maintain their neighborhood, but a group of Tierrasanta residents says their HOA’s plan to beautify their area is getting them surprise bills.  The Villa Portofino development

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V.I. Moves To Dismiss Condo Fee Suits For Lack of Claim

The V.I. government filed motions Thursday to dismiss two condominium group lawsuits over new condo user fees, arguing the plaintiffs fail to make a legally plausible claim.  In question is whether a new $25 per day of occupancy fees on

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KC urban farmstead fighting to keep its farmers market open after HOA complaint (MO)

A family-owned farm in Kansas City has been hosting a farmers market for several years, but since it’s held in a residential area, the homeowners association now says it has to go.  Loud House Farm is located along east 113th

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Fire ‘hero’ sued for wrongful death in Bellevue condo fire (WA)

The family of the two victims killed in the Bellevue Chimney condominiums fire wants to hold the man who police say started the fire accountable.  They filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Christo Fournararkis and his wife, along with the

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Special tax district for dam repairs, rehab up for vote by Henry County BOC (SC)

Homeowner associations and communities throughout Henry County will the have the option of becoming part of a special tax district that would help pay for dam repairs and rehabilitation near their neighborhoods. The STD would be the first of its

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HOA Secrets Exposed – Criminal Investigation Reopened (GA)

Whether you love or hate your homeowner’s association (HOA), you know that when the dues are due, you have to pay. But how much do you know about how that money gets spent?  A group of homeowners in Douglasville, Ga.

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Condo residents want county to curtail park’s recycled water project

A project to install a recycled wastewater irrigation system at Waipuilani Park in Kihei is concerning condominium residents, who irrigate a portion of the park themselves and say that the project is a needless cost to the county.  Board members

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Residents ask for protection from neighboring developments (FL)

Before she won a seat on the City Commission in May, Jen Ahearn-Koch met with residents of the Essex House condominium on Palm Avenue. They told her about an aerial assault on their property.  They attributed the problem to the

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Refused a reason for rejection (FL)

For the past seven years, Ken has rented a condo at Heritage Landings in Fort Lauderdale.  Ken Fobes: “And they approved me and I moved in.”  Ken then recently moved from one condo to another … and had to fill

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WeHo City Council Gives Condo Owners a Pass on Earthquake Safety (CA

Faced with dozens of letters in opposition and a crowd carrying signs saying “voluntary,” the West Hollywood City Council last night quickly yielded to owners of condominiums who demanded it not require them to protect their buildings against earthquakes.  The

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Neighbors fear home next door could explode (NV)

Neighbors say they fear the home next door could explode at any moment. The property is located in a retirement community near Desert Inn and Theme Road.  Retired San Diego police Sgt. Dennis Dawson lives in the neighborhood. He said

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Kass: What should associations do when strangers lurk?

I am on the board of our medium-size homeowners association. It is not gated, and periodically we see a strange man wandering around on our streets. He has frightened some young children who were riding their bikes. We have called

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Investigators try to gauge extent of alleged condo fraud across Twin Cities (MN)

Investigators are looking at more than 30 condominium and townhouse associations across the Twin Cities to determine the extent of alleged theft by a recently fired executive at a South St. Paul property management firm.  Residents of a property in

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Timetable could soon be coming to replace bridge damaged in 2015 flood (SC)

For months now, SCDOT officials say their biggest barrier to getting the roadway fixed was a dam that sits underneath it. Both the dam and the road collapsed due to rising waters on Lake Elizabeth during the epic flood.  Officials

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Man arrested in shooting of northwest valley homeowners association president (NV)

A man was arrested June 14 on suspicion of shooting his homeowners association president at a northwest valley apartment complex.  Eric Leroy, 33, shot at Timothy Rose three times, grazing him on the right side of his face and hitting

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Trial opens in attempted-murder case stemming from Boulder County squirrel dispute (CO)

The trial for a Gunbarrel man accused of shooting his neighbor over a dispute about feeding the local squirrels began Monday as a Boulder County jury will be tasked with determining if the shooting was an attempted murder or an

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Construction mistakes may be cause of condo balcony collapse (OH)

Investigators are closer to determining what caused a Columbus condominium balcony to collapse.  The City of Columbus Building Department made the initial determination that the deck that gave way at the Falls at Hayden Run Condominiums was not attached properly

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Brookhaven park’s neighbors oppose ‘comfort women’ memorial, may sue (GA)

The Reserve at Brookleigh Community Association, representing 95 homeowners along Blair Circle, helps to pay for Blackburn Park II’s maintenance under an agreement with the city, but had no input into the monument’s location, said board member Brad Sapir. Residents

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Condo ‘Deconversions’ Soar in Chicago (IL)

A growing number of Chicago condominium associations are looking to sell their buildings to developers for “deconversion” into rental apartments, according to GlobeSt.com, and current economic conditions have made residential developers willing to buy.    Read the article………….

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Condo owners awarded $9M in suit against Hovnanian (NY)

A group of condominium owners has been awarded $9 million in a lawsuit against builder Hovnanian over construction problems at a six-story building on the Hudson Riverfront.  Lawyers representing the condo owners said jury verdict against Red Bank-based Hovnanian Enterprises,

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Puerto Rico Laws Block Condos From FHA Loans

Rogers told Caribbean Business, however, that condos in Puerto Rico may not be able to benefit from the easing of FHA condo financing programs because local laws have become a roadblock preventing HUD from granting the certifications.  To become certified,

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Spring Creek homeowners lean toward status quo (NV)

Nearly 200 people filed into Spring Creek Elementary School gym to learn more about Spring Creek Association’s future options – with some coming away from the meeting willing to keep the association intact.  Residents received a copy of a feasibility

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HOA Homefront: Can board deny privileges if homeowners aren’t paying?

Q: Our homeowners association reserves are extremely low and our collections are growing worse by the day. We are a gated community, with many renters. Can we deny access to the automatic transponder gate to delinquent owners/renters and require that

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Poinciana residents challenge developer in election dispute

A dispute over who should control Poinciana, which says it has the largest homeowners association in Florida, could hinge on a strip of pine woods dotted with soggy marshland on the eastern shore of Lake Marion.  At stake is control

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This condo owner pays fees for a money-losing garage and doesn’t even own a car

I live in a condo with 150 different units. Our assessments are based on our square footage. Residents can pay a monthly rent for parking spaces, while guests pay by the hour to park in the garage.  Our assessments are

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Senior condo complex for U retirees is reeling from suspected embezzlement (mn)

The president of a Twin Cities property asset and management company fired a senior executive amid a criminal investigation into allegations that he stole from at least one of the firm’s many clients, an independent condominium complex where retired University

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Baca Grande residents address owner/builder issues (CO)

About 70 Baca Grande property owners and builder hopefuls gathered Saturday at the Crestone Charter School to discuss ways to improve their relationship with the Baca Grande Property Owners Association (BGPOA) regarding the building process.  Many of those currently building

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Ceiling collapses in retirement community condo units displace several Sun City residents (FL)

Several residents of a Sun City retirement community were displaced overnight when water damage caused a condominium’s ceiling to collapse, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.   Read the article…………..

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Why you need to check with the HOA about building defects before buying that condo

I am planning to buy a condominium, which is part of a homeowner association (HOA). I observed that a couple of units have exterior issues. It looks like bubbles are in the siding. However, the unit I am looking at

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Ask the HOA Expert: HOA Volunteers

Question: Volunteers are an important part of HOA living. But how does a board deal with owners who are totally negative, derail attempts to reach agreement, disrupt meetings and yet want to serve on committees?      Read the Q&A………….

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FishHawk neighbors, HOA battle over drone use (FL)

Drones are becoming more popular as a hobby, but many say regulations aren’t keeping up with the technology.  Right now, there’s a battle brewing in FishHawk Ranch: the right to fly drones versus neighbors rights to privacy.  When it comes

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Burr Ridge homeowner groups resist new consolidated garbage pickup agreement

Seven homeowner associations, six of which already have their own contracts with Groot Industries – the village’s chosen waste hauler – have said they do not want to be part of a village-wide deal to consolidate garbage service providers. The

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Lakewood Ranch uses record amount of water. And it could cost plenty (FL)

Even thought meteorologists were predicting a 60 percent chance of rain for the Bradenton area Tuesday, Lakewood Ranch supervisors were certain that some homeowners would be running their sprinklers as if the area were still in a drought.  Some even

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Child seriously injured in east Tulsa condo fire (OK)

A child was in serious condition after being rescued from an east Tulsa residential fire Monday evening.  The girl, whose age has not been released but was estimated at about 10, was in serious condition at the Children’s Hospital at

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Lake Conroe homeowner says HOA caused huge sinkhole (TX)

A homeowner who lives along Lake Conroe filed a lawsuit against her property owners’ association, alleging their negligence contributed to the growing sinkhole that sits partially on her property.  Sue Horne moved to a home next to Lake Conroe in

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Marijuana grow operation may have caused Woodhaven fire (MI)

An investigation is underway after a fire at an apartment complex in Woodhaven.  Crews were called out to Kirkway Village Condos off of Allen Road this morning.  It appears the fire only caused exterior damage to two of the condo

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Agreement reached on O’Brien Meadows property (WA)

In what was described as a “kumbaya moment,” Green Crow Investments Co. and the O’Brien Meadows homeowners’ association have come to terms on the fate of a 92-acre property that surrounds the quiet community.  Green Crow has agreed to put

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HOA asks military-decorated SUV to be removed from neighborhood (FL)

Controversy has erupted in a Middleburg neighborhood over an SUV decorated with military decorations.  “We feel that a vehicle designed to create awareness for support for our troops could never be deemed a nuisance,” SUV owner Kathy Signorile said.  Signorile

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