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Oneida zoning panel warns condo association to follow CUP

A dispute between Oneida County and Minocqua Lake Condo over pier configuration, berthing spaces, and property encroachment has been resolved with a promise by the condominium association to adhere to its conditional use permit.  In addition, the condominium association still

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Finding the good in home owner associations

Just when my wife was in desperate need of a hospital emergency room, a huge red oak fell and blocked our driveway. Less than 30 minutes later, three neighbors showed up with two chain saws. In 15 minutes they cleared

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Centennial owners to appeal judge’s ruling on structure, mold issues (CO)

The homeowners’ association for the Centennial affordable-housing complex plans to appeal a District Court judge’s ruling last month dismissing most of its claims against local government, according to court records.  In October, District Judge Anne Norrdin dismissed four and a

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Fremont Condo That Didn’t Allow Kids To Play Outside Must Rescind Rule, Pay Tenants $800K (CA)

Families in Fremont have scored a huge legal victory after they sued their condo complex because it wouldn’t let their kids play outside.  For years, kids were not allowed to play outside in the gated complex located on Sequim Common,

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Presidio Terrace homeowners have only themselves to blame, tax boss says (CA)

Despite years of sending the bill to an out-of-date address, San Francisco Treasurer-Tax Collector Jose Cisneros says in a new report that his office did everything by the book when it auctioned off the exclusive Presidio Terrace’s street and sidewalks

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Condo owners sue Adams Street Lofts for financial records (FL)

It’s been months since Anthony Dewees and Lynda Tiefel asked to see the financial records of their condominium association over concerns about maintenance issues, bills being paid late and the association’s reserves being depleted.  Their attempts to obtain the financial

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How does a board member legally act in the best interest of homeowners?

Q: I am a member of our homeowners’ association board of directors who was recently appointed to fill a vacate position. I have never acted as a board member. I read some materials relating to the work of board members

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Asking tough questions is not cause to be removed by condo board president

Q: I’m on the board of my condominium association and I’ve been asking some difficult questions of other board members regarding our association’s finances. The president has now threatened to remove me from the board. Can he do that?    Read

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Navarre’s Holley by the Sea receives $65,000 grant to bear-proof neighborhood (FL)

A large Navarre neighborhood has received $65,000 from the state to help residents keep bears at bay.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission awarded the Holley by the Sea Improvement Association one of 10 BearWise grants. The community will

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If association president won’t follow will of board, replace him

Question: I live in a new townhome golf cart community with a newly established HOA, of which I am the secretary. The community has one road with a gated entrance and a posted 20 mph speed limit. We have mailed

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No flood insurance for the condo? It’s potentially negligent to go uncovered (FL)

Q: We own a unit in a small condominium. Until recently, we have had flood insurance although we are not in a flood zone. Now a new owner is pushing for it, and the board is caving in. Are they

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Eagle Pointe Homeowner Assoc. Securing Golf Resort Amid Bankruptcy (IN)

A U.S. trustee has been appointed to manage the Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation of assets at Bloomington’s Eagle Pointe Golf Resort.   Jeff Norris is the president of the homeowners association at the Pointe. In a Facebook message, he said the

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Versailles Sur La Mer condo complex condemned by Brevard County south of Melbourne Beach (FL)

The Versailles Sur La Mer condominium complex has been condemned by Brevard County officials, who cited “extreme structural support issues” that were likely exacerbated by Hurricane Irma’s howling winds.  Built in 1981, the yellow four-story oceanfront residential structure is located

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Owners at odds with Ogden: The condo where mass shooter rented a room (NV)

Short-term rentals have been a contentious issue in the City of Las Vegas. Once again, the issue in the spotlight.  Wednesday, an owner of the downtown condo, The Ogden, was granted a special use permit for a short-term rental. But

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Mother and daughter forced to vacate home due to mold at next door condo (KS)

Their house isn’t a home.  In fact, homeowner Aimee Patton says the condo she shares with her 11-year-old daughter, Amelia, is making the two of them very sick. The Pattons say it’s a mold outbreak at the vacant condominium next

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Local HOA finds large sum of unclaimed money (VA)

Doug Thompson, a CPA at Carter Bank and Trust in Christiansburg, also serves as the treasurer for his homeowners association. Recently, he received a call from the Unclaimed Property division of the Virginia Department of Treasury telling him news that

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Woodlands Country Club Residents Learn Fate about Golf Course

For the one hundred plus residents that were in attendance at the November 13th homeowner’s association meeting, the bad news fell like a ball in a sand trap: their beloved golf course would cease to be. In its place would

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Resident sues property owners association, fines reach $1,000 (TX)

A Houston-area resident claims she is being so severely harassed by her homeowners association that she is taking it to court.  For years, Dona Davis says home hasn’t exactly been sweet. She says things soured shortly after she replaced weeds

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Kass: Must owners without gardens chip in for association landscaping costs?

Q: Our senior living neighborhood association is proposing a $12.50 per month assessment increase to buy and install mulch for each household. These are single-family homes with different-sized mulch beds. Currently each house buys their own mulch. A few households

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Woman shot by PBSO deputy who killed self sues condo complex

The woman shot last month by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy Michael DeMarco, who then fatally shot himself, has sued her Boynton Beach condominium complex and its property manager, as well as DeMarco’s estate, court records show.  Yuly Solano had

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Navy veteran allowed to keep flag flying outside condo (CT)

An Enfield veteran has been battling with the leaders of his condominium complex over the right to fly a Navy flag outside his home.  The story has received national attention and on Tuesday, the situation was resolved.  After a meeting

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Tehama County shootings: Kevin Neal killed neighbors then continued rampage

…………. She and her father, who is president of the homeowners association, said neighbors would complain to the sheriff’s department, which referred the complaints back to the homeowners association.  “The sheriff wouldn’t do anything about it,” said Juan Caravez.    Read

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6 cash-saving strategies for costly repairs, replacements (IL)

In any community association budget, capital projects such as roofs and balconies are the scariest. They are the most expensive and require the most expertise to get right. That’s why boards must carefully tread each step of the way.  Wrong

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Phoenix Landmark condo owners fight $15,000-plus HOA assessments — and win (AZ)

The bill arrived unexpectedly by email in May. It was from her Landmark Towers condominium homeowners association.  The midtown Phoenix tower’s air-conditioning needed a major fix, and her share to pay for it was $18,000.  Francine Hardaway said she “freaked

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Shouldn’t condo owners have a right to know how their fees are spent?

Q: Our HOA has a management company that runs our 1,200-unit association. They refuse to tell the owners what individual employees make, claiming they are the management’s employees and not ours. Yet, they tell us they are giving OUR employees

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City seeking FEMA grant to save Patton Lake (AL)

With tons of silt infiltrating an east Tuscaloosa neighborhood’s private lake, city officials are moving forward with a plan to help halt the damage.  The Tuscaloosa City Council has agreed to pursue a grant of up to $100,000 for a

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Clearwater man fights to keep squirrel as pet in his condominium (FL)

A Clearwater man is fighting to keep a squirrel as a pet inside his condominium.  Ryan Boylan says he rescued the squirrel shortly after Hurricane Matthew more than a year ago.    The rodent was stuck under someone else’s car. 

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Condo complex roof covered with tarp, residents dealing with major mess days after storms (OH)

Friday’s frigid weather comes less than a week after severe storms caused damage across Northeast Ohio. That is creating more misery for people still cleaning up and repairing their homes.  “There’s quite a hole in the ceiling right there. You

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Joliet plugs a leak, pleases condo dwellers (IL)

The city has put a temporary fix on a leaky pipe that has been a problem for years at a West Side condominium building.  Resident Rosemary Breen said she is happy with the results so far at Heritage House, a

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Portland Place property owners claim association failed to fix sewers (MO)

Property owners are suing homeowners’ association trustees, citing alleged breach of fiduciary duty and constructive fraud.   Mark T. McCloskey and Patricia N. McCloskey filed a complaint on Oct. 23, in the St. Louis Circuit Court against Sanjay Jain, Russell John

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Why are miles of Irma debris still sitting on some secluded Miami-Dade streets? (FL)

Two months after Hurricane Irma ripped through South Florida, while debris cleanup efforts have been slow but steady in most parts of Miami-Dade, thousands of homeowners are still dealing with trash that most people can’t see.  The reason? Those homeowners

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No ‘hard’ law offers guidance for when HOAs require buyers to join golf clubs (FL)

Q:  Our homeowner association recently passed an amendment to our community requiring everyone who buys a resale in our community to join the golf and country club. It is costly to do so, and I am having a problem selling

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Mt. Juliet mom, daughter get help with Little Free Library project

A Mt. Juliet mother, upset after her homeowner’s association rejected her request to put a little free library in her front yard, has a new ally in her effort.  Mt. Juliet Vice Mayor James Maness told News 2 he watched

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Woman ordered to pay $66K in restitution in theft case (NH)

An Intervale woman has been sent to jail and ordered to pay more than $66,400 in restitution to a local condo association as a result of pleading guilty to theft.  Lynne Barry, 54, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft by unauthorized

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$1M Leesburg Dam Lawsuit Gets First Hearing (VA)

Motions were heard by Loudoun Circuit Court Judge Douglas Fleming on Thursday morning in a case to determine who is on the financial hook for $1 million in improvements to a stormwater pond and dam.  The two parties in the

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Fire rips through San Jose condo complex (CA)

Twelve people are displaced after a 3-alarm fire ripped through a townhouse in San Jose Thursday morning.  Dispatch received a report of a fire burning in the 400 block of Don Seville Ct. at 5:58 a.m., San Jose Fire Department’s

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Condo Association Votes to Terminate Itself for Redevelopment (VA)

More than 87 percent of the unit owners comprising the Huntington Club Condominium Unit Owners’ Association have voted to terminate their condominium in favor of a new transit-oriented development on their 19-acre site next to Huntington Metrorail Station in Alexandria,

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Contractors accused of stealing from condo owners on Marco Island (FL)

Some Marco Island condo owners claim workers that were paid to fix their properties stole from them.  Many condos along the water in Marco Island still have damage from Hurricane Irma and need repairs.  Marco Island condo owner, Jeanne Wagner,

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Scottsdale HOA takes down ‘Welcome Home’ sign for U.S. Marine (AZ)

Angelo Manuele still has the signs that went up on a couple of lamp posts, down the block from his house in north Scottsdale.  “It wasn’t like we were trying to put up garage sale signs,” said Manuele.  Manuele’s son

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Former condo manager awaits sentencing in skimming case (IL)

A Chicago man who was accused of skimming more than $1 million from dozens of North Side condo associations has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and is to be sentenced in January.  Alan Gold, who managed A.P. Gold Realty &

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Kass: Can condo board ban owners from renting to relatives?

Q:  I live in a 20-unit condo building. In 2002, the board decided to protect our owner-only occupancy rule by having our attorney prepare a form that all owners were required to sign acknowledging that only owners can live in

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Condo owner questions appraisal after law allows home to be taken (AZ)

We’ve been following the stories of Phoenix condo owners who are the latest to fall victim to a bizarre state law.  In June. Courtney Hoogervorst and her neighbors in Solstice Arcadia Condominiums, near 54th Street and Thomas Road, were informed

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Virginia Beach residents say they were called ‘decrepit’ after asking condo to clear sand dune. Now they’re suing. (VA)

After three years of fighting in and out of court over a sand dune that allegedly prohibits disabled homeowners in a Lynnhaven Shores neighborhood from accessing the beach, four people are suing a Virginia Beach condominium association and its property

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Rand Paul is not a perfect neighbor, says community developer (KY)

Paul “was probably the hardest person to encourage to follow the (homeowner’s association regulations) of anyone out here because he has a strong belief in property rights,” said Skaggs, who is the former chairman of the Warren County Republican Party. 

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Amended Illinois condo law has some concerned about privacy

Q: I am a unit owner in a condominium association and recently received a letter from the management company advising unit owners that the Illinois Condominium Property Act has been amended to allow any unit owners to request telephone and

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RSF Association considers prohibiting vacation rentals (CA)

The Rancho Santa Fe Association is joining homeowners associations and cities across the state in considering prohibiting vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods. At its Nov. 2 meeting, the board approved posting the proposed new rental regulations for a 30-day public

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Blackhawk Homeowners Association: $25,000 Reward Offered in Burglaries (CA)

The Blackhawk Homeowners Association is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the suspects involved in a string of burglaries in Blackhawk.    Read the article……………….

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Condo owners sue to close downtown Bay City bar (MI)

A group of downtown Bay City residents is trying to shut down a recently opened craft cocktail bar on the ground level of their building, alleging noise from the establishment is keeping them up at night.  The Shearer Block Condominium

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Neighbors say their kid’s basketball goal is ugly. Will it stay or will it go? (MS)

Dale Boudreaux will be at City Hall on Tuesday night.  He and his family got a ticket from the city for planting a basketball goal in the little strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street in front of

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Subdivision easily approves HOA in step toward reclaiming lakes (IL)

Members of a northwest Champaign subdivision voted to form a homeowners association Monday night, putting them closer to regaining ownership of two retention basins that the county auctioned off without their knowledge.  The next step in the saga, which began

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