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How to deal with homeowners who fail to pay assessments

Q: What can a condominium association do at the first sign of trouble to prevent an owner from declaring serial bankruptcies that are running seven years and counting while the other owners pay the bills?  Read the Q&A……………..

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Tenant blames homeowners association for leaky apartment (LA)

A tenant is suing a homeowners group, alleging its negligence caused leaking into her apartment.  Jan Bruckmeier filed a lawsuit Jan. 11 against Patty Young and Parkview St. John Homeowner’s Association Inc. in Orleans Parish Civil District Court, alleging negligence.

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Deerfield Beach Kosher or Not Kosher Condo Elevator, Pool Praying Pits Jews Against Neighbors! (FL)

In a story Deerfield-News.com broke a few weeks ago regarding Jews praying at The Pool Shul.The saga continues in The Berkshire section of Century village East,Deerfields largest condo community.Now it is not just the “Be true To Your Shul By

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Oak Hill residents responsible for road; City may take possession once it’s reinforced (MS)

The Brookhaven Board of Alderman will not consider accepting a road in the Oak Hill subdivision unless the Oak Hill Homeowners Association reinforces it.  Six aldermen voted in favor of this decision during their meeting earlier this week, however, Ward

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South Salem condo residents deal with undrinkable water (NY)

There is concern in a northern Westchester community after they received a notice from the County Health Department warning residents not to drink their water.  The warning arrived at the Oakridge Condo’s in South Salem last month.  Shirley Wishnie, a

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Fix up at Fox Hollow: What’s next for the troubled town homes? (TN)

You know things are bad when a garbage truck is a welcomed sight.  Trash, illegal dumping, absent property owners and a defunct homeowners association are just some of the problems that have plagued residents of the Fox Hollow Town Homes.

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Hayden-area man with Christmas light extravaganza sues home owners association for religious discrimination (ID)

A Hayden-area man with a Christmas light extravaganza is suing his home owners association for religious discrimination.  “I thought all that mattered was what rules say,” said Jeremy Morris. “I didn’t realize it kind of doesn’t matter because they still

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La Jolla crosswalk horror story (CA)

Aavang is now suing the City of San Diego, the driver, as well as a nearby homeowners’ association for failing to maintain surrounding trees. According to public records obtained by the Reader, residents had complained of the dangerous intersection to

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Will Creekside Golf Club win the right to close? (OR)

Closing arguments will be heard Feb. 3 in a trial pitting Salem’s Creekside Golf Club against a neighboring homeowners association.  It follows a week-long bench trial held Jan. 9-13 in Marion County Circuit Court.  Creekside Homeowners Association filed the lawsuit

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Fairway Oaks residents finally get answers, but questions remain (FL)

Residents of the Fairway Oaks neighborhood who have been fighting for years to get repairs to what they call “poorly built HabiJax homes” are finally seeing results, but one issue still remains.  For months, the News4Jax I-TEAM has been digging

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Maple Grove homeowners defy drainage board rule

Three homeowners in Zionsville’s Maple Grove subdivision on the south side of West Oak Street near County Road 700 East have refused instructions from county officials to remove fences they have built in drainage rights of way.  The homeowners —

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Edmond community worried how sale of nearby golf course will affect property values (OK)

An Edmond community is worried about how the sale of a neighboring golf course will affect its property values.  This week Coffee Creek Golf Course (CCGC) announced it was closing after the land purchase was finalized. Tonya Coffman with the

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Mother and son stole nearly $123,000 from Lakeland homeowners’ association (FL)

Martha Beard, 60, and her son, Matthew Beard, 33, each face up to 30 years in prison on charges they stole an estimated $122,780 from their community’s homeowners’ association over an 11-year span.  Martha Beard pleaded guilty to grand theft

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4 Injured in San Jose Condo Fire (CA)

Four people, including a San Jose firefighter, were injured in a 2-alarm blaze that broke out at a condo complex at Florence Ave. and Nancy Lane on Wednesday.   Two people from the apartment managed to get out and were

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Homeowners in Madison upset after receiving $7,500 water bill (AL)

A local homeowners association hit with a $7,500 water bill, and people who live there say it’s not their fault.  People who live in the Stone Gate sub-division is off of Wall-Triana said the bill is for a water meter

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Condo HOA Gets More Than $8 Million for Building Defects

Residents of the Arts District condominium complex the Barker Block have received more than $8 million to settle lawsuits that allege construction defects. Building occupants had long complained of problems including leaks and plumbing shutdowns.    Read the article………….

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“Stormwater is expensive. Get over it.” (FL)

It’s time to face reality. That was Charlie Eck’s advice to beach residents who attended the second meeting of the Estero Island Taxpayers Association Tuesday night, Jan. 10.  EITA executive director Bev Milligan assembled a meeting to “demystify” stormwater and

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Millennium Tower Developer Balks at Publicizing Repair Plan, Documents Show (CA)

Documents obtained Tuesday by NBC Bay Area show that the developer of the Millennium Tower is balking at turning over any plans of a fix for the sinking and leaning structure, claiming such information is secret as part of ongoing

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Tesoro couple fights HOA over tree removal (CA)

When John and Irma Dorrien moved into their Tesoro Del Valle home in Valencia more than 13 years they looked out on sparse open hills and had few neighbors.  They planted some pine trees in their backyard and set about

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Laguna Woods Village directors prevail in suit against GRF (CA)

An Orange County Superior Court judge has awarded nearly $100,000 in attorney fees to one current and one former Golden Rain Foundation director, whose recalls from the board were overturned in July 2016.  Judge Robert J. Moss on Friday awarded

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Do Condo Owners Need Some Help From Hawaii’s Legislature?

Condo owner John White Sr. wasn’t planning to get involved on the board of Pearl Ridge Gardens and Tower. But when maintenance fees jumped nearly 50 percent in late 2015, he wanted to know why.  It was the beginning of

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Attorney advises communities on support animals (FL)

Attorney Joshua Gerstin recently provided Alliance of Delray Residential Associations members with advice on medically necessary pets, making decisions through emails and governing documents, topics that community board of directors will face this year.  “A growing number of advocates feel

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Cleanup bill unresolved as development of Talus resumes (WA)

More than a year after a landslide stopped construction in Talus, development is set to begin in the subdivision after the city’s hearing examiner approved a plan to subdivide what’s known as Parcels 7 and 8……..The landslide caused damage to

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Homeowners Association Causing Financial Burden On La Bota Ranch Residents (TX)

A homeowner is speaking out about the financial burden, her homeowners association is causing for not only her but many other La Bota Ranch residents.  A home turned into a financial nightmare for many residents at La Bota Ranch.  One

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Homeowner Chided for Threatening WCA Board and Staff (FL)

A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy attended the Jan. 12 meeting of the WCA Board after a resident, appealing a fine, threatened board members prior to the session.  Opening the meeting, Westchase Community Association (WCA) Directors unanimously appointed West Park Village

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Why eliminating ‘exclusive use areas’ has issues

Q. Just read your article (on exclusive use common area) and was wondering the implication (pro and cons) and cost of transferring an exclusive common area into a unit. That way, the owner gets full control of the common area

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60 firefighters extinguish two-story condo blaze in Tustin (CA)

Sixty county firefighters extinguished a blaze Monday morning that began in the attic above an unoccupied second floor of an apartment in the 1400 block of Red Hill Avenue within about 25 minutes, fire Capt. Alan Wilkes said.  “The apartment

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Twin Falls man accused of stealing $20K from homeowners association (ID)

A Twin Falls man is being accused of stealing more than $20,000 from a mobile homeowners association in the form of overcompensation.  Eddy D. Packham, 55, posted bond on Monday and had a walk-in arraignment Thursday on a felony theft

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Bicycles barred, case closed on battle over Wild Oak path (CA)

After a long, fruitless legal battle over whether or not bicyclists have the right to use a public easement through a private subdivision that borders Oakmont near Trione-Annadel State Park, the City of Santa Rosa has withdrawn it’s latest appeal,

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Be True To Your Shul by “The Pool Praying” Continues At Deerfield Beach Condo Pool!

In a bit right from the late great radio legend Nell Rogers. Rogers amongst many funny comedy routines and bits had a song ‘Be true to your Shul” he played frequently.Here in Deerfield Beach Century Village East a controversy about

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About 70 trees felled at Olde Colonial Greene (PA)

Olde Colonial Greene is a lot less green than it was — at least for now.  The recent felling of some 70 trees has left the 38-year-old Doylestown Township townhouse community looking like a “war zone,” said one resident.  Homeowners

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Quadriplegic resident may be entitled to bypass rules

Question: My husband and I, and our 38-year-old quadriplegic daughter, live in a condominium single-family home park. For years, we have been bringing a cargo trailer with us to house our daughter’s medical equipment, as well as to store most

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HOA Homefront: A few minutes about minutes

Q. Our president has delegated our property manager to run our homeowners meetings and he acts like the board works for him and has to agree with everything he proposes. He gets rude and obnoxious when the board does not

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Judge rules for family in suit against Keizer HOA (OR)

A federal judge has ruled that a Keizer homeowners’ association violated state and federal fair housing laws by not accommodating a family of former residents of McNary Estates, whose daughter has multiple disabilities.  Gary and Renee Kuhn bought a home

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Repairing dams, roads, lakes costly proposition (NC)

Matthew did a number on four of this city’s earthen dams, and the October storm has left us with some hefty repair costs.  “The assessments for Arran Lakes dam, Devonwood Lower dam and Mirror Lake dam have been completed,” says

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Water Contamination Concerns at Condo Complex in Lewisboro (NY)

There is confusion over water contamination in one Westchester County town.  “It used to look funny and it used to smell funny, but then it was okay, but then it would smell funny again and it would look funny again,”

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Fox Hollow homeowners make first appearance in court (TN)

Another step in the fight against the blight at Fox Hollow Condos was taken Friday afternoon as homeowners with delinquent dues and/or un-boarded, vacant units faced a judge.    Read the article…………….

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New changes, same division for Oxnard Shores community (CA)

A new chapter in the contentious saga that has grown to define the coastal neighborhood of Oxnard Shores has begun, but it remains to be seen whether the divisiveness will subside.  Central to the neighborhood disagreement is short-term rentals and

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Pot condos? Oregon developer sees big market in marijuana

A southern Oregon real estate company looking to capitalize on the marijuana boom is planning to build a multimillion-dollar growing and processing facility in Eugene that could house more than 30 different pot ventures.  The Eugene Register-Guard reports that Grow

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Your condo probably has a rule against renting your unit out on Airbnb

Inauguration weekend is almost here, and it is estimated that more than a million visitors will be coming to Washington — some to applaud and some to protest the new president.  Where will all these people stay? Some will be

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Comcast extension costs tiny subdivision $27,565 (MD)

After years of requests, Comcast finally gave a handful of families near New Baltimore the answer they wanted.  “Over the last 10 years, we called them about every couple of years,” Saints Hill subdivision homeowner Peter Popovich said. “The answer

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Twin Falls man accused of stealing $20K from homeowners association (ID)

A Twin Falls man is being accused of stealing more than $20,000 from a mobile homeowners association in the form of overcompensation.  Eddy D. Packham, 55, posted bond on Monday and had a walk-in arraignment Thursday on a felony theft

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Conservation Law Foundation fires again at controversial Seaport condo tower

One of Massachusetts’ top environmental advocates is asking state officials to reconsider their recent decision to bless a controversial condo tower in the Seaport District.  The Conservation Law Foundation Thursday sent a letter to Environmental Secretary Matt Beaton, urging another

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Road to Harbor, Fripp remain closed, but some find way on and off islands (SC)

Mike Lewis, Harbor Property Owner Association board member, said most major roadways on Harbor have also been cleared and security remains on the island.  There is still a long road ahead of the community once it returns as damage is

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Naples Police say distraction burglars are targeting condo residents (FL)

“Their story was, they wanted to check to see if there was any sewage in our water system,” said 91-year-old Jack Thomas, who told Fox 4 that his wife let the burglars in while they posed as plumbers.  They said

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2 people, parrot rescued in Tinton Falls condo fire (NJ)

Two elderly residents and a 25-year-old African Gray parrot escaped a condominium unit that caught on fire Tuesday around 9 a.m. after one of the residents left a lit cigarette on the back patio, police said.    Read the article………….

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Windermere Country Club owner files lawsuit against Orange County (FL)

Unhappy with Orange County commissioners’ unanimous decision to deny him the development rights to a 155-acre plat on his property, the owner of the Windermere Country Club Golf Course is trying – again – to obtain the right to develop

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3 HOA boards join fray over Ahwatukee Farms, open space (AZ)

The fight over whether Ahwatukee Farms threatens Ahwatukee’s open space intensified last week as representatives of three homeowners association boards condemned the plan and the developer said it “subscribes to their vision” for the community.  “We oppose the current development

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High and Dry: Malletts Bay Cottagers Must Vacate Their Homes (VT)

A Vermont Supreme Court decision is forcing the owners of 28 lakeside cottages in Colchester to leave their homes, some of which have been in the same families for generations.  The en masse eviction of the members of the Malletts

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Is vulture abatement right pick? (FL)

The Greenfield Plantation Homeowners Association has hired the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services to control hundreds of vultures that roost within the community. The USDA cannot kill the migratory birds, so its goal is to

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