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Disabled Pasco (FL) woman sues nudist community (HOA) over service dog

At Paradise Lakes Resort, the rules for clothing are loose. In fact, there are no rules for clothing — it’s optional. The rules for pets? More restrictive.     Read more…….

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Another County (MO) Boondoggle: Eminent Domain Lawsuit (from HOA) May Cost County Taxpayers Millions

The subdivision’s leaders filed suit, with a trial getting underway where they’ll ask jurors to award them in excess of $2 million for the land they say should not have been taken at all.     Read more…….

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HOA HOMEFRONT: Presidential discount; late board packets

I read your column in the newspaper on homeowner associations (HOAs) and I’m currently a president of one. A friend of mine also belongs to a homeowners association as a condo owner and the person commented to me that they

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Indiana deck collapse caught on video; lawsuits filed

The WAVE 3 news troubleshooter department obtained security camera footage of the deck collapse from victims, who are now suing the deck builder, and the homeowners association that ran the clubhouse where it happened.     Read more…….

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Sutton Manor board sues over alleged foul water

Developers Stephen Perlbinder and his brother Barton Mark Perlbinder face a lawsuit from the condominium board at Sutton Manor for allegedly allowing a contaminated water supply in the building     Read more…….

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Salinas police grapple with parking problems in Garner neighborhood

Although a sign in the neighborhood indicates the street is private and owned by the Vista Nueva Homeowners Association, online records show the HOA activated in 1990 has since been suspended. Current records for Vista Nueva Development and New Horizon

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Woman faces $15K fine for pond she didn’t know she owned (FL)

You see retention ponds everywhere, from the highways to subdivisions. Mazzetta James has a retention pond in her Crystals Springs Road subdivision and just discovered the pond is her responsibility.     Read more………

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Leland (NC) board OKs ban on future gated communities

A decision by the Leland Town Council to ban gated communities followed a lively discussion Thursday of how such communities fit into – or poke a hole in – a town’s overall well-being. Although the vote was unanimous, council members

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Should condo owners press their boards to seek FHA approval?

Note that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have condo requirements that are similar to those of FHA, though less extensive. If a mortgage loan that will be sold to one of those agencies is secured by a condo unit, the

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Veteran says HOA retaliating against him over lawsuit victory (TX)

Billy Martin, who’s been at odds with his HOA for months, thought a recent court ruling meant that his fighting days were finally over. But the Vietnam veteran found out during a recent board meeting that nothing could be farther

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Snow-filled balconies can damage condo building

Q. The enormous snowfall this winter has caused snow to fill balconies that serve the individual condominium units. This has caused the drains on the balconies to become clogged with snow and ice. As a result, the melting snow on

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Flagpole suit pitting HOA against homeowner dismissed (TX)

The case of a northwest Houston HOA versus a homeowner with an “unauthorized” flagpole has been dismissed. The Forrest Lake Townhouse Association sued Billy B. Martin in December 2012 for placing his patriotic display on a cantilever protruding from his

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Roof in Limestone Co. (AL) crushes cars during storm

The Bay Pointe Condominium Complex in West Limestone County took a direct hit from the storm. Part of the roof came off and destroyed several vehicles. The condos sit feet away from the Tennessee River.     Read more…….

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Mahwah (NJ) Condo Evacuated after Falling Ice, Gutter Break Gas Pipe

Two days after a similar incident at a business complex in the township, a Mahwah residential building has been evacuated after melting ice fell from a roof and severed an outdoor gas line.     Read more…….

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Chevy Volt Charging Cord Cut: Angry Neighbor, Electric-Car Hater? (FL)

Owning a plug-in electric car, as buyers learn, is a process of educating the public at large. Mostly, people are curious when they see a car plugged in to recharge. But occasionally, uglier emotions come into play.     Read more…….

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Prince George’s (MD) to condemn Temple Hills condo complex if water is shut off

The thick layer of ice outside the entrance to the Lynnhill Condominiums last week was indicative of the problems residents of the Temple Hills complex say they have had to put up with from management over the years.   Read more…….

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Former Stratford treasurer sent to prison

The former treasurer of an Evans neighborhood association was sentenced to prison Thursday for stealing more than a quarter-million dollars form the organization. Laurie Wainwright Vanover, 46, of Andover Court, pled guilty to 10 counts of theft by taking at

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Brandermill (VA) daycare fight continues in Chesterfield community

An in-home daycare in Chesterfield, locked in a dispute with the Brandermill neighborhood, will have its case heard before the Chesterfield Planning Commission Thursday night.    Read more…….

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Neighborhood HOA (MD) approves resolution that puts restrictions on pit bulls

The neighborhood homeowner’s association sent an email to neighbors, that stated because of a court ruling the pit bull breed puts a liability on HOA’s across the state. They said until that is changed, they’ve adopted a new resolution that

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Demarest (NJ) offers $39K to pay for mandated services at condo association

The borough offered $39,360.04 to the Bellaire Condominium Association to settle the housing community’s reimbursement claims, which if accepted, would bring to a close two years of work to balance the books between the borough and the organization.     Read

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HOA Hires Mediator to Deal with Military Welcome Banner (LA)

A welcome home sign for an Acadiana sailor is still unwelcomed in one Lafayette neighborhood and the story is sparking other veterans to take action.    Read more……..

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HOA horror story: Man out hundreds of thousands of dollars after chimney issues lead to flooding

A La Jolla man is out hundreds of thousands of dollars after water damage occurred in his two condominiums. He blames the homeowners association for not installing the right chimney caps and taking months to fix the problem.    

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Developers of troubled Harlem condo reach deal with AG (NY)

The developers of the Mirada condominium in Harlem have reached an agreement with State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to avoid a contempt charge — if they make the required repairs and obtain a permanent certificate of occupancy at the property.

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Small Debt, Bigger Picture over HOA dues (NV)

Like anything else, Homeowners Associations, in theory and in practice, are not perfect. Due to these imperfections, HOAs sometimes get blamed for things that weren’t earned. When analyzing a problem, HOA related or not, it’s important to accurately identify the

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HOA Requests Military Welcome Banner Taken Down (LA)

A Lafayette family is wondering why their homeowner’s association is asking them to remove a banner welcoming home their son, and father, from deployment.     Read more……

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Severe weather taking a toll on association budgets (IL)

With 60-plus inches of snow so far and more to come, this winter is among the snowiest on record. It’s also a costly one for community associations. They pay from their treasuries to shovel and plow streets, driveways and sidewalks.

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Spring Hill (TN) neighborhoods may soon be able to request sidewalks

It would allow homeowners’ associations or groups of neighbors to petition to request a sidewalk or multi-use trail to be installed in their neighborhood. To qualify, at least 65 percent of the property owners abutting the proposed sidewalk would need

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Leesburg Condo Residents, HOA At Odds Over Bridge Closing

Several residents at the Fox Chase at Exeter condominiums in Leesburg are fuming over the community association board of directors’ decision to close a bridge they commonly use to cross over a small waterway and they are getting support from

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The annexation of Beacon Hill: Loudoun (VA) homeowners may acquire 330-acre golf course

Members of a Loudoun County homeowner’s association will decide next month whether to acquire a shuttered, 27-hole championship golf course that is no longer maintained by its owner.     Read more…….

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Woman sues co-op board (NY) for $600,000 for ordering her to buy pricey washer, dryer

Helen Siller, 63, says in papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court that her Greenwich Village building’s co-op board wants her to purchase a new washer-dryer combo that goes for as much as three times the price of her old unit.

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Battle over Grandview condo’s board (NY)

As unit owners of the fire-destroyed Grandview Palace Condominiums anxiously await a resolution to a lawsuit challenging a $30 million insurance payout, a dissident group of owners is challenging the legitimacy of the complex’s management board.      Read more……..

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Condo board members beware (OH)

A bill that would impose criminal penalties on condo board members who don’t properly post meetings or file paperwork is drawing fire from critics who say it is an example of government overreach.    Read more………

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Driveway robberies continue in Lake Highlands (TX)

One of the patrolman responding to the Club Meadows robbery told members of the Moss Farm Alliance, the neighborhood’s homeowner’s association, that “the common denominator in the 20 or so armed robberies that have occurred in Dallas since January 1,

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Contractually assumed liability may not be covered

Q. The property manager for our association was sued by a visitor to the property. The manager invoked the indemnification language in its management contract, and demanded that the association hire a lawyer to defend the claim against the manager.

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Honest mistake or harassment? Local man fears he could lose home (NV)

Harassment, honest mistakes or an attempt to take someone’s house? No matter what you call it, it’s a fight between a local senior and his homeowners association. Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears examines how an HOA’s math could cost

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Row between Durham (NC) neighbors over 3 shrubs lives long in the courts

It never was much of a hedgerow, especially after the three knee-high bushes wilted and died. But the fight that grew between next-door neighbors in eastern Durham over the shrubs has thrived for more than three years, a hardy evergreen

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McKinney (TX) resident finds himself helpless in fight over retaining wall

Larry Duncan has seen his backyard wall go from cracking to crumbling in a matter of two years. The McKinney resident from the Heatherwood subdivision is afraid one morning his backyard is going to cave in.    Read more……..

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Condo association requests funds for lights, hydrants (CT)

A group representing the town’s condominium owners wants reimbursement for fire hydrant and streetlight maintenance built into the operating budget.    Read more……..

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Black Forest fire district looks ahead to ‘Firewise Communities’

The Black Forest Fire Rescue Protection District is looking for a few “sparkplugs” to help transform the volatile Black Forest area into a group of “Firewise Communities.”    Read more………

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City won’t appeal condo assessment ruling (AK)

The city of Homer will not appeal a ruling last month by Superior Court Judge Huguelet in favor of Ken Castner, the condominium owner who challenged the city’s assessment rules for condominium in the Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District.

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Stowe (VT) settles lawsuit with condo owners

Stowe Mountain Resort said Thursday it has reached an agreement with 40 condominium owners at the resort that is expected to lower homeowner association and service fees by as much as 26 percent for new and existing owners.    Read

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Powell (OH) Considers Unplugging Pond Aerators During Winter Months

When 74-year-old Siegbert Allespach was pulled from a Liberty Township pond Tuesday, rescuers discovered something about the nearly 400 ponds in Powell that may make suburban life more dangerous.   Read more………

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Common Fire Hazards in a Condominium

I don’t know about you but my biggest fear living in my condo is a fire. And it makes me even more nervous that I may not have enough time to get my pets out of the burning condo should

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WSSC will cut water to large condo complex in Prince George’s County (MD)

Several hundred residents of a troubled condo complex in the Suitland area of Prince George’s County are facing eviction in just over two weeks. The current problem: unpaid water bills.    Read more……..

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Owner to appeal judgment on solar panels (MO)

Scott Hausman will appear in court Friday to appeal a judgment entered in December, which ordered him to remove the solar array system from his home in the Lake at Twelve Oaks. The homeowners’ association there sued him in 2012

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Lawsuit filed in death of man crushed by condo trash compactor (IL)

The wife of a Palatine man killed last summer by a condominium trash compactor as he searched for a cellphone filed suit Tuesday, alleging that the building manager and homeowner’s association failed to ensure his safety.     Read more…….

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Top 6 complaints about Valley (AZ) homeowners associations

We asked about your HOA experiences, and you answered. On the Let Joe Know Facebook page and in emails, a lot of you have strong feelings.   Read more………

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Parking garage partially collapses at Denver (CO) condo complex

A parking garage at a Denver condo complex partially collapsed Monday. A number of resident vehicles were damaged after sections of the garage at Park Mayfair condos at 955 Eudora St. in Denver collapsed late Monday night, according to fire

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Condo trustee charged with embezzling nearly $15K from Mill Hill Condo Association in Worcester (MA)

Condo trustee Aaron Church has been charged with embezzling nearly $15,000 from the Mill Hill Condominium Association. Church, 33, of 215 Mill St. Unit 113, was arrested Monday and charged with embezzling $14,784.64 from the Mill Hill Condominium Association’s bank

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HOA Forum Questions Transfer Fees (CO)

Colorado lawmakers are working on a bill that would require property management companies to disclose the fees they charge at the closing of a home sale. In many cases, the fees are hundreds of dollars and some say they’re getting

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