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Condo Q & A: President can’t buck the association board (FL)

Q: I am one of five directors on my homeowners’ association’s board. After this year’s annual meeting, we elected new officers. The person voted in as president says that he can make any decision he chooses, and does not need

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Is it legal for a condo owner to install a security camera?

Q: Can an owner install a security camera to monitor his entrance area in a condo complex and can the board approve this as an agenda item    Read the Q&A……………

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Homeowner and HOA engage in bluebonnet battle (TX)

Battles between property owners and homeowners associations are fairly common, but what one woman is fighting to keep only comes around two months out of the year.  At the Park At Two Creeks they have a homeowners association that says

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HOA buys personal alarms for kids following attempted abduction (FL)

A community is coming together to protect their children, by providing personal alarms and self -defense courses.  Mike Metzger owns Championship Martial Arts, and he is now turning fear into action for little girls in the East Orange County neighborhood

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Lawsuit underway after man beaten in his own condo by naked man on drugs (FL)

…..He’s hired a lawyer to sue building managment for not doing enough to keep its residents safe.  “One failiure, after another failure, aafter another failure,” said Brevda of the fail-safes inside the building. “The residents pay a considerable amount of

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Ocean Hills community considers water options (CA)

The Ocean Hills housing community is considering more cost effective ways to water its greenbelts. Options on the table are connecting to city recycled water lines or digging a local well.  Residents are also looking at landscape changes to conserve

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People who say contractor Matthew Morris defrauded them before August flood decry lack of state help

More than a year before authorities across the Baton Rouge area accused contractor Matthew Morris of defrauding over two dozen clients with homes ruined by the August flood, Donna and Doug Cox filed a 92-page complaint with the state Attorney

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Lake Charleston (FL) homeowners ask HOA for security cameras in neighborhoods after attempted abductions

The father of a 10-year-old who was almost abducted is asking his community’s HOA board for security cameras around the development.  There are nights when David Harman keeps replaying February 13th in his mind. The day his son was almost

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Flames Rekindle at Scene of Deadly Dallas Condo Fire (TX)

Dallas Fire-Rescue remains on the scene of a Dallas condo building fire, three days after the fast-moving blaze called for seven alarms.   View the news report…………..

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Dallas Condo Fire Damage Tops $12 Million (TX)

Dallas Fire-Rescue says damages from a 7-alarm fatal condo fire have topped $12 million and that the cause of the fire remains a mystery.  Jason Evans, public information officer for the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, issued his incident report Tuesday which

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Fairfield Reverses Crime and Neglect in Parkway Gardens (CA)

The quality of life for residents of Parkway Gardens, a private 240-unit condominium community, and the neighboring area declined significantly over several years prior to 2013. Residents didn’t feel safe. The complex had deteriorated, and serious crime reached a disproportionate

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Leaders of move to buy Club West golf course abandon their effort (AZ)

Save Club West has thrown in the towel.  Blaming apathy among Club West’s 2,550 households, the group’s leader told supporters in an email on Monday, March 6, that it has abandoned its effort to find homeowners who would invest between

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Maryville man accused of flooding Knoxville building (TN)

A Maryville man was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing, public intoxication and vandalism in downtown Knoxville.  According to police, 44-year-old Chadwick Carruthers was arrested after he was found early Saturday morning hiding in a fire escape at 602 S.

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Padre Island residents considering legal action against property owners association (TX)

A group of Padre Island residents are considering legal action against their property owners association. This comes after the Padre Isles POA held an emergency meeting Sunday.  The board and homeowners have gone back and forth on different policies for

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Disgruntled Holmes Beach condo owners get sympathy, pushback (FL)

For sale: diminished water views.  Hearing complaints of devalued homes and blocked waterfront views, Holmes Beach commissioners said they would be willing to work with Westbay Point & Moorings residents to “soften” the look of two new canopies at lifts

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Can an association board sue a member for defamation?

Q: Can an Association sue a member of the Association for defaming the Board, or can only the individual board member make the claim? What do you suggest an association due to stop harassment from a member of the community,

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Body found in North Dallas condo ravaged by 7-alarm fire (TX)

Firefighters found a body early Monday in the North Dallas condominiums destroyed by a fire this weekend.  The body was near the condo of an elderly woman reported missing, according to Dallas Fire-Rescue. The Dallas County medical examiner’s office has

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Welcome, Airbnb Guest! Your Neighbors are the Trumps

The apartment has spacious windows, a sleek kitchen and expansive views of Manhattan. It boasts a prime location close to Central Park and Rockefeller Center and promises all the excitement of a luxury apartment in Midtown Manhattan.  And it was

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Board negligence must be proven for claim to stand

Q. Water from a roof leak damaged artwork in my unit. I made a claim with the association, and it refused to pay, stating the association did not have any prior knowledge of the leak. The association is responsible for

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Beach-side residents cry foul to fowl feeding (FL)

There are plenty of arguments from both sides. Condo owners complain of swarms disrupting their quality of life. Bird scientists warn of the health risks junk foods pose to birds. Meanwhile, the vice president of the Halifax River Audubon believes

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Asbury Park Community Reaches Out to Ocean Grove Fire Victims (NJ)

The neighboring Asbury Park community is quickly reaching out to those affected by the Friday morning blaze in Ocean Grove.  No lives were lost but two firefighters sustained minor injuries in the five-alarm blaze that broke out near 5 a.m.

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About 100 ‘primarily elderly’ residents displaced after 7-alarm fire rips through North Dallas condos (TX)

About 100 people were displaced after a 7-alarm fire caused extensive damage to condos in North Dallas overnight.  Crews responded to the 6200 block of West Northwest Highway, near Preston Road, just before 11:30 p.m. Friday.   As residents, who

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Judge rules in favor of Killearn Country Club owner (FL)

A Leon County Circuit judge Thursday ruled in favor of the owner of the Killearn Country Club, clearing a hurdle for him to further pursue plans to sell and develop a disputed parcel of land.  But Barton Tuck still needs

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Suntree wants to ban sex offenders from living there (FL)

he Suntree Master Homeowners Association, one of Brevard County’s largest residential developments, may soon have one of the strictest policies in the state when it comes to allowing sexual offenders and sexual predators to live there.  The association is asking

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HOA Homefront: Whose pipes are those?

Q: What is the definition of internal installations of the unit? Are pipes in the wall considered internal installations of the unit? My take is internal means inside; so inside the unit. Can you please help me understand what internal

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Homeowners banned from The Refuge Country Club (AZ)

Some Refuge Property Owner Association members may have to hit the links elsewhere after they were recently banned from the Refuge Golf and Country Club.  The announcement is the most recent fallout from the Refuge POA’s seven-year legal battle with

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HOA Issues In Las Vegas (NV)

Heidi discusses the never-ending issues with HOA’s in Las Vegas. Whether good or bad, is there any use or positive effects in the community from HOA’s?  Listeners gave their experiences on the matter, including a questionable experience from a local

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Condo manager orders inspections after balcony collapse (FL)

The general manager of a Florida Panhandle condominium complex says the building will undergo inspections following a balcony collapse that injured 11 people.  The incident occurred Wednesday at Sandpiper Cove in Destin as seasonal residents gathered to celebrate a friend’s

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Man charged for Pearl District condo fire (OR)

A 24-year-old man is accused of trying to damage an 86-unit condo building in the Pearl District by causing a fire and explosion.  Officials tell us that Michael Aaron Swathwood was taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with two

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How to deal with nuisance smells in condos

I recently had an issue arise at a condo association that is not terribly uncommon. An American couple of Indian ethnicity cooks with curry. Sometimes a lot. The odor wafted into a neighbor’s unit and he complained to the board.

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Some residents in N.O. East subdivison say police aren’t investigating rash of break-ins (LA)

Homeowners in the Lake Carmel subdivision say several break-ins have happened in their neighborhood and police are not investigating.  “We have nothing. We don’t have patrol cars,” says Ronald Walker, Vice President of the Eastern New Orleans Homeowners Association.  Ronald

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Fire destroys DeKalb condo building, displacing families (GA)

Several families are out of a home after condo fire ripped through their complex.  It was just after 4:30 p.m. Thursday when neighbors said they had to evacuate their homes in the Fontaine East condos in Lithonia.  “I open the

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Massive condo fire in Ocean Grove burns at least 7 buildings

An early morning fire burned a multi-level condo on the Jersey Shore early Friday morning.  Neptune Township’s Office of Emergency Management said a total of 7 structures were affected by the 5 alarm fire including 3 homes and the LaPierre

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Country Club Shores residents organize against exceptions to Key height restrictions (FL)

Construction of a home in Country Club Shores has local residents taking action.  The two-story home on Halyard Lane includes an enclosed elevator shaft that reaches about 10 feet above the 30-foot height limit established for single-family homes on Longboat

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Lawsuit filed after Legionnaire’s outbreak in condo building (MD)

A Florida couple filed a lawsuit against the Golden Sands Club Condominiums in Ocean City in connection with the 2015 Legionnaire’s disease outbreak.  The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Maryland in Baltimore on Monday, is the second

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What you need to know about the rise of short-term rentals (ID)

As Idaho becomes a desirable destination for businesses and events, more and more people are visiting.  Traditionally, those people would be staying in hotels. But now, short-term vacation rentals are popping up all over the state, providing tourists more options.

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Be neighborly — a simple kindness goes a long way

It’s amazing the kindness that the gift of a quick and easy breakfast can convey.  After all, who doesn’t like a sausage biscuit, especially when it’s free?  That’s what members of the Valley North Homeowners Association discovered when they passed

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Condo owners weed out smoke (MA)

Pot may be legal in Massachusetts, but don’t even think about toking Afghan Kush or cultivating some Chronic buds if you live in certain buildings — including the ritzy Residences at The InterContinental in Boston.  That building’s condominium trust has

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Chalet Village property owners question HOA bills levied on burned-down homes (TN)

Some property owners in Gatlinburg’s Chalet Village, which was hit hard by November’s wildfire, say they’re getting hit again by the development’s homeowners’ association: assessed fees on properties that burned down.  Bruce Brock’s house burned at Christmas 2011, and he’d

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Florida condo balcony collapses, injuring 11

Eleven people were injured Wednesday afternoon after a second-floor wooden balcony collapsed at a Florida condominium, police said.  Two individuals sustained “pretty significant,” but non-life-threatening injuries, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Michele Nicholson told ABC News.    Read

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Mount Kisco Condo Complex’s Development Team Sued Over Handicap Access (NY)

The developer, architectural firm and construction company behind the Sutton Manor condominium complex are being sued by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for allegedly failing to provide access for handicapped people.   Read the article………….

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Lawsuit: Investors Want To Buy Debt On Palatine Condos, Force Deconversion (IL)

Condo deconversions in Chicago have been met with varying degrees of success. But the largest potential condo deconversion in the Chicago market is in the suburbs and is the subject of a lawsuit, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. VM Holdings’

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Money remains the big challenge in addressing Ahwatukee flood hazards (AZ)

Maricopa County flood control experts have proposed over $1 million worth of drainage improvements to seven Ahwatukee sites where serious flooding could cause more than an estimated $2.4 million in damage to homes and businesses.  But when those fixes might

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Can anyone just ride on through? (FL)

On a recent Friday afternoon, Watercrest Condominium Association employees John Coppenhaver and Ricardo Taliaferro had partially disassembled an emergency-only gate at the back of the Lakewood Ranch condo complex.  Coppenhaver and Taliaferro found that someone had removed the covering to

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Court ruling says KC must pay $10 million for trash rebates (MO)

In a scathing decision, a Platte County judge ruled Tuesday that Kansas City must pay $10 million in damages for violating a prior court order involving payments for trash services.  “The court finds that the city knowingly, intentionally and deliberately

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A win-win situation for horses and homeowners (ID)

The Saddleback Vistas HOA reached out to Valley Advocates for Responsible Development (VARD) for help revitalizing the arena site. VARD put the HOA in touch with HAPI Trails and helped facilitate the contracts for HAPI Trails to take over the

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Pilot killed when plane crashes into Massachusetts condo complex

A pilot was killed Tuesday when a small plane crashed through the roof of a condominium complex in Methuen, Massachusetts.  The crash happened at 1:25 p.m. at Prides Crossing Condominiums on Riverview Boulevard in Methuen, according to state police.  The

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Security Guard Charged in Death of Grandfather Denied Bond (VA)

A Virginia judge denied bond Monday for a security guard accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man who was said to be playing Pokemon Go.   Johnathan Cromwell, 21, appeared at the Monday morning hearing at General District Court in Virginia.

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Jury sides with HOA in Running Y suit (OR)

A Klamath County jury has ruled against two residents of Running Y Ranch Resort who challenged the legitimacy of fees charged by their home owner’s association.  On Friday a six-person jury ruled in favor of Running Y Ranch Resort Owner’s

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The Brawl Over Airbnb Is Back On

New ad campaign urges New Yorkers to “say something” about illegal sublets.  Last week, Argo Real Estate convened a panel in an upper Broadway hotel to discuss the ways co-op and condo board can defend themselves against illegal short-term sublets.

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