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Deputies: HOA president arrested for threatening men with gun (FL)

An HOA president is facing criminal charges for threatening a father and his son with a gun in an Orange County neighborhood.  The incident comes amid the fallout over the death of Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman said he was acting

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HOA Homefront: The drought emergency is over. Back to business as usual? (CA)

On April 7, 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-40-17, formally ending the drought emergency, which can be read in its entirety at https://www.gov.ca.gov, the governor’s web site. The order is not only confirmation of good news for California,

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PCSD: HOA treasurer admits to stealing $180,000 (AZ)

The treasurer for Canoa Seca Estates II walked into the Green Valley substation of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday afternoon and told deputies he was guilty of stealing $180,000 from the homeowners association, according to a PCSD spokesman.

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Judge rules that religious organization must remove structure it built in Towson neighborhood (MD)

A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge has ordered that a controversial 6,614-square-foot structure a religious organization built in a residential neighborhood in Towson must come down within the next year.  The decision is the latest in a legal battle between

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Wells Fargo’s Nevada Mortgages May Get Top Court Test

A court conflict testing some Nevada mortgage holdings of Wells Fargo and other major banks affected by homeowners’ association liens may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court ( Bourne Valley Court Tr. v. Wells Fargo Bank N.A. , U.S.,

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Neighbors say HOA took action on tree after report (NV)

Neighbors say just hours after our report aired, they believe the homeowners association took action.  Dennis Couse said the limbs to the leaning tree were cut early Thursday morning. 13 Action News was told other trees in the neighborhood were

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Short-term rentals spark battle between Clearwater Beach condo owners, homeowner’s association

Crescent Beach Club is a waterfront condominium complex Clearwater Beach managed by Associa Gulf Coast. According to recent records, Joseph N. Joyce Jr. serves as the homeowner’s association president………Each of the five units has been offered as short-term vacation rentals.

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Airbnb’s Friendly Buildings Program has Strata managers concerned

A CONTROVERSIAL new program being proposed by Airbnb to increase transparency has NSW Strata managers concerned.  The Airbnb Friendly Buildings Program allows owners corporations to access details of the Airbnb lets in their buildings, place caps on the number of

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HOA cites homeowners for hanging rainbow flag to celebrate diversity (AZ)

When Haycraft hung an American flag and a rainbow flag, which honors gay and transgender communities, inside a garage window to celebrate diversity.  The homeowner’s association sent him a letter five weeks later demanding Haycraft remove “unsightly items” from public

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Spring Isle Community Association Inc. alleges units have defects (FL)

A community association alleges an Orange County corporation failed to reasonably and adequately plan, develop, design and/or construct a community.  Spring Isle Community Association Inc. filed a complaint on March 2 in the 9th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida –

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Henderson families fighting proposed HOA rule changes (NV)

Henderson neighbors say they are fighting back against a pair of proposed rules being considered by their HOA targeting certain dogs and kids playing in the street.  The HOA president says they are looking at the rules after getting several

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Desert Shores residents want HOA to spend on security, not big money cosmetic upgrades (NV)

A Las Vegas community is worried about crime, and the people say their homeowners association is apparently looking to spend six figures on cosmetic upgrades instead of security.  Neighbors in the Desert Shores community near Buffalo Drive and Smoke Ranch

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Onion Creek residents search for flood risk solutions as Austin continues feasibility study (TX)

As the city conducts a feasibility study determining how to best mitigate flood risk in the Onion Creek area of South Austin, grassroots efforts continue to curb the loss of life and property.  Ken Jacob, vice president of the Onion

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Oakmont to hold recount in election that empowered pickleball foes (CA)

It appeared for a moment that the staggeringly divisive and complex pickleball controversy at Oakmont might be settled by the election that bestowed control of the homeowners’ board to a new majority opposed to building courts in the heart of

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Man alleges Key Colony Homeowners Association failed to pay overtime (FL)

A man alleges he was wrongfully denied overtime pay by his Key Biscayne employer.  Alberto Montes De Oca filed a complaint on March 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Key Colony Homeowners Association

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State hears Poinciana APV vote complaint (FL)

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has required a response by the Association of Poinciana Villages, regarding a complaint filed against the homeowner’s association by a resident about February’s voting for its village and master board directors.  But,

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Upset Rincon residents take up road issue with city (GA)

Many Effingham County residents made their way to the Rincon City Council meeting Monday night to appear before the council to discuss the streets in Bent Tree Crossing subdivision.  The residents of the subdivision, led by Maegan Hakes, explained to

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A handle too high: 82-year-old wants a solution to her condo-door problem (FL)

Shirley Deutsch is just trying to get a handle on her situation.  Deutsch and her husband, Gene, have spent winters at The Promenade for nearly 10 years. The 112-unit condominium has been undergoing a $2.6 million remodeling project since July.

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Hundreds of Daybreak residents file lawsuits claiming defects in homes (UT)

Kori Emerson lives in a master-planned community, a carefully designed neighborhood she says turned out to be more like a movie set than a permanent place to live.  “It looks great, but it is not meant to last.”  Emerson is

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Condo owners want hydrant fee eliminated (MA)

About 100 local condominium owners packed a meeting Monday night to get the selectmen/water commissioners to rescind a fee for private hydrants in complexes.   The show of force at the selectmen meeting was spearheaded by Bill Greilich, chairman of

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Ask the HOA Expert: Fixing A Unit’s Roof

Question: Can individual unit owners prepay their fees in order to fix just their unit’s roof? Answer: Condo unit owners typically don’t own their unit roofs unless they are detached units, like houses. In attached condominiums, the roofs belong to

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Atascocita man attacked by dog while defending his own (TX)

“I couldn’t believe an animal could do that amount of damage in such a short period of time,” said the victim’s daughter.  Harris County Animal Control did not come out Monday night, so the dog was not seized.  Now, neighbors

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Residents: Home Values Drop Due to Unenforced CCRs (ID)

Residents of a Twin Falls subdivision are considering legal action against developers, saying the covenants, conditions and restrictions meant to regulate the neighborhood’s housing design and upkeep have not been enforced.  Julie Davis moved to Settlers Ridge Subdivision in northwest

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Valet parking squabble pits Alexander Hotel condo association against owner of 40 rooms (FL)

The condo association for the Alexander All Suite Oceanfront Resort is escalating an ongoing legal battle with a company that owns 40 rooms in the Miami Beach condo-hotel.  The Alexander Condominium Association recently sued Soho Realty over control of the

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Aurora HOA wins $13.5 million award in dispute with Texas homebuilder

A homeowners association in Aurora has received an arbitration award of $13.5 million in a dispute with D.R. Horton Inc., according to a statement from the HOA’s attorneys, Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson PC.  The HOA for The Conservatory neighborhood,

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People in 10 condos displaced after fire (MO)

Residents from 10 condos may be looking for a new place to live after a fire in St. Charles County Monday afternoon.  Cottleville firefighters responded to the Meadow Ridge condos and found flames shooting through the roof of a third

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Debate rages in Waikoloa Village about homeowner subsidization of golf course (HI)

When Waikoloa Village was constructed by developer Boise Cascade in the 1970s, it was intended as a retirement community meant to revolve around a golf course. In recent months, however, some homeowners there have challenged the viability and necessity of

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Tymber Skan residents feel caught in-between (FL)

Jamall Davis is one of the residents who received notices on their front doors, making them aware of unpaid utility bills. Davis said he and other residents do pay their bills, and they’re not the ones responsible in the dispute.

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Clayton woman pleads guilty to embezzling $800,000 from 25 homeowner associations (NC)

Diana Kelly, a woman accused of embezzling more than $800,000 from 25 homeowner associations whose accounts she managed, pleaded guilty on Monday to the charges as part of a plea arrangement with Wake County prosecutors.  Kelly, 54, rose in front

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Fight about truck with HOA president gets man arrested (FL)

A man upset that a Jupiter homeowners’ association had towed his truck was arrested last week after entering the group president’s home and threatening to retaliate, town police said.  John Whitelock Tellam of Miami faces charges of simple assault and

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North Side neighbors clear brush, protect against wildfire (TX)

A spark of community spirit could help save a North Side neighborhood from the spark of a wildfire.  Volunteers from the El Chapparal/Fertile Valley Homeowners Association gathered Saturday for a day of clearing brush. Helped by the San Antonio Fire

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As homeowner associations disband, some residents cite decline (FL)

Less than a mile from Orlando’s so-called “restaurant row” on Sand Lake Road stands a community divided.  On one side of Banyan Boulevard are East Bay neighborhood homes with lush green lawns; on the other side are Sand Lake Hills

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Family debating HOA over Christmas wreath fine (NV)

A man living in the Arroyo Canyon subdivision near the 215 Beltway and Hualapai Way says his homeowners association is threatening to fine him $100 over a decorative wreath.  Milan Thakkar says his wife picked out the wreaths to decorate

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HOA Homefront: Being a volunteer means no profiteering (CA)

Q:  A board member also owns several properties elsewhere. A homeowners association vendor told me that this director demands, and gets, “discounts” from the vendor for work done on the director’s other properties. This is certainly ethically questionable as I

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Can board help with complaint of loud noise?

Q: My neighbor is keeping me up at night with loud talking and video games. He lives above me and the condominium seems disinterested in this nuisance. What can I do?   Read the Q&A…………….

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Association can act to protect property from damage

Q. I recently received a warning from my association advising me I better get rid of my car since it is leaking oil and making the driveway “dirty.” After I was done laughing over their complaint because “it’s a driveway,”

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Dozens of families forced out of Colchester neighborhood (VT)

The legal battle centers on an abandoned property along East Lakeshore Drive. After 2011 flooding, the bank around the house was damaged. Mongeon Bay Properties sued the homeowners association, wanting to terminate its rental agreement covering all of the residents.

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Ask An Expert: About Your Condo, HOA Rules

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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Condo association must defend against foreclosure lawsuit

Q: A lender has filed a foreclosure suit against a condominium owner in our complex. The lender also has sued our association. It costs our community money to hire a lawyer, and I don’t see how our association is involved,

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Condos find new way to crack down on owners who secretly rent units (FL)

At least three South Florida condo associations have found a novel way to put the brakes on owners who break the rules.  They are using a parking app to do it.  “We have implemented new technology to combat both Airbnb

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Homeowners Association Makes Sonar Equipment Donation to Lake Police (TX)

Wednesday afternoon, San Angelo Police Officials met with Lake Nasworthy Homeowners Association President Ted Logan for a special dedication at the Department’s newly constructed SAPD Boathouse, located at 2022 Cat Tail Lane.  Public Information Officer Tracy Gonzales said the Association

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Unit Owners Look To Block Condo Association’s Plans For Rooftop Cellphone Antennas; Court Granted Temporary Injunction (MD)

The Worcester County Circuit Court has temporarily blocked actions on a lease agreement between an Ocean City condominium association and Verizon Wireless to install and operate cellphone antennas on the roof of a condo building.  The decision follows an ongoing

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The West Ridge Blues: Lot owners look to overcome water problems (ID)

West Ridge has 120 lots, but only six houses.  The situation is such that Grant Durtschi, who owns a vacant lot in the West Ridge Ranch Subdivision, is also the subdivision’s Home Owners Association (HOA) president.  West Ridge does not

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The Latest in Green Roofs: Farm-to-Condo

Green roofs have many well documented benefits. They can make a co-op or condo building more attractive to potential buyers. They can turn a tar-paper desert into a welcoming oasis. And in the bargain they protect the roof membrane, absorb

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Real estate Q&A: Music hits sour note at condo’s public pool

Q: Our condo pool has a rule stating “no radio playing except when using earphones.” There are people in our condo — actually several board members — who frequently play musical instruments and sing out loud on the pool deck.

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Riverview neighbors upset about abandoned home owned by HOA (FL)

Neighbors in a Riverview neighborhood are raising major concerns about an abandoned home that’s owned by their homeowner’s association.  Neighbors say the property at 13522 Fladgate Mark Drive has been vacant for years, but 4 months ago the South Fork

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Homeowners approach board for help in solving Chestnut Hill road issues (MS)

Bad and unfinished roads brought Chestnut Hill subdivision representatives to the Madison County Board of Supervisors meeting seeking help. The 100-home subdivision off Highway 463 could be facing costly road problems. This issue comes after months and even years of

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Proposed condo law reforms need clarification, attorneys say (FL)

When two condo owners went to the Miami-Dade police department to complain that their signatures had been forged during an election of the board of directors at The Beach Club in Fontainebleau Park, they ran into a wall.  “They took

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Pickleball row may be over after Oakmont election installs a new board (CA)

The score just changed in the protracted, hard-fought pickleball contest in Oakmont. It appears that a barely begun project to build four centrally located play courts will soon be terminated.  A vote tally Tuesday revealed that a slate of three

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Helen’s View case gets major hearing (WA)

Residents of the Helen’s View neighborhood on the edge of Ridgefield will have to wait to find out what will come of their fight against a would-be developer looking to build right next door.  In a hearing at Clark County

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