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How long do you have to wait on HOA?

Q: How long or how many phone calls should you have to wait before the homeowners association gets back to you. I have made five phone calls, one letter and had one response. He said he had to talk to

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Condo balcony collapse prompts 150+ decks deemed ‘unsafe’ (OH)

A condominium balcony broke free, fell and slammed into a car, injuring two people and it has prompted more than 150 other balconies to be considered unsafe.  Some condominium owners at the Falls at Hayden Run, a Lifestyle Community near

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Condo owners allege dozens of construction defects at Artecity in Miami Beach (FL)

In 2011, the Artecity complex of condominiums near Collins Park in Miami Beach was completed, despite the developer filing for bankruptcy amid an avalanche of lawsuits. Six years later, the unit owners are now taking the developer, Artecity Park LLC,

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Brandermill residents upset over pool closures, lack of communication (VA)

Some residents in Brandermill are upset because they say while the prices for their pool memberships go up, the quality of service has gone down.  The sight of an empty pool being worked on has left some residents in Brandermill

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HOA Homefront: Can managers legally encourage association members to vote?

Q: Dear Mr. Richardson: I have been a director of a mid-sized association. About 90 percent of the homes are owner-occupied. For the last three years, we have been unable to obtain a quorum. Each election we tried three times,

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Condo enforcement: Pay $25 late fee or… lose your home?

David Silva’s $340,000 condo faces foreclosure because of a $25 late fee.  Silva, a resident at Ventura Greens at Emerald Dunes since 2007, was having his bank make automatic payments of the monthly maintenance fee for his three-bedroom, 2½-bath townhouse

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Palmer woman indicted for allegedly defrauding homeowners’ association (AK)

A Palmer grand jury handed down a seven-count indictment Wednesday against a 63-year old Palmer woman who allegedly defrauded the Mountain View Homeowners’ Association out of almost $29,000.  According to the Alaska Bureau of Investigation’s Financial Crimes Unit and charging

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Minneapolis condo residents want vibration study before Southwest light rail goes forward (MN)

Two years ago, construction began on a new apartment building on West Lake Street in Minneapolis where the former Tryg’s restaurant once stood, a little more than 150 feet from the Calhoun-Isles condominiums.  Vibrations from construction caused cracks in the

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Seminole County residents resist homeowners’ association demands to re-sod yards during drought (FL)

A group of Seminole County residents are crying foul after their homeowners’ association has demanded they re-sod their browning yards during the worst drought Central Florida has seen in 100 years.  The homeowners told Channel 9 that they want their

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Covering The Question Of Condominium Insurance

Question: I am the President of a medium-sized condominium association. I would like to learn more about condominium insurance, and have had some difficulty in getting information. Do you have any comments about such insurance?    Read the Q&A………….

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What homeowners must know about remodeling and the law (KS)

Planning to remodel your home? Great idea and good luck to you. Think you can do whatever you want to your house? Not so fast, my friend. Home remodeling is governed by your local laws. Fall afoul of them and

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We’re entering fire season. Here’s how to keep your home safe (ID)

Residents of the Meadow Ridge subdivision enjoy a lifestyle somewhere between urban and rural.  A brushy expanse separates the community from the nearby Canyon Rim Trail and Snake River Canyon. Here, a snake glided lazily across a cheat grass-lined dirt

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Lawsuits settled in Amherst golf cart path dispute, but tensions linger (NY)

A bitter 4-year-old legal fight over a golf cart path in East Amherst has come to an end, but tensions linger in the Ransom Oaks housing development.  The parties on Wednesday agreed in State Supreme Court to settle a pair

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City holds meeting on situation with ponds

Dozens of homeowners came to this meeting with questions about their subdivision’s ponds, but many of them left with even more.  City staff members told a Champaign neighborhood they need to organize and hire a lawyer. After someone stopped paying

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Lawrence City Commission weighs who should pay $5 million cost to improve suburban road (KS)

Property owners near Queens Road — the rutted and partially gravel road running through a swath of new homes and apartments in northwest Lawrence — may have thousands of dollars added to their property taxes to improve the roadway.  As

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Madison man forced to vacate home after losing court fight with homeowner’s association (AL)

Madison resident Douglas Pegues has been in his Shamrock Drive home for 11 years, but Tuesday he began living in a hotel until he sorts out a court dispute that has pushed him out of that house.  A retired Boeing

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Riverview family wins foreclosure battle with HOA (FL)

A Riverview family has won a yearlong fight with their HOA to save their home from foreclosure.  10News has been following the Lopez family’s emotional battle, after their Riverview HOA foreclosed on their home, all over a missed $150 homeowners

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Five months later and warrantied builder issues still not resolved (IL)

Many regular Help Squad readers are likely familiar by now with the saga of a group of Naperville Carillon Club active senior living community homeowners whose issues I’ve been documenting since early March. In my last column on this topic,

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Lakewood Ranch home in disrepair causes complaints (FL)

Braden Woods’ Rick Askerud looked across his street and wondered what has gone wrong in his neighborhood?  The home at 6209 95th St. Circle E., has fallen into such disrepair the homeowners association is planning legal action and Manatee County

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Condominium conflicts Condo lawyers discuss handling potential litigation, compromise (MI)

You can either stay or go. Sue, compromise, or get political by campaigning to join a condominium association board.  These are the pared-down options for a condominium co-owner unhappy with how things are operated, Kevin Hirzel, a Michigan condominium attorney

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Ex-Boynton Beach HOA treasurer admits to embezzling over $50,000 (FL)

A former treasurer of a Boynton Beach homeowner’s association admitted Tuesday that he embezzled over $50,000 from the HOA, court records show.  Norman Glavas, 70, of Boynton Beach, pleaded guilty to one charge of grand theft over $20,000 and will

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Bad vibrations: How a fight between the Met Council and a Minneapolis condo association spilled into the state Legislature

Somewhere in the closing days of the 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature, a mandatory study of the impacts of light rail construction on a condominium building adjacent to the tracks became something, well, much less.  Offered by DFL Rep.

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Oceano homeowner shares HOA struggles as a lesson to others (CA)

A local woman is being forced to remove a room she added to her home because she didn’t follow her homeowner’s association guidelines.  Sheila Eckert, a special education tutor, has lived in her Old Avocado Ranch home in Oceano since

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On your side: Vacation rental condo booking disasters

Summer break is here but before you plan your next vacation pay close attention before reserving.  Cozy vacation condos can make for a more homey getaway but customer service won’t likely mirror the on-site staff at a chain hotel.  Complaining

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HOA security guard accused of hitting resident with patrol car (FL)

An HOA security officer is facing an aggravated battery charge after a resident accused the officer of hitting him with his patrol car during a dispute about a parking ticket, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.  Thomas Kabis, 78,

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Three pets killed in Legend Oaks condo fire (CO)

Fire crews responded to a group of condos in Legend Oaks for a large fire early Sunday morning. Residents tell ABC News 4 the fire started around 5 a.m. on Golf View Road. While no injuries were reported, we were

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Ask the Mayor: What Can I Do About Medical Marijuana Smokers at Condo? (HI)

Q: I am the general manager at a condominium and some people with medical marijuana licenses are smoking outside the building all of the time, and now it’s encouraging those without marijuana licenses to light up as well.  There hasn’t

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Six evacuated after Fresno condominium fire (CA)

Six people were left homeless Friday night after a condominium fire in east-central Fresno, city Battalion Chief Tony Escobedo said.  The fire is suspected to have started inside a washing machine on the first floor of the two-story building, Escobedo

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Closed Adobe Creek golf course in rough times (CA)

When Robert DeCelles bought his home adjacent to the Adobe Creek Golf Course in east Petaluma, he savored his picturesque view on the fourth fairway of the verdant green links.  Now, as he sits on his patio on the late

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Establishing a special assessment

Q. The board of our condominium association recently approved both a large expenditure and a loan with a bank to pay for it. The repayment period of the loan is five years. Does the board’s approval of the loan automatically

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Dispute among condo board members lands Boca man in jail (FL)

An altercation between two board members of a Boca Raton condo association landed one in jail this week on a battery charge.  City police arrested Eric Harry Shaw, 73, Tuesday on a charge of battery on a person older than

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Two Charged with Stealing from Condo Owners (FL)

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the owners of Vacation Place Rentals, a property management company on Panama City Beach.  “The couple is believed to have rented condos and failed to pay condo owners,” deputies wrote in a news

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Crews battling four-alarm fire in Reading condo complex

Crews battled a four-alarm fire in a condo complex in Reading Thursday afternoon.  The fire was at 52 Sanborn St. at the Old Reading Schoolhouse Condominium complex located about a block from Town Hall.  Fire departments from several neighboring communities,

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1st Amendment Fight Flares In Beachwood Canyon (CA)

The Hollywoodland Homeowners Assoc. is now requiring petitioners gain approval from the association’s board and obtain $280 liability insurance to set up a folding table to gather signatures in a small public plaza, called the Village Green, that the association

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A forbidden building becomes a welcoming community venue

When Todd Noreen moved to Highlands Ranch in 1991, his home backed up to open land and the historic property known as the Highlands Ranch Mansion. Red and green ivy vines engulfed the front of the castle-like building. Critters inhabited

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Conflicting views on value of licensing HOA managers in Colorado

Colorado’s licensing program for homeowners association managers will turn two in July, and the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies is already weighing whether it should continue.  One scenario would be to let the nascent program, which requires background checks on

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Henrico homeowner concerned HOA isn’t handling aging gas lines (VA)

A Henrico homeowner is concerned that her homeowner’s association isn’t dealing with aging gas lines.  For 32 years, Maggie Hagen has called the Deerwood Condominiums her home.  “It has been fun, a great neighborhood to live in,” Hagen said.  But

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NYC condo board suing Equinox gym inside their building over loud music played at ‘ear splitting levels’

Noisy workouts at an Equinox gym have residents of a West Village condo all worked up.  The condo board of the posh Printing House at 421 Hudson St. sued the gym inside their building, alleging music is played at “ear

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Maple Glen residents meet in response to KKK fliers (PA)

Several Maple Glen residents organized a community meeting May 24 at the township building in response to the Ku Klux Klan fliers left in the driveways of their homes May 15.  Though similar to the candlelight vigil held May 25

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Shenandoah Estates subdivision homeowners receive American flags in yards (LA)

American flags have been provided free of charge to the residents of Shenandoah Estates for display from Memorial Day through Independence Day.  The Shenandoah Estates Crime Prevention and Improvement District and the Shenandoah Estates Homeowners Association sponsored the 12-inch by

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Goats to reduce Castle Pine’s fire risk one bite at a time (CO)

You may see hundreds of goats in Castle Pines by the end of the month as they chomp down the risk of fire near the Douglas County community.  South Metro Fire Rescue, along with Pine Ridge Homeowners Association, will be

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State, federal laws support ‘group homes’ in residential communities (MI)

Q. Some people in our subdivision have concerns about an adult foster care facility (sometimes referred to as a “group home”) operating in the community and are asking the Board of Directors of our community association to draft a proposed

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Former HOA treasurer charged with 8 counts of felony embezzlement (OK)

The former treasurer for the Summit Place HOA has been charged with eight felony counts of embezzlement.  We first told you about the story last October when several board members filed a police report alleging Ralph Mann embezzled around $200,000

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Owners face losing condos in Kissimmee (FL)

Polk County resident Laurel Harris and a handful of Legacy Grand condo owners — including a few full-time residents — have been put on notice by their association that the Kissimmee property is becoming a hotel.  The main reason the

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Residents struggle to recover from damage (OR)

It was a very tough winter all across Sisters Country. Heavy snowfall and intense cold combined in a perfect storm to cause extensive property damage as ice dams caused roof leakage and snow collapsed outbuildings and fences.  As local homeowners

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Ask the HOA Expert: Vacant Homes In Your HOA

Question: We have a number of vacant homes in our homeowner association. Does the HOA have a responsibility to secure and protect them?    Read the Q&A…………..

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Toxic algae + sick dogs + dead deer = a quiet Memorial Day weekend on Summit Lake (WA)

The sun was out, and it was a glorious three-day weekend.  Under normal circumstances, Summit Lake in northwest Thurston County would have been abuzz with Jet Skis, paddle boards and fishing boats.  But the sparkling blue water was unusually calm

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What are your flag-flying rights?

In 2006, Congress enacted the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005, which prohibits homeowners associations, condominium associations and neighborhood associations from banning homeowners from displaying the American flag on their property.  The law, which was initially introduced

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Pockets of methane gas detected near site of deadly Firestone home explosion (CO)

Pockets of methane gas remain trapped underground near the site of a deadly home explosion in Firestone, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation said Thursday.  In a presentation to the Oak Meadows Homeowners Association, the COCG shared a photo showing

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Condo associations, HOAs must take steps to address Airbnb short-term rentals

The issues created by short-term rentals facilitated by Airbnb and its competitors have been among the most pressing problem areas for condominium and homeowners associations during the past several years. While most community association governing documents prohibit short-term rentals, the

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