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Two years after fire, Austin condo owners still can’t go home (TX)

It’s been 24 months since Denise Hurd has been able to go home.  “It’s really hard to believe,” she said. “It’s been very stressful.”  Next week marks two years since a three-alarm fire ripped through the Dry Creek West Condominiums

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Welding work caused 3-story condo fire in downtown Austin (TX)

After fighting a 3-story condo fire in the 600 block of West Lynn Street in downtown Austin Tuesday for approximately an hour, Austin firefighters have it under control.  The Austin Fire Department responded to the fire at the corner of

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Ask the HOA Expert: Proper Funding Levels

Question: Our HOA recently had a reserve study update which the board is evaluating to ensure that we are adequately funded. What is a proper funding level? I have heard numbers from “30% Funded” to “80% Funded”.    Read the Q&A…………….

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Lake County to collect storm debris from gated communities and private roads (FL)

On Sept. 20, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution requesting FEMA assistance to remove vegetative storm debris from private property, gated communities and non-county maintained roads, up to a collection cost of $500,000.  Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs),

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Sandestin, homeowners reach settlement (FL)

After years of being at odds over various development issues, the Sandestin Owners Association has agreed to a settlement with Sandestin Investments (SDI) over a contested development order.  The dispute was prompted by a change order application filed by SDI

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All Things Real Estate: Check CC&Rs to determine if neighbor can park RV in backyard

Q: I have read your columns in the Fairfield newspaper. I live in Vacaville. My rear neighbors recently acquired a RV trailer that is parked in their backyard in full sight of my backyard patio, family room, breakfast nook, kitchen

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HOA Homefront: When fines are not fine (enough)

Q:  Am I correct in my thinking that our board can set up a fine schedule without the vote of the membership      Read the Q&A…………….

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Speeding drivers on private road cause safety concerns for parents (NC)

Unless she’s holding her kids, Julie Fay won’t let them play in their own front yard.  “I’ve got four children and everyone in this neighborhood has kids and our kids can’t even play out here,” she said.  Fay told Channel

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Coping with a Condemned Condo in Canal Woods (MD)

A couple was moving in together and after searching for the perfect place, they found it in Canal Woods.  Bruno Berchieri and Hunter Owens said the condominium complex felt like home. Until 10 days after moving in, it flooded. A

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County to remove storm debris on private property; may be funded from reserves (FL)

At the Sept. 26, 2017 Board of County Commissioners regular meeting, Chairman Wayne Dukes moved the agenda item regarding storm debris to the first topic of discussion. Mr. Dukes explained the reason for the agenda modification was to save time,

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Residents at recovery center in Abacoa condo given eviction notice (FL)

Robert “Bob” Darigo, the operator of the Christian Recovery Center where two people were stabbed on Sept. 26, said he signed a lease to open in Abacoa two months ago because “I wanted my people to rub elbows with good

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Police: Plainville condo association secretary/treasurer embezzled over $75,000 (CT)

A local woman faces a felony larceny charge after police said she embezzled over $75,000 from the condominium association where she served as treasurer for five years.  Amy Lausier, 50, of 122 Milford St. Ext., was charged Tuesday with first-degree

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Fire at Belcamp condominium complex displaces 15 (MD)

Fifteen people were displaced after a fire caused an estimated $1 million in damage to a Belcamp condominium complex early Sunday morning, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.  No injuries or fatalities were reported, but the three

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One year after Matthew, Fayetteville continues to struggle with recovery

Nearly one year after Hurricane Matthew ripped through North Carolina, destroying homes and washing out dams, Fayetteville city leaders continue to struggle with a plan for recovery.  Freddy Rivera, president of the Rayconda Homeowner’s Association, said two of the subdivision’s

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Citizens seek assistance for west side water woes (AZ)

Mayor Ernie Bunch issued a proclamation at the beginning of Monday night’s council meeting proclaiming Oct. 23-31, 2017 as Red Ribbon Week and encouraged citizens to participate in drug prevention education activities all year long to make a visible statement

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Charges accuse couple of stealing nearly $1.3M from HOAs (AZ)

The former head of a Phoenix-area property management company and his wife face federal charges accusing them of stealing nearly $1.3 million from bank accounts of homeowners associations which were clients.  Harlow and Nancy White haven’t yet entered pleas to

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Red Tape is Stalling Houston Debris Pickup For Residents On Private Streets (TX)

The trash that littered the front lawns of homes, caused by water leaked from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, has mostly vanished, with debris behind the houses still left for pickup. But the street that splits the homes is only

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Controversy in Wellington: Developer plans changes at golf courses (FL)

A proposal to make changes at two Wellington developments is stirring controversy, with some residents saying they’re concerned that what now seems like a simple request could lead to bigger changes in the future.  The two communities — Palm Beach

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White Mountain communities embrace Firewise (AZ)

In 1997, the term “Firewise” was coined by the National Fire Protection Association in response to catastrophic wildfires like ones that claimed 1,400 homes in the United States.  Firewise means having a defensible space against fire.  But what exactly does

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Judge tosses key claims in Centennial suit (CO)

The Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority, the city of Aspen and Pitkin County are not responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs needed to fix problems at the Centennial affordable-housing complex that include water infiltration and mold, a judge

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Former Malletts Bay homeowners cleared for speedy trial (VT)

A Vermont court has expedited a lawsuit filed by about 20 former residents of a lakeside community in Colchester — against their own homeowners association.  Those homeowners were evicted in April for violating terms of a lease on land they

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President of Grand Summit Hotel’s Homeowner’s Association faces lawsuit (UT)

George Fleming considers himself one of the original homeowners at the Grand Summit Hotel in the Canyons Village base area at Park City Mountain Resort.  Fleming said he has owned two units for nearly 12 years and has been a

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Westchase’s Hurricane Heroes and Helpers (FL)

In the aftermath of Irma, we asked for Westchaers’ hurricane heroes and helpers.  And you responded with dozens of names!  Hurricane Irma brought great destruction and fear to our state. Yet, in the days leading up and the day after

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Hole near Lake Nona causing headaches for nearby residents (FL)

….A spokesperson for the city said the neighborhood’s homeowners’ association is responsible for fixing the pipe.  But until it is repaired, drivers in the area said they are frustrated with the roadblock. Many motorists tell News 6 this is a

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Fire Marshal: Riverside Condo Building Condemned After Blaze (MD)

Authorities say that 15 residents were displaced after a condo fire in Riverside early Sunday morning. The blaze caused $1 million in damage, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.  At 2:18 a.m., crews responded to a building

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South Florida condos pass challenging test posed by Irma

One can’t help but wonder how images of Hurricane Irma turning the Brickell financial district and downtown Miami streets into rivers will influence foreign buyers in the coming months. Fortunately, Irma brought with her valuable lessons to help the region’s

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Who is responsible for repairing and replacing windows after Hurricane Irma?

Q: Our condominium suffered wind damage from Irma and the biggest problem is the windows. Our documents require the owners to repair and replace windows but the owners are claiming it is the association’s responsibility. Who is right?   Read the

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HOA fight over World War II tank in River Oaks (TX)

In the heart of River Oaks, neighbors are coming face to face with history without ever leaving the neighborhood.  “It’s great for America,” said homeowner Ken Douglas.  Attorney Tony Buzbee bought a fully functional World War II tank overseas last

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HOA Homefront: When getting rid of termites, can HOA evict the tenants? (CA)

Q:  Our HOA is mandating that each unit in our complex be tented for termites. The HOA is stating that there is precedent under California law to force homeowners to evacuate their residence for a 72-hour period if the board

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Creekside Golf Club neighbors appeal loss; club owners want $524,860 in legal fees (OR)

Creekside Golf Club’s neighbors are appealing a judge’s decision allowing the course to be turned into a residential subdivision.  The club’s owners, meanwhile, have asked the court to order the 588-member Creekside Homeowners Association to reimburse them more than a

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Neighboring HOA surprises elementary schools with $10,000 (TX)

Emmott Elementary School Principal Jessica Hernandez was already busy, working through the first day of school and getting her staff and students back up to speed after Hurricane Harvey postponed classes by two weeks.  Then, as the first day was

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Enormous fire tears through condo complex in Lakewood (NJ)

Firefighters battled a raging blaze Friday afternoon that engulfed a building of a large Lakewood condo complex.  The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. at Covington Village, a community for people over 55 years old, on Sophee Lane. An army

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FEMA rules about gated communities muddle cleanup of Hurricane Irma debris

Mounds of storm debris in a Gotha gated community worry homeowners association president Mike George, who wonders if Hurricane Irma’s mess will ever get picked up — and by whom.  “The whole area really got blasted,” said George, standing in

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Crumbling foundations fixed at Vernon condo complex (CT)

Several families will have their condos back on solid ground today as the crumbling foundations are replaced at Lakeview Condominium complex in Vernon.  Eight of the 46 units are being lowered today onto the new foundation, a project that started

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Canal restoration plan sparks debate in neighborhood (OR)

A homeowners association south of Sunriver has created a Canal Restoration Committee to look at removing some downed trees in a canal that runs through the area. But that is drawing objections from at least one resident who is worried

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Portland Condo Owners Toss Out Homeowners Association Board That Imposed High Fees (OR)

Condo owners in the Cedar Mill neighborhood have won a reprieve from the new fees that many feared would drive them from their homes.  On Sept. 21, at the annual meeting of the Westlake Village Condominium Homeowners Association, the group

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More Henderson residents want to join Legacy Golf Club lawsuit (NV)

A third community association hopes to join the fight to uphold a 50-year deed restriction for the shuttered Legacy Golf Club.  The Green Valley Village Association — with roughly 1,372 members — will have its request to join the lawsuit

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Teen Vandals Wreak Havoc In Howell, New Jersey Condo Complex

A condo complex in New Jersey is under attack. Residents said teen vandals are destroying anything and everything in sight.  As CBS2’s Meg Baker reported, a series of crimes in the Point O’ Woods Development in Howell has residents on

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The ABCs of HOAs… Why not abiding by the rules can get you in trouble (MI)

It’s estimated 63 million Americans who live in a newer subdivision or multi-unit development, are likely members of an HOA, or Homeowner’s Association. They can provide a number of benefits, such as taking care of common areas and maintaining the

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Council members approve condemnation of blighted condo property (LA)

Wednesday night, the East Baton Rouge metro council decided on the future of the Brandywine Condominiums, a property that has long been an eyesore for some residents.   Around 5 p.m. Wednesday night, council members approved a motion to condemn

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Walnut Tree discusses Town of Walnut Cove lawsuit (NC)

The Walnut Tree community is awaiting response from the Town of Walnut Cove after individual residents and the Walnut Tree Community Association (WTCA) filed a lawsuit against the town on Sept. 7 citing repeated denials of petitions for annexation violate

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Illegally parked cars frustrate residents (GA)

Phillips also said there had been a wreck recently in the neighborhood involving a car parked in the street and an ambulance had to drive through one homeowner’s yard to get to a call due to cars blocking the street.

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Cinco Ranch flooding victims: Who’s in charge?

More than 790 of the 8,700 homes in the Cinco Ranch master-planned community outside of Houston were destroyed during Hurricane Harvey last month. In the wake of this destruction, according to the Houston Chronicle, some residents have been left wondering

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Curb appeal or city violation? Makakilo residents confused over community rules (HI)

Like Griggs, hundreds of people in Makakilo have plants, bricks, bushes, even trees in their planting strips because they believe the homeowners association requires them to.  But Griggs says only certain residents on his street were given violation notices.  “At

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Some Honolulu High Rises Don’t Need Sprinklers, Fire Safety Panel Says (HI)

The Residential Fire Safety Advisory Committee, formed by the Honolulu City Council in August after the Marco Polo fire, is exploring ways to retrofit at least some residential high rises in Honolulu with sprinkler systems without breaking the bank for

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Condo War Breaks Out On Maui When Homes Become Hotels (HI)

A long-simmering dispute on Maui over the rights of a minority of apartment owners who don’t participate in a Kaanapali condominium’s hotel rental program has resulted in an arbitrator’s ruling that could force changes in the way condo-hotels, now a

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Shedding light on electric shock risks at Lake Anna (VA)

A Lake Anna woman is working to get the word out to residents and marina owners about the risk of electric shock drowning.  The little-known problem can develop when the electrical outlets and wires on boat docks are not properly

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Broken Arrow man shocked at HOA board member’s behavior, calls for resignation (OK)

A Broken Arrow man said a board member of his neighborhood’s homeowner’s association displayed inappropriate behavior that should cost him his position.  “When I first pulled in the driveway I saw a bag sitting on the front porch,” said Broken

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After Years of Looking the Other Way, a South Durham HOA Cracks Down on Front-Yard Gardens (NC)

What happens when the board governing a community doesn’t represent a majority of the community’s wishes?  That’s the furor overtaking Woodcroft, a leafy neighborhood in south Durham. The argument is ostensibly about gardens, but ultimately it’s more than that: it’s

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Valle Vista residents concerned about ballot legality (AZ)

A group of residents is concerned about a Valle Vista Property Owner’s Association ballot that has a Friday due date for absentee voters. The residents contend the ballots are illegal, thus rendering the election illegal.  “Property owners of Valle Vista

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