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Flooding drives residents from Glendale apartments (AZ)

Flooding sparked by rain Saturday night and Sunday morning forced dozens of people out of their homes at a Glendale condo complex.  It was about 3 a.m. Sunday when the Arizona chapter of the American Red Cross got a call

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Condo Living: Can the board fine me for property violations?

Q: I transferred my home to my revocable trust a few years ago. The Board is trying to fine me for property violations. Can the Board fine me individually when my trust owns the property?    Read the Q&A…………..

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Buckeye Lake-area residents seek storm water solutions (OH)

Fairfield County Engineer Jeremiah Upp and county Soil & Water Conservation District Engineer Amy Boyer have developed two alternative drainage projects. Both include building underground pipelines to discharge storm water into a county-maintained ditch.  One project, estimated to cost around

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HOA Homefront: “Bare walls” or full coverage – insurance brokers weigh in

So-called “bare walls” insurance plans are often discussed in associations trying to limit the cost of water damage claims. In a “bare walls” approach, the homeowners association insurance does not restore unit interiors, but each owner insures (via individual HO6

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Emotional Support Animals can create mess for condo boards

More and more condominium associations are facing the issue of what to do when an association has a  “No Pets” policy and someone claims a need for an Emotional Support Animal, aka an ESA.    Read the article……….

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Oak trees chopped down in Merritt Island neighborhood (FL)

Flat-topped tree stumps marked with pink spray paint now line Old Parsonage Drive, where Brevard County crews chopped down a dozen majestic oak trees.  The tree-cutting operation roiled the New Georgiana Settlement neighborhood. Officials said wayward tree roots were cracking

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POA fined for alcohol violations (AR)

An offer of settlement from the Alcohol Beverage Control Board to the Property Owners Association has been received and accepted, General Manager Tom Judson said on Monday.  The settlement included three fines for three Class C violations, according to ABC

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Condo promises repair, but when? (NY)

St. Gabriel’s Church and School have become frustrated with the two-year wait for the building next door to repair its crumbling facade. Falling bricks have closed a portion of the school’s playground and parking lot.    Read the article………….

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Chandler residents petitioning HOA to allow artificial turf (AZ)

Many people are switching from real grass landscapes to artificial turf because of lower water usage and less maintenance. But some Chandler residents can’t because their homeowners’ association won’t allow it.  “We couldn’t keep it green, our water bills were

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Warped boards? Condo associations require scrutiny (TN)

When purchasing a condo, the principle of caveat emptor – “let the buyer beware” – should be executed to the fullest and not solely for the construction of the unit or even the financial condition of the homeowner association, although

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Weslaco Woman Fighting to Keep Pet Pig on Property (TX)

Mix a pig, a city, and a homeowners association – you get conflict. A Weslaco mother is fighting to save Winston, her pet pig.  A year and a half ago, Charla Layne purchased the pet she claims to be three-quarters

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Condo Board’s Long Legal Nightmare May Be Over (NY)

Construction defects can have a long shelf life. As the condominium board at 50 Madison Avenue has learned, the legal ramifications of faulty construction can live on for a decade, or more. But based on a new court ruling, this

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Presidio Terrace: This is the second time residents lost their own street (CA)

Homeowners in ultra-wealthy Presidio Terrace were shocked in May to discover that their privately-owned street—as in the, lanes and sidewalks of the street itself, including over 100 potentially quite valuable parking spaces—sold at auction in 2015 because of a $14/year

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Only in Brooklyn: Discrimination Against Baby Strollers (NY)

A couple bought into a co-op in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, a month ago, and promptly began putting their baby in a stroller and exiting and re-entering the building through the front door. Then one day, an employee of the managing

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Parents upset HOA asked school to move bus stop farther away (GA)

Some Alpharetta parents say a decision to move their children’s bus stop is putting their kids in danger.  Parents in the Windward Pointe subdivision off Windward Parkway told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik they learned before school started that the district

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Can an HOA require you to keep your grass green? (FL)

Here in Jacksonville, we have a lot of subdivisions. Most of those have a Homeowner’s Association that makes rules to help keep home values intact. Those rules can range from making sure your trash cans aren’t left on the street

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Condo owners vote to sell fire-destroyed Grandview property (NY)

Owners of condominium units at the fire-destroyed Grandview Palace complex in Loch Sheldrake voted unanimously at an annual meeting on Sunday to sell the property, and 96 percent of those voting approved pursuit of a sale while a court battle

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Westbury condo settles discrimination lawsuit (NY)

A Westbury condominium complex has settled a lawsuit that challenged the building’s accessibility for disabled residents.  As a result of the settlement of the suit filed in Dec. 2015 by Long Island Housing Services, the Westbury Terrace Condominium made a

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Developers Say Boards Are Using Access Agreements as “Ransom” (NY)

In a landmark court ruling last year, co-op and condo boards won the right to demand license fees, plus attorney and architect fees, when granting access to their buildings to developers at neighboring properties. That legal ruling has introduced a

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Lawyers Fear SF’s Millennium Tower Could Tilt 10 More Inches by 2019 (CA)

At its current rate, San Francisco’s troubled Millennium Tower could tilt another 10 inches toward the Salesforce Tower in the next two years, lawyers for the homeowners warned in a legal filing urging a speedy trial over the sinking building.

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Laguna Woods Village homeowners association bans short-term rentals (CA)

The United Mutual board unanimously approved revisions to the qualifiers for subleasing manors regarding short-term rentals, targeted at online, vacation-style rentals such as Airbnb, at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8.  The revisions come after increases in illegal occupant violations

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Cambridge moves to restrict short-term rentals (MA)

In the absence of a state strategy to regulate short-term housing rentals, the Cambridge City Council voted Monday night to require hosts to live in the same or an adjacent building as part of a new set of rules designed

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Oneida zoning moves against Minocqua Lake Condo encroachment (WI)

The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee voted unanimously last week to schedule a public hearing to consider revoking, amending, or suspending the marina status conditional use permit (CUP) for Minocqua Lake Condo, after a complaint was filed alleging too

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Mysterious odor from Miami condo makes residents sick (FL)

It’s a smell that’s hard to describe and impossible to eliminate. It’s coming from a condo in Miami, and no one can figure out what making the residents sick. What can they do? One suggestion that works: call Help Me

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Airbnb rentals flourish in South Loop, despite city ordinance (IL)

Despite Chicago’s ordinance limiting the use of Airbnb, some South Loop condo owners said their building has been inundated with people using the popular site, particularly over the busy Lollapalooza weekend.  People came from all over the world to Chicago

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Ripple effect: Lake Jeanette’s sale could change the view for some residents (NC)

The majority of homeowners who live on or near Lake Jeanette say they are opposed to new boat docks along the lake’s edge, but the waterway’s prospective owners intend to build them anyway.  Cone Mills built Lake Jeanette in 1942

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Poinciana Villages residents claim more collusion, backroom dealing after latest election

Homeowners have long considered the Association of Poinciana Villages’ election process to be a mess. But the situation looks to have gotten a bit messier following the Aug. 1 “redo” election.  Developer Avatar, now AV Homes, was again the big

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28 suits filed against La Bota Ranch homeowners over unpaid HOA dues (TX)

Since May 11, the two homeowners associations of La Bota Ranch have filed 28 lawsuits against homeowners who have not paid their HOA dues, threatening to foreclose on their homes if the dues are not paid.  Hearings for six of

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Coroner Identifies Man Killed By Las Vegas Condo Security (NV)

The Clark County Coroner identified a man shot and killed by a security guard Thursday in a Nevada condominium complex.  Trayvone Crocket died after he was shot multiple times by Malik Kendrick, who was a security guard at the Mountainside

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Wrongful death suit alleges lack of security in condo of murdered South Boston doctors (MA)

The families of South Boston doctors Richard Field and Lina Bolanos have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a number of parties responsible for providing security in the upscale condominium building in which they were brutally murdered in May  

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Phoenix Shutting Off Supply of Trucked Water to New River & Desert Hills (AZ)

The City of Phoenix will no longer allow commercial haulers to fill from city hydrants for delivery outside city limits, creating concern among Desert Hills and New River residents who rely on periodic delivery of potable water.  City officials say

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Rich residents shocked their private street was sold because of a $14 HOA error (CA)

Presidio Terrace is a block-long, oval street dotted with 35 megamillion-dollar mansions known for famous residents including Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.  It’s a street known for its exclusivity — a guard is always on duty

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Neighbor still hopes for condo cleanup after body was found (AZ)

A woman is still hoping somebody will clean a neighboring condominium where a body was found.  On June 25 the Pima County Sheriff’s Department was called to check on a 74-year-old man near Orange Grove and Oracle Roads. They found

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Condo owners may need to take legal action against developer who refuses to sell new units

We bought into a condo development five years ago. The condo documents said the declarant didn’t have to follow the condo rules or pay dues on his units until the last unit was sold.  We didn’t worry because the declarant

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Woman killed, 2 injured in fire at West Jordan condos (UT)

A woman was killed and two people were injured Sunday after a fire burned a West Jordan condominium complex.  The woman, who was in her mid-60s, was unable to get out of her ground-floor condo at Daybreak Hills Condominiums near

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Watch programs popular in some neighborhoods (IL)

In the last year, some Springfield residents have turned to restarting Neighborhood Watch programs to improve safety and a sense of community where they live.  The Trevi Gardens Homeowners Association appointed a watch program coordinator early this year, while Iles

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Board can’t overrule condo declaration (IL)

Q. The declaration of condominium for our association prohibits animals except “dogs, cats or other usual household pets (which) may be kept in units, subject to rules and regulations adopted by the board.” Many years ago, the board of our

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HOA Homefront: Failed plumbing? Who is responsible?

Q: Recently our homeowners association called a meeting to let us know they want to change our CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions) specifically to have homeowners be responsible for the pipes inside our walls. They claim they are having problems

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Resident constructs large sign in front yard to spite homeowner’s association (CO)

Disputes between a resident of northwest Loveland and his neighborhood’s homeowner’s association drove the property owner to erect a large sign in his front yard Tuesday warning potential home buyers of difficulties he has faced with the homeowner’s association.  Rich

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Woman seeking ban over neighbor’s secondhand smoke (MI)

Can cigarette smoke from a neighbor violate the law?  That question has landed in a Detroit court with a lawsuit from an asthmatic breast cancer survivor who says the smoke from her neighbor’s condo is making her sick.  Phyllis Davis

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Austin spends nearly $5 million to buy 10 homes in the Onion Creek Watershed at risk of flooding (TX)

The properties are part of the Onion Creek Homeowners’ Association, but since the city intends to use them for nonresidential purposes—purposes which have yet to be clarified—the homeowner’s association has agreed to exempt the properties from dues and assessments during

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Woman carried down 6 flights to safety in N. End condo fire (MA)

A veteran city worker switched roles from ticketing cars to leading a rescue yesterday, helping to carry a woman down six flights of stairs after her North End condo building caught fire.    Read the article………….

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Arbitrator recuses self in Poinciana HOA dispute

A state arbitrator recused herself on Thursday from a dispute over control of the homeowners association in Poinciana after she filed a Florida Bar complaint against the lawyer representing the association.  Terri Leigh Jones, an arbitrator for the Department of

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In Gold Coast condo war, judge orders resident who sued board to pay $100,000 (IL)

A retired public relations executive who sued his Gold Coast condominium board over a $1,000 fine for alleged obnoxious behavior has been hit with an even stiffer penalty — nearly $100,000 — by the judge handling the case.   In

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Truckee-area HOA considering short-term rental limits (CA)

Short-term rental use is on the rise in Tahoe-Truckee, but that may not be the case for long in at least one local neighborhood.  The Glenshire Devonshire Residents Association is considering adopting regulations that would limit the use short-term rental

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Remedy may exist for subdivision residents’ lake troubles (IL)

Residents of a northwest Champaign subdivision who learned too late their two lakes had been sold in a county auction learned Thursday night that there may be a way to get them back.  And not at the six-figure price tag

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Condominium fire destroys homes and displaces 6 families (VT)

A fire has destroyed a Vermont condominium building, stranding half a dozen families without housing.  No one was injured in the Thursday night fire in Westfield. WCAX-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2u7O7fs ) firefighters had trouble reaching the site of the blaze and

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A plan to remove flood water from County Bliss Subdivision is tentatively approved (WI)

The town has tentatively approved a solution that will remove flood water in the area of the County Bliss subdivision, which has struggled with flooding issues for years.  The full board of directors of the Stone Brook Hollow Homeowners Association

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Prosecutors Drop Charges in Westbury HOA Theft Case (MD)

A litany of theft charges filed against the former property manager of the Westbury Community Association has been dropped by prosecutors, online court records show, but officials in State’s Attorney Richard Fritz’s office say Torya Nicole Timms is still under

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Residents Stuck With Hundreds of Fish Dead in Weatherford Pond (TX)

Residents in the Horseshoe Lake neighborhood in Weatherford are wondering what to do about hundreds of dead fish found floating in a neighborhood pond.  Karla Derington told NBC 5 she went out to the pond by her home on Thursday

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