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HOAs, residents do battle in some areas (AZ)

In a perfect world, planned communities – conceived by builders and governed by HOAs – tick like a fine timepiece.  Everyone gets along. Everyone wants what’s best.  Homeowners pay their dues. The management company manicures the common grounds.  HOA neighborhoods

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Former ITD official resigns (ID)

Facing felony theft and fraud charges, Idaho Transportation Department business manager Scott Fellom has resigned.  Fellom is accused of embezzling $13,363.85 in forged checks from the Sunset Ridge Homeowners Association in Post Falls. He was the treasurer of Sun Ridge,

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Assistance animals and fair housing: Legislation seeks clarity (VA)

Assistance animals in rental properties and condo units frequently arise as the topic of conversation within common interest communities. In condo associations, the declarations will often contain restrictions on the kinds of animals that unit owners and/or tenants may have

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Westport by the Sea condos erosion — the fix is in — again (WA)

A temporary fix for erosion issues at Westport by the Sea Homeowners Association Phase 3 was recently completed in front of the condominium complex at the foot of West Ocean Avenue in Westport. January storms that included high tides, wild

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BEWARE: Certain Acts of Community Management Companies Constitute the Unauthorized Practice of Law in South Carolina

In an opinion expected to affect community management companies and owners’ associations throughout the State, the South Carolina Supreme Court has provided clarification as to what it deems to constitute the unauthorized practice of law, particularly as it relates to

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Houston condo residents concerned after mailboxes tampered during tax season (TX)

The U.S. Postal Inspector is investigating after several residents’ mailboxes at the Sugar Hill Condominiums were tampered with Friday morning.  One resident said someone had clearly forced open some of the mailboxes.  “These two panels in the mailbox were open.

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Conflict of Interest Concerns a Major Topic at RA Board Meeting

A complaint from a community member asking for a director to be removed from the Reston Association board was the source of lengthy debate during the board’s Thursday meeting.  Ed Abbott filed a Common Interest Community Board Complaint against At-Large

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Grand jury calls Florida agency inept and ill-suited to probe condo complaints

In Pasco County, residents of one community were shocked when their homeowners association approved a special assessment for new roofs even though a study showed most of the existing roofs still had years of “useful life.”  In a Tampa high-rise,

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County, residents duel over elk feeding (ID)

Controversy over private feeding of elk has erupted at Golden Eagle subdivision, with misdemeanor citations issued against two residents there for allegedly feeding the animals and a lawsuit filed by another homeowner in response.     Read the article………….

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Multiple calls to fix growing sinkhole gone unanswered (LA)

There’s a sinkhole in Richard Bigelow’s backyard that’s been growing since April. He says he’s given the parish plenty of opportunities to fix the problem but it has not.  Bigelow’s wife is an active gardener. Next to their budding vegetables

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Seawall Decision Divides Condo Owners, Legislators (MA)

A recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is causing friction between state legislators and a number of New Seabury condominium owners struggling with the effects of coastal erosion on Nantucket Sound.  In 2014, the Mashpee Conservation Commission and

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Woods Landing Association earns Best Community Board award (NJ)

The Horizons at Woods Landing development in Mays Landing has endured a dramatic roller coaster ride since construction began on the first home in 2004. On Thursday, Feb. 16 the adult community’s Homeowners Association received an award that signaled that

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‘Concerns’ Among Homeowners as ‘Captain Jack LLC’ Now Owns More Than 10 Percent of Heritage Hill Condos (CT)

Though it remains unclear what designs, if any, a New Canaan man has on the Heritage Hill Road condominiums that he’s been buying up since early-2016 through a limited liability company, the homeowners association there appears to have taken steps

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Tornado damage forces condo owners out of North Side complex for “upwards of a year” (TX)

It’s been four days since five tornados hit the area, and now people living at some North Side condominiums are finding out that it will be along time until they can come back home.  Condo owners at Chateau Dijon received

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Family forced from home over $150 HOA fee (FL)

A Hillsborough County judge handed down a heartbreaking decision for a Riverview family. The Lopezes are being forced from their home by foreclosure, all because of a $150 missed homeowners’ association payment.  “This is my home and where I grew

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Aliso Creek banks in Lake Forest losing ground after storms (CA)

John Pherrin approached the western bank of Aliso Creek near his home in the Woodside neighborhood and noted the changes.  Trees and pieces of concrete had piled into the creek and slopes on both sides had eroded over the past

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Chesapeake HOA fires security company after guard charged in death of Pokemon Go player (VA)

We have new details in the shooting death of Jiansheng Chen, a 60-year-old Pokemon Go player who was allegedly shot by a security guard in his own Chesapeake neighborhood.  News 3 is the first to learn the homeowner’s association in

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Laundry room showdown reveals ‘frustrating’ problem at condo complex (CA)

A disturbing encounter in this laundry room is exposing a growing homeless problem.  On Friday morning at the Mission Gardens condos, Wendy, who asked us not to show her face, saw two women who appeared to be homeless going under

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Thief steals $20k in landscape lights from Odessa community (FL)

It’s lights out for one Odessa neighborhood. Someone stole more than $20,000 worth of landscape lighting, getting away with 63 out of 90 pieces.  It happened in the Belle Meade community, off Hutchison Road on February 8. Sometime between 8:30

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Fox Hollow Townhomes owners meet in environmental court, see what needs to be done (TN)

Owners of some Southeast Memphis condominiums are moving forward with fixing up the blighted properties.  The Fox Hollow Townhomes have been under fire for years for their poor living conditions and the high number of vacancies. On Tuesday, the city

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Kushner trial ends in settlement with Perth Amboy condo owners

A jury of six women and two men was dismissed Tuesday after a judge announced that a settlement had been reached between Kushner Companies and the two remaining Landings at Harborside residents who had filed a consumer fraud suit against

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Dear Monty: 3 options for homeowners in a weak homeowners association

More Content Now Reader Question: Our homeowner’s association (HOA) has bylaws. The HOA is not proactive in enforcing them and has allowed residents to violate, only addressing the violations if someone files a complaint. This refusal to proactively monitoring property

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High Rise Fire at Boca condo complex (FL)

Residents were evacuated after a fire at a Boca condo complex Tuesday night. Fire crews responded to reports of a fire at Hythe B in Century Village West.  First arriving crews reported smoke showing from a four story building.  Firefighters

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Massive fire breaks out at troubled Tymber Skan condo complex (FL)

A massive fire broke out Tuesday morning at the troubled Tymber Skan condominium complex in Orange County, fire officials said.  The blaze was reported just before 8 a.m. and had been knocked down by 8:30 a.m., Orange County Fire Rescue

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Man asked to leave condo after mold found (NV)

A Las Vegas family said they have nowhere to go after a crew started tearing open the walls of their condominium while they were still living there.  Thomas Torman said he noticed mold in his apartment near Lake Mead Boulevard

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Tornado rips through upscale Alamo Heights-area condo complex (TX)

Chainsaws were buzzing Monday morning in the courtyards of Chateaux Dijon, an upscale condominium complex in the Alamo Heights area that suffered severe damage after a tornado tore through the area Sunday night and into Monday.   Read the article………….

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Litigation heats up at downtown Miami’s Vizcayne condo complex(FL)

Tally up another construction defect lawsuit for downtown Miami’s two 49-story Vizcayne condo buildings.  The south tower’s condo association just filed suit against more than two dozen construction firms that worked on the Vizcayne project, alleging counts that range from

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Was security guard in “Pokemon Go” killing allowed to be armed? One side says yes, the other says no (VA)

Despite the many details that have emerged since 60-year-old Jiansheng Chen was shot and killed by a security guard last month, one remains unclear.  Was the guard allowed to carry a gun that night, or not?   Representatives for the

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Geese hanging out at N.J. Wawa upset condo owners

Condo owners are squawking about the gaggle of geese – apparently attracted to a nearby convenience store named for them – that they say block traffic, molt, leave droppings and nest.A resident of the Mallards Landing condominium complex in Galloway

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1 dead, 11 displaced in East Side condo fire, officials say (WI)

One person died early Sunday from a fire in a unit of an East Side condo building, the Madison Fire Department said, while 11 other building residents were displaced.  Firefighters were sent to a building in Sherman Terrace neighborhood at

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Summerlin neighborhood works together to drive out squatters

Squatters invade a Summerlin neighborhood, and now homeowners are taking matters into their own hands.  Diana Smith is the Westwood HOA president and two vacant houses in her neighborhood near Sahara and Town Center have been plagued with squatters.  Smith

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Waldo homeowners group tries to make amends after man’s arrest (MO)

A homeowners association in the Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City is raising money for a man’s legal fees after he was arrested when a neighbor called police on him.  The Waldo Tower Homes Association is trying to raise funds for

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Rewards offered to keep Poinciana beautiful (FL)

Residents at the Association of Poinciana Villages complained about hefty homeowner’s association fines for years. However, the association is now handing out rewards as an incentive to keep the neighborhood clean.   A sign in front of Dennis Bruckel’s house

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Child critically injured in ‘tragic accident’ outside condo complex (MA)

A 9-year-old boy was seriously injured when his head got caught by the cover of a garbage bin outside a Taunton apartment complex.  The boy was playing around a Dumpster at the Taunton Gardens Condominium Complex at 819 County St.

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Ga. Supreme Court affirms Chatham man’s removal from homeowner’s association

The Georgia Supreme Court has affirmed an earlier ruling that removed a local man from a leadership position in his neighborhood’s homeowners association while a civil case continues in Chatham County courts.  In an opinion earlier this month, the court’s

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Winslow students volunteer to shovel snow for senior citizens (ME)

A school bus made multiple trips Friday morning to Heartland Estates, off Roderick Road, carrying groups of middle schoolers to and from the community, where more residents are senior citizens.  The teenagers went to the area with a purpose: to

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Fire chief: Sprinklers extinguished fire in Park Ridge condo trash chute (IL)

Park Ridge Fire Chief Jeff Sorensen credits sprinklers with putting out a fire and minimizing damage inside an Uptown condominium building.  The fire occurred on the evening of Feb. 12 in a trash chute located inside the Residences of Uptown

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Explosive lawsuit threatens the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association over ground rents (NJ)

Last week, Don Stine, reporter at the Coaster, reported that two condominium associations in Ocean Grove had filed a suit against the OGCMA because they believe that the land lease fee (“ground rent”) agreements are illegal and/or invalid.  The lawyer

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West Loop condo board sued—over its lawsuit (IL)

Board members of a West Loop condo association who have been suing to block a project going up next door are now themselves being sued, by a member who claims they’re wasting the association’s money on a dead issue.  The

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Security guard accused of murdering 60-year-old grandpa playing Pokémon Go (VA)

A security guard is accused of shooting and killing a 60-year-old Virginia grandfather who was wandering around playing Pokémon Go.  Jiansheng Chen was driving around at 11 p.m. one night in January when he headed toward the parking lot for

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Lawsuit settlement over collapsed flume/storm sewer OK’d (PA)

Bob Duncan, assistant Lower Merion Township manager, said the collapse of the flume involved four properties along the upper portion of the road near the Wawa at Conshohocken State Road. The site includes one property owned and used by the

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Patton proposes funding plan for Dunlap Lake dredging (IL)

The dredging project for Dunlap Lake has a new proposal on the table. Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton approached the Dunlap Lake Homeowners Association at their annual meeting at the Edwardsville Moose Lodge Thursday night in an effort to gather support

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One dead in Greenfield condo fire Near 84th Street and Howard Avenue (WI)

Fire officials are investigating an apartment fire in Greenfield that claimed the life of one resident Wednesday afternoon.  “During the course of the extinguishment a victim was discovered and pulled out of the structure. Unfortunately the victim did not survive,”

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Trash collection for condo complex denied (NH)

Selectmen rejected a condo developer’s request for trash pickup for the third time, saying they have no intention of changing the town’s trash collection policy.  Warren Kelly made the request for trash collection for his 26-unit complex at 377 Ocean

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More than 50 displaced in Dallas condo fire (TX)

Several residents are displaced after a fire damaged two condominiums in Northeast Dallas.  Fire crews were called to the Richland Trace Condominiums, on Walnut Street near Audelia Road, late Wednesday night when they saw a “generous amount of flames” coming

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Convicted Felon on Condo Board? (FL)

Sometimes living in a condo or homeowner’s association can be a nightmare, but how about this one: a condo president, who has a criminal record, has two residents trying to get a restraining order to keep him away from them.

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Dog waste dilemma unfolds in Northern Va. town

A Northern Virginia community has found itself in a messy situation and it all has to do with the removal of several dog waste cans.  The Newgate Homeowners Association Board of Directors removed dog waste cans from their Centreville subdivision

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Save Club West continues effort to raise $4 million for golf course purchase (AZ)

Save Club West is a third of its way toward rounding up enough homeowners to invest in purchasing the community’s golf course.  But Jim Lindstrom, the group’s leader, has one eye on the calendar as he continues to see if

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Woodlands set for new water, sewer (NY)

A state Health Department official Tuesday night encouraged the Hornellsville Town Board to allow the town to take dedication of a brand new water and sewer system in the former Green Acres Trailer Park.  Board members, most of whom seemed

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Holly Lake Condo Community Raising Money to Repair Dam Spillway (NJ)

A condominium association in Little Egg Harbor is reaching out to save Holly Lake, a 10-acre freshwater lake whose spillway was possibly damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 with subsequent damage by winter Storm Jonas in 2016.  The spillway runs

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