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Thieves Make Off With $168K From Condo Office (FL)

Two thieves wearing white hoodies stole $168,000 in checks and money orders from a condominium property manager’s office.  “Detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department, Kendall District have released video surveillance footage of a commercial burglary at a condominium property management’s

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Leesburg Council Rejects Exeter Dam Settlement Offer (VA)

The Town Council has rejected another settlement offer from one of its largest HOAs.  The Exeter Homeowner’s Association filed a lawsuit against the town last year to establish ownership of a stormwater management dam on the HOA’s property. What neither

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Neighborhood installs lighting to deter mail theft (NM)

After a baffling rash of mailbox thefts across Albuquerque, one west-side homeowners’ association decided to start hitting back.  The neighborhood is using a weapon anyone can buy. It is the tool home security experts often say is one of the

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LM Funding, business built on condo fee delinquencies, struggles as real estate recovers (FL)

As the real estate market grows stronger, LM Funding finds its business getting tougher.  Revenues for 2016 fell to $4.9 million from $7 million in 2015, while in the fourth quarter revenues dropped to $881,000 from $1.7 million. The company

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One dies, three injured in Montgomery condo fire (MD)

One person died and three others were injured in a fire at a townhouse condominium development in Montgomery County, officials said.     Read the article………….

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Killearn developer wins key approval from community (FL)

The nine-hole course at Killearn Country Club known as the Narrows has been a contentious strip of green for several years.  After all the lawsuits and negotiations, the battle over the course may be coming to an end. Killearn Country

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The Ranches homeowner’s association in Eagle Mountain to cease operations after lawsuit (UT)

The Ranches Master Home Owners Association announced Friday it will wrap up operations and transfer maintenance responsibilities to the city of Eagle Mountain after losing a lawsuit brought by three sub-associations.  In an unsigned letter to residents posted on the

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Defendants lose fight to dismiss Aspen service dog suit (CO)

The defendants in a lawsuit that accuses them of violating federal laws regarding service animals and housing have lost their bid to have the complaint dismissed.  Senior Judge Wiley Y. Daniel’s order issued Wednesday determined allegations against Jack Smith and

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Spring Creek seeks input on incorporation (NV)

Should Spring Creek become its own city? Or should it remain a homeowners association? What would the financial pros and cons be transitioning from an HOA to an incorporated town?  Property owners are invited to a workshop and special meeting

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Two injured in Sterling Heights afternoon condo fire (MI)

Two people were injured, including an elderly resident who had to be carried out of his unit by Sterling Heights firefighters, during a blaze that broke out at the Plumcreek Condominiums on Friday afternoon.  The elderly man, 80, was bed

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Short-term vacation rental complaint moves forward (CA)

A judge has denied San Diego Country Estates Association’s request to dismiss a complaint filed by a homeowner earlier this year regarding a short-term vacation rental in the neighborhood.  Tammy Rozelle and Sean Studley, who are plaintiffs in the complaint,

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County balks at funding West Lake lights (GA)

Some West Lake residents want the county to help defray the cost of installing new street lights.  But at nearly $80,000, county officials says they don’t have the money nor the inclination to lend a hand.  A representative of the

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Mount Pleasant sued over Campbell Woods senior housing plan (WI)

A homeowners association has filed a lawsuit over a controversial senior living facility planned along Highway KR.  The Campbell Woods Homeowners’ Association contends the Mount Pleasant Village Board violated spot zoning laws and did not follow proper procedures when it

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HRCA receives settlement for October fire in Backcountry (CO)

The Highlands Ranch Community Association has received a settlement for the wildfire in Highlands Ranch that it says was caused by Xcel Energy last October, an HRCA official announced at a March 21 board of directors and delegate meeting.  Citing

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Miami Beach condo buyer sues seller and broker over alleged Airbnb misrepresentations

Bahamian investor Martina Abosi wanted to get in on the Airbnb action in Miami Beach to help fund her retirement, so she set out to find a condo in areas of the city where short-term rentals are allowed.  Instead, Abosi

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Unit Owners Look To Block Condo Association’s Plans For Rooftop Cellphone Antennas (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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Florence community forms HOA to fix damaged Bennett Lake dam (SC)

Lake Bennett in Florence is still empty months after the dam broke during hurricane Matthew.  Bob Lynch and his wife built their home on Lake Bennett 15 years ago for the water view. Now it’s not quite the view they’re

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Riverview couple may get reprieve from foreclosure over $150 association fee (FL)

A Riverview family on the brink of losing their home for failing to pay a $150 homeowners association fee has been offered an 11th hour chance at mediation following news coverage of their plight.  Tampa property rights attorney Ryan Torrens,

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Court hearing for Montgomery woman accused of running boarding house

A hearing was held Tuesday morning at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville on the Montgomery woman accused of renting rooms out of her single-family home in the Blackberry Crossing West subdivision.  Both the village of Montgomery and the Blackberry

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San Francisco Millennium Tower HOA Files New Lawsuit Over Sinking Skyscraper (CA)

Lawyers representing the sinking San Francisco Millennium Tower homeowners’ association announced a lawsuit against the developer and builders Wednesday.  The lawsuit names the developer, Millennium Partners, along with the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), the regional agency overseeing the building

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Homeowners Anxious for Hydrants After Massive Fire (NC)

People who live in a Mint Hill neighborhood are anxious to finally have more fire hydrants near their homes.  Last week, a fire destroyed one home. Firefighters had to truck in water from nearly a mile away.  Charlotte Water has

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HOA defrauded of millions accuses law firm of facilitating scheme (NV)

Forty people were arrested and at least three people killed themselves after federal investigators started bulldozing a construction company owner’s massive election-rigging scheme to defraud homeowners associations of millions of dollars and win an illegal fortune off of construction defect

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Man cooking turkey in charcoal pit accuses HOA board member of assault (FL)

A man who had dug a pit, filled it with charcoal and was cooking turkey next to the pool at a development in the 400 block of Ocean Trail said he was attacked by another resident. He claimed the man,

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Aurora condo residents frustrated with hoarding neighbor (CO)

A frustrated and fed-up resident reached out to the FOX31 Problem Solvers, after her pleas for help went unanswered.  She says a neighbor’s hoarding and drug problems are putting her and her community’s health and safety at risk.  The trouble

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Is a condo board obligated to call a vote when an investor comes knocking?

Q:  I live in a 38-unit condominium building. I recently learned that an investor contacted our board of directors. The investor was interested in purchasing our building to deconvert it into apartments.  The investor offered the board a very attractive

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Highlands Ranch resident crusading against HOA transfer fees (CO)

You are about to sell your house in a local planned community. All the paperwork is ready. You notice a single line item charging you $350, labeled as a transfer fee for “unreimbursed expenses” incurred — usually by your homeowners

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Governor vetoes a bill that generated controversy in Spotsylvania County (VA)

Spotsylvania Parkway’s picturesque—and pricey—landscaping is here to stay.  After an outcry from some homeowners, Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently vetoed a bill that could have turned the parkway’s landscaping over to the Virginia Department of Transportation. The 2-mile stretch of Spotsylvania

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Boats Block View (FL)

They bought their condos for a water view. Now their view is blocked by 100-foot yachts after their condo board rented out the resident’s dock space. Legally, can a board take away their residents waterfront views? It’s why they called

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HOA says truck owner cannot park on street (NV)

The latest conflict between a Las Vegas homeowners association and a resident all comes down to his truck.  It is too big for his garage or driveway, but HOA will not let him park on the street in the area

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Condo boards brace for medical marijuana smoke complaints (HI)

Right now there are some 13,000 medical marijuana patients registered in the state and that number is only expected to grow as the state’s first dispensaries open later this year.  Many of those patients live in condominiums and apartment complexes.

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Eagle Mountain Ranches HOA lawsuit decision of $14M in damages brings both sides to the table (UT)

When the Eagle Mountain Ranches Master Homeowner’s Association lost the lawsuit brought against it in March, many residents belonging to the association cheered.  The lawsuit, filed by the Willow Springs, Cold Springs and Rock Creek HOAs, was decided in their

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Upper East Side condo to sue Equinox gym over noisy weights, workouts (NY)

An Equinox gym in a tony Upper East Side condo building might soon be sweating over residents’ complaints about noisy weights.  This Equinox outpost, located in the bottom three floors of the ritzy Barbizon 63 tower on E. 63rd St.

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Trump Tower Condo Owner Fined $1,000 for Listing Apartment on Airbnb (NY)

A woman accused of illegally listing her Trump Tower pad on Airbnb could pay as much as $1,000 for violating city and state laws regulating apartment rentals, officials said.  Yelena Yelagina was slapped with a civil summons when the city

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How far is too far: Do homeowners associations have too much power? (GA)

When we started exposing the seemingly unbridled power of homeowner and community associations, viewers sounded off. We received emails describing HOA’s as “horrible and greedy.” Some accused their boards of conspiring to “violate the law and victimize homeowners.” One viewer

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Collapsed Va. condo owners remain homeless, with few options (VA)

Last October, residents in 32 units of the eight-story condominium were displaced after one wing of the building dropped and shifted several inches due to years of water damage.  Almost six months later, Crowley and other residents in the front

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Two people injured in Myrtle Beach condo fire (SC)

Firefighters in Myrtle Beach worked to put out a structure fire at 4106 Fairway Lakes early Monday morning.  The fire happened around 6 a.m. at a condo complex. Two people were transported to the hospital and one person suffers from

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Fire Crews Tackle Blaze In Shelton Condo (CT)

Firefighters doused a blaze in a four-unit condominium building in Shelton on Monday morning, according to the Connecticut Post.  A heavy fire was reported coming from a second-floor window above a garage at 6 Acorn Hollow in the Tamarack Ridge

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Lightning Strike Causes Fire At Branson At The Meadows (MO)

Lightning caused a fire that forced people in 40 units at Wyndham at The Meadows in Branson to evacuate early Monday morning.  Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin tells KTTS News the fire broke out around 12:45 a.m. when lightning blew

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Condo owners take stand against tree clearing (MA)

A group of owners at the Royal Park Condominiums at 147 Sylvan St. are taking a stand after a contractor for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company cut down at least seven trees at the front of their building to clear

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Dispute over road repairs raises questions in Mill Creek (WA)

Help from the homeowners association certainly added volume to the latest complaints.  Before there was the city of Mill Creek there was the development of Mill Creek.  The nonprofit Mill Creek Community Association, formed by its developer in 1974, now

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Brunswick developer, Ocean Ridge association locked in legal battle (NC)

The developer of a neighborhood in Brunswick County is suing a homeowner’s association in a community it developed.  Developer Mark Saunders’ company, Coastal Communities at Ocean Ridge Plantation, LLC, filed the suit.  According to the initial complaint filed in January

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AG: Fitchburg man falsified wastewater reports (MA)

The president of a private wastewater-treatment company and an engineering firm in Fitchburg was indicted on dozens of charges in connection with allegedly falsifying wastewater samples and test results at three condominium facilities including the Village of Flat Hill in

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Stinky seaweed befouls Palm Bay neighborhood (FL)

Gene Cate once fished a crystal-clear seagrass bed near the dock at Castaway Shores.  These days, stringy, rancid seaweed carpets the banks of the Indian River Lagoon along the condo’s cove-shaped shoreline.  Looks like, smells like — you know what.

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The unwelcome surprise of a condo special assessment and why the fee is needed

We often welcome things that are special – birthdays, gifts, events. But condominium special assessments? Not so much.  While monthly condo fees are an ordinary part of condo ownership, special assessments represent an unanticipated expense that is levied on all

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Gold Coast condo backs away from threat to fine owner over door-dropped letter (IL)

A fine for sending a letter urging fellow unit owners to attend a condo board meeting has not materialized as threatened more than three months ago.  Michael Novak said last December he had been threatened with a fine of $50

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Rio Bravo residents worried about country club closing (CA)

When you buy a house on a golf course, the value of your property increases in proportion to your views of long sloping fairways, picturesque water features and well-manicured greens.  But what happens when the greens turn brown, the pond

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Spring Valley lifts religious prohibitions on condo complex (NY)

The village has agreed Park View Condominiums has a constitutional right to have a synagogue and other ritual uses at the 61-home complex on Main Street and Maple Avenue, which may lead to the dismissal of pending building violations, village

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HOA boards can create more than enough problems for residents (AZ)

Mary Jean Lindgren said she never had a problem with her neighborhood homeowners association when she lived in the 4200 block of E. Brookwood Court in Ahwatukee for 10 years.  But when her neighbor across the backyard became president of

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Miami-Dade-backed condo law reforms advance in Legislature (FL)

A plan from Miami-Dade lawmakers to penalize fraud and abuse in condominium associations earned unanimous initial approval in House and Senate committees this week.  The bills, most notably, impose new criminal penalties for falsifying association documents, committing fraud in association

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Students react to new fence around Townehouses (MA)

Patrick Kamins of Kamins Real Estate said it was the Condominium Association’s choice to put up the fences.  “We put them up to keep the unwanted guests away, to protect the property, to protect the people that live there and

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