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Real Estate Advice: The conundrum over condo assessments

Q: I am on the board of a 40-unit condo association. We need to put a new roof on and have voted to special assess each owner $5,000 to pay for it. This has proved very unpopular. Owners are complaining.

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They responded to Trump with a lawn sign. Then came a homeowners association letter (CA)

A few months ago, Bill and Diane Durston placed an “In Our America” yard sign in front of their Gold River home.  The sign, resembling an American flag, states: “In Our America, all people are equal, love is love, black

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Safety versus privacy: the Sand Canyon HOA weighs the choices (CA)

About 900 Sand Canyon residents, many whose homes were threatened by last year’s deadly and devastating Sand Fire, are on a list of emails compiled by their homeowners association to be notified in the event of a similar disaster.  But

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WRAL INVESTIGATES Man who bought HOA-foreclosed homes faces federal fraud charges (NC)

A Wake Forest man made more than $1 million by swooping down on homes in foreclosure and using an intricate shell game involving fraud, forgery and offshore companies, according to federal authorities.  Xavier Milton Earquhart faces 14 counts of bank

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In state-ordered election, Poinciana homeowners can’t topple developer (FL)

Despite a state-ordered redo of the vote, Poinciana homeowners again failed to wrest control of one of the state’s largest homeowners associations from the sprawling community’s developers.  As officials worked to count the votes late into the night Tuesday, state

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Southwood resident ordered to remove American flag from mailbox (FL)

There’s a dispute brewing over a patriotic mailbox wrap in Tallahassee. The homeowners association says it’s not allowed.  The Southwood Residential Community Association sent a letter to the veteran who put up the wrap, asking him to remove it or

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New Technology Means More Options For Community Association Billing And Payments

Over the years, technology has dramatically changed the way community and condominium associations bill and receive payments for owner assessments, sometimes referred to as dues.  When I first started in the business in the late 80s, just about every community

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Wailua condo association wants to clean heiau (HI)

In Hawaiian, “Lae Nani” means “beautiful point of land.” And while the administration and grounds crew of Lae Nani Condos ensure their property is properly maintained, there is an eyesore they hope to remedy in the near future.  Kukui Heiau,

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Future of Millennium Tower’s earthquake safety remains unknown (CA)

Millennium Tower tenants and city supervisors were not satisfied on Tuesday with the breadth of a recent engineering report that found the sinking high-rise could currently withstand an 8.0 earthquake.  Though the Millennium Tower is sinking by an inch a

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Lakewood Ranch HOA hopes to reign in unnecessary irrigation (FL)

All around Steve Ayers’ yard there are hints of what some may consider an obsession with rainfall and irrigation.  In flower beds and under oak trees, yellow cups made for measuring rain dot the landscape. An irrigation pressure reader hides

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Green pool has Georgetown homeowners seeing red (TX)

With temperatures as high as they are, a pool, might as well be a survival mechanism. But some homeowners in the Pinnacle neighborhood in Georgetown can’t use their own neighborhood pool despite paying hundreds in homeowners association dues.  The pool,

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Lake Pillsbury area homeowners weigh in on dam removal proposals (CA)

In a letter addressed to the Lake Pillsbury Homeowners Association, president Frank Lynch wrote that the topic of PG&E’s filing to renew its license to maintain Lake Pillsbury as part of the Potter Valley Project with FERC was discussed at

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Remedy sought for stormwater issue in Macedonia’s Preserves subdivision (OH)

City officials and homeowners hope a stormwater issue in the Preserves at Valley View off Valley View Road will be remedied in the near future.  Martin Flask, who represents the subdivision’s homeowners association, emailed Mayor Joseph Migliorini after a July

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Lake Ozark, Four Seasons take aim at golf carts, ATVs on roads (MO)

They’re an integral part of the golf game, seen all over the lake’s courses. But they can be a nuisance — potentially a safety hazard — on city streets and sidewalks.  Golf carts — either you love ’em or you

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Who let the dogs out? Community members wrestle with loose dog concerns, attacks (HI)

Tensions mounted Friday night, as eight residents shared emotional encounters they’d had with loose dogs in Waikoloa Village the past eight months or so. Many led to human and pet attacks.  Beverley Brand, a director on the Waikoloa Village Association

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N4T: Police finish investigation into Tucson HOA (AZ)

Tucson Police financial crimes detectives have finished their investigation into a local Home Owner’s Association.  Detectives started looking into Cuernavaca Villas’ HOA soon after a News 4 Tucson Investigation.  Residents living in the community told News 4 they feared that

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Balcony collapse victims sue for negligence, claim another deck failed (OH)

A father and daughter are suing Lifestyle Communities and a condominium association after falling from a collapsed balcony, leaving them barely able to walk.  Roger and Arlene Guess are still recovering from their injuries that occurred in late May, at

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Residents of La Bota Ranch suing developers for excessive fees (TX)

Residents of La Bota Ranch are suing the family that developed the neighborhood and makes up the homeowners associations, claiming that their fees to live in the area have become exorbitant but services have diminished.  La Bota Ranch is a

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Controversy Dogs Lynn Condo Association (MA)

Milo will be fighting for his home against the OceanView Condos’ board of trustees on Wednesday.  The nine-pound shih-poo was purchased in 2014 as an emotional support dog by Cheryl Hardnett, who rents the two-bedroom apartment from Pam Boucher at

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6 Poinciana villages to have new elections Tuesday under new rules (FL)

The Association of Poinciana Villages was forced to hold a second election after February’s results were voided by arbitrator Terri Leigh Jones.

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Golf course ownership becoming a tough market in Las Vegas

The list has been getting longer for the number of golf course owners in Las Vegas that have sold or entered bankruptcy in the past couple of years. Many of these courses have been attached to communities where residents feared

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11 people displaced after partial condo building collapse in DC

Nearly a dozen people are without homes this weekend after D.C. Fire and EMS officials say heavy rains likely led a condo building’s basement to partially collapse.  Officials condemned five units in the Fairfax Village Condos in the 3800 block

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Shady Acres residents take step toward lawsuit (WA)

The Shady Acres Homeowners Association, in conjunction with the Northwest Justice Project, has filed a notice of claim with Kittitas County.  The homeowners association has asked for the county to rescind its closure of the Shady Acres mobile home park

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Benson neighborhood plagued by holes forming in street (AZ)

Residents in the Kartchner Vistas community in Benson says holes forming in the ground have turned their dream homes into nightmares.  Megan Hege said she first began to notice the issue after she moved to the neighborhood around seven years

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No standard timeline for turnover from developer (& other questions) (FL)

Q: Our community turned over from developer control roughly six months ago and the board is still trying to wrap up loose ends. Shouldn’t this be done by now?      Read the Q&A……….

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Phoenix woman forced from condo after complex sold to investor (AZ)

“So, this is my first home. It’s all paid off, no mortgage. So, I put a lot of love into it and a lot of time and love into it,” said Hoogervorst.  Imagine her surprise when she got a letter

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I-Team: Dozens of renters of HOA foreclosure properties evicted amid dispute over title ownership (FL)

In Florida, homeowners’ associations can foreclose on homes when owners don’t pay their dues…sometimes for as little as a few thousand dollars.  Investors who buy the liens get temporary titles and can rent those houses until banks foreclose.  But as

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HOA Homefront: Readers ask if board elections and votes for loan are fair?

Q: I own units in many different HOAs, including one in Huntington Beach. The HOA board has recently promulgated new rules regarding qualifications required for being elected to the board, and only owners who live on-site in the development are

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Longborough homeowners respond to backlash over new sign (SC)

Residents in the Longborough neighborhood spoke out on Friday following backlash seen on Facebook regarding a new sign in the community.  The sign designates a dirt trail and dock as private property owned by the Longborough Homeowner’s Association.  Anyone who

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Remedy sought for stormwater issue in Macedonia’s Preserves subdivision (OH)

City officials and homeowners hope a stormwater issue in the Preserves at Valley View off Valley View Road will be remedied in the near future.  Martin Flask, who represents the subdivision’s homeowners association, emailed Mayor Joseph Migliorini after a July

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Mt. Pleasant neighborhood split over solution for goose controversy (SC)

Residents in Belle Hall Plantation are split down the middle after rumors about a homeowners association plan to kill geese have been circulating throughout the neighborhood.  Some residents agree with managing the goose population while others claim that it is

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City of Pflugerville will not purchase Blackhawk Golf Club (TX)

The future of the Blackhawk Golf Club remains in jeopardy following a statement from the city that it has no interest in purchasing the beleaguered property.  City spokeswoman Terri Toledo said city officials are unable to find a viable option

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West Palm tile tussle: Woman, 79, livid over $2,100 ‘maintenance’ fee (FL)

Condo politics can turn a bucolic setting into a bubonic one.  That’s pretty much what happened this week at Portofino, a 10-story building next to Currie Park, in West Palm’s Northwood neighborhood, when 79-year-old Mary Ellen Eykel and several like-minded

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Legal issues continue to plague Walden Lake golf course (FL)

For most, it would be a no-brainer, a dream come true. For $10 you could have the chance to restore a once celebrated golf course and country club to the glory of its heyday, when it and Disney World were

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Oakland residents face deadline in dues suit (NJ)

With a deadline set for Friday, residents of a former summer community have a decision to make: Will they fight claims that they owe back dues to a homeowners’ association, or give up and pay a group that many say

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No Trespassing sign posted at waterfront Longborough Park upsets downtown Charleston residents (SC)

The Longborough Park has a small dock often used by upper peninsula residents who don’t live in the private, upscale neighborhood. But the Longborough Owners Association made it clear this week that outsiders aren’t welcome with a new sign that

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Local HOAs Protect Members’ Information (CA)

Sand Canyon Homeowners Association, or SCHOA, is not the only HOA approached by KHTS co-owner Carl Goldman. He is asking associations to give the emails of their homeowners to the radio station. The emails will become part of the station’s

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Oshtemo Township settles lawsuit with condo developer for $150,000 (MI)

Oshtemo Township will settle a lawsuit with local developer Van Kal Partnership LLC.  Van Kal alleged Oshtemo Township illegally denied a proposal to develop a 40-unit condominium project on a site owned by the company. The complaint separately listed Clerk

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Lawsuit aims to prevent new development at Legacy Golf Club (NV)

Residents of the Grand Legacy Community Association are seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent new development of the closed Legacy Golf Club in Henderson.  The motion filed Tuesday against various trusts listed on the sales deed maintains a restriction

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Neighbors rally around couple being harassed by hate letters (TX)

A Denton County neighborhood is standing up to racism by sitting together on a porch.  A single image captures the campaign of support for new neighbors who are being harassed with threatening hate mail. The racist and threatening letters are

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Rancho Santa Margarita resident, HOA at odds over drought-tolerant front lawn

Jeff Armbruster installed a drought-tolerant front lawn including nine yards of pink sandstone at his Rancho Santa Margarita home. He is now in trouble with the Santa Margarita Landscape and Recreation Corporation because the yard isn’t covered with 85 percent

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Neighbors displaced after fire at Moorefield Twp. condos (OH)

It’s unknown when neighbors will be able to return to their homes after a fire damaged multiple condos in Moorefield Twp.  Moorefield Twp. firefighters were called to the complex in the 4600 block of Reno Lane on Wednesday morning on

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Laundry Giant Soaks Clients for “Administrative Fee” (NY)

David Baron, the president of Queens-based Metro Management, could not believe what he was reading. In a letter dated May 17, 2017, Mark Hjelle, the chief executive officer of CSC ServiceWorks, a conglomerate that provides laundry service to many New

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HI Officials Discuss Sprinklers in Wake of Deadly Blaze

Firefighters and condominium owners Tuesday met before a City Council committee for the first time since the July 14 Marco Polo fire left three people dead, discussing potential incentives for, as well as obstacles in the way of, retrofitting aging

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Gold Coast condo board approves $500,000 assessment for legal expenses

Half a million dollars for legal expenses will be paid by unit owners at a Gold Coast condominium over the next two years.  State Parkway Condominium Association approved the special assessment on Monday. The amount each owner pays will depend

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Community without water for more than 24 hours (FL)

For more than 24 hours, the Habana Park Condominiums did not have water.  The HOA president, Peter Busto, blamed a leaking pipe that was found underground near an entrance of the community for the inconvenience. The community is located off

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Mount Laurel residents search for neighbors who lost homes after fire in condo complex (NJ)

After a fire destroyed four homes in the Laurel Creek neighborhood three weeks ago, residents of the condominium complex took it upon themselves to collect clothing and supplies to give to their neighbors in need.  But the volunteers have been

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Tiber saga continues with wave of new lawsuits (VA)

Two months after opening its first finished unit, the legal wrangling surrounding a long-troubled West End condo project is continuing with a fresh round of lawsuits.  Three of the four original partners on The Tiber, a high-end development at Libbie

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North Ridgeville condo owners fight against major foundation repair project (OH)

Dozens of residents at the Forest Ridge Condominiums in North Ridgeville believe a major foundation project effecting 48 units isn’t needed. They feel it is being forced upon them by their condo association.  John Taylor and Noreen Del Giudice, who

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Residents ‘blindsided’ by removal of Torrey Pine tree in Bay Ho (CA)

A 45-year-old Torrey Pine tree was cut down on Tuesday outside a condo complex in Bay Ho, causing concern to some residents who say they were never notified.  “I’m heart broken,” said Eileen Dougherty, a 29-year resident of the complex.

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