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Harvey victims fighting looters with private safety checkpoint in west Houston

The Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 5 said a neighborhood checkpoint needs to be moved off the public road and onto private property.  The Ethan Glen’s Homeowners Association established it following Hurricane Harvey, just south of Litchfield Lane and Memorial

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Grand Rapids to use eminent domain against downtown condo for river rights (MI)

he city of Grand Rapids will use its power of eminent domain against a tenant in Plaza Towers to gain the rights to part of the Grand River. The move is part of the city’s effort to restore the river.

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Ask the HOA Expert: Can Governing Documents Be Amended?

Question: Can HOA governing documents be amended to allow compensation to directors for their services as board members? It stands to reason that they could be held more accountable if they received compensation for performance.    Read the Q&A…………….

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Deerfield condo association treasurer accused of embezzlement (MA)

The treasurer of a local condominium association has been charged with embezzlement after police say she stole more than $18,000 from the association’s bank account.  Jeanne E. Grover, 46, of South Deerfield was arraigned in Greenfield District Court this week

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Jupiter stabbings were at ‘drug recovery’ center, HOA says (FL)

Tuesday’s stabbings took place at a townhome that has been illegally operating as a sober home, the manager for the community association said.  The association found out about three weeks ago and has been working to evict the tenants, known

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Broken elevator taxes patience, and knee, of condo owner and there’s no end in sight

Since her building’s elevator broke down in August, 85-year-old Doris Toohey has had to climb 56 steps to get to her fourth-floor condo. It’s so exhausting that she sometimes takes a break on her way up by sitting on one

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Millennium Tower is still sinking, and those legal bills are still rising (CA)

As the Millennium Tower continues to sink, the legal costs continue to rise.  On Thursday, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority approved an additional $1.5 million in attorney fees to the firm of Jones Day to help fend off developer and

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Big water bills fuel meter mystery in Ahwatukee (AZ)

Last month, Phoenix officials celebrated the city Water Services Department’s recognition as a “Utility of the Future Today” – one of 25 utilities across the country cited for “forward-thinking initiatives.”  Don’t tell that to some Ahwatukee customers who have seen

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Firefighters extinguish blaze at Harrison Twp. condo complex (MI)

Fire crews worked in searing heat Saturday afternoon to extinguish an accidental fire that caused an estimated $300,000 in damage to a Harrison Township condominium complex.  Firefighters were called out about 3:30 p.m. to Island View Estates on Jefferson Avenue

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Does the association’s insurance cover hurricane damages to building exteriors?

Q: I am a member of the board of directors of the condominium association which governs the community in which I reside. While we were preparing for Hurricane Irma questions arose relating to insurance coverage for damages caused to the

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Two dead, one injured in condo fire on Milwaukee’s far north side (WI)

Two people are dead and a third person is hurt after a fire on Milwaukee’s far north side.  The call came in before 5 a.m. on Sunday, September 24th. Crews arrived to the condo at Swan Road and Allyn Street

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Summerlin condominiums erupt in flames, require 2-alarm response (NV)

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue firefighters doused flames that were spreading quickly at a Summerlin condominium complex Saturday morning.  Multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting flames and heavy smoke coming out of a Marquesa Condos unit on 7300 Pirates Cove Road, near

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What really constitutes a commercial vehicle? Time for a clearer answer when it come to condos (VA)

What’s the difference between a sedan with a commercial logo on its door and a truck weighing more than 26,000 pounds?  There is no difference, according to many condo associations: Both are considered commercial vehicles by such associations’ rules, and

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No more free water for Bossier City subdivisions (LA)

The City of Bossier City will no longer subsidize water for certain residential neighborhoods’ landscaping needs, a practice it says has caused a “significant loss” to the general fund.  The Bossier City Council on Tuesday agreed to revoke a 1993

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All I really know about condo life I learned in kindergarten (NH)

Life in condominium associations is usually much easier that some make it. From the owner complaining about the maintenance responsibility of doors and windows without any knowledge of the boundaries, to owners who believe they can do anything to or

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HOA Homefront: Conflicts of interest and when to step aside (CA)

If one is involved in a decision affecting or involving that person uniquely as opposed to the community generally, that is a conflict of interest. Directors and committee members should avoid involvement in discussions or decisions in which they have

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Stormwater issues leaving city up a creek (AL)

Vestavia Lake, which sits on private property owned by the Vestavia Lake Homeowners Association (VLHA), has lost between three and six feet of depth in the last 20 years, according to homeowners Tommy McCain and Alan Arrington.  That loss of

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A fix for San Francisco’s sinking skyscraper could cost upwards of $100 million, and no one wants to foot the bill (CA)

There may be a fix in the works for San Francisco’s very own “leaning tower.”  Millennium Tower has sunk 17 inches and tilted 14 inches since its completion in 2008. Satellite images suggest the residential high-rise — home to more

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Small victories (ID)

During an irrigation fee analysis earlier this summer, the City of Victor revealed a clerical error that meant the residents of the Golf Vista subdivision southeast of town were paying too much for irrigation.  The City of Victor charges property

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Restrictions on bathrooms could lead to violation

Q: One member of our condominium association’s board of directors wants to adopt a rule for our clubhouse bathrooms saying that you can only use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender on your birth certificate. He’s been going door

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Neighborhood gator’s removal involves city police, upsets residents (SC)

Some in Conway’s Ridgewood West neighborhood are grieving the loss of its popular alligator, Earl, and a Conway man has been charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits when he shot the gator.  Conway police cited him with

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Community associations need to be hurricane-proof, too

As Mike Tyson said, “Everybody’s got a plan until they get hit.” This hurricane season is confirming the need for community associations to develop the right plans, learn from their experiences and continually refine their plans.  Many volunteer community association

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Chalet Village seeks to rebuild Firewise (TN)

One of the Gatlinburg neighborhoods hit hard by the November 2016 wildfires is trying to rebuild and landscape in a way that reduces the risk from flames in the future.  Pete Jucker’s home was one of hundreds incinerated in the

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Condominium in Memorial struggling with post-Harvey destruction (TX)

Residents living in The Pines Condominiums in Memorial woke up to a surprise the Monday morning Harvey dumped devastating rainfall all across southeast Texas.  “In the morning my wife gets a text message, from the neighbors upstairs… If you need

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Seniors snagged in Villas of Newtown negotiations over historic farmhouse (PA

The township has always understood that the homeowners association would be part of any eventual agreement, said Ferguson, and representatives from the group met with supervisors before they set conditions for the developer in March 2016. But the association was

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Fire Destroys Condo Building At Lake Of The Ozarks (MO)

A charred frame is all that’s left of a Lake of the Ozarks condo/resort, after it was devastated by fire on Wednesday morning.  Black plumes of smoke could be seen rising near the Grand Glaize Bridge, as fire raged at

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Condo Residents Discover That Home Ownership Is No Guarantee Against Displacement in Portland’s Housing Market (OR)

Maricela Ramirez’s story is a familiar one in today’s Portland.  She came to Oregon more than a decade ago from Northern California, seeking a more affordable place to live. Now, as housing costs climb across the city, a renovation of

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Lightning strikes, damages condo in Depoe Bay (OR)

Lightning struck and destroyed a condo in Depoe Bay Tuesday morning.  The manager at Searidge Condominiums says he’s never seen lightning like they had last night. He says this is the first time he’s heard of one strike causing so

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Big Buildings May Have to Undergo Costly Retrofits (NY)

If Mayor Bill de Blasio has his way, owners of buildings larger than 25,000 square feet – including co-ops and condos – will be required to make costly retrofits to heating and cooling systems, roofs and windows in order to

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Dispute over homeowner dues turns Friendly Valley unfriendly (CA)

Friendly Valley got a little unfriendly Tuesday when members of Santa Clarita Valley’s gated community found themselves unwelcome.  Close to 300 residents living behind the gated and the guard-staffed kiosk of Friendly Valley on Sierra Highway learned Tuesday that their

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Partial Building Collapse Prompts Inspection Law Concerns in Brookline (MA)

According to Tam, a partial owner of the complex, Main Street Realty, is in charge of maintaining the property’s exterior. NBC Boston has reached out for Main Street for comment, but they have not yet responded.  “It’s their job. They

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Andover residents go to court to halt Mariner East 2 work (PA)

The Andover homeowners’ association filed a motion in Commonwealth Court Monday seeking a preliminary injunction to halt all work on its open space permitted by the PennDOT highway occupancy permit issued in relation to the Sunoco Logistics L.P. Mariner East

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Trial set for Aspen service-dog flap (CO)

A trial date in Denver federal court over a service-dog dispute at an Aspen condominium complex is set for early next year.  Documents filed Sept. 13 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado show that a six-day

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Bayview Nail Salon Forced To Scrap Mural After Neighbors Complain (CA)

A mural is at the heart of a dispute between neighbors in Bayview.  Since opening in January, business has been steady at Luxurious Nail Boutique & Spa, located at 4138 3rd Street (near Innes) in Bayview. However, according to owner

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HOAs face challenges dealing with deadbeat homeowners (AZ)

Stan Tjaden has lived in an East Valley condo complex for more than 20 years, and it still bothers him to hear about someone not paying their HOA dues.  “We all pay taxes to keep the roads up,” said Tjaden.

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Parents Fuming Over HOA Letter Discouraging Kids Playing Outside Home (CA)

Some homeowners in a Granite Bay neighborhood are fuming over a letter sent out by the homeowners association that they say goes too far.  The letter discourages children playing outdoors on neighborhood streets and even suggests parents take their kids

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Storm surge damage from Hurricane Irma forces Orange Park condo owners from homes (FL)

Residents of two Orange Park condominium complexes on the St. Johns River won’t be going home anytime soon.  Orange Park firefighters waded through chest-deep water, and used ladders to evacuate some second-floor residents trapped at River Oak, 2099 Winterbourne, and

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Legacy Golf Club to reopen soon; legal fight continues (NV)

The shuttered Legacy Golf Club is soon expected to reopen, but owners of the course and the nearby homes continue to fight.  Par Excellence Drive Trust, LLC co-owners Georges Maalouf and Eddie Haddad said they have been working with city

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Sun City Grand residents fight HOA (AZ)

Ed and Pat Stolarz were among several Sun City Grand residents who received a letter from their homeowners association issuing citations to residents with a driveway “border” or “barrier.” These barriers range in appearance, but typically look like rectangles or

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Neighborhoods in west Houston work to fend off looters (TX)

Neighbors living in a west Houston suburb say their property has fallen prey to thieves.  Homeowners in Stonehenge are calling them looters, claiming they return to take property at night after they had been advised to leave earlier in the

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Community Association Questions Post Hurricane Irma

As with many Florida communities, my HOA Board had questions in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Would FEMA pay to pick up all our debris, when should the security guards be asked to return to duty and could we tap

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Central Islip condo residents asked to foot bill after massive fire (NY)

Residents in a Central Islip condo community are upset they have to foot the bill to replace some homes that burned down, even though the fire was not their fault.  A massive fire destroyed several units at Windbrooke Homes five

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Neighborhood petitions to pay for road repairs (AZ)

A sprawling Green Valley neighborhood of large lots and crumbling streets is the first to launch plans to strike a deal with the county to go 50-50 on paying for road repairs.   Thirteen property owners on two streets off

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Water returns to Benton Harbor (apartment) complex (MI) -really a condo

The water is flowing again at a Benton Harbor apartment complex after almost three days or residents hauling buckets from the St. Joseph River.  Mayor Marcus Muhammad reported that city staff resumed water Friday night to the New Harbor Condominum

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What else can be done to prevent deadly high rise fires? (HI)

That’s the question many had at a community meeting on Saturday about fire safety in residential buildings.  City council members requested the meeting following the fire that killed three people as it tore through the Marco Polo building in July.

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Adobe Creek neighbors teed off (CA)

In the past nine months since its abrupt closure, the once-pristine Adobe Creek Golf Course on the fringe of Petaluma’s east side has become a massive overgrown blight on the community, frustrating residents who own homes in an upscale subdivision

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Neighbors weigh legal fight with city over dam repairs (NC)

Fayetteville neighborhoods that lost their privately owned dams in Hurricane Matthew are considering a new strategy to force the city to do more to help cover repair costs: Legal action.  The city says it can’t spend public money on private

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Homelessness group’s Sandy Springs condos draw legal scrutiny (GA)

A local nonprofit’s controversial use of 33 condos as transitional housing has drawn a city zoning violation citation and new legal scrutiny amid complaints from other owners and tenants.  Mary Hall Freedom House, which helps women with homelessness and addiction

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Neighbors say county removed anti-speeding equipment they paid for (GA)

A South Fulton County community says the county removed traffic poles they installed to cut down on traffic.  People in the Madison Place townhome community off Old National Highway said they paid for their own anti-speeding equipment after persistent issues.

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Blue Springs HOA denies child’s playhouse, says it violates ‘no shed policy’ (MO)

A tiny house sits at the center of a huge controversy in the Rockhill neighborhood of Blue Springs, Missouri.  The pink playhouse belongs to Bobbie Goolsby, who bought the structure for her six-year-old granddaughter, Emma.  “Ask anybody, they’ll tell you.

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