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Roaches, rats and taxpayer money: Plan to save crumbling Overtown condos in trouble (FL)

The tax-funded renovation of Town Park Plaza North, a crumbling Overtown community of more than 100 families, was touted as a new beginning for one of Miami’s most impoverished and neglected neighborhoods.  But two years after breaking ground, the ambitious

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Handful of families hang on at powerless condo project (FL)

Mercy Rivera and her three young children are still living at the Heritage Park Inn, even though the rundown condominium has no water and electricity.  They tolerate the blazing Florida heat by drinking donated water and buying ice down the

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Real estate Q&A: Condo building’s insurance policy may not cover individual units

Q: With hurricane season right around the corner, I am concerned about insurance for my beachfront condo. Who is responsible for fixing or replacing the building? And if my unit did get damaged, would I still have to pay the

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West Lake homeowners call emergency meeting (IN)

An emergency meeting was called in Noble County by the directors of the West Lakes Community Homeowners Association.  Over the last two weeks the lakes have spilled over their banks and with more rain Wednesday they were concerned about how

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Landslide in Fenton subdivision has residents asking, ‘who will fix this?’ (MO)

A major landslide in Fenton still has homeowners searching for answers. The landslide happened a month ago and a meeting Tuesday night didn’t ease homeowners’ concerns.  Winter Valley subdivision homeowners association held a meeting Tuesday to talk about how to

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‘DVExit,’ 3 of 10 Dammeron Valley subdivisions vote to leave homeowners association (UT)

Three subdivisions voted Friday to leave the Dammeron Valley Landowners Association after residents at odds with a developer joined forces for a “DVExit” initiative.  Over the past several months, the issue became so contentious that residents asked the Washington County

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Safety inspections delay openings of some Triangle pools (NC)

Some community swimming pools across the Triangle may not be open in time for Memorial Day weekend after electrical inspections uncovered problems.  Regular electrical inspections at swimming pools are not required by law, but several homeowners associations are following the

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23 days: Woodstock HOA puts limits on displaying US flag (GA)

Some Woodstock residents are furious with their homeowners’ association after being told they can only display the US flag 23 days a year.  The HOA at the Village at Town Lake sent an email to residents explaining that they could

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Kass: Decoding condo documents: Know the difference between declaration, bylaws

Q:  Please explain the difference between a condominium declaration and the bylaws. I am a new member of our board of directors, and no one seems to understand what these documents really are.   Read the Q&A…………..

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Ask the HOA Expert: Conflicts Of Interest On The Board

Question: Concerning the possible conflict of interest that develops with managers who are hired by HOA developers: In our HOA, the manager is the developer. We now have a number of construction related problems that the developer refuses to fix.

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Man buys cars to junk up his year as part of creative revenge plan against HOA (NV)

One man hatched a creative revenge plan when he got sick and tired of getting cited by his homeowner’s association. Allen Nagel owns a home near North Buffalo Drive and West Alexander Road. He bought several junk cars over the

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Workers fall after partial balcony collapse at North Myrtle Beach condo (SC)

Two workers fell from a third-floor balcony at a North Myrtle Beach condominium complex when the balcony partially collapsed.  According to City of North Myrtle Beach spokesperson Pat Dowling, the balcony collapse happened at Nautical Watch condos, located at 4515

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HOA’s can fine residents for traffic violations (AZ)

Did you know your homeowners association can fine you for traffic violations?  One couple found out the hard way.     Watch the video news report………

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Bitter battle between Garden City residents, officials over lake access ends with truce

A bitter yearslong battle between lakeside homeowners and the town over access to Bear Lake has ended in a compromise.  Garden City Mayor John Spuhler said the agreement is for the town to drop its attempt at using an eminent

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N4T Investigators: Residents fight HOA over possible missing money (AZ)

Residents of the Cuernavaca Villas housing community say they want to know what happened to potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of HOA dues.  Sources say the money was managed by their former HOA president.  However, when residents asked

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Couple charged in Bradenton Beach condo fraud (FL)

A former president and treasurer of Gulf Reach Condominium Association in Bradenton Beach have been charged with defrauding the Florida not-for-profit corporation of more than $50,000 over a six-year period.  Alyson Colosia, 51, and Javier Colosia, 53, who also own

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Cape condo complex’s pool barrier fails inspection again (FL)

The barrier installed around a Cape Coral pool where two children drowned last week failed inspection again.  The city says there was an issue with the new barrier’s main gate.  This comes as officials with the Florida Department of Health

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Broward official acquitted of keying car in homeowner association dispute (FL)

A well-known top official in the Broward Property Appraiser’s Office has been acquitted of a charge that he keyed a car as revenge against the president of a Weston homeowners association where his stepdaughter lives.  The long-running squabble, which revolved

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Homeowners who let grass go brown to save water during California drought could face fines

Homeowners who let their grass go brown to save money during the drought may have to turn the sprinklers back on, or else their HOA can fine them.  In April, Gov. Jerry Brown declared the drought over for most parts

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Augusta condo association ‘stunned’ by police chief’s claim of discrimination (ME)

Augusta Police Chief Robert Gregoire, who uses a wheelchair, alleged he was a victim of disability discrimination because his street was not plowed immediately after a big storm, but the Maine Human Rights Commission voted Monday to find no reasonable

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New construction brings strife at Abbotts Square (PA)

Hailed as a hero for restoring the Divine Lorraine Hotel, developer Eric Blumenfeld has been photographed on its rooftop, skyline behind him, racking up praise for revitalizing North Broad Street.  Across town, however, folks at Abbotts Square Condominium, at Second

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Judge ends receivership that cost a Miami Gardens condo millions

A Miami-Dade civil court judge put an end to the receivership of a former judge who billed millions to a condominium in Miami Gardens for two years of work.  During a hearing Friday, Judge Jorge Cueto ended the appointment of

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HOA should have to relocate condo satellite dish

Q: I requested permission to install a satellite dish on my condo in Henderson in 2014. I was granted permission, which clearly stated I could mount this on my roof. Now, the homeowners association has informed me I am violating

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Staten Island blaze kills man celebrating birthday, hurts 9-year-old son who cried to neighbors, ‘Help my dad’

A 9-year-old boy tried desperately to save his father from their burning Staten Island home Saturday night by running to neighbors and “begging” for help, witnesses said.  “Please, please help me get my dad,” the child cried out, while ringing

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Troubled waters in northwest Champaign (IL)

Since they bought their home in northwest Champaign’s Timberline Valley South, Oscar Gamble and his family have enjoyed lakefront living, with access to fishing and kayaking on one of the subdivision’s two lakes from their own backyard.  Those days may

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Abandoned condominium in Southeast DC described as war zone, city leaders step in

City leaders are stepping in to address an eyesore in Southeast D.C., after a condominium was abandoned.  “It was something that we should never have in D.C., which is that kind of long term neglect of a building,” said Deputy

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Eight months after Hurricane Matthew toxic mold discovered at the Ormond Heritage condos (FL)

The Ormond Heritage’s claim to fame has always been that it sits on the land where the Ormond Hotel, built by John Anderson at 1 John Anderson Drive, once stood.  The 156-unit condominium was damaged during Hurricane Matthew nearly eight

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HOA fines traffic offenders; videotapes residents (FL)

Charles Rivers and Rachael Bagby both say their homeowners’ association fined them for rolling through a stop sign.  “I admit it, I ran the stop sign,” said Bagby. “I’m not perfect, I’m human.”  “You know at the end of the

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Condo association, owner at odds over Heritage Inn condition (FL)

The situation at the Heritage Park Inn on East U.S. Highway 192 turned into a “he said, she said” matter between the owner and the condo management association this week.  At a Osceola County Code Enforcement Board meeting Wednesday, officials

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Altamonte Springs renters living in moldy condo offered new unit after Channel 9 report (FL)

Renters in an Altamonte Springs apartment said they have been living in deteriorating conditions for a nearly a year, and management refused to help until they turned to Channel 9 to get answers.  Gilretta and Felice Mathieu said they’ve been

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Cape condo pool where kids drowned deemed unsafe (FL)

The pool where two children drowned this week is unsafe, city officials say.  Signs were posted Thursday as a warning to the property representatives of the condominium building on the 1000 block of Southwest 47th Terrace. A 3-year-old boy and

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9 Investigates: Plan may be in the works to fix troubled Tymberskan complex (FL)

9 Investigates uncovered a potential plan to turn around one of Central Florida’s condominium complexes, days after residents there faced the threat of having their water shut off again.  The homeowners association manager for Section 2 inside Tymberskan said she’s

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He charged $525 per hour to save their condo. But two years later, problems persist (FL)

They welcomed him with open arms, because they thought he was their salvation.  In March of 2015, a judge assigned a professional to rescue a 310-unit condominium in Miami Gardens, at the request of lawyers for Miami-Dade County. The “receiver”

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Ousted Malletts Bay homeowners seek insurance payout (VT)

Two dozen former Colchester residents have collectively lost about $4 million in mortgages and other investments in homes they were forced to leave last month, their lawyer says.  A lawsuit currently pending in Vermont Superior Court — filed last year

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To avoid significant rate hike, Green Acres attempts move away from privately-owned sewer system (IN)

A measure is underway to save Green Acres subdivision residents from a sewer rate hike of nearly $40 per month, though a slight increase could still be inevitable.  The Howard County Board of Commissioners this week approved a petition to

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Maricopa HOA Facebook feud goes to court (AZ)

A defamation lawsuit that accuses a homeowners association in Maricopa of slander and vandalism is being litigated in Superior Court.  Erin Meehan, a resident of Maricopa Meadows, filed a civil complaint last year after she claims to have been harassed

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Homeowners’ association prez admits to embezzling $300K; worked as civilian for NYPD

A civilian employee of the Police Department, who as president of a Rossville homeowners’ association used the group’s checking account as his personal piggy bank by siphoning off more than $300,000, pleaded guilty Wednesday to grand larceny.  Danny Juliano was

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Eagle Mountain looks at its role as Ranches HOA dissolves (UT)

With the recent dissolution announcement of Eagle Mountain’s Ranches Master Homeowners Association, city officials are researching their role in serving the neighborhood’s affected residents.  Though it’s been suggested by some on social media outlets that Eagle Mountain is looking to

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Hollywood Police investigating after condo board member gets threatening, racist letter (FL)

Condo disputes in South Florida are nothing new. But in one community, it has gotten personal — and racist. 7’s Brian Entin has our special assignment report – “Guilt by Association?”  For 40 years, Gloria Davis worked long hours as

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Lockwood Folly couple files lawsuit against POA (NC)

A Lockwood Folly couple has taken legal action against the Lockwood Folly Property Owners Association and its board of directors, claiming a breach of association bylaws and its master declaration as well as certain state statutes.  Lockwood Folly residents Gary

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Ask The HOA Expert: Reviewing And Approving Annual Budgets

Question: Our budget process takes place in the fall so we will have an approved budget at least 30 days prior to the start of our fiscal year which begins in January. As it turns out, we hold our annual

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The power of volunteerism (AR)

The latest edition of Village Values covered one of the hallmarks of the Village – volunteerism. Without it, Village governance would be quite different.  Ten Property Owners’ Association standing committees are staffed by volunteers. And the caring goes beyond the

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Sugar Grove subdivision building on lawsuit success (IL)

Signs of new life are everywhere this spring in our Fox Valley neighborhoods … and I’m not talking about freshly hatched chicks or multi-hued tulips.  Big machinery is rolling. Earth is moving. Building signs are sprouting up. And residents who

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Crews battle large fire at northwest Columbus condo building (OH)

Firefighters battled flames Tuesday afternoon at a condominium in northwest Columbus.  Columbus Fire Chief Martin says crews are working to get the fire under control. The crews were working in defensive mode after the roof caved in, according to the

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Ball Father’s Latest Project: Overhauling His HOA (CA)

The father of the former UCLA basketball star and projected top NBA draft pick Lonzo Ball is known to stand out with his outspoken ways and pricey Big Baller Brand shoes.  Even LaVar’s Ball’s Chino Hills home stands out. It’s

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Waterfront Condo Boards Take Issue With City Hall’s “Community Engagement” On Removing Brick Sidewalks (MA)

A discussion not on the agenda, but definitely a hot button issue erupted at the May 11th meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA). North End waterfront condo associations, representing over a thousand residents, have signed on

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Pair of siblings drown in pool at Cape Coral condo complex (FL)

Two children drowned in a pool at a Cape Coral condo complex late Monday night, according to an incident report obtained by ABC7.  It happened at the Aurora Townhouse Condos located at 1330 SW 47th Terrace just before 10:30 p.m.

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Lawsuit filed against Jupiter police chief for not paying HOA fees (FL)

Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow owes about $1,600 in homeowner association fees, according to a lawsuit filed against him in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.  The homeowner’s association could foreclose on its claim of lien on the house if the

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City Files $1.2 Million Lawsuit to Shut Down “Airbnb Hotels” (NY)

As of last week, not a single violation had been levied in the city’s hotbed of illegal sublet listings – East Williamsburg, Brooklyn – and only two had been issued in the entire borough. The city has issued a total

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Clearwater attorney disbarred for misappropriating funds (FL)

Nicole Mae Frost, an attorney from Clearwater, has been disbarred by the Supreme Court of Florida after an investigation found the attorney culpable in mishandling and misappropriating client funds in two matters.  In both matters, Frost was the representative for

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