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Realty employee allegedly embezzled $100,000+ from Rio Rancho homeowners association (NM)

For weeks, Rio Rancho police have investigated a business they say embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from property owners and homeowners associations. Meanwhile, associations are dealing with the consequences of reportedly mismanaged funds.     Read more………

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FHA Extends Condo Lending Guidelines Through 2016

The Federal Housing Administration has announced it will be extending its condo approval guidelines through 2016, the administration announced through mortgagee letter 2014-17 this week.  There will be no changes to condo lending guidelines under the FHA from the most

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Meeting puts the focus on HOA rights (NC)

Residents fed up with their homeowners association will have a chance Sept. 16 to learn about pending legislation in the N.C. General Assembly that might change how associations conduct business.     Read more……..

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HOAs vs. lawyers (FL)

A new Florida law will allow homeowner association managers statewide to continue performing aspects of their jobs that attorneys had argued should have been their purview.    Read more………

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Questions and concerns about animals

Hi Kelly: Our HOA will not impose stricter fines (currently $100) for dog owners whose dogs leave waste and damage the property. They hired a person who goes around weekly doing some cleanup, and I have to pay for that

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Florida condo owners being forced out make plea to governor

Florida condominium owners in danger of losing their homes are making a final desperate plea, hoping that Gov. Rick Scott will intervene.   These owners are not in foreclosure, nor are they behind on their mortgages. Instead they are being threatened

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Homeowners Upset Over Six-Month Water Leak (TX)

SAWS tells us they sent a technician out to the site Friday and confirmed this wasn’t caused by one of their meters. They say it’s an irrigation leak, and they called the homeowners association to tell them they’re responsible for

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Condo association suing city (FL), landlord over claim over 100 downtown parking spaces

Downtown parking spots can be hard to find in Boca and now 100 spots there are going to be the focus of a federal case.  Earlier this month, Palmetto Place at Mizner Park Condominium Association filed suit against the city

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Housing complexes that became condos raise complicated issues (AZ)

Many multihousing complexes “went condo” a few years ago, but after the market dipped, many of those units reverted back to rentals — creating complex maintenance and leasing issues. We split this column over two weeks; last week we covered

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Seacoast Shores hashes out finances (MA)

Seacoast Shores residents will have another opportunity to hear the state of the neighborhood’s waterfront properties after some residents had to be turned away from two packed meetings last weekend.  The Seacoast Shores Association board will hold a third meeting

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Proposed mosque settlement vetted before Stonegate residents (CT)

Stonegate Condominium residents discussed with their board behind closed doors at City Hall on Thursday evening a proposed settlement that would allow construction of a mosque on Fillow Street.    Read more………

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Unpaid bills could leave HOA residents with garbage, without water (WA)

More than 135 homeowners in the Lyons Park community in north Spokane development are facing having their water shut off because their homeowners association hasn’t been paying their water bills.    Read more……. 

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Jennings (FL) couple getting sick of hog smell

Cresencia and Josefino Ferrer recently moved from California to a residence along CR 152 in the Timberlake subdivision in Jennings and they aren’t happy about one of their neighbors who has numerous hogs and hog pens on their property. The

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Condo owners plead for fix to forced apartment sales (FL)

Homeowners from across the state packed state Rep. Carl Zimmermann’s district office Wednesday to call on Gov. Rick Scott to fix a law they say is causing thousands of Floridians to lose their homes.   Read more………

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Possible sinkhole concerns Hardin Valley (TN) neighbors

Homeowners in a Hardin Valley neighborhood are concerned about a possible sinkhole in their backyards. About a dozen of them are now involved in a lawsuit against developers and the homeowners association.   Read more………

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Condo association changes tune after media pressure (AZ)

A Boy Scout’s project to put-up a flag pole at his high school came to a halt, all because a condo association demanded more insurance coverage.  However, the association changed its tune, after receiving pressure from CBS 5 News and

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Potomac (MD) neighborhood fights to stop Pepco tree cutting

Pepco is taking aim on a Potomac neighborhood. It plans to cut down more than a hundred trees right out of people’s own backyards. Now, neighbors are fighting back against what they say amounts to deforestation.   Read more………

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Jefferson Parish Council (LA) orders Metairie condo demolished while court case proceeds

The Jefferson Parish Council on Wednesday ordered the demolition of the vacant Garden Terrace condominium building in Metairie, even as the parish’s lawsuit against the owners proceeds in court. The owners have five days to appeal the demolition order.  

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Rep. Carl Zimmermann calls on Gov. Rick Scott to help condo owners (FL)

Condominium owners at Madison Oaks in Palm Harbor could be the latest to lose their homes due to a 2007 loophole in state law.  Read more……..

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The K&D Group, CEO Douglas Price settle lawsuit with Stonebridge condo owners for $12 million and property

The parties in a contentious lawsuit filed by 80 Stonebridge Towers condominium owners against The K&D Group settled the case for $12 million in cash and other considerations on Wednesday.  Read more………

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Board takes no action to repeal opinion on HOA fees (NV)

A state board that oversees the operation of Nevada’s common interest communities voted Wednesday to take no action to repeal its advisory opinion that says collection and attorney costs can be recovered as part of a super priority lien for

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Giving electric vehicle owners a charge (ON)

Electric vehicles have been on the market for three years in Canada. Enter Plug’n Drive, a not-for-profit whose mission is to accelerate the penetration of those vehicles into the consumer market.    Read more……..

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Park Ridge (IL) residents decry taxes without services

Almost 2,500 Park Ridge residents who live in condominiums or in developments pay property taxes to the city but don’t receive the same public works maintenance as others.  In such cases, the owners’ association — and not the city —

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HOA thwarts Boy Scout’s American flag project (AZ)

Before work could begin, Tucker needed approval from the Coronado Professional Condominium Association, which sets rules for the commercial complex on Dysart and Osborn roads where the school and four businesses are located.  But the association requested additional insurance, which

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Greensboro (NC) wants Heritage House declared ‘blighted’

The City Council took its first step Tuesday toward buying the now-shuttered condominium complex.  It wants Heritage House declared a “blighted property,” a process that could prove lengthy, complicated and expensive.   Read more……

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Separate Doors for Condo Owners and Renters Create Affordable Housing Dilemma (NY)

A 33-story glass tower rising on Manhattan’s waterfront will offer all the extras that a condo buyer paying up to $25 million would expect — hotel-style concierge services, entertainment rooms, and unobstructed views of the Hudson River and miles beyond.

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Lake of the Pines (CA) vet wins right to continue woodworking hobby

A Lake of the Pines veteran, whose fight with his homeowners association sparked offers of help from near and far, has won the right to continue building furniture for military families in his garage.   Read more……..

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Defunct homeowners’ group poses dilemma for Wallingford (CT) residents

Earlier this month, a large tree fell from a wooded area and damaged a playscape in the backyard of Patty and David Kaplan’s Whiffle Tree Road home. While there were no injuries —the couple’s three young children were not in the

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Despite drought, Indio (CA) development requires grass

While agencies throughout the Coachella Valley and across California are issuing mandatory water restrictions in a desperate response to the state’s historic drought, one homeowners’ association in Indio is moving forward with regulations requiring land owners to install and water

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Resident protests delay new covenants, restrictions for Meadows of Wildwood (MO)

On Aug. 11, dozens of residents showed up for the Wildwood City Council meeting to voice concerns over pending legislation that includes revised covenants and restrictions for the Meadows of Wildwood subdivision.   Read more………

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Shorewood (MN) is buzzing with bee supporters

Only weeks after the City Council approveded a resolution to plant bee-friendly plants and ban neonicotinoid pesticides on city property, a Shorewood homeowners association decided to do its part in helping the bees.    Read more……..

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Drought measure won’t go unpunished (CA)

Drought-conscious California officials are rallying behind a San Francisco Bay Area woman who replaced her lawn with low-water native plants, then was hit with a fine from her homeowners association.  Read more…….

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Troubled waters at Seacoast Shores (MA)

An argument over a beach, access to the water and a $1.2 million clubhouse has roiled residents of the Seacoast Shores neighborhood, where families who have owned modest summer homes for generations say they’re tired of supporting a building they

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Same community, different rules? (AZ)

Arizona’s condominium boom a few years ago led to a number of rental apartments being converted to for-sale condos, which can lead to a lot of confusion now that many of those have reverted back to rentals.    Read more………

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Gurgaon (India) pet lovers take on RWA over poop fine

Pet owners in Close North condominium in Gurgaon’s posh Nirvana Country have taken on the the residents’ welfare association (RWA) over “dog poop” fine, citing an Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) circular which prohibits housing societies from forming laws

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Clearwood Residents Question Election (WA)

Members of the Clearwood Community Association — a homeowners association in the gated Clearwood community surrounding Clear Lake south of Yelm — are crying foul over an election extension they allege violates the association’s bylaws.   Read more……..

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Florida community associations tackle drones, medical marijuana

Community associations in Florida are preparing to tackle more than the typical complaints of overweight pets and kiddies in the 55-plussers hot tub.  South Florida attorney Donna DiMaggio Berger, who specializes in community association law, said medical marijuana use and

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What it means to really be ‘neighborly’

Unless you live on 10 acres in the country, you probably live in a neighborhood. A neighborhood where the things you do in, to, or around your home can impact your neighbors.     Read more……….

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40,000 Bees Found in Queens (NY) Building

Residents at one Queens condominium are likely to be abuzz for quite awhile after tens of thousands of bees were discovered in the building’s ceiling.   Read more……….

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Residents of Packard condos (IN) settle suit with developer

Residents of downtown’s The Packard condominiums have settled a two-year-old lawsuit with developer Kosene & Kosene Residential.  Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but the homeowners association noted in a statement that the agreement would lead to repayment of

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North Shore (LA) Neighborhood Warning: Don’t Feed the Sharks

The homeowners association for Eden Isles in Slidell wants people to beware of bull sharks in the neighborhood’s canals.   According to an online posting, the association says three or four of the sharks were seen late last week near the

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Has your Association updated its Frequently Asked Questions and Answers Sheet? (FL)

Many associations are not diligent in timely updating their Frequently Asked Questions and Answers Sheet (“FAQ”), which may be a violation of Florida law. Rule 61B-23.002 of the Florida Administrative Code requires each condominium association to prepare and maintain the

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MetroWest (FL) residents may pay $2M to gain control of community

Almost 30 years after the opening of MetroWest, its residents may get control of their community.  The MetroWest Master Association, which oversees about 40 homeowner associations within the southwest Orlando development, is to vote Thursday on paying about $2 million

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Travel costs for Parkway Gardens (CA) manager total $25,550

The court-appointed manager for Parkway Gardens has billed $25,550 for trips to the condominium development over the past 17 months – an expense Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani says should be controlled.    Read more………

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Police investigation launched into homeowners’ association treasurer (FL)

a Coral Springs community called Glen Walk plagued by homeowners’ association politics and allegations of wrongdoing by a powerful board official. Since Norman began his investigation, police have started one of their own.       Read more………

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Condo neighbor ‘masterful’ in ‘freaky’ video (OR)

Mitchell Brown said his condo association board neighbor won’t stop harassing him. He said she screams at him and calls him names.  But what bothers him the most is that Lazette Harnish was seen on video from inside his condo

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Case of the leaking corpse: Court won’t revisit condo owner claim against insurer (FL)

The 4th District Court of Appeal on Wednesday said it won’t reexamine its April decision concerning Judy Rodrigo’s long battle with State Farm.  Rodrigo’s condo neighbor died in 2007 and the woman’s body decomposed before it was discovered. This resulted

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Homeowners being told to tear down patio covers in place for years (NV)

They say the sins of the father are visited upon the son. And that seems to be just what’s happening in a central valley home owners association. As Chief Investigator Darcy Spears reports, homeowners are caught between the past and present, battling

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Oswego (IL) may take control of private streets in subdivision

The village of Oswego is considering taking ownership of several private streets in the Ogden Falls subdivision. The Village Board recently authorized staff to begin the process to accept ownership of nine streets that have been owned and maintained by the

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Vultures help clean up fish kills in Parrish ponds (FL)

River Plantation, a deed-restricted residential community in the heart of rural Parrish, reportedly experienced a fish kill in three community stormwater retention ponds over the weekend.   Read more………

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