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Condo owners sue, alleging shoddy construction (NE)

Condo owners in a Haymarket building are suing the bank that sold them the units. The Option Owners Association Inc. filed the lawsuit last week against Security First Bank, alleging the bank failed to disclose “hidden defects” with the construction

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Parking dispute raises questions of disability rights (CA) (subscription)

Vicki Karr is outraged by her homeowners association’s new rule requiring her to pay to park outside her garage any time she wants. She thinks her disability – evidenced by her state-issued license plate and placard – should get the

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Brick Ridge Estates conflict still not resolved

Several weeks after residents of Brick Ridge Estates in Canton Township met outside the locked municipal building to sign documents regarding the housing development, some now feel tricked.   Read more…….

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Bay Creek (VA) Lawsuit Settlement Terms Questioned

Bay Creek property owners were sent a letter (click to read) last month from the Bay Creek Community Association informing them that a mediated settlement agreement has been reached to the lawsuit brought against the Community Association management and Bay

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Trial begins for Dallas (TX) man accused of murdering neighbors in dog-poop dispute

on January 7, the capital murder trial began for a man charged with killing his neighbors after a prolonged dog-poop dispute. Issues of race, language, economics and age complicate the already unusual case.    Read more…….

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Gilberts (IL) man files slander suit in condo board dispute

The former president of a Gilberts condominium association has sued two neighbors, claiming he was the victim of slander, defamation and conspiracy, arguing they lied about him to force him out in a recall election in March 2013.     Read

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What can HOAs do about ‘inherited’ problems?

Q: The developer of our community has turned over control of our homeowners’ association (HOA) to the homeowners, and we have now elected our first board of directors. We are fielding lots of complaints of CCR (covenants, conditions, and restrictions)

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Eagle Hills (NE) lawsuit to yield $284 payment

The Nebraska Court of Appeals made it clear Tuesday morning that it doesn’t want to visit an internal fight within the Eagle Hills Homeowner Association for a third time.      Read more…….

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Caughlin Ranch in Reno proceeds with program to reduce bear-trash problems

Plans to implement a voluntary program to reduce bear problems through improved trash management will proceed this year in a southwest Reno community.    Read more…….

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One dead, one critically injured in massive fire at Midtown Manhattan (NY) high-rise condo

The three-alarm blaze at The Strand building broke out shortly after 11 a.m. on Sunday. One trapped resident apparently tweeted the emergency as he and his family waited for help.     Read more……..

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Just Ask: How much does it cost Springfield (MA) to remove trash from condominium complexes?

Question: I have a question about the Springfield trash fee. I live in a condominium and the trash is collected by Waste Management. Each unit owner is billed by the city for the trash fee.  Does DPW pay the company?

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Midlothian (VA) home day care may close

The owner of an at-home day care in Brandermill may lose her state license because of a rule change that has brought her business under the scrutiny of her homeowners association.    Read more……

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Highland City (FL) Homeowners Association Treasurer Gets Probation

A homeowners association official was sentenced Friday to five years of probation for stealing more than $14,000 from the association.    Read more…….

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Former Hallandale Beach condo manager pleads guilty in kickback scheme

The last remaining defendant in the alleged kickback scheme that cost Hallandale Beach condominium owners more than $3 million has pleaded guilty, his lawyer said Friday.     Read more……

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Harlem condo board takes developer to task over alleged construction gaffes

For the buyers at one of Harlem’s first market-rate condominium projects, the living quarters haven’t matched expectations. The board of managers of the Lenox condo building at 360 Lenox Avenue in Upper Manhattan is suing the former sponsor, an entity

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Litigation consumes resources

Lawyers for the town of Vail and the Golf Clubhouse neighborhood have filed their arguments with the court and are awaiting the judge’s decision. The town could have resubmitted the Golf Club House Commercial Event Center design to the electorate

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HOA HOMEFRONT: New Year’s resolutions part II — homeowners

As an HOA member, I resolve to: NUMBER ONE: 1. Follow the Golden Rule. (paraphrase: “Treat others as you would like to be treated”)    Read more……

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Condo complex sues Snowmass (CO) over cell antennas

A Snowmass Village condominium complex is suing the town over new cell tower infrastructure on an adjacent building, alleging the antennas are disturbing the views of owners and guests.   Read more……

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HOA denies van for sick daughters (MO)

A St. Charles County couple says it’s being forced to fight for its disabled daughters’ rights. It wants High Meadows Home Owners Association to allow a new wheelchair-accessible van in the neighborhood. The association won’t allow it because of its

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How One Take-Charge Condo Board Successfully Fights Illegal Renting

I live in an unusual condominium. Consisting of two gut-renovated buildings in Manhattanville, also called Central Harlem or West Central Harlem, the 50-unit property is in the city Department of Housing, Preservation and Development (HPD) portfolio of affordable housing. It

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Condo association (LA) sues property insurer over Hurricane Isaac damage

A condominium association is suing its property insurance provider for allegedly breaching contract.    Read more…….

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Little Neck (MA) trash debate continues

own officials will give the Little Neck condominium association until the end of February before ending its trash pickup.    Read more…….

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Firefighters Battle Flames At Condo Near Quail Springs Mall

four-alarm fire has destroyed part of a condominium complex in the 14400 block of N. Pennsylvania near Quail Springs Mall. The fire started just before 3 p.m. on the balcony of a condo at Quail Springs Condominium Complex. That’s just

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What to do when your get into a fight with your HOA

Some of the residents who call Belfair Park townhomes home question how their association dues are being spent. Brian Dechane and several of the 10 residents point to the declaration and bylaws that state the developer is responsible for lawn,

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Summit Park (UT) prepping for CC&R meeting

After receiving numerous criticisms about the neighborhood’s new proposed Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) both online and via an anonymous flier, Summit Park is hoping to resolve some tension in their community with an upcoming Jan. 9 meeting at the

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Condo board says former resident keyed cars, smeared feces on doors (IL)

Several condo owners from Niles plan on attending a Nov. 25 court hearing for a former resident of their building.   Apparently, they’re sick of his “crap.” The group of about 10 or so worked with Niles detectives over the course

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HOA HOMEFRONT: New Year’s Resolutions Part I — The Director

This time of year so many of us make resolutions to start the new year differently. In this three part series, I suggest possible resolutions for the association director, homeowner and manager. As part of my homeowners association (HOA) board,

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Jose Canseco’s neighbors don’t like his pet goats at all (NV)

If you told me way back then that I would ever write the following sentence (below) I probably would have probably called you crazy and then yelled for my parents to kick you out of our house. OK, here’s the

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Judge rules Bimini Bay (FL) developer must sever ties with HOA

A Polk County circuit judge has added his voice to those of legislators and homeowners in trying to distance Lake Mary developer David Meadows from a homeowner association Meadows created in 2001.     Read more……

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Some Middleburg Heights (OH) homeowners want to turn their private streets public

Homeowners at Silver Oaks Estates have asked Middleburg Heights to do just that. Says resident Della Franz, “We’re paying a lot in taxes”— more, in fact, than at her previous home on a Mdidleburg public street. “We should have the

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Settlement reached in subdivision suit (WV)

Wood County commissioners were informed a settlement had been reached in a civil action involving the Meldahl Place subdivision. Residents of the development came before commissioners several years ago with complaints about the roads in the subdivision. After no compromise

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Homeowners group targets HOA transfer fees in Colorado

A homeowners group is pushing to eliminate or cap the transfer fee charged in Colorado on the sale of homes within an association. The fees, typically paid to the property manager, cover the transfer of a unit’s information and a

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Bedford (NY) condo ex-manager gets 5 years for swiping funds to gamble

The former property manager of a Bedford apartment complex was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison for taking funds from the condo association that he used for food, gas and gambling expenses in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

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StillWaters (AL) residents fight logging in their community

For several months, a gated residential community on Lake Martin has been taking legal action against one of its largest property owners. The case centers on the issue of logging and whether it violates the community’s bylaws.   Read more……

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Condo board booted us: Queens (NY) Buddhists

Queens Buddhists claim they’re being bullied by their building. Flora Wang, abbess of the Western Supreme Buddha Temple, says board members of the Barclay House in Flushing tricked her into laying out $470,000 for a unit — and then barged

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Denver (CO) condo struggles without hot water

For the second time this year, 9NEWS has had to visit the Woodstream Falls Condos on the 9700 block of Iliff Ave. for heat or water issues. The first report was eight months ago. Residents said they went for weeks

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Couple Receiving Threats after Notifying Presence of Bear in Condo Complex (NV)

A black bear was found to be getting too comfortable with residents of a Reno, Nevado condominium complex. But one couple from the complex informed the local authorities who in return euthanized the 263-pound bear.   Read more……

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Vintage condo owners (HI) unite to help Food Bank

The Vintage at Kaanapali ‘Ohana, a new condominium community relations group, banded owners together to help the needy by collecting $1,350 and food items for the Maui Food Bank and more than 30 Toys for Tots last week in one

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Wyckoff condominium (NJ) association gets approval to install generators

“Generators are a hot topic right now in the field of planning,” said attorney Bruce Whitaker, who was representing the Cedar Hill Condominium Association in its attempt to gain approval to install emergency generators for each of its 98 residential

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Christmas-crazy condo owner lights up the night (WI)

Photographs don’t do justice to Nate Cannon’s holiday light display that is synchronized to music broadcast over 88.5 FM. Rarely are all 8,500 lights on at one time as they flash, sequence and change colors.  Read more……

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Consultant to POA (AR) board: employees underpaid

A consultant told members of the Bella Vista POA Board of Directors that POA employees are underpaid during the board’s December meeting on Thursday. The wage study was discussed when the board considered the 2013 budget, chairman Charlie Teal said,

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HOA tells homeowner to get rid of metal security doors (GA)

Mathew Goodson installed metal security doors in June after a rash of break-ins in his subdivision. Goodson said just last week the security doors kept out an attempted burglar. He points to a ripped screen as evidence of the attempted

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Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms (CO)

When you picture a housing development in the suburbs, you might imagine golf courses, swimming pools, rows of identical houses. But now, there’s a new model springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement: Farms —

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Luxury Fort Lauderdale (FL) condo bans smoking inside units

When the AquaVita Las Olas condominium opens late next year in the Hendricks Isle section of Fort Lauderdale, buyers will be able to swim in a salt-water pool, come and go in private elevators and park their boats steps from

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Jersey Shore buyers with FHA-backed loans find fewer communities where they can buy

A growing number of condominium and residential communities in central New Jersey are skipping an important government certification that would expand the pool of buyers, real estate experts and consumer advocates say.    Read more…….

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Summit Park (UT) facing CC&R backlash – HOA wants to make neighborhood Firewise

According to a multi-year study by a former Park City Fire District Battalion Chief, the Summit Park neighborhood is the highest risk area for wildfire in the District’s boundaries. In response, the homeowners association is trying to do something about

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South Carolina man wins damages for being wrongly identified as a sex offender

A Clarendon County jury has awarded $890,000 in damages to a man after members of the governing board at his condominium wrongly identified him as a registered sex offender. James E. King thinks the situation stemmed from a dispute with

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New (local zoning) law worries HOA members (WV)

A new section of Jefferson County’s zoning ordinance has many Homeowners Association members worried that future residential zoning will be plagued with the same problems they face now.     Read more…….

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Kiln Creek Homeowners’ Association (VA) Looks to Buy Golf Course, Country Club

Kiln Creek homeowners are working on a bid to purchase the Kiln Creek Golf and Country Club, with a deal potentially being completed as early as next Thursday.    Read more……

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DiNapoli’s investigators find member item abuse by contractor tied to Barron (NY)

The head of the Homeowners Association in Brooklyn used about $20,000 in member item funds for personal use, including paying for laptops used by her family, according to Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office.    Read more……..

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