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Bonita (FL) woman says condo association is fining her for emotional support dog

In the letter, the board listed complaints including excessive barking and walking without a leash. It went on to state that state statute allows the board to fine 100 dollars a day for up to ten days. Fox4 reached out

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Capistrano couple drops lawsuit over flooded home (CA)

A couple whose San Juan Capistrano home was flooded with muddy water and debris because of a clogged city storm drain during a rainstorm four years ago has agreed to drop its claim against the city, but the voluminous legal

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HOA (NJ) gets $1.25m loan to fix dam

A $1.25 million low-interest state loan to the Honey Lake Homeowners Association (HLHA) will be used to repair a dam at the lake, state and local officials said recently.   Read more……..

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Condo Hotels Are Back in Vogue As ‘Securities’

Developers particularly like the ‘new model’ where condo hotel investments are offered as a “securities” using the new SEC Rule 506(c) for private placements with public solicitation. Unfortunately, in their enthusiasm for this new model– which is well deserved –

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HOA defense lawyer probing how Review-Journal got now-secret documents (NV)

In a move criticized by former federal prosecutors, defense lawyers in the homeowners association fraud case are looking into whether the Las Vegas Review-Journal improperly obtained now-secret government reports on failed plea negotiations with the lead defendant.   Read more…….

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Netherlands: Homeowner Association to be mandatory by 2017

From 2017 (at the latest), owners of a flat or apartment will be required to deposit money into the coffers of their Homeowners Association on a monthly basis.  With this Minister Stef Blok wants to combat degradation and force unwilling

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Lawsuit Filed Over House Color (NE)

A west Omaha homeowner is seeing red because he’s being sued for painting his house blue. But a homeowners association near 163rd and West Dodge claims its covenants have been ignored.    Read more………

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Santa Cruz (CA) HOA residents beat water savings pledge goal

A month before water rationing started in Santa Cruz in May, Pete Pearson started sounding the alarm at West Cliff Villas, the 36-unit condo community where he’s lived since 1988.  Through conversations with neighbors and regular newsletter entries, the homeowners

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Evicted condo residents searching for new homes (CA)

Some East Bay condominium residents are struggling to find new places to live after they were told by their property manager they must leave their homes.  But some of the residents are not only questioning why, but also the timing

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Free speech has its limits in condominium buildings (IL)

Q:  Our condominium bylaws contain a provision prohibiting noxious or offensive activities that are an annoyance or nuisance to other unit owners or occupants of the property. This provision seems arbitrary to me.   Read more……..

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Female victim taken to the hospital after fire at condo complex in Nashotah (WI)

One person had to be taken to the hospital early Sunday, November 30th after a fire broke out in a condo complex in Nashotah.    Read more……….

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Arrest of shooting suspect gives Plymouth (MI) condo residents good reason for thanks

Residents of Plymouth Colony condominium complex had plenty to be thankful for as they sat down to their holiday feast.  Motorists who travel up and down Route 3 had reason to celebrate, as well, after last weekend’s arrest of a

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Condo boards balk at $150, so Sand Key (FL) loses some holiday decorations

…..this year, the price tag has risen to nearly $5,000 and Musselwhite said it’s too expensive for the association to pay all by itself. The president said she asked 20 other condo boards in the area to pitch in $150

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Condo builders poking around Lakewood (CO) in wake of defects ordinance

In the nearly seven weeks since Lakewood passed a measure modifying the effects of Colorado’s construction-defects law, condominium builders have asked about acquiring land near the city’s transit stations for future projects.    Read more……….

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Pain of 3-year drought not spread evenly (CA)

Three years into the drought, residents of this area are using more water than those in any other part of California. According to data released this month by state water officials, residents of the Santa Fe Irrigation District used an

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HOAs: What you need to know about rentals

Q: Can the board limit the percentage of renters in a common interest development? If a certain percentage is reached, will that invalidate our senior citizen status?    Read more……..

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Thanksgiving fire destroys Md. condo complex, displaces 27

More than two dozen people were displaced from their homes after a fire broke out at a Temple Hills condominium complex on Thanksgiving night.      Read more……….

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Resident wants Diamondhead POA to lower dues (MS)

A Diamondhead resident is calling on the Property Owner’s Association to lower its dues. Virginia Simons, says since Diamondhead incorporated in 2012 the city government has taken over many of the services that the POA once paid for, but POA

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Woman Saved From Atlantic City Condo Fire

A woman was trapped inside an abandoned Atlantic City condominium complex on Thanksgiving, when the unit went up in flames.   Read more……..

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Community association tells Tucson family its pet duck has to go

One Tucson family is afraid its pet ducks will soon be cooked. The community association is telling them the ducks have got to go.   Gigi Burton and her family live in North Ranch. They rescued a couple of ducks over

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Condo residents stuck in the cold (TX)

Residents of a San Antonio condominium complex with more than 30 units on the North Side have been without hot water or heat since mid-November, the consequence of a leaking natural gas line that has gone unrepaired.     Read more……..

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Fire Department: Natural gas buildup likely led to South Side building collapse (IL)

An explosion of built-up natural gas from a leak likely caused the collapse of a three-story condominium building in the Washington Park neighborhood over the weekend, the Chicago Fire Department determined Tuesday.    Read more………

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Townhome owners: ‘It’s just not adding up’ (NC)

If you move into a neighborhood in the Cape Fear, you’ll probably be part of a homeowners association. While there are benefits, like a pool or trash removal, there are also downsides, like nit picking and bad decisions.     Read

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“Hoarder” Dies After Cluttered (condo) Home Catches Fire (CA)

A SoCal woman whose cluttered home caught fire Tuesday evening has died.  The flames sparked at a condominium complex in the 2300 block of Caringa Way in Carlsbad, California, just before 8 p.m., forcing residents next door to run from

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Homeowners asked to rat on renters (MS)

Madison County Tax Assessor Gerald Barber is continuing his fight on homestead exemption fraud, and is asking homeowner’s associations for help.  Paul Tankersley, who serves as President of the Northbay Homeowner’s Association and Vice Chairman of the Madison Organization of

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Condo owners may pay for what they get (AK)

A recommendation from Tom Klinkner, attorney for the city of Homer, may mean local condo owners can relax when it comes to individual property assessments within the city’s natural gas distribution system special assessment district.   Read more……….

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Pig named Ernest Hamingway lives large in Whitehorse (AB) condo

The story of an Alberta family’s fight to keep their pot-bellied pig is hitting close to home for a Whitehorse family.  The hamlet of Sherwood Park, Alta., may force the family to give up the animal it has had for

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(NV) Prosecutors: News stories not enough to move HOA trial

Justice Department lawyers say the large amount of publicity surrounding the FBI-led investigation into fraud and corruption at homeowners associations is not enough to move the February trial out of Las Vegas.  Read more……….

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Condo leaders learn tips in light of shooting (FL)

The association presented the seminar in response to the shooting Oct. 3 of Jeremy Holland, property manager of The President of Palm Beach condominium.  Police say disgruntled former employee Charles Croghan, who Holland had fired as doorman the month before,

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Many forced to Evacuate after Condo caught on Fire (MI)

Residents at Lakewood Terrace Condominiums in Bellaire were awaken to flames and lots of smoke.   Four Fire Departments helped fight the flames around 4:30 this morning.       Read more……..

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1 Killed In Horsham (PA) Condo Fire

Officials say one man is dead after a fire that started Saturday morning at a condo in Horsham, Montgomery County, then spread to other units.   Read more……….

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Hialeah (FL) Condo Association Revived in Bankruptcy

Faced with mounting problems, the Bella Luna Condominium Association in Hialeah is planning a turnaround after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.     Read more………

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Neighborhood sets limit on holiday lights (KS)

One of the houses included in The Eagle’s video of animated Wichita lights displays last year, Dave Williams’ Lights on Barrington near 21st and Ridge Road, will be out of the rotation this year.   A change in the rules of

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Condo association not required to clear snow off residents’ cars

Q. We are a small one-building condominium association. Some of our residents use their garages for storing their personal property, and park their vehicles outside all the time. A snowplow service clears the parking area where these individuals park. These

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Residents oust condo association board members (VA)

A contentious relationship between a Virginia Beach condo association and its residents ended with a vote Thursday night to replace the board members.    Read more……..

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After lengthy public hearing, supervisors defer vote on pet pig (VA)

The Brandermill Community Association decided to defer to the county on the decision because its bylaws don’t specifically address pet types.  But another residents’ group in Brandermill voted against the Johnson family, asking supervisors to deny the permit in part

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Sub-freezing temperatures have residents concerned about bursting pipes

A pipe bursting in these sub-freezing temperatures is a concern of many homeowners during the winter months.   Residents living in The Marshes at the Rivers Edge Condo Complex in Wilmington are on edge as this season’s cold snaps bring lower

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Jacksonville homeowners fight targeted towing in neighborhood

Carolina Plantations residents are fighting against a parking change that authorizes towing for cars parked along neighborhood streets.    Read more………

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SoCal Man Told to Take Down Condo Christmas Lights

A Southern California man has hired an attorney after being forced to take down Christmas lights outside his luxury condo.  Michael Cardenas of La Jolla, Calif., said he was forced to take down the Christmas decorations on the outside patio

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Camarillo Springs (CA) homeowners responsible for own mud repairs

Springs residents whose houses were damaged in a recent mud flow likely know by now that their homeowners association’s insurance policy isn’t covering their repairs.    Read more……….

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Volunteering: The neighborly thing to do

The Neighbor Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping seniors stay in their homes, made recent news when its office manager, Nancy Nielsen, was awarded for her selflessness. Nielsen described the experience as “humbling,” but she views the exposure as

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Local doctor arrested after security guard attack (FL)

He came into contact with Dwight Collman, an ER doctor, who apparently didn’t like receiving a citation for working in the front of his home.   “You can’t work after hours,” Abreu said. “Those are the rules of the HOA and

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$3.2M Verdict Spawns New Fight Over Who Will Pay—And How Much (GA)

The widow of a man murdered outside his College Park condominium was awarded $3.2 million by a Fulton County jury, although her lawyers say only half is likely to be collectible as 50 percent of the judgment was against three

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Mainlands 3 asks judge to help remove HOA board members (FL)

Residents of a 55-plus neighborhood are so fed up with four members of their homeowners association board that they are asking a judge to help remove them.  Nearly 75 residents of the Mainlands 3are asking a Broward circuit court judge

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Spicewood condos without hydrants burn to the ground (TX)

Fast moving winds and the lack of access to fire hydrants made it impossible for firefighters to extinguish a condo fire Monday morning before all eight units burned to the ground.     Read more………

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Naples Man Sues Village Walk Homeowners Association

The Board of Directors at Village Walk of Naples, a gated community of 850 homes located on Vanderbilt Beach Road in Naples are being sued by homeowner Greg Chumbley, a resident since 2013. According to Chumbley, he was prompted to

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$500,000 in damages caused in condo fire (CA)

A Dana Point condo fire that destroyed one unit and damaged four others caused about $500,000 in damage Saturday afternoon, fire officials said.  The cause of the fire, however, is still being determined.     Read more…….

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Dubuque (IA) woman charged with 2nd-degree theft

(Subscription required for full story) A Dubuque woman is accused of paying herself $1,100 from a local homeowners’ association for work she never completed.  Heather A. Norman, 44, of 288 Kelly’s Bluff, is charged with second-degree theft in Dubuque District Court.

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Man files suit against Mission Estates (TX)

At $300 per year, David Chancellor is claiming as many as 100 people in the 11th subdivision of Mission Estates have been wrongfully paying dues and being fined for not paying dues since 2009 as the subdivision was never actually

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Property management can be a real high wire act (IL)

Were you holding your breath when Nik Wallenda walked the high wire over the Chicago river last weekend? So was Bill O’Leary, CPM, property manager of the Marina Towers Condominium Association.    Read more………

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