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Responsibility of road, dam defers action by New Kent (VA) planning commission

New Kent’s Planning Commission has deferred action regarding an application for a developer to maintain a private road in the Patriot’s Landing subdivision.  Patriot’s Landing Management Corporation applied for a Planned Use Development (PUD) permit to make one of the

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Bella Vista and Twin Creeks may be annexed to Cedar Park (TX) by end of 2014

Proposed full annexation would bring city fire protection, benefits to subdivisions along with an additional utility debt service fee.  Residents of Bella Vista and Twin Creeks in south Cedar Park have another chance to choose whether they want their subdivisions

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Video of Fight at South Florida Condo Board Meeting Makes Nightly News

Our firm’s other community association attorneys and I have witnessed, or heard about, scores of heated exchanges between disgruntled unit owners and board members at community association board of directors’ meetings.   Read more…….

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Ask the HOA Expert: Pet Rules

Question: The board recently sent out a notice of new Pet Rules which includes that pets should not be walked within ten feet of the buildings. Violations carry a $25 fine. Although not expressed, presumably it has to do with

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Falling is serious business in Sun City Center (FL)

The National Council on Aging has designated September as National Fall Prevention Month in order to increase awareness of the dangers of falling for seniors. According to recent national statistics, every 15 seconds an adult in this country is treated

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Boynton Beach (FL) condo owners win small victory in corporate takeover battle

Unit owners in a Boynton Beach condominium won a small victory in a battle against a corporate takeover Friday when a judge ruled in their favor by denying the company’s request to dismiss their lawsuit.     Read more………

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Homeowners association accused of hiding dozens of vehicles (NV)

A homeowners association is part of an investigation by the state and Contact 13 after angering residents by hiding 70 cars. Chief Investigator Darcy Spears inducts two new members into our HOA Hall of Shame.    Read more……..

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HOA: Power company cut down trees (FL)

Residents are upset, angry and baffled that their power company sent a crew to chop down almost a dozen oak trees, some of them in their own backyards.     Read more…….

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Low Dam in danger of collapsing in Orange Park (FL)

The letter said the damage is not new. Ward said because the lake and weir are privately owned, no government agency has the authority to fix it.  Neighbors said the HOA that owns the lake recently put in barrier to

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New details revealed in HOA fraud case (NV)

After months of maneuvering behind the scenes, losing a $7 million contract to fix defects at the Vistana condominium complex was not an option for construction company boss Leon Benzer.   As the critical homeowners association vote loomed in September 2007,

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Owners, renters blame HOA for flooding (AZ)

Valley attorney Roger Wood said he’s seeing more cases like this since this summer’s storms.    “Everybody is going to look to the entity who controls, operates, maintains and ultimately cares for that particular piece of property [to pay for

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HOA (FL) orders attacking dogs be removed from neighborhood

Sheryl Council was walking her two Yorkshire terriers Andy and Archie on Labor Day when two golden retrievers bolted from a nearby driveway and mauled the small dogs.     Read more……..

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Associations beefing up reserve accounts, report shows

Condominium assessments continue to go up, and so do the bills for taking care of the buildings.  But associations in general could be in better shape financially than they were a decade ago. They are socking more and more money

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Man accused of defrauding 25 condo owners in Lake Park (FL)

An unlicensed contractor has been arrested on charges he defrauded 25 condo residents out of more than $100,000, according to a Palm Beach County sheriff’s arrest report.    Read more……..

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Is a California Community the Most Prepared in the U.S.?

Tucked beneath green tennis courts in a hidden corner of Bel Air Crest, a 10-by-20-foot shed holds enough emergency equipment to stock a small hardware store — a 13,000-watt tri-fuel generator, a satellite phone and neatly organized boxes of medical

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Former Newport Bay (RI) Club Manager Embezzled $527,000

A Portsmouth man who issued himself 34 checks totaling $527,000 drawn on funds belonging to the Newport Bay Club’s timeshare association was arrested Friday by the Rhode Island State Police on embezzlement charges.     Read more…….

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Honolulu (HI) condo associations grapple with private trash pickup

Some associations of apartment owners are “pretty upset” with a new rule that will go into effect in early 2015 that will halt city-sponsored trash pickups for 111 condominiums in Honolulu and around Oahu, said Glen Suzuki, an account executive

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HOA managers try to navigate Albuquerque’s (NM) down market

In some ways it’s a built-in business, but that doesn’t mean the competition isn’t tough. Especially in Albuquerque’s still-recovering economy.  And the management companies that oversee the hundreds of homeowners’ associations and condominium owners’ associations in the metro area also

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Homeowners worry about value drain from golf course (FL)

In the three months since the links at Plantation Palms Golf Club closed, a homeowners association has been left powerless, and confused neighbors listen to any rumor they can about the fate of the 156-acre course.    Read more……….

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Fight at condo board meeting caught on video (FL)

Stephen Smith shared a video of a board meeting with Local 10 during which he was attacked by the board president at the time.    Read more……..

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27-home subdivision disbands homeowners association, reverts to control of Smithfield City (UT)

A 27-home subdivision has opted to disband its homeowners association and revert to the control of Smithfield City, a move that was approved by the Smithfield City Council.    Read more……..

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Bentwood (NC) residents concerned with mounting water debt

While Miriam Velasco takes classes to get a master’s degree at N.C. State University, she’s living with two siblings at the Bentwood condominium complex at 322 Junction Road.  But she’s worried her water may be cut off soon, and it’s

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County considers adopting private roads (FL)

County commissioners voted unanimously last week to investigate the possibility of accepting ownership of more than 10 miles of private roads.   Read more………

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Red tag could force hundreds out of National City’s (CA) Bayview Tower

Hundreds of South Bay residents are preparing to be kicked out of their homes.  National City is considering red tagging the Bayview Tower because the 12-story tower violates several city building codes.     Read more……..

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Unpaid bills cause water to be shut off for residents at DC condo building

Dozens of D.C. residents are without water. They can’t shower or even flush their toilets. DC Water cut off service to their condo building on Monday after the condo owners failed to pay thousands of dollars in overdue bills.  

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Condo Development Charging $1M For Parking Spots In SoHo

A condo development in the pricey SoHo section of Lower Manhattan is charging for a parking spot as much as it would cost to buy a nice house in Dallas or Seattle – $1 million.    Read more…..

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Personal care home issue stirs up DHA board (GA)

The board of the Dunwoody Homeowners’ Association took up a city zoning proposal Sunday night that would no longer allow personal care homes in residential districts. The vast majority of the board was clearly opposed to it, especially since the board

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Gated communities seek reimbursement from City (SC)

Two private, gated communities in the City of Aiken now together are requesting about $320,000 be reimbursed to their associations for costs accrued after February’s ice storm.     Read more………

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Guilford (CT) police probe conditions at condo after flea problem raises concerns

Police are investigating conditions at a condominium in West River Village where neighbors fear for the welfare of animals in the wake of a flea problem at the complex.      Read more………

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HOA HOMEFRONT: Reader questions – pools, conflicts of interest

Dear Mr. Richardson: We have one director who wants to wash their hair after exiting the pool at the outdoor poolside shower. The outdoor shower was intended for rinsing before entering the pool. This director is even trying to have

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Downtown parking dispute pits condo association v. Boca Raton (FL), landlord in suit

Earlier this month, Palmetto Place at Mizner Park Condominium Association filed suit against the city and city landlords James and Marta Batmasian, the owner of Investments Limited. The suit alleges that Boca – a “a rogue municipality” and the Batmasians

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Flood survivors at odds with FEMA rules

But then FEMA learned the Glen Haven Association is responsible for repairs and maintaining roads in the area.  Regulations prevent FEMA from giving money to a homeowner association that provides such services. In June, FEMA asked for its money back.

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Here’s hoping reasonable minds can solve HOA-vs.-homeless teens situation

They say good fences make good neighbors. I suppose you can read that a number of ways. But to me, it drives home the point that, while we live in a community, we are all entitled to our privacy. And

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Thieves target condo buildings’ fire alarm systems (FL)

Recently, thieves have taken to swiping electronic circuit boards in fire alarms, most of which cost upward of $1,000, from condo buildings, leaving hundreds of residents at risk.     Read more……..

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Condo residents put out fire at Bradenton complex (FL)

Fast thinking by residents of a condominium complex helped to save the building from a cooking fire that was sparked Sunday afternoon.     Read more……….

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Private community wants township to maintain its roads (PA)

What happens to the roadways when a developer of a private community files for bankruptcy before filling all the empty lots with new homes and when the proposed homeowner association is not yet established?  Who maintains the roads?    

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New Neighbors Sue Couple Over Trees To Gain View (CA)

A heartbroken couple had to have eight trees on their property cut down after their new neighbors successfully sued, claiming the trees were obstructing the view of the valley below.     Read more……..

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Condo president accused of using community funds for personal items

The president of the Georgian Court North Co-ops Condominiums in Fort Lauderdale has allegedly been paying himself tens of thousands of dollars out of the association funds.   Read more………..

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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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