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Airbnb’s New Terms of Service Are About Taxes, Law Breaking and Evictions

When it comes to big changes, Airbnb is on a tear of sorts as it seeks to appease regulators, calm investors, and prevent users from running scared.    Read more………

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Raise a Glass to the Community Association Board

President Obama has declared it to be National Volunteer Week, a time when we acknowledge and recognize the efforts of those who give their time to help others. One group of volunteers certainly worthy of recognition that Community Association Management

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Condominium gets protective wall extension (FL)

Two years after a shoreline emergency was declared due to eroding duress at the beachfront adjacent to Leonardo Arms condominiums, another extension for a temporary sandbag wall has been given to allow more time for an upland retaining wall to

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Man accused of stealing Slidell-area (LA) subdivision’s landscaping caught on camera

Authorities need help finding a man they say was caught on camera stealing plants from the entrance to The Moorings subdivision in Oak Harbor near Slidell. The subdivision’s homeowners association recently contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office regarding the

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HOA HOMEFRONT: Questions on foreclosed home, member questioning board

How do we collect past dues on a condo that was foreclosed on? I am secretary of the board. A homeowner walked away from the property, unable to make the payments.     Read more……….

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Soundview condo owners FINALLY get state tax break (NY)

Some condo owners who were not getting the same tax breaks as other owners in their very own complex are now breathing a sigh of relief.       Read more………

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Citation recommended for contractor

State regulators have recommended a citation for a San Diego contractor after investigating complaints from residents of a Fashion Valley homeowners association that the company was painting homes without required licenses.     Read more……..

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Ahwatukee (AZ) HOA leader alleges death threat over Lakes

A blowup between an Ahwatukee Lakes-area homeowner and the president of the Ahwatukee Board of Management, and a reported death threat to the president followed by his April 1 letter of resignation — which was not acted upon by the

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IA: Reader’s Watchdog: Woman lost home but hurt own cause

The first voice mail from Judith Harlan was so frantic I couldn’t understand all she was saying. But this much was clear: Deputies were evicting her from her Des Moines condo. By the time we met last week, she was

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Middle Smithfield (PA) tells private community to solve its own problem

What happens in private communities stays in private communities. That was the point politely conveyed by the Middle Smithfield Township Board of Supervisors during the public comment session at its bimonthly meeting when a small, but determined, group of residents

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Subdivision holds a cleanup day, encourages parish to join (LA)

It was spring cleaning for a local neighborhood Saturday. Residents in the Timberline subdivision had a chance to dump the junk built up around their homes. Resident Leonard Trotta is happy to participate in the cleanup. He agrees a clean

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Theso Condo board: Second Avenue subway damaged building (NY)

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority faces a $1 million lawsuit from the board at the Theso Condo on the Upper East Side over claims that the Second Avenue Subway project is damaging the façade.     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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Judge Groome dismisses Michigan Hill (CO) resident Terrance O’Neill’s temporary protection order

For the past two years board members and ex-board members of the Michigan Hill Home Owners Association have engaged in various legal actions against Terrance P. O’Neill, a homeowner in the Michigan Hill subdivision.    Read more………

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What are the responsibilities of an HOA board?

Q: What are the board of directors’ responsibilities? A: NAC 116 are the regulations that are established by the commission as authorized by the Legislature. NAC 116.405 pertains to the responsibilities of association boards.     Read more……..

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Homeowners’ association challenges judge’s ruling (FL)

The Bayhead Landings Property Owners Association, which battled one of its members in court over wheelchair access, has appealed a judge’s ruling that its deed restrictions expired more than three years ago.     Read more……..

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Enter at your own risk: when can a condominium association access a unit?

When does a condominium association have the right to access a unit, despite an owner’s objection? As many boards know, associations have an irrevocable right of access, in certain circumstances. On April 2, 2014, the Fourth District Court of Appeals

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Condo infrastructure often overlooked by potential buyers

During his house hunt, social media consultant Jonathan Rick discovered what he thought was the perfect condominium in Arlington. The new building offered a pool, a gym and a concierge and was within walking distance of stores and Metrorail. The

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Year later, families displaced by Egg Harbor Twp. (NJ) condo fire still wait to return

A damaging fire forced more than two dozen families of the Heather Croft Condominium complex from their homes last April. While they are still out of their homes a year later, the complex manager said they may be able to

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Woman Sues Condo Association Over Extermination Services (FL)

A state appeals court on Wednesday revived a lawsuit for a chemically sensitive Tamarac woman in a dispute with her condominium association over access to her unit for pesticide treatments. An attorney for the condo association said the Fourth District

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West Palm Beach (FL) man buying up condos and using them for sober living

Ken Bailynson is buying up condos at a rapid rate at Green Terrace Condos and converting them into sober living apartments that he rents out.   Read more……..

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Meeting to gather leaders of homeowners associations

Two seats have been reserved for leaders of each of Dublin’s 70 homeowners and civic associations. “We’re reaching out to homeowners associations more and more,” Puskarcik said.  Read more…….

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Chicken Suit Hits Court (NM)

Seven Eldorado pet hen owners who are being sued by their homeowner association have launched a fundraiser for legal fees in anticipation of an upcoming trial date. The suit, filed more than a year ago on behalf of the Eldorado

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Drought prompts some in Sacramento (CA) area to rethink lawns as landscaping norm

Sacramento gets about as much annual rainfall as arid Flagstaff, Ariz., but its lush lawns are modeled on those of rain-soaked England.    Read more……..

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Homeowners fight back against HOA

If a homeowner leaves a trash can out, or doesn’t cut back weeds – most homeowners associations will issue a fine. But if a renter in a Peoria neighborhood does it, they can be evicted by their HOA.     Read

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Bronx (NY) condo owners get tax relief

A provision in the state budget will allow all residents at the Harbour Pointe at Shore Haven Condominiums to benefit from a property tax abatement program    Read more……….

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HOA HOMEFRONT: Reader questions – flooding and termites

Recently our homeowners association (also known as an HOA) decided to xeriscape the area at the front and rear of our unit (along with all the others). The property adjacent to our unit is approximately 6 to 8 feet higher

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Former Clearwater (FL) condo association president sentenced on theft, fraud charges

The former president of a Clearwater condominium association has pleaded guilty to grand theft and fraud charges and has been sentenced to two years in prison.     Read more…….

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Riverwood (MS) home in zoning dispute ‘a dream fulfilled’ for disabled resident Jeremy Dickerson

When 34-year-old Jeremy Dickerson moved into his River Pine Drive home earlier this month, it was “a lifetime dream fulfilled,” according to his family.     Read more………

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Condo treasurer accused of stealing association funds (FL)

The treasurer of a Deerfield Beach condominium association is accused of stealing more than $12,000 from the association’s bank account. Michael Dettman, 28, is facing a charge of larceny/grand theft.    Read more…….

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New resident of New Town (MO) upset over insurance requirement

A month after moving into his new two-bedroom, two-story home in New Town, Larry Smith got a welcome packet that contained an unexpected letter. It said that Smith was required to name the community’s homeowners association as an “additional insured”

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Feud over seaplane makes waves far beyond Lake Keystone (FL)

For months, a feud has raged on Lake Keystone. The seaplane, some say, makes the lake its personal runway, buzzing homes and treetops, forcing boats to swerve, shattering the tranquility of this wealthy, waterfront enclave.   Read more…….

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Associations have benefits, but can be perplexing for some residents (CA)

Spring Valley Lake Association General Manager Glen Grabiec is equivalent to a city manager inside this quaint, lake-hugging community. SVL boasts 4,213 lots — 90 percent of which are built out — and sits in an unincorporated San Bernardino County

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Oasis condo owners could be forced out, but not by the bank (FL)

Guy Nir and his wife Cheryl are upside down on the mortgage for their downtown Fort Myers condo and worried they could be forced out — but not by the bank.    Read more…….

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Moss Point (MS) zoning fight brewing over ‘group home’ for disabled in Riverwood subdivision

Riverwood subdivision homeowners will go before Moss Point aldermen next week to ask for help in shutting down a group home that caters to those with developmental disabilities.     Read more……..

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New Castle (ME) residents battle over beach access

All is not well in the Wentworth by the Sea residential community. A disagreement has landed the Wentworth by the Sea Master and Homeowners’ Associations in a legal battle with two residents.   Read more……

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Condo Culture: Ignoring reserve fund study puts property values at risk

Q: Our condo conducted its first reserve fund study and received recommendations for contribution increases to the fund. Instead of following the recommendations, our board of directors presented a plan to fund the increase over 17 years, rather than over

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Condos may be condemned after fire (FL)

Brevard County officials say a condo complex destroyed by fire may need to be condemned.    See news video…….

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Dolphin Tower work causes headaches (FL)

The building’s owners are still waiting for a building permit to begin repairs in earnest, but some work began about three weeks ago. Although Taksen said he is supportive of the building’s renovation, merchants on Palm are worried about the

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After three pitbull attacks, Shelby County (AL) subdivision residents ask judge for dog’s removal; owner maintains dog ‘not vicious’

A Shelby County homeowners association is asking a judge to order one couple to remove their pitbull dog “Kelly” from their home after three attacks on residents, including one woman who said she was bitten as she pushed her infant

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Lawsuit alleges fraud by Mauna Kea Properties (HI)

One Mauna Kea community association is suing another, claiming the second group defrauded the first of millions, by failing to pay a proportionate share of common areas maintenance and other fees.     Read more……..

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84-Year-Old Oak Cliff (TX) Woman Says Her HOA Filed a Lien Against Her for Feeding Two Cats

She used to leave food for the wildlife in the woods behind her condo, just like her neighbors did when she moved in 25 years ago, but her HOA, the Wedglea Place Owners Association, asked her to stop. She also

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Not quite ‘lights out’ in Hilo condo power struggle

Residents at a Hilo condominium building have been spared from getting their electricity shut off — for now. But they say it’s all because of a power struggle for control.    Read more…….

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Cedar Hills Homes Association (OR) waiting on response from Fairhaven Recovery regarding sober house

The Homes Association of Cedar Hills is awaiting word from Fairhaven Recovery to determine the future of a controversial sober house in the neighborhood.    Read more……..

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Drought battle focuses on homeowner rules, meters (CA)

With California in the grips of a prolonged dry spell, state lawmakers are looking to grant members of homeowner associations the freedom to plant drought-resistant landscaping without the fear of fines.     Read more……

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Parking Lot Pipe Hump Leads to $840K Verdict (GA)

A woman who shattered her elbow when she tripped over an asphalt hump in the parking lot of a Decatur condominium complex won more than $840,000 after a 1½ day trial in DeKalb County State Court.     Read more…….

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Oceania Owners ‘Busting Our Ass’ On Turnaround (Bahamas)

A LEADING homeowner at Exuma’s controversy-torn Oceania Heights project yesterday expressed disappointment that just 27 per cent of property owners had to-date paid their 2014 maintenance fees, telling Tribune Business he and several others were “busting our ass to turn

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HOA HOMEFRONT: Meeting disruption, board email

I am on a board of beleaguered directors. We have a homeowner that is out of control. She disrupts meetings with rants and accusations that the board is incompetent.   Read more…….

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When condo bylaws prohibit bike parking (DC)

The bylaws of older condominium associations often hinder the ability for communities to evolve as the needs of residents change. Some condo associations grapple with this issue as more residents start to ride bicycles.    Read more…….

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Boulder (CO) condo fire was 4th blaze at Gold Run since 2006

But Lowrey did say complexes like Gold Run — which is composed almost entirely of wood — are something firefighters have to keep an eye on. “It’s always a concern with places like Gold Run where everything is wood,” he

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