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The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge Park

The internal message board of the One Brooklyn Bridge Park luxury condominium is generally used to post “babysitter wanted” notes or to remind residents to pick up their dry cleaning. Last spring, residents used it to air their dirty laundry.

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Base Village (CO) owners tired of footing bill

Years’ long complaints from condominium owners in Base Village that they are footing the bill to support resort amenities enjoyed by the general public are coming to a head.  They claim they pay 240 percent more than comparable property owners

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HOAs can and are getting on board with drought restrictions (CA)

“Following the water rules” (Thursday’s Signal) expresses a legitimate concern of SCV HOA residents — they are concerned about penalties for letting their lawns go brown as they cut back water use — landscaping accounts for some 60 percent of

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(FL) Our Neighborhoods | In Braden Crossings, friendly HOA sets the tone

Homeowners associations sometimes get a bad rep.  Too critical, too uptight, too strict.  But Rick Greendonner, president of the HOA at Braden Crossings, is trying to change that stigma, beginning with how he treats residents in his own neighborhood.   Supportive,

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Property management company is under state review (FL)

State officials are looking into the alleged misdeeds of an Ocala property management company after members of several local homeowners groups sent them complaints.   Read more……..

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A year later, home still tagged with graffiti, and POA (AZ) isn’t happy

The Fairways Property Owners Association has gone to court to force a homeowner to repaint her house more than a year after it apparently was vandalized with spray paint.   Read more……

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Firm linked to Heritage House association had revoked license (NC)

The company that managed Heritage House Homeowners Association lost its real estate license last year when investigators discovered that $57,000 was missing from its trust accounts.    Read more……..

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Several accounts involved in Double R Realty alleged embezzlement case (NM)

Rio Rancho police served a search warrant at a realty management company on Friday in connection to an alleged embezzlement case.  Detectives say a Double R Realty employee embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from several individuals and businesses, including

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HOA Vetoes Family’s Plans to Rebuild Home Lost to Fire (TX)

At an architectural committee meeting at the homeowner’s association offices, Mitchell says he was told to change the brick color and exterior paint to blend in with other houses in the Oakbrook subdivision. He agreed.    Read more………

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Judge finds Harborview (MD) board in contempt of maintenance order

A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has ruled that the Harborview condo association must pay the owner of one of the tower’s penthouses more than $15,500 each month for failing to complete maintenance within a court-ordered deadline.       Read

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Calif. condo residents decry nearby rooftop funerals

They could be called “last rooftop rites.”  At a condominium in Lomita, Calif., neighbors are dead serious with their frustration over a cemetery that is performing rooftop funeral services right next door and in their one-time oceanfront view.    

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Man fights condo board to keep his service dog

For nearly a year, a condominium association has been battling with a homeowner who sued when the association tried to ban his dog…….The condo association has argued that Warren’s case is baseless, because his dog is a pit bull —

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9 (FL) Investigates squatters living in soon-to-be foreclosed condo units

9 Investigates found one local condo complex is getting overrun with squatters living in units that are going through foreclosure.     WFTV’s Mario Boone asked why the complex is seeing a spike in crime and what’s being done to fix

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Lawsuit filed over home’s alterations (LA)

A homeowners association is suing a local couple to get them to remove a shed, fence and solar panels from their property because they didn’t first ask for the association’s permission.   Read more……..

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Not again: sinkholes swallow pond (FL)

Less than a week after a popular water fountain once again began spewing cascades of water into the air, sinkholes have again opened up, swallowing all the water in the “lake” at Woodland Villages.      Read more………

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HOA responsible for Heritage House delinquent utility bills (NC)

Greensboro city officials say unpaid utility bills are why they were finally able to step in and shut the Heritage House down.   Read more…….

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Bethlehem Township, Pa., condos illegal because they effectively forbid residents who use wheelchairs, lawsuit says

A federal lawsuit was filed today over claims a Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania, condominium complex violates the U.S. Fair Housing Act because its design effectively forbids residents who use wheelchairs.     Read more……..

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Oak Brook (IL) police reach out to extend enforcement on private roads

Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger and Village President Gopal Lalmalani have reached out to homeowner presidents in subdivisions with private roads in hopes of having better tools for service and enforcement.     Read more……..

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North Ridgeville (OH) condo owners consider suing city over flooding

Nita Morrison and several fellow condominium owners in the city’s Northview Circle development have dogged City Council over recurring episodes of flooding dating to 2005.   Morrison is circulating hundreds of fliers around town to try to drum up support for

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Mesa (AZ) residents still fighting HOA, claim former board members misspent money

We’ve been following the legal battle between Superstition Lakes Condominium Association and its former leadership.  We met with former resident Kathleen Daurio last year . As she dug through board records and said she found nearly $40,000 used for items

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Residents at the Velvet Cloak Inn rise up against property owners in legal fight that has ramifications for North Carolina

They are, in fact, the last holdout property owners of the Velvet Cloak Villas Condominium Association, suspended in legal limbo, in what observers are calling a real estate case of first impression, with historic ramifications for North Carolina law.  In

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Response from Lake of the Pines: Association does not discriminate against anyone, including veterans

Lake of the Pines Association hereby provides this statement in defense of the accusations by Dennis Kocher that Lake of the Pines Association is discriminating against him because he is a United States veteran.  Lake of the Pines Association has

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Man upset about neighbor’s ‘messy’ home accused of arson, attempted murder (FL)

Kotowski told deputies he’s notified the subdivision’s homeowners association on numerous occasions in reference to the condition of the victim’s residence and property.  Kotowski explained he is currently attempting to sell his property and feels his neighbor’s property is devaluing

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Homeowners faced peculiar problem trying to build above-ground pool (MO)

A Missouri woman is in a dispute with city hall because it won’t give her a permit for a swimming pool. The city says the pool would violate the rules of her homeowners association.     Read more………

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Defense in HOA Case Seeks Trial Delay (NV)

Defense lawyers are seeking to delay the start of a federal case involving a former construction boss and five other defendants accused of wrongdoing in the operation of Las Vegas Valley homeowners’ associations, but a magistrate judge Monday said the

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Defendant in HOA scheme ordered released from custody (NV)

A key defendant charged in the scheme to take over 11 homeowners associations was ordered released from federal custody Monday as the trial in the high-profile criminal case approaches.    Read more………

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Local SoCal Homeowners Spray-Painting Lawns Green To Avoid Water Fees During Drought

Homeowners in Los Angeles are facing tough choices in keeping their lawns green during a devastating drought, pushing some far enough to spray paint them.    Read more…….

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HOA restricts homeowners from renting homes (CO) – New subdivision will limit rentals to 15% of homes

At Peoria Place, a 120-home development under construction in Englewood, Richmond American Homes is offering new features for homeowners, including a new clause in the HOA covenant that could be a new home trend.        Read more……..

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Failed Norristown condos still a burden to buyers

Terry Derby had to surf on seven different couches. Ellen Frank was turned down for credit cards and had trouble leasing a car. Ryan Schofield figures he might never again be able to buy a house.  Home ownership was not

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Smoke signals: Condo neighbors try to resolve second-hand smoke issue (MA)

The right to smoke versus the right to clean air was up for debate during the July 16 Board of Health meeting.   Wareham Health Agent Bob Ethier said he received complaints from Donna Shannon, who lives in the Bayside Condominiums

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Residents want answers from condo association on storm cleanup (MI)

Three weeks after an EF-1 tornado ripped through Kentwood and Wyoming the destruction it left behind is still visible.   Some residents in a condo association in Kentwood are upset because they say they feel more debris should have been hauled

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Goat landscaping, it’s a thing now (CA)

Among all forms of employment available to members of the animal kingdom, working for Goats R Us probably ranks among the most-coveted.   The Orinda-based company supplies goats — lots of them, each with a healthy appetite — to munch from

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Valley woman says HOA’s sprinklers damaged her home

It seemed like a small problem with a simple solution. “All I wanted was for the water to be aimed away from my house.”  Carol Till says water from the sprinklers caused cracks in the mortar, allowing water to find its

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Condo parking structure partially collapses in Century City (CA)

A section of a large parking garage collapsed in Century City on Friday morning, apparently caused by the storage of too much dirt and rocks on its roof for a landscaping project, officials said.    Read more……..

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Subdivision slide suit (CA)

A Northern California county is countersuing residents of a subdivision over a landslide last year that damaged numerous homes.  Lake County officials say the Lakeport residents and their homeowners’ association are to blame for the slide because they failed to

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Laurel construction company sued over damaged Lake Serene dam (MS)

The Lake Serene Homeowners Association filed suit against Bush construction company of Laurel, blaming the company and its agents for damaging the dam that separates two of the five neighboring lakes   Read more………

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Lawsuit claims neighbor’s cat odors hurt property values (IL)

A Chicago couple filed a lawsuit alleging that 20 cats in their downstairs neighbor’s one-bedroom unit in Lakeview and the corresponding odors are reducing property values and violating condo association rules.

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HOA tries unusual method to serve downtown couple (CO)

A local condominium association that is trying to sue a couple who garnered headlines in recent months for calling in scores of noise complaints about businesses on Aspen’s Restaurant Row wants their name in the newspaper again.    Read more…….

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Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban (CO)

Homeowners’ associations can’t ban members from using marijuana in their homes when it’s legal. But if neighbors can see or smell weed, the law is clear — HOAs have every right to regulate the drug as a nuisance, or a

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Village of Providence (AL) neighbors turn to City for help with HOA

Residents in one Huntsville community are turning to the City for answers they can’t seem to get.  Doctor Angela Sommerfield has lived in the neighborhood for eight years. She’s kept quiet until now.    Read more………

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Lake County (CA) countersuing homeowners affected by landslide

Lake County officials are countersuing a group of landowners who blame the county for a landslide that damaged or devalued their homes last year.  The county’s lawsuit contends the homeowners and their Lakeside Heights Homeowners Association caused the damage by

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Lake of the Pines Homeowners Association (CA) hammers man over carpentry

Resident Dennis Kocher and Lake of the Pines authorities are embroiled in a dispute over a garage-based furniture shop that the gated community north of Auburn has moved to shut down.     Read more……..

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Peters (PA) neighborhood fights utility’s tree cutting

So far, FirstEnergy officials have resisted efforts by the Ciminels and their neighbors to compromise on the tree cutting by requiring property owners to maintain their trees at a certain height. The neighborhood homeowners association offered to amend its covenants

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Greensboro (NC) to condemn, close Heritage House on July 30

It will be water, lights and people out of the Heritage House condominium complex on July 30.  The City of Greensboro has announced it plans to the transition residents out of the troubled building due to an outstanding water bill.

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Damage estimate for condo fire increases to $10M (AB)

A day after a fire broke out in a west Edmonton condo building, causing millions of dollars in damages; officials with the condo board were releasing plans for residents to get their possessions back.     Read more…….

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News 5 (CO) Investigates: Homeowners Associations writing speeding tickets

What would you do if you got a speeding ticket not by police, but your Homeowners Association?   It’s a controversial topic that has some homeowners living in a condominium complex in The Village at Springs Ranch on the east side

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Waterbury (CT) condo complex under investigation for conditions, code violations

A crime scene investigation (CSI) team is taking photos and videos of a crumbling condominium complex in Waterbury.  Bradley Gardens is the center of attention because of its trash covered grass, broken balcony doors and a collapsing fence.     Read

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Dirt wall could pose safety risks for retirement community (NC)

Residents of a Lowell retirement community want a little less talk and a lot more action.  City Council members met Monday to discuss a dirt wall deemed a nuisance at the Magnolia Place subdivision, although City Manager Al Greene said

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Chandler (AZ) pushing HOA reclaimed water use

Three quarters of south Chandler’s homeowners associations take advantage of their access to reclaimed water, and the city is hoping a new loan program will entice the rest to follow.      Read more……..

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Edgehill sues board member for leaking emails to county (VA)

Nearly two years after it was first cited by the county for several building code violations, the embattled homeowners association of a Bon Air condominium complex was back in court recently – this time as plaintiff in a lawsuit against

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