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Stowe (VT) settles lawsuit with condo owners

Stowe Mountain Resort said Thursday it has reached an agreement with 40 condominium owners at the resort that is expected to lower homeowner association and service fees by as much as 26 percent for new and existing owners.    Read

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Powell (OH) Considers Unplugging Pond Aerators During Winter Months

When 74-year-old Siegbert Allespach was pulled from a Liberty Township pond Tuesday, rescuers discovered something about the nearly 400 ponds in Powell that may make suburban life more dangerous.   Read more………

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Common Fire Hazards in a Condominium

I don’t know about you but my biggest fear living in my condo is a fire. And it makes me even more nervous that I may not have enough time to get my pets out of the burning condo should

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WSSC will cut water to large condo complex in Prince George’s County (MD)

Several hundred residents of a troubled condo complex in the Suitland area of Prince George’s County are facing eviction in just over two weeks. The current problem: unpaid water bills.    Read more……..

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Owner to appeal judgment on solar panels (MO)

Scott Hausman will appear in court Friday to appeal a judgment entered in December, which ordered him to remove the solar array system from his home in the Lake at Twelve Oaks. The homeowners’ association there sued him in 2012

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Lawsuit filed in death of man crushed by condo trash compactor (IL)

The wife of a Palatine man killed last summer by a condominium trash compactor as he searched for a cellphone filed suit Tuesday, alleging that the building manager and homeowner’s association failed to ensure his safety.     Read more…….

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Top 6 complaints about Valley (AZ) homeowners associations

We asked about your HOA experiences, and you answered. On the Let Joe Know Facebook page and in emails, a lot of you have strong feelings.   Read more………

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Parking garage partially collapses at Denver (CO) condo complex

A parking garage at a Denver condo complex partially collapsed Monday. A number of resident vehicles were damaged after sections of the garage at Park Mayfair condos at 955 Eudora St. in Denver collapsed late Monday night, according to fire

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Condo trustee charged with embezzling nearly $15K from Mill Hill Condo Association in Worcester (MA)

Condo trustee Aaron Church has been charged with embezzling nearly $15,000 from the Mill Hill Condominium Association. Church, 33, of 215 Mill St. Unit 113, was arrested Monday and charged with embezzling $14,784.64 from the Mill Hill Condominium Association’s bank

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HOA Forum Questions Transfer Fees (CO)

Colorado lawmakers are working on a bill that would require property management companies to disclose the fees they charge at the closing of a home sale. In many cases, the fees are hundreds of dollars and some say they’re getting

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Don’t smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em: Lincoln Park (IL) condo tower bans smoking

If you’re a smoker shopping for a condominium in Lincoln Park, don’t bother looking at 2626 N. Lakeview Ave. — unless you plan to kick the habit or light up outside. Residents of the 461-unit tower have banned smoking there, even

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Clinton Township (NJ) woman’s lawsuit against judge is dismissed

A lawsuit filed by an Oak Knoll Village homeowner against a judge has been dismissed. Chris Ann Jaye has been fighting a legal battle against her homeowner’s association for several years. She has found herself on the losing side of

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Your HOA & You: Who Rules The Neighborhood? (NC) (Audio broadcast)

Thousands of Charlotte-area residents live in neighborhoods that have a local Homeowner Association. HOAs are often praised for keeping communities cleaner, safer and more livable. But some homeowners complain that HOA boards can be too rigid and arbitrary in enforcing

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Neighborhood Surveillance System Suspended Over Privacy Concerns

The Kansas Street SAFE Neighborhood Association and a San Francisco startup, Koozoo, have suspended a camera surveillance system that allowed residents to watch live video footage of street activity in the neighborhood over the Internet. The system was launched in

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Chandler (AZ) HOA rescinds ban on medical marijuana

Bowing to pressure from residents, the board of Carrillo Ranch, a homeowners association in Chandler, has reversed its ban on residents smoking medical marijuana in their front and backyards and on their patios.    Read more…….

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Trouble with your homeowners association? How to fight back (AZ)

Homeowners associations are supposed to protect your property value and maintain the common areas of a community. But many of you have let me know that some HOAs are out of control and you feel like you just can’t win.

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Residents of The Plaza Grande at Old Bridge (NJ) grow weary as lawsuit continues

With her children grown, Ellen King searched for her dream retirement home and thought she had found it at The Plaza Grande at Old Bridge. But since the day she moved in, she said, her condo has been besieged with

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HOA Information and Resource Office (CO) Releases 2013 Annual Report

Earlier today the Colorado HOA Information and Resource Office released its 2013 Annual Report. Interestingly, the number of complaints more than doubled – from 576 in 2012 to 1,248 in 2013 – but the number of people logging complaints only

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Associations usually regulate short-term rentals

Q. I am interested in leasing my unit for weekends, or other short terms, as a vacation rental for those times when I am traveling. Is this permitted in associations?     Read more……

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Legal Civil War Breaks Out At Sky Lodge (UT)

A legal civil war has broken out at the Sky Lodge on Main Street, with clashing lawsuits filed by the hotel’s owner and manager Ken Abdalla, and a group of time share owners at the Lodge.   Read more……..

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Board at the Sheffield sues over oil spill (NY)

The board at the Sheffield condominium filed a $3 million negligence lawsuit against Rose Associates, Hess Corp. and several other contractors, in connection with a 2012 spill that dumped 8,000 gallons of petroleum on the grounds of the building. The

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4 Bar 4 Ranch (CO) named one of state’s most endangered sites

The two buildings that still stand on the ranch, which is currently owned by the Stagecoach Homeowners Association, have fallen into disrepair with their roofs caving in and the structures themselves nearly falling down.     Read more…….

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Battery Park City’s (NY) remaining condos unite in homeowners’ group

Two years after a deal that saved many of them hundreds of millions of dollars in ground rent payments, a newly expanded group of Battery Park City condominium owners is now calling on the Battery Park City Authority to negotiate

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Canine conundrum riles Ashford Lane (VT)

The Ashford Lane Homeowners Association is on a mission to bring man’s best friend to their neighborhood. A handful of homeowners appeared before the four-member District 5 Environmental Commission on Monday for a site visit and public hearing to consider

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Dallas (TX) Rabbi Cries Anti-Semitism as Neighbors Try to Close His Living-Room Synagogue

A homeowner is suing his neighbor, a rabbi, claiming the rabbi is violating the homeowner’s association rules and lowering property values. The rabbi says his 3,700 square foot home in a far North Dallas neighborhood near Frankford and Hillcrest roads

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HOA Crime Insurance can be misleading (NV)

Crime insurance is a relatively new requirement, added to NRS 116 in 2011. While perhaps not as complex as other insurance categories, crime insurance is easy to misunderstand as the title is misleading.   Read more…….

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Condo complex bans smoking in all units, on grounds (ON)

Local residents are breathing easier thanks to major steps taken by two housing organizations to create smoke-free environments. Auburn Village Gardens, a 52-unit condominium complex in Peterborough, voted to make its building and grounds 100 per cent smoke-free.    Read

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The long — and strong — arm of HOAs (NC)

Homeowner associations dominate local communities. Want to trigger a spirited discussion in the Lake Norman area? Just mention three letters: HOA. Depending on your experiences or your address, homeowner associations can be either the protectors of all that is good

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Pond stirs up trouble (GA)

A homeowners association has returned to the Dawsonville City Council seeking help in cleaning up its retention pond.  Read more……..

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Treasurer of homeowner’s group charged with stealing more than $10K (IL)

The long-time treasurer of a Gurnee homeowner’s association has been charged with stealing more than $10,000 from the organization. Brian Moy, 59, of Gurnee was charged with felony theft over $10,000 but under $100,000, according to Gurnee police.    

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Survivor of cancer fights HOA ban on medical marijuana (AZ)

A cancer survivor who lives in Carrillo Ranch in Chandler says he will begin circulating a petition to overturn that homeowners association board’s rule that homeowners and guests cannot smoke medical marijuana in their yards or on their patios.  

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Troubled Lewis and Clark condos saved from condemnation (MO)

The Historic Lewis and Clark Tower Condominiums are saved from condemnation. Owners and tenants hope it is permanent.    Read more……..

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Study: Glass Condos Could Pose Health Threat Through Overheating

The skyline of New York is dotted with new glass condominium towers featuring some of the most expensive and sought-after apartments in the city. But a new study is warning that there could be a price to pay for the

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Lawyer accused of stealing from clients pleads guilty in HOA scheme (NV)

A suspended Las Vegas attorney accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his clients pleaded guilty Monday in the high-profile federal investigation into the scheme to take over valley homeowners associations.     Read more……..

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Norristown (PA) officials pull financial support for 770 Sandy Street condo building

Norristown officials announced Monday they will no longer pay the $40,000 annual cost for maintenance, electricity and repairs at the 26-unit condominium building at 770 Sandy Street that has already cost Norristown taxpayers $3.4 million for construction repairs and legal

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HOA bans medical marijuana in home yards (AZ)

The board at Carrillo Ranch, a homeowners association in Chandler, has ruled that residents cannot smoke marijuana — medical or otherwise — in their backyards, front yards and patios.   Read more…….

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Lawsuit Over Gated Lake Texoma Condo Tower (TX) Could Go To Jury

A four-year legal battle over repairs at an expensive building at Lake Texoma could be headed to a jury next month. After the building went up more than 10 years ago, the condo association says residents in the units that

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Coming Up – Your HOA & You: Who Rules The Neighborhood? (NC)

Thousands of Charlotte-area residents live in neighborhoods that have a local Homeowner Association. HOAs are often praised for keeping communities cleaner, safer and more livable. But some homeowners complain that HOA boards can be too rigid and arbitrary in enforcing

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Homeowner Associations: $160,000 Fee Award To Prevailing HOA Sustained On Appeal

We have seen many homeowners getting stung badly by fee awards in favor of prevailing HOAs, which counsels that parties in HOA disputes try to work things out or go to mediation to avoid big fee run-ups.    Read more……..

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Former Lakewoods (WI) CFO pleads guilty to mail fraud, filing a false tax return

Lori Hall, 50, was chief financial officer of the Lakewoods Resort and PNE Investment Co. from November 1998 to Jan. 13, 2012. Hall wrote checks to pay bills for two homeowner associations, Lakewoods Villages and Forest Ridges, the resort created

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Man says condo grow op is making his boy sick (ON)

Legal is the catch word. But Dennis Hildebrand is sick of hearing it. He says he and his son are also falling ill due to a legal marijuana grow operation in his Peterborough condominium building.   Read more………

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Condo worker admits stealing (MA)

Grimes told the judge that Medaglia started working for the condo’s management company, Crowninshield Management, in 2012. He was supposed to be working in the common area, but soon, he was offering to do side jobs, like changing light bulbs

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Lost Rabbit (MS) may cost taxpayers

An agreement appears to have been reached between Madison County and Allstate over Lost Rabbit’s troubled $18 million Public Improvement District (PID), but officials aren’t saying if the settlement involves taxpayer monies.    Read more………

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Neighbors help local fire victims

Willoughby Station in Mt. Juliet has more than 750 homes, but residents proved it is a close-knit neighborhood when they came together to help a family who lost their home and belongings in a fire.     Read more…….

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Maryland Residents Fight Cove Point LNG Export Plans That Threaten To Turn Area Into “Industrial Site”

The Cove of Calvert community, where Neal lives, contains about 60 homes and is located on the Chesapeake Bay. The homeowners are familiar with potentially dangerous energy infrastructure: the community is just a short drive from the Dominion Cove Point

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New spillway planned for dam in Botetourt County

The Rainbow Forest Homeowners Association will begin work this fall to build a new spillway for its dam, thus ending a regulatory blockage that forced the draining of the lake in 2011 and threatened the closure of a road along

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Golf car owners win round to alter driving law (AZ)

A bill allowing golf cars to drive on the right side of the road when there’s only one lane going in each direction passed its first hurdle Thursday.   Read more……

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Lawsuit names Garrard homeowners’ association (KY)

The KCHR filed the complaint in Garrard Circuit Court last week on behalf of Clay and Susan Horn against the Natures Trace Homeowners Association. The suit seeks an unstated amount of damages because the homeowners group has refused to allow

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Down in the Dump: Council Mulling New Policy for Private Condominium Trash Removal (CT)

After residents along Quarry Lane pleaded for help due to language in existing ordinances that left them ineligible for trash collection or rebate, members of the Berlin Town Council took action to correct the wrong.    Read more………

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Wild Dunes erosion might soon see fixes; resort golf course cited for sandbags

A long-sought offshore sandbar “reattachment” is finally making an appearance. Sand is beginning to build up on the beach in front of it. That’s the fix expected to stabilize – for now – the highly erosive Dewees Inlet eastern tip

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