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Guilty plea delayed after key defendant in Las Vegas (NV) HOA scheme suffers heart attack

Ricky Anderson was supposed to plead guilty Friday in the massive scheme to take over Las Vegas-area homeowners associations.  But a heart attack he suffered roughly 10 days ago in federal custody prevented that from happening.    Read more…….

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Tibetan Buddhist’s flags OK’d (NM)

A Tibetan Buddhist has won a battle for the right to continue flying religious symbols from the porch of his south Santa Fe home.   Read more……..

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Lakewood Ranch HOA (FL) temporarily rescinds decision to ban path for disabled child

A homeowners association has temporarily halted a decision to force a resident to remove a gravel and sand path designed to protect his epileptic stepson from a serious fall.     Read more……..

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Local homeowners association gives four residents new roofs (LA)

Some homeowners in Baton Rouge have new roofs. It’s all part of a local pastor’s continued efforts to help clean up his neighborhood.    Read more…….

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Side Streets: Newly sculpted walking paths, flowers brighten Colorado Springs (CO)

The five found themselves immersed in the real world as they joined the Discovery Homeowners Association in planning meetings with landscape architects and officials from the Colorado Springs Parks Department and Colorado Springs Utilities.      Read more…….

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Water Restrictions, HOA Fees a Struggle for Plano (TX) Homeowners

Trying to grow grass in the Texas heat isn’t easy, especially with water restrictions during the drought. But not growing grass can prove costly for homeowners who are fined by their homeowners association for not keeping up a yard.   Read

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Residents worry cows could graze on former golf course (MO)

The Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, May 21 tabled a request by Richard Leon Huxman to rezone a former golf course into agricultural use, after the proposal met opposition from residents who live on the former course.

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New president leads IRB homeowners group

Years ago Wrobel learned the hard way; if you are going to complain, be prepared to do something about it. Back then he complained that the Homeowners Association wasn’t doing enough. It was shortly after that, he recalls, that he

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Diamondhead POA (MS) considers opening amenities to casino resort

A plan proposed by the Diamondhead Property Owners Association is getting the cold shoulder from some Diamondhead residents. At issue is the POA plan to allow a proposed casino development access to the community’s amenities for its customers.    Read

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Orange Co. (FL) leaders prepare to demolish “crime-ridden” condo complex

Channel 9 learned Orange County leaders are prepared to spend millions of tax dollars to tear down a crime-ridden condo complex. In less than two weeks, the Orlando Utility Company is set to cut off water and power to the units

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Surveillance Video Shows Children Shocked in Swimming Pool (FL)

A surveillance video from a condominium complex in Florida shows an invisible, potentially deadly danger lurking in swimming pools.  The video, shot on April 27 at the Palms West Condominiums in Hialeah, Fla., shows three children shocked while swimming in

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Condo owners (MT) allege price gouging by Boyne

The Shoshone Condominium Hotel Owners Association has filed suit against Boyne USA, alleging the Michigan-based resort company grossly overcharged the association for basic services for years and tried to intimidate the association when it looked into the issue.    Read

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3 plead guilty in Las Vegas-area HOA scheme

Three defendants charged along with Leon Benzer, the alleged mastermind of a scheme to take over Las Vegas-area homeowners associations, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday in the high-profile case.   Read more…….

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Stormwater management issue spills over-County (Fairfax, VA) explores maintaining retention ponds currently owned by HOAs

Fairfax County could eventually take over maintenance of all stormwater retention ponds now owned and maintained by homeowners associations in the county.  The county already maintains many of these types of facilities, which are designed to collect water running off

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LSL (MO) Board of Aldermen nix policy of paying for snow removal on private streets

The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen agreed to throw out old provisions that allowed the city to help pay for snow removal for some private streets in the city. The board also agreed during a work session before the

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Pines of Delray West (FL) wins award for financial innovation

Property maintenance for condominiums can be costly, but the Pines of Delray West lowered expenses while boosting service quality. Its results are award winning.    Read more…….

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Trouble in Eden (UT); land disputes escalate

When Ken and Judy Crandall started building their dream home in Eden about seven years ago, they had no idea their backyard would become part to another subdivision since the land was owned by an open-space preservation organization.     Read

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Controversy over refilling neighborhood ponds

With one of the driest starts to a year on record for Kansas and continued drought conditions many are taking extra steps to preserve water. But in one Wichita neighborhood there’s a question about how the Homeowner’s Association is using

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Burke, Va., residents divided over construction of 16-story cell tower in neighborhood

Burke Centre, Va., is a planned community of more than 5,800 homes, with schools, shopping centers, trails and parks, athletic courts and swimming pools. All the amenities but one: the cell phone service here is weak.    Read more………

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Analyst reviews legal options in sewer billing debate (AL)

They received bills from a sewer company for hundreds of dollars they never knew they owed. The company claims they recently discovered some homes had been hooked up to their lines for years without being billed. They claim the developer,

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Lake Saint Louis (MO) weighs code change on private street plowing

The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen is poised to throw out an ordinance that set rules allowing the city to help pay for snow removal on some but not all private streets in the city.  The board gave a

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Pellet guns, not poison to thin rabbit population in Mission Viejo (CA)

Palmia resident Dolores Denton said she thought homeowners there should get to vote on how the community handles its rabbit issue, insisting it’s never been on a homeowners association board agenda or in a newsletter.     Read more……..

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Prayer flags bring hassle for Tibetan in Santa Fe

A Tibetan Buddhist has two small strings of Tibetan prayer flags hanging from the top of the front porch of his south Santa Fe home. When they blow in the wind, he says, they “are used to promote peace, compassion

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Using Google Groups Helps Bring a Brooklyn Condo Together

Ron Cohen, a former condo board president at the 40-story Oro in downtown Brooklyn, had a community problem: There wasn’t one. The condo has tons of amenities, terrific views, and a building-wide communication system used mainly to let residents know

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Battle over Eagle path continues in court, on ground

While fighting a land seizure suit, the Laguna Pointe homeowners carve out a second path    Read more……..

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Online vacation rentals spark crackdown on amenity use in Myrtle Beach (SC) area

As more vacation home owners turn to online rental assistance programs such as HomeAway.com to market their properties and save money, traditional on-site rental management businesses along the Grand Strand are fighting back by limiting those owners’ use of amenities

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A strong sense of community (NM)

The residents, mostly single women, share an outdoor plaza, a large acequia-irrigated vegetable garden and fruit trees, a guest casita and a multipurpose room that is used for homeowners’ association meetings, potluck dinners, yoga classes and more.   Read more………

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9 Investigates when gunfire next door is legal (FL)

While cities and counties are prohibited from imposing ordinances, attorneys said homeowners associations may have the authority that local leaders do not.   Because of the contract between a homeowner and a homeowners association., the regulation of noise and other issues

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Morris subdivision (AL) residents still upset over developer’s unfinished street paving

According to some of them, and to Morris Mayor Joe Pylant, their subdivision developer had promised to have the Overbrook Highlands subdivision paved by the time winter 2013 started.       Read more……..

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Communities (FL) considering new “bear-wise” restrictions

With Seminole County leaders reluctant to impose mandates, homeowner associations plagued by Florida black bears are starting to consider new rules that would require residents to adopt so-called “bear-wise” safety practices in their neighborhoods.   Read more………

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Royal Palm Beach resident fights to save oak trees in development

Homeowners Association President Joe Gall said they’ve been discussing the issue for months, and the trees have to come down so no one gets hurt.   “People can trip over the sidewalks,” he said. “It’s a huge liability issue. One person

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Sarasota (FL) nightclub owners sues condo amid dispute

A simmering feud between a downtown club owner and a nearby condo association is headed for court.   Read more……..

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Who’s watching the HOAs?

Homeowner associations get accused of being too strict or doing nothing at all. How to hold anyone accountable leaves many neighbors scratching their heads or turning red in the face.    Read more……..

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Speaking up for those annoying Canada geese (PA)

At the Meadows of Washington Township, Canada geese have made themselves quite at home, thank you.  Picturesque pairs nurture their fuzzy-wuzzy goslings on the lush lawns of the condominium community, where a lovely little lake helps make for a bit

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Milford (CT) Man Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Condo Funds

A Milford man employed as comptroller for a Westport property management company pleaded guilty today to federal fraud charges in connection with embezzlement of approximately $108,000, prosecutors said.    Read more……..

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Two Sections in the Woodlands (FL) Not Legally Part of the HOA Says Attorney

After 40 years, the assumption that our homeowners association included every section in the Woodlands proved otherwise when board members produced Articles of Incorporation that showed that there were two sections that weren’t even part of the HOA at Monday

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Property management employee charged in $43,000 theft from Port Orange association (FL)

An employee of an Orlando-based property and real estate management company is accused of siphoning over $43,000 from one of the firm’s communities in Port Orange, a police report shows.   Read more……..

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Rising gator complaints worry Lakewood Ranch (FL) officials

In Florida, we’ve all gone gator: college mascots, Orlando amusement parks, countless dives and joints from Jacksonville to Key West.  We love them, humanize them — until they get in the way, that is.       Read more……..

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New Town (MO) removes unusual homeowner insurance requirement

Five weeks after a New Town resident publicly complained about an unusual insurance requirement on his new home, the community’s homeowners association has changed the policy.   Read more………

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4 defendants in Las Vegas (NV) HOA case strike deals to plead guilty

Four defendants charged with Leon Benzer, the alleged mastermind of the scheme to take over Las Vegas-area homeowners associations, have struck deals to plead guilty next week in federal court.   Read more……..

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CA: Judge: Yeagers must pay $40K in fees

Chuck Yeager, the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, has been ordered by a California judge to pay more than $40,000 in fees to a homeowners association.    Read more……..

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Black Bear Reserve (FL) community rebuilds after developers arrested for theft

Deborah Spicer of the Black Bear Reserve homeowner association has worked to stabilize Black Bear Reserve, where developers were arrested on charges that they drained homeowner association accounts of $1.5 million and tried to hide the money in shell companies.

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Lake Saint Louis (MO) debates continued use of public funds to plow private streets

The Lake Saint Louis Board of Aldermen are poised to throw out an ordinance that set rules allowing the city to help pay for snow removal on some but not all private streets in the city.   Read more……..

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Local home owners (SC) pay big H.O.A fees but no promised perks

Those living in a development in Berkeley County say they are not happy. They say they were promised amenities that haven’t arrived yet, even though they pay big money in annual home owner fees.    Read more……..

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Midtown Miami (FL) Owners Revolt Against Condo President Over $2.4 Million Lobby Renovation

A Midtown Miami condo association president is in a messy dispute with other residents, some of whom are pushing to remove him from the board.   Read more…….

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Man With Sign Stirring Debate in Lexington (KY) Neighborhood

Here’s been standing on the side of the road for a little less than a week trying to call his neighborhood to attention.   Read more……..

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Report: Menifee Lake (CA) Fish Kill Attributed to Toxic Algae

Additional tests of the water in Lake Menifee showed high levels of toxic algae that is considered to be the cause of the death of thousands of fish since the end of April, the lake manager said today.     Read

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Rabbits in Broomfield’s (CO) Wildgrass area win reprieve

After residents in Broomfield’s Wildgrass area protested a decision to trap and kill rabbits in the neighborhood, one resident has offered to pay for the rabbits to be transported to a wildlife refuge instead.     Read more………

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Homeowner involved in HOA dispute over handicap lift turns to ABC11 (NC) Troubleshooter

A homeowner who found herself in a dispute with her homeowner’s association over a handicap lift turned to the ABC11 Troubleshooter for help.    Read more………

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Dubuque (IA) homeowners association reports theft of $27,000

According to a Dubuque police report, Kelly’s Bluff Homeowner’s Association, 3 Kelly’s Bluff, Lot A, reported the theft of $27,758.83 between November 2010 and 8:20 a.m. May 5. The report said that amount was lost through checks and possibly money

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