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Industry Experts Weigh in on (FHA) Condo Rules

While the Federal Housing Administration has loosened its condominium approval requirements in recent years, many properties continue to struggle to meet overly stringent criteria and the majority of properties are being denied. That’s according to a panel of industry experts

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Help! Illegal dumping is costing my HOA $2k in fines from DPW! (DC)

I understand you have a job to do and I appreciate your efforts to keep our DC streets and alleys clean. I even respect the trash enforcement team and the job they do. Trash breeds rats and lord knows I

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San Diego (CA) faces $30M in liabilities for condos’ defective pipes

The City of San Diego will soon be shelling out tens of millions of dollars in claims over corroded sewage pipes leaking hydrogen sulfide gas into expensive condominiums downtown.     Read more……

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City meeting to explain legislative impact on Homeowners Association (NM)

A meeting on Tuesday for board members and residents with the local Homeowner’s Association will discuss how state legislation passed this year will affect homeowners and their families.   Read more……

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Ford’s Colony HOA (VA) Votes to Take Ownership of Ford’s Colony Drive

The Ford’s Colony Homeowner’s Association is attempting to take control of Ford’s Colony Drive, which is in need of repaving. Tom Brownlie, president of the Ford’s Colony HOA, said there was a legacy issue with Ford’s Colony Drive that made

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Clark County (NV) assessor responds to article about taxes on HOA homes

Last week, I received a telephone call from Clark County Assessor Michele Michelle Shafe, in response to my article pertaining to taxes on association homes. She asked me to correct one error that I made in the article.    

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Joan Rivers scores legal victory against alleged UES squatter

The comedienne’s 1 East 62nd Street condo board can block rental tenant Elizabeth Hazan and her unit’s corporate owners from entering the building, a Manhattan judge ruled Friday. The preliminary injunction barring them from the unit will remain in place

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Montgomery County (MD) program can help if you’re behind on condo, homeowners dues

Are you having problems paying your condominium or homeowners association dues? If you have a reverse mortgage, can you afford to pay your real estate tax? If you are a resident in Montgomery County, there is a program that can

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Embezzled HOA funds are repaid, but man still faces charges (GA)

The former treasurer of the McEver Woods Homeowners Association in north Cobb is facing felony theft charges despite having repaid the almost $44,000 he is accused of stealing.   Read more……

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Edgehill condos improving, but more repairs underway (VA)

The homeowners association of a Bon Air condominium complex has resolved one of its building code cases, but still has a long way to go on several others. Representatives of the Edgehill Condominium Association were back in Chesterfield General District

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Joan Rivers, condo board head back to court to evict feisty squatting tenant (NY)

Rivers and the rest of the Upper East Side residence’s board says Elizabeth Hazan, who owes $200,000, has created a fire hazard by using candles to light the unit after failing to pay her electricity bill.    Read more…..

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$480K verdict stands in South Haven (MI) contaminated condo case

The Michigan appeals court has upheld a $480,000 verdict for a couple who bought a condominium in a Lake Michigan town without knowing the ground around the building was contaminated.   Read more…….

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Disappearing Groundwater Causing WVC Homes To Sink (UT)

Over the past two and a half years, what began as a small crack in Juli Wallace’s townhome has become a massive crevasse that exposes the sky from inside her son’s bedroom. Her house is pulling away from her neighbors’.

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Stapleton (CO) HOA moves to ban farm animals

It’s touted as a green, environmentally-friendly community. But now, chickens, ducks, rabbits and goats must go. That’s the ruling from the Stapleton Neighborhood No. 7 Homeowner’s Association board. The board voted to ban all “farm animals” at a meeting in

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Homeowners group wants Kent County (DE) to collect fees

The Kent County Homeowners Associations Resolving Problems, better known as HARP, proposed that the county become responsible for the collection of homeowners association fees at Tuesday’s Levy Court meeting. Most Kent County HOAs have a delinquency rate of almost 10

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Man accused of embezzling from HOA (GA)

Jim Unites Goshay Jr. has been charged with felony theft after police say he embezzled $43,916 from the McEver Woods Subdivision Homeowners Association in Acworth.    Read more……

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Condo association manager accused of grand theft (FL)

A former Port Charlotte condo association manager has been charged with grand theft after investigators say she stole over $7,000 over a span of three years from Loveland Courtyard Condos.  Read more…….

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Former strata member to be sentenced in East Van condo fraud (BC)

A former member of a Vancouver strata council will be sentenced on Monday after bilking his fellow homeowners out of more than $160,000. Patrick Au has pleaded guilty to theft and fraud over $5,000. Au was a volunteer member of

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Case-Shiller Index : U.S. Condos Increasing In Value Faster Than Comparable Single-Family Homes

As the U.S. housing market gains, it’s taking the condominium market with it. Home price growth in condos and co-ops is outpacing growth in single-family residences. This is a major shift for the housing market — condominiums were among the

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Portsmouth (ME) condos claim gas was shut off without warning

A local condominium association has filed a complaint with the state’s Public Utilities Commission alleging technicians working for Unitil shut off gas at four homes last month without notifying the homeowners.     Read more…….

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Florida Homeowner Scores Permanent Injunction Against HOA After Guests Denied Entry to His Home

A circuit court judge has ordered a Central Florida homeowners association to stop its practice of denying homeowner guests’ entry into the community of homeowner as a way of forcing payment of past due assessments. Judge Marlene Alva issued a

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Lopatcong Township (PA) condo complex to get emergency road in response to 2005 crisis

A police chase that ended in a standoff at a Lopatcong Township condominium complex in 2005 has prompted officials to pursue construction of a new emergency access road.   Read more……

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Neighborhoods crack down on rental properties (IN)

Neighborhood groups across Indiana are placing limits on rental properties after a wave of purchases by investors in the past year, forcing some of the buyers to put the houses back on the market.    Read more……

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Communities embrace Firewise recognition (CO)

When the Fourmile Canyon Fire in Boulder County destroyed 169 homes and caused more than $217 million in damage in September 2010, Roger Mattson really took notice. He began exploring ways to create a defensible space around his home in

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Condo residents forced to pay fire bill (CT)

People living at a condominium complex in Farmington are not happy about a bill they’re getting for fire cleanup. That fire happened at the Greenbriar Condominiums two years ago and left two condos destroyed.     Read more……..

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Report links defects litigation as cause of condo building slump (CO)

An independent report examining the lack of condominium construction in the Denver area concludes that a number of factors held the market down during the recession but the major factor inhibiting its recovery going forward is a statewide construction defects

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Homeowner, lake group still at odds (MO)

The Lake at Twelve Oaks Homes Association and the Scott Hausman family squared off Wednesday to once again argue about solar panels. John Burns, attorney for the homeowners association, reminded Mr. Hausman that an amended complaint had been filed, seeking

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Woman pleads guilty to Hollymead embezzlement (VA)

An Albemarle County woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling roughly $73,000 from a Hollymead homeowners association.  Read more…….

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Sanford bans guns from neighborhood watch patrol after Zimmerman case

The new police chief of Sanford is shaking things up nearly 2 years after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin put the Florida community in the national spotlight.  Read more…….

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Condo association sues waterproofing company for thin coverage (LA)

A New Orleans condo association is suing a waterproofing company for applying too-thin coats of its product on its building.   Read more……

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HOA to pay $65K after banning family’s ambulance (NV)

Federal officials say a Las Vegas homeowners association will pay $65,000 to a family after refusing to allow them to park an ambulance in the driveway.   Read more……

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Torrington homeowners association treasurer investigated for ‘mismanagement’ (CT)

Torrington’s Arbor Ridge Homeowner’s Association is, “conducting a full and detailed investigation” to determine the “scope and extent” of “mismanagement,” by its former treasurer, Roger Okenquist.    Read more…….

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Hurley condo association treasurer faces theft counts (MI)

A 73-year-old Hurley man appeared in Iron County Court Monday morning on two felony counts of theft in a business setting over $10,000.   Read more…….

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Boardman woman gets probation, jail time for stealing from condo association (OH)

A Boardman woman was sentenced today to five years’ probation, and will spend the first six months of it in Mahoning County jail, after she pleaded guilty to stealing from the Sunset Knoll Condo Association, while serving as its bookkeeper.

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Stop squeezing our spots! SI condo owners sue over parking (NY)

Staten Island condo owners are crying foul after the board members of their private complex reconfigured parking, enlarging their own spaces while significantly squishing others.    Read more…….

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Squabble With HOA Keeps Flood Victims From Returning Home (CO)

A squabble with a homeowners association is keeping hundreds of flood victims from returning home.    Read more……

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Can condos and electric cars co-exist? (CA)

Electric cars and charging equipment are an easy fit for a single-family homeowner with a garage. For condo and apartment dwellers — not so much. More than one-third of San Diego County residents live in multi-family units, where overnight charging

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Paint job has homeowner seeing red (NM)

An Albuquerque woman thought her home could use a little color and a little character. Now, she’s getting the business from her homeowners association because of it, and she’s seeing red because of that.    Read more…..

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Fairwinds dedicates new rain gardens (MD)

The Fairwinds Condominium Association dedication of their rain gardens Oct. 19. The Chesapeake Bay Trust awarded a $25,000 grant to the community for the installation. Jana Davis, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, thanked the association for their successful

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Murrysville homeowners association wins in case over planters, wood rack (PA)

In a case that pit a homeowners association against a property owner who said its enforcement of rules is hurting property values, the George Commons homeowners association came out the winner.    Read more…..

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Trulia Survey: More Than 2 in 3 Americans Generally Like Their Neighbors, But Almost Half Don’t Know Their Neighbors’ Names

Two-thirds of Americans like their neighbors, even if almost half don’t know their neighbors’ names. But it’s not always easy being a good neighbor. Many Americans want neighbors who are similar to themselves, and even friendly neighbors can be judgmental,

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Condo management stops paying water bill

A condo association is meeting later this week to make sure their water stays on. It comes after a management company wasn’t paying the water bill even though folks who live there were.    Read more…….

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Homeowners ask court for rehearing on rental ban (MS)

Northbay homeowners are asking the Mississippi Court of Appeals for a rehearing over their long-standing rental ban that was reversed by the judicial body in September.    Read more……

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Dealing with HOA Assessment Increases (NV)

It’s that time of year again! That scary, suspenseful time that hits right about now every year. No, not Halloween…budgets.   Read more…..

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Federal judge dismisses sexual harassment case against Saw Creek Estates

A federal judge has dismissed a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit filed against Saw Creek Estates by a former public safety dispatcher at the Bushkill gated community.    Read more……

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Wallingford (CT) condo complex without hot water for 8 days

People in one Wallingford condo complex say they haven’t had hot water for more than a week and they want something done about it. After getting the run-around from the property owner, they came to News 8 for help.  

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Bixby man charged with embezzling from homeowners’ association

Prosecutors have charged a Bixby man of embezzling nearly $18,000 from a homeowners’ association.     Read more……

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Litchfield Plantation: Suit over former developer’s arrest moves forward

A suit brought by a former developer of Litchfield Plantation claiming he was falsely accused of theft by three members of the property owners association should move forward, a Circuit Court judge ruled last week.     Read more…..

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Northbay subdivision appeals rental ruling

Leaders of a Madison County subdivision hope to overturn a ruling last week by the state Court of Appeals, which reversed a long-standing rental ban.     Read more…….

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After complaints, Sellersville Mews may allow 2 pets or none

After complaints about the way the homeowners association was handling fines aired in The Intelligencer and other local media, members of the association sent a notice to residents that they were preparing an amendment to the development’s pet restrictions.  

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