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Why reining in homeowner associations is difficult (NC)

A couple of years ago, two members of the state House who had been overseeing efforts to rein in abusive homeowners associations gave their colleagues a skeptical send-off as they handed over leadership of their committee.     Read more…….

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Teen fighting rule against parking pickups in driveway overnight (MO)

Matt Perry worked two jobs and saved the money to buy the two toned pickup from his neighbor. Perry says he didn’t realize when he bought the truck that Valley View Subdivision where he lives has a rule against parking

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St. James (NC) rethinking bee ban

To bee or not to bee? That is the question the St. James Plantation Property Owners’ Association is considering regarding residential beekeeping.     Read more…….

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HOAs get real about water shortage (CA)

When residents at Regency Villas in University City got a peek of the condo complex’s drought-resistant landscaping during a clubhouse reception last week, it was a watershed moment, said community association manager Pamela Walker.     Read more……..

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Bug, rodent infestation in hoarders’ home forces neighbors to move (MI)

An infestation of cockroaches, fleas and rodents caused by conditions in an Ypsilanti Township hoarder condo has forced one neighbor to move and another says she is moving out at the end of the month.    Read more…..

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Possible sinkhole opens up under condo complex (FL)

A possible sinkhole has opened up beneath a 6-unit condo building in Port Richey. The Orchards of Radcliffe condo association tells 10 News a resident noticed the hole today and notified the board of directors. The board members then notified

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Commissioners approve draft homeowners association fee collection plan (DE)

The March 11 business meeting of Kent County Levy Court will see the seven commissioners voting on a policy where the county will help collect fees for homeowners associations. The panel reviewed the draft policy implementing the program through a

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Homeowners to convert Indian Springs golf course to green space (KY)

After years of opposing plans to develop part of the Indian Springs Golf Club on Westport Road, the Indian Springs Community Association has closed the course and will leave it as green space.    Read more……..

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Condo Arson Suspect Speaks Out On Facebook (CO)

The arson suspect wanted in the Corona Village condominium fire has turned himself in to authorities.   Read more…….

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Judge orders water service to remain on at troubled condo complex in Temple Hills (MD)

A Prince George’s County judge has postponed the scheduled water shut-off at a troubled condominium complex in Temple Hills, preventing the property from being condemned.     Read more……

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Bookkeeper gets prison time for stealing from condo association (MO)

A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for embezzling money from a condominium association for which he worked.     Read more……..

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Rain believed to have caused land movement at Lakeside Heights

The amount of rain over the past couple weeks is believed to have caused land movement at the Lakeside Heights subdivision in Lakeport on Wednesday.   Read more……..

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Commissioners (DE) approve draft homeowners association fee collection plan

The March 11 business meeting of Kent County Levy Court will see the seven commissioners voting on a policy where the county will help collect fees for homeowners associations. The panel reviewed the draft policy implementing the program through a

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Condo Owners (NY) Want Collective Water Bill Error Fixed

Every time condo owner Michael Dellacroce turns on his water he’s reminded of a huge bill he doesn’t owe. “Apparently there’s one household that hasn’t paid their water bill,” he said.    Read more………

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Murfreesboro (TN) Police looking into theft claim filed by local Homeowners Association

Murfreesboro Police are looking into a case that involves a property manager who is accused of inappropriately taking over $21,000 for her personal use. The allegation was reported to police earlier this week.     Read more………

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Milford (NH) condo owners fire management

The new board of directors for the Great Brook Condominiums has fired the Milford complex’s management company, concluding months of struggle to end what condo owners called an oppressive relationship.    Read more…….

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Woman blames HOA treatment for decision not to build (NC)

Blake said the couple’s proposed plans purchased from Southern Living House Plans were deemed “not Lowcountry” by architectural review board member Ed Ross, in keeping with the community’s home style.    Read more…….

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Will Franklin (TN)leave out private neighborhoods in leaf collection?

Residents in 14 private and gated Franklin subdivisions could see the city to sweep away a 30-year practice of not removing the leaves from their curbs.   Read more………

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Update (NJ): 1 Dead, At Least 7 Injured In Explosion At NJ Condo Complex

A powerful gas explosion at a Ewing, N.J. town house complex left one person (resident) dead and at least seven people injured Tuesday.     Read more……..

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Brandermill (VA) daycare’s conditional permit request denied

On Wednesday night, the Brandermill Community Association (BCAA) voted down Joni Roberts’ request to continue operating her in-home daycare under a conditional use permit. For several months, Roberts has been battling to keep her business up and running. After tonight

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Security, gate upgrades on minds of many in Lakewood Ranch (FL)

Concern has grown after two mid-morning break-ins were reported in February in the Thornhill community on the golf course, when sliding doors in the back of the homes were jimmied open. The burglaries came just as residents said they were

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NV Gov. Sandoval replaces three members of homeowners association oversight panel

Three members of a state board overseeing Nevada’s homeowners associations have been replaced by Gov. Brian Sandoval, but a state official said Wednesday it has nothing to do with a long-simmering dispute over the ability of collection agencies to recover

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Update: Condo complex makes big payment on overdue water bill (MD)

Managers at the Lynnhill Condominium in Prince George’s County have made a large payment to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), avoiding–for now– the possibility of a shut-off of water service.      Read more……..

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Homeowner fee billing plan presented to Levy Court (DE)

The Kent County Homeowners Associations Resolving Problems (HARP) proposed in November that the county become responsible for the collection of homeowners association fees.    Read more…….

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Centennial HOA (CO) seeks aid for $3.2 million in repairs

The Aspen City Council held a joint work session with the Pitkin County Commissioners on Tuesday, one in which they debated whether public dollars should be used to repair the Centennial affordable-housing complex, which needs about $3.24 million of work.

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Man Hangs KKK, Confederate Flags Above Florida Home

A self-proclaimed recruiter for the Knights Party of the Ku Klux Klan is drawing attention for the KKK and Confederate flags he has been flying above his West Boca Raton home.   Read more…….

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Montauk Shores (NY) complex to pay $40G fine over oceanfront wall

An oceanfront condominium complex has agreed to pay a $40,000 fine and remove a 12-foot stone wall along the ocean that exceeded the size permitted by the State Department of Environmental Conservation.     Read more…….

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HOA HOMEFRONT: Reader questions on swimming pools

Our Board permits use of our pool by a nonprofit swim team organization of which non-residents comprise approximately half of the team. Swim team members pay for membership but a portion of such dues does not contribute to pool maintenance

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Elderly Man Faces Homelessness After Being Evicted For Growing A Garden (FL)

Rules are rules and the homeowners association inside Royal Manor Estates in Boynton Beach follows them very closely. That’s why a 4′ x 8′ garden outside the home of Israel Negron has put management over the edge and the Negron

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Private communities want to raze vacant, dangerous houses — but law says they can’t

Candy wrappers and soda bottles litter the ground at the remains of a home consumed long ago by fire. The door, once locked, is swung open. Pocono Farms East Board President Bryan Sandford said he came upon the scene last

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Condo Complex (NH) Evacuated Due to Suspicious Package

Around 6 p.m., Hudson Police responded to the Elmwood Village Condominium Complex for the report of a suspicious item located on a door step. Upon arrival, officers observed an unidentified brown box on the front step of a unit. Hudson

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HOA head in Rancho Santa Fe (CA) is paid $275K-plus

The head of the Rancho Santa Fe homeowners association has received more than $275,000 in compensation for the past three years, and the president of the board was ousted from her position after she raised questions about it.     Read

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Will condo members pay to fill up their neighbor’s electric car?

They are starting to show up in parking spaces and garages in condominiums around town. The Volts, the Leafs, the Focuses, the Fits, the Teslas and more makes are on the way, such as the Sparks, the iQs, the ActiveEs

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Lights Out? Smokers’ Rights Group Enlisted, Without Success, to Tangle with UWS Condo Building

The New York Peace Institute, a group devoted to mediation and conflict resolution, recently received an inquiring message from Audrey Silk, the founder of a non-profit known as NYC C.L.A.S.H.—Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment—regarding an informational meeting for residents of

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Rossmoor Homeowners present $10,000 to Los Al Education Foundation (CA)

The Rossmoor Homeowners Association (RHA) generously granted $10,000 to the Los Alamitos Education Foundation on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the RHA monthly board meeting.    Read more…….

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Homeowners association embezzlement charge against Bixby (OK) man dropped

Horvath’s attorney, Stan Monroe, said Friday night that his client got “caught in the middle” of a dispute between current and former board members of the homeowners association.     Read more…….

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Upscale private development wants Salt Lake City (UT) to maintain its streets

When should a private street become a public one? The Salt Lake City Council will again wrestle with that conundrum soon. An upscale subdivision is petitioning the city to take over snow removal, garbage collection and maintenance of its private

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Victory for prosecution: Judge sets Oct. 6 trial in HOA takeover case (NV)

Federal prosecutors won a hard-fought victory Wednesday in the high-profile criminal case involving the takeover of Las Vegas valley homeowners associations. U.S. District Judge James Mahan ordered a seven-month delay in the March 3 trial of 10 defendants charged in

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Cooperation Reaps Grant To Help Glen Haven (CO)

The work of three Estes Park Rotary Clubs will result in repair of a North Fork River crossing in Glen Haven, a community whose infrastructure was severely damaged in the September flood.    Read more……

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Neighbors at odds over synagogue in Highlands of McKamy (TX) home

About 25 families meet for prayer and study groups throughout the week, but some neighbors aren’t too happy with it. One neighbor, David Schneider, has sued Congregation Toras Chaim in Collin County district court. That’s because services are being held in

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HOA board evicting some pets in Myrtle Beach (SC) area

Sheila and Sherm Bertrand feel like one of their three, 14-year-old dogs has been handed a death sentence by the property owners association at Dunes Pointe Plantation. The association board recently voted to limit each residence to just two pets,

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HOA, Family Come to Agreement Over Military Banner (LA)

During a recent mediation session, the family and HOA agreed the banner could go back up. The agreement says the family will be allowed to display the banner outside their home starting March 1st, and can leave it up until

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Cotati (CA) woman pursuing a ban on indoor condo smoking

Even on the coldest days and nights, Alicia Orozco keeps the furnace in her Cotati condominium switched off and the windows partially open. Orozco, 33, and her 2-year-old daughter bundle up against the chill and use space heaters for meager

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Residents protest HOA plan change (TN)

Local residents are speaking out against a planned neighborhood development they feel is designed to circumvent regulations set down by their homeowner’s association.    Read more…….

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Victory for prosecution (NV): Judge sets Oct. 6 trial in HOA takeover case

Federal prosecutors won a hard-fought victory Wednesday in the high-profile criminal case involving the takeover of Las Vegas valley homeowners associations.    Read more……..

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Day care dispute turns ugly (VA)

On a split vote, the county Planning Commission has declined to endorse a home-based day care in Brandermill following a public hearing marked by accusations of discrimination and false accusations.      Read more……..

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Disabled Pasco (FL) woman sues nudist community (HOA) over service dog

At Paradise Lakes Resort, the rules for clothing are loose. In fact, there are no rules for clothing — it’s optional. The rules for pets? More restrictive.     Read more…….

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Another County (MO) Boondoggle: Eminent Domain Lawsuit (from HOA) May Cost County Taxpayers Millions

The subdivision’s leaders filed suit, with a trial getting underway where they’ll ask jurors to award them in excess of $2 million for the land they say should not have been taken at all.     Read more…….

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HOA HOMEFRONT: Presidential discount; late board packets

I read your column in the newspaper on homeowner associations (HOAs) and I’m currently a president of one. A friend of mine also belongs to a homeowners association as a condo owner and the person commented to me that they

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Indiana deck collapse caught on video; lawsuits filed

The WAVE 3 news troubleshooter department obtained security camera footage of the deck collapse from victims, who are now suing the deck builder, and the homeowners association that ran the clubhouse where it happened.     Read more…….

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