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The Condo conundrum: Social media at the association (NH)

One would think social media, particularly the use of a website with, for instance, a space to post comments or blog, would be perfect for community association living, and it can be. But as with many other things in life,

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Woman ordered to pay $66K in restitution in theft case (NH)

An Intervale woman has been sent to jail and ordered to pay more than $66,400 in restitution to a local condo association as a result of pleading guilty to theft.  Lynne Barry, 54, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft by unauthorized

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Great North acquires Cityside Management condo portfolio (NH)

Great North Property Management, the Exeter-based condominium association management firm, has purchased the condominium management portfolio of Cityside Management Corp. of Manchester.  The acquisition brings Great North’s total portfolio to more than 350 community associations with over 24,000 units, said

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Gated community withdraws suit over WOW Trail plans (NH)

Homeowners in the South Down development on Paugus Bay have voluntarily withdrawn their lawsuit against the state Department of Transportation but are prepared to refile it if plans for a public recreational trail along the shorefront advance.  Residents of South

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All I really know about condo life I learned in kindergarten (NH)

Life in condominium associations is usually much easier that some make it. From the owner complaining about the maintenance responsibility of doors and windows without any knowledge of the boundaries, to owners who believe they can do anything to or

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Emotional Support Animals can create mess for condo boards

More and more condominium associations are facing the issue of what to do when an association has a  “No Pets” policy and someone claims a need for an Emotional Support Animal, aka an ESA.    Read the article……….

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NH condo complex evacuated after oil ignites on stove, firefighters called in to help

Residents of a downtown condominium complex were evacuated Saturday night after firefighters rushed to a reported fire in one of the units.  Nashua Fire Rescue was called to 7 Atherton Ave., Apt. 2, just before midnight for a reported kitchen

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No injuries reported in Hamden condo blaze (NH)

The cause of a multi-unit condo blaze is under investigation after a fire was sparked in a unit at Hillside Village housing complex.  Hamden firefighters arrived to a heavy blaze at Townhouse Road complex, with fire burning through the central

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Intervale woman accused of embezzling from condo association (NH)

An Intervale woman is facing charges for allegedly embezzling over $100,000 from Northbrook Condominium Association between April 2014 and October 2015.  Bartlett police officers arrested Lynne Barry, 53, at her home on April 25.  Barry has no prior criminal history,

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Woman accused of taking $100,000 from NH condo association

A woman has been arrested after she was accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from a town condo association over 18 months.  Police said Lynne Barry, 53 of Intervale, stole the money from the Northbrook Condominium Association from April 2014

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Water wars: Stratham resident blasts Hampton selectmen (NH)

Stratham residents criticized Hampton selectmen for their opposition to Aquarion Water Co. providing water to their neighborhood, which they say desperately needs a new water supply.  Hampton selectmen at their April 3 meeting opposed Aquarion connecting to 43 Stratham homes,

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Hampton may challenge providing water to distressed Stratham homes (NH)

Hampton town officials may fight a new state order that Aquarion Water Company, which provides water to Hampton, Rye and North Hampton, extend its service to two Stratham developments.  Selectmen met with two North Hampton water commissioners and town counsel

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How to deal with nuisance smells in condos

I recently had an issue arise at a condo association that is not terribly uncommon. An American couple of Indian ethnicity cooks with curry. Sometimes a lot. The odor wafted into a neighbor’s unit and he complained to the board.

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Trash collection for condo complex denied (NH)

Selectmen rejected a condo developer’s request for trash pickup for the third time, saying they have no intention of changing the town’s trash collection policy.  Warren Kelly made the request for trash collection for his 26-unit complex at 377 Ocean

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New Hampshire firm acquires Worcester condo company

Worcester condominium management services provider Rickman Companies announced it has been acquired by Great North Property Management of New Hampshire, a major New England provider of condominium management services.  Rickman Co-founder and CEO Jason Rickman said in a press release

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Large blaze rips through condo complex at Loon Mountain (NH)

Several people were forced from their homes Thursday night when a two-alarm fire ripped through a condo complex Thursday at Loon Mountain.  The blaze broke out shortly after 9 p.m. near the base of the resort on Ram’s Horn Drive

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NH Supreme Court issues key condo financing ruling

In NH Housing Finance Authority v. Pinewood Estates Condominium Association, the question was whether a foreclosing mortgagee could be held liable for the unpaid assessments incurred by a prior delinquent owner. The NHHFA had acquired, in a foreclosure sale, title

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Unhappy holidays at the condo? (NH)

Summer is distant memory; fall is slowly fading like the color on the leaves; winter is coming and the holidays with them, a situation that brings a certain set of issues not usually thought of at condominium associations. It is

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Complaints About Toxins, Shoddy Construction Trail New England Developer (NH)

The Crims and five other homeowners also complained to the Consumer Protection Bureau of the N.H. Department of Justice. The state hired a civil engineer to inspect 40 brand new homes. The engineer found 450 building code violations, including walls

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70 firefighters combat chimney fire at North Woodstock condo complex (NH)

There were no injuries, but three people, two guinea pigs and a dog were displaced Saturday afternoon when a chimney fire destroyed one unit and heavily damaged another at the Alpine Village condominiums, according to authorities.  Reported at 12:46 p.m.,

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New laws change condo association management (NH)

Believe it or not, this is the short version. There is much to like about the new laws, but some have to be instituted immediately, and some can only be done,

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NH Legislature rewrites Condo Act

here are some of the highlights, some of which will require associations to amend their bylaws and perhaps their declaration to enact the changes:

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NH Supreme Court upholds members-only beach access

The state’s highest court ruled that an original site plan recorded the easement over the Lynn’s property and that the prior owners were aware of it and had no complaints about it for the 20 years they lived there.

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High times at condo association

Tobacco, medical pot raises regulatory concerns

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Are purchasers of condos responsible for past owners’ unpaid assessments? (NH)

Timely assessment payments help keep condo associations afloat. Those without a slew of delinquencies should consider themselves blessed

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Water pressure solutions discussed for Bunker Lane Condos (NH)

Possible solutions to the water pressure problem at the Bunker Lane Condo Association were outlined at a public hearing held by the selectmen

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Condo associations not responsible for ice dam damage (NH)

Sadly, in Condo World, one of the major concerns of homeowners in condominium associations this time of year is the fear of the slow steady trickle of water that first appears as a spot that owners try to convince themselves

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Lightning strike causes fire, damages Lebanon (NH) condo

A lighting strike late Thursday afternoon sparked a fire that caused $50,000 in damage to 27 Rio Vista, a 2½-story condominium building.  The strike was reported at 4:15 p.m. There was no smoke or flames showing when firefighters arrived four

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Condo association bookkeeper pleads guilty to fraud (NH)

A bookkeeper who handled condominium association accounts at Waterville Valley pleaded guilty Tuesday to wire fraud and other charges.      Read the article…………

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Condo owners told they could go home soon (NH)

Residents who resided at the Hooksett condo building where a roof collapsed last winter were told Thursday they can move back in soon.  “People want to get back,” condo owner Lisa Depalma said.  No definite date was given but Thursday

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Haverhill Execs Plead ‘Not Guilty’ in $100,000+ Condo Larceny (MA)

Two Haverhill-based property management executives were arraigned today in Salem Superior Court on larceny and conspiracy charges following a joint investigation by the Essex District Attorney’s office and Haverhill Police.  Read the article……..

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Salem (MA) Property Manager Arraigned on Larceny and Conspiracy Charges

Two executives in a Haverhill-based property management company were arraigned on Wednesday in Salem Superior Court on larceny and conspiracy charges following a joint investigation by the Essex District Attorney’s Office and the Haverhill Police Department.    Read the article……….

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Board powers are broad powers

In an earlier column, I explained the occasional problem of a board whose powers have gone to its collective head and turned into a rogue board. But that’s a bit unfair because the vast majority of boards are well intentioned,

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Newport Woman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Condo Associations in NH

A 38-year-old Newport woman could face decades in prison and nearly $3 million in fines after pleading guilty in United States District Court today to defrauding about 27 vacation condo associations in New Hampshire.     Read more………

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Changing the rules of the game

Condominiums in New Hampshire have been around since the early 1970s. The earliest I have seen is one from 1972. People, the world, and even condominiums change. As such, what was a good law or a good policy in the

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3-alarm fire at Rochester (NH) condo leaves 20 homeless

At least 20 people were displaced when a three-alarm fire tore through a Rochester condo complex on Thursday night.  Crews were called to Dustin Homestead around 9 p.m., where the flames were quickly spreading through the attic of the six-unit

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Police officer rescues disabled man from Portsmouth condo fire

A couple escaped a fire at their condominium early Wednesday morning with help from a police officer who acted quickly as propane fed the flames.     Read more……….

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Dozens displaced in partial roof collapse at Hooksett (NH) condos

Dozens of residents will be displaced for weeks or longer after the roof on their 30-unit condominium building partially collapsed Monday morning, sending a beam crashing onto an attic floor.      Read more……….

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Exeter (NH) complex evacuated over high level of carbon monoxide, 8 people hospitalized

A high level of carbon monoxide was detected in an Exeter apartment building on Thursday morning, sending several people to the hospital.    Read more……….

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HUD Charges, Reaches Settlements with Housing Providers in AL, CA, MI and NH After Complaints Alleging Discrimination Against Residents with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has charged housing providers operating in California and New Hampshire, and reached settlement agreements with providers in Alabama and Michigan amid allegations that they discriminated against residents

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Portwalk developer, contractor sued by condo association

The developer and contractor for the controversial Portwalk mixed-use project are the focus of a lawsuit that alleges the nearby Harbour Hill Condominium, which is another one of their developments, suffered from shoddy construction, according to court records.   Read more………

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Their condo was destroyed in shooting that claimed Brentwood (NH) officer but couple gets bill for dues and fees

Jim and Susan Maguire saw their Brentwood condominium burn to the ground in May after a distraught neighbor killed a Brentwood police officer and set their two-unit building on fire.  The retirees lost nearly everything — furniture, clothes, two cats,

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Hampton (NH) condo owners irate over cell antennas

Residents of a large Hampton Beach condominium complex have filed a complaint with the attorney general’s office as part of an effort to block the installation of cell antennas on the building.     Read more……..

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The 2014 Legislative Agenda in New England

The old saying that the only sure things in life are death and taxes leaves out a third certainty: legislation. Across New England each year, thousands of bills get filed in state legislatures, many of them as mundane as the

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Doctor Shot To Death After Altercation At NH Lake

Those who live along the lake say the shooter was another neighbor, and the two men had argued in the past over dock space.  “It’s a little isolated up here…sometimes we feel we’re part of a Stephen King novel or

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Condo owners displaced after one-alarm fire in Hampton (NH)

A one-alarm fire caused significant damage Monday morning to a Hampton Beach condominium and rendered all 24 units in the four-story structure uninhabitable for the foreseeable future, according to fire officials.    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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Ports. (NH) condo fire quickly knocked down

Fire crews quickly knocked down a blaze at Cedar Ridge Condominiums at 380 Ocean Road Monday afternoon.    Read more……

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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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Condo laws up for review Owners at Milford’s Great Brook speak in Concord (NH)

Three bills in the state House of Representatives could change the way condominiums are governed and limit some of the power of condominium boards. One of the bills would set up a dispute resolution board, which could help the Great

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