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New laws change condo association management (NH)

This is Part II of legislative changes to the Condominium Act that went into effect Aug. 1. The caveat is many of the actions boards and associations have been taking now must be explicitly in the bylaws (not even in

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Condo association files suit to stop commercial business (NH)

A disagreement about the permitted activities at a residential condominium complex in The Weirs has spilled over into court.  The officers of the Last Resort Condo Association who also own three of the five units, filed for a temporary and

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NH Legislature rewrites Condo Act

After a near two-year process, the New Hampshire Legislature agreed on a bill to update the Condo Act, which Gov. Hassan signed on June 24, making it a law effective Monday, Aug. 1.  As with most pieces of legislation (and

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NH Supreme Court upholds members-only beach access

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled that residents of the exclusive Wentworth By The Sea homeowners association have the right to cross one of the 100 private properties comprising the association in order to access the beach.     Read

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High times at condo association

It’s almost spring. That means it’s almost time to be sitting outside on your deck, having a drink with friends, laughing, looking up at the stars, breathing deeply the fresh clean air … and hacking because a neighbor is smoking.

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

According to the Community Associations Institute, of the thousands of associations that exist in New Hampshire, more than 40 percent belong to condominiums. That’s a lot of condos.     Read the article……………….

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Water pressure solutions discussed for Bunker Lane Condos (NH)

Residents of the park have long-reported having very low water pressure and the public hearing revealed that some have installed equipment which boosts the pressure. The pressure is low due to there being but a two-inch pipe from the main.

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Two-alarm blaze causes damage to a Laconia (NH) condo

Firefighters fought an early morning two-alarm blaze on Sunday, which caused an estimated $50,000 worth of damage to a condominium building on Endicott Street North.    Read the article………

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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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CAI addresses concerns with senators and representatives

During the August Congress recess, CAI members around the country met with members of the senate and house of representative in their district (local) offices. Each year the August recess is a great opportunity for advocates to schedule in-person meetings

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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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Owners at Milford’s Great Brook condominiums (NH) organize

Residents of the Great Brook condominiums have decided to hold a special meeting to remove Cardiff Management Inc., of Brookline, and at least one board member. At a meeting Sunday night of 20 unit owners from the 96-unit complex, they

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Owners at Great Brook in Milford (NH) say condo complex is badly managed

Residents of Great Brook Condominiums say they are frustrated with what they call the heavy-handed management of their complex, including an unreasonably aggressive fining system. On Monday night, condo owners from the 96-unit complex filled a large meeting hall in

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Builder says over-55 complex shouldn’t pay school fees (NH)

On Tuesday, aldermen were presented with a petition from the developers of the Hayden Green Condominium complex requesting that $42,000 in impact fees be waived by the city.      Read more…….

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