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Community members wary of gate ordinance despite reassurance (OH)

Homeowners Associations (HOA) representing gated communities in Avon Lake remain uneasy about penalties a new ordinance has laid out for improperly functioning gates.  The penalties associated with the ordinance include 30 days of possible jail time and fines, which city

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New Law Makes Changes to FHA Condominium Approval Process

Unless a condominium association is certified by FHA, lenders may not offer borrowers FHA-insured mortgages. In 2009, FHA implemented a number of changes to the agency’s condominium approval requirements. As a result, the number of FHA-approved condominium associations has plummeted.

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Avon Lake gate ordinance in effect despite questions (OH)

A new ordinance that requires all current and future gated communities to install a universal emergency access system is now in effect in Avon Lake.   But enforcing the new rule is proving difficult, since a responsible party to whom fines

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Residents who live near muddy lake want its water levels restored (OH)

Homeowners who live near a private lake want the waterway to be returned to its original state. They say efforts to resolve flooding of a pond and properties off Kreighbaum Road have turned the lake into a “mud flat.”  Several

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Lakewood City Council OKs Meridian condominium erosion plan

City Council Tuesday night approved two ordinances to help Meridian condominium owners build a revetment, or shoreline protection system, to reduce erosion on their property.   Read the article……………

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Hartville (OH) condo developers settle Fair Housing complaint

A Hartville developer and Minerva architect have agreed to pay $160,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the Fair Housing Act related to the design and construction of two condominium complexes in Hartville, according to the Justice Department.     Read

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Liberty Twp. subdivision HOA petitions county for ditch maintenance

Members of a Liberty Twp. subdivision homeowners’ association could become the first in the county to successfully petition the engineer’s office to take over maintenance of a storm sewer system through an assessment of residents.  Read the article…………

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North Ridgeville (OH) man battling with his condo association over Trump sign

A U.S. Army Veteran is now going to battle with his condo association over campaign signs on his property.  “They sited it’s a violation of the sign code in the rules and regulations,” said Frank Kronen.  The Donald Trump signs

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Twin Spires to put in flagpole (OH)

Twin Spires has not had a flagpole for more than a year because the builder took down the last flagpole when the last patio style home sold. The HOA and Condo Owners Associations of Twin Spires, which has single family

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Euclid water customers sue Cleveland Water Department for massive overbilling

An estimated 200 homeowners have filed a massive lawsuit alleging the Cleveland Division of Water over billed them for decades to the tune of $4 million in overcharges and interest.  The Georgetown of the Highlands Condominium Association in Euclid said

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Trotwood HOA responds to liens, worn facilities (OH)

The response by a Trotwood homeowners association following a media report last week has residents of the Westbrooke Village even more upset.  Last week, residents of the Westbrooke Village neighborhood said they were tired of paying a $200 fee for

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House Bill 534 Introduced; Impacting All Ohio Community Associations

As you may recall, Rep. Cheryl Grossman and Rep. Rick Perales introduced a bill in late 2013 that would have had a significant detrimental impact on condominium associations in Ohio.   Read the article……………

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Trotwood HOA assessing liens for those behind on fees (OH)

Residents in one Trotwood neighborhood are furious with their homeowners association for putting liens on their homes.  Homeowners associations, commonly known as HOAs, collect money from residents in some neighborhoods to pay for things like signs, landscaping or street lights.

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Lakewood (OH) homeowners claim they were duped by hidden maintenance costs

Residents of a condominium in Lakewood claimed new documents uncovered their homeowners’ association hid millions of dollars in maintenance costs for years.  Neighbors, now saddled with a collective $3 million assessment to replace a faulty HVAC system at Marine Towers

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Hinckley Township (OH) association tackles lead violation

A Hinckley Township community association received a lead violation for its drinking water last November and notified consumers more than two months later, according to Ohio Environmental Protection Agency documents.     Read the article……….

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Error costs Butler County (OH) condo owners thousands

A Hamilton condo community’s Home Owners Association says it is out almost $10,000 in legal fees due to a tax error by the county auditor and court proceeding delays.    Read the article………….

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Utilities attorney taking on ‘submeter’ companies after using service (OH)

He thinks public officials have ignored the conduct of submeter companies. Part of this is because the issues are complicated, and he thinks some officials do not understand what is happening. Part of it is an imbalance of political power,

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Flap over historic Ohio tree

A northeast Ohio man who has proudly brought guests to see what’s considered the world’s oldest cucumber magnolia tree has become the target of criticism from residents who don’t want him bringing people inside their gated community.   Read the article………….

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Macedonia (OH) mayor, councilman headed to trial over stolen yard signs

A few campaign signs, plucked from the grass at the Villas of Taramina retirement community, have led to a criminal trial involving Macedonia’s newly elected mayor, a newly elected city councilman, a local business owner and an 81-year-old man.  Read

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Unlawful space heaters will remain at Lakewood (OH) condo for now

A city-imposed deadline to remove unlawful space heaters from a Lakewood condominium building has come and gone.  Now, a month later, those portable heating units are still sitting in dozens of units at Marine Towers East, with no timetable for

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Controversy grows with cucumber magnolia tree (OH)

For more than 400 years, a tree has grown in North Canton. It has drawn interest from around the world, but its location in the private gated community of Auburn Knolls also has created a bit of controversy.  Read the

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Stonebridge Towers lawsuit proffers condos in lieu of cash for legal bills (OH)

The long-running fight over construction problems at Stonebridge Towers condominiums in the Flats just took another twist, into a side-spat between the building’s residents and the attorneys who won them a hefty settlement last year.     Read the article………..

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Lakewood (OH) condo owners left in the cold due to $3M fix

Some condo owners in a building on Lakewood’s Gold Coast are dealing with no heat.  The condo association says a more than $3 million upgrade is the fix, but residents say they can’t afford to pay for it.    Read

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Macedonia (OH) Resident Faces Misdemeanor Charges After Removing Political Signs

Alexis Drive resident Fred Quigley, 81, pleaded not guilty in Stow Municipal Court Nov. 6 to three misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of property and one count of disorderly conduct.  The charges were filed by Councilman-elect Kevin Bilkie after Quigley

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Lakewood (OH) condominium ordered to remove space heaters or go to court

The city of Lakewood has ordered The Marine Towers East condo association to remove space heaters and fix a faulty heating system by Dec. 4.  A city building inspector delivered a correction notice to the condo board’s president on Monday

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Embattled condos’ owner files complaint against city (OH)

WC Management LLC, one of the owners of Woodcliff Condominiums, has filed a complaint against the city of Whitehall in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.  Steve Close, president of the Woodcliff Condominium Association, alleges the city has “systematically used nuisance

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Officials seek to improve safety access to gated communities (OH)

Although a gated community allows for an insulated neighborhood, those same gates may be inadvertently keeping police, firefighters and other safety forces out, too.   Read the article……….

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Avon Lake mayor concerned over storage condo complaints

Are businesses being run out of storage condos?    View the story……………

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North Canton (OH) settles suit with condo developer

The city has dropped criminal charges against the developer of an incomplete condo complex on Easthill Street NE in exchange for the foundation’s demolition.   Read the article………….

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Submeter water bills irk condo residents (OH)

The Willows at Preserve Crossing is a friendly place until you ask residents about their water bills.  Then the smiles fade and the language gets colorful.    Read the article………

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Two sides fighting over public access to North Canton’s (OH) giant cucumber magnolia tree

Battle lines are taking shape around an oversized cucumber magnolia tree.  The fight pits the 83-member Auburn Knolls Consolidated Condominium Association against fellow resident W. Roderic Covey, a retired advertising executive, over public access to the towering eight-story-tall tree.  

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Mistakes by Cleveland (OH) water department stick Parma condo owners with $163K bill

The Cleveland water department slammed members of a Parma condominium owners association with a $163,000 catch-up bill and threatened to cut off their water last month for errors that the city now acknowledges were the fault of the department.  

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Brunswick (OH) residents fight for retention pond repairs

Retention ponds in a local city could have some homeowners swimming in debt. The problems came to a head with a recent storm in Brunswick.  The storm in May of 2014 hit the Fairways and Links developments pretty hard. Several

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City (OH) seeks deal so it can maintain sewer line access

The city of Groveport is hoping to broker an agreement between a local homeowners association and the Indiana & Ohio Railway Co. so the city can maintain access to a sanitary sewer line that runs beneath railroad property and serves

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Many earthen dams on private property are behind on repairs

Two years ago, maintenance workers at the 400-home lakeside community in the Hocking Hills region saw that the dam had slipped and notified the state. After seeing what had happened, the state’s Dam Safety folks ordered them to lower the

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Super Lien Legislation Introduced (OH)

Great news! The Ohio General Assembly has heard the voice of Ohio’s community associations. House Bill 226 was introduced by Representative John Rogers and is co-sponsored by Representatives Lepore-Hagan and Sheehy. House Bill 226 contains the “Super Lien” language that

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Flag Bill Unanimously Passed By House Committee (OH)

The purpose of the bill is to extend the protections now afforded to the exterior display of the U.S. Flag to window displays of blue and gold star banners and other flags. The bill will now be scheduled for a

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City-Woodcliff resolution is still unsettled (OH)

The Woodcliff Condominium Association and Whitehall remain at odds eight years after city leaders first sought to declare the property a public nuisance.  Steve Close, president of the condominium association, accuses the city of abusing its regulatory powers to wrest

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Sagamore Hills (OH) condo complex questions $47,000 sewer bill shortfall

Dozens of residents living at the Oak Knolls condo complex in Sagamore Hills have big questions about a $47,000 sewer bill shortfall.  Condo owners told newsnet5.com more than 200 units at Oak Knolls are now responsible for making up for

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Condo community wants to be free of township

It’s a matter of taxation without services, Bill Settles, president of the River Oaks homeowners association, told the Licking Township Trustees Monday night. “We have no means to receive your services,” he said.    Read the article…………

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What Proposed Changes to Ohio’s Flag Laws Mean for Condominium Associations

A recently-proposed bill in the Ohio Senate – S. B. No. 84 – seeks to amend certain portions of the Ohio Revised Code that prohibit manufactured home park operators, condominium associations, neighborhood associations, and landlords from restricting the display of

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Freshman lawmaker (OH) joins effort to ban American flag display restrictions

Rep. Tim Ginter has joined a Westerville lawmaker in her efforts to prohibit manufactured home park operators, condominium associations, neighborhood associations and landlords from restricting the display of the American flag, blue star banners, gold star banners and other service

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Two people left homeless after fire at South Toledo (OH) condominium

Two people were left homeless when a fire of an apparently accidental origin damaged their condo near South Reynolds Road and the Ohio Turnpike in South Toledo early today, authorities said.  There were no reported injuries, according to the Toledo

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The Republican National Convention: Community Associations Should Keep an Eye on the Short-term Rental Market

The Republican National Committee’s announcement that Cleveland would be the site for its 2016 Republican National Convention was great economic news for the City and its surrounding communities. The Convention is estimated to bring in more than 50,000 visitors to

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Ohio bill would protect flag-flying rights

A bill introduced to the Ohio Senate would allow renters and homeowners greater freedom to display the Stars and Stripes, the Ohio and military service flags.  Senate Bill 84, introduced by State Sen. Bill Coley, and cosponsored by Sens. Bill

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Stow (OH) company that managed property abruptly shuts down; property owners say they are owed money

Carnation Realty in Stow, which managed dozens of rental properties in the area, abruptly closed earlier this year, allegedly owing property owners thousands of dollars it collected for rents and security deposits.  The owner of the company, Jim Painter, sent

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Ohio Senator Introduces Bill To Protect The American Flag From Homeowner Association Rules

When 86-year-old Julia Lease talks about the American flag, it almost brings her to tears. “[It] just shows that this country is alive and well and it’s going to [stay] that way because God has blessed us,” says an emotional

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Crews responding to Medina County (OH) condo fire

Firefighters are responding to a condo fire in Medina County Sunday evening.  Crews at the scene on Mill Creek Boulevard in Brunswick Hills Township.     Read more……..

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Condominium and Homeowner Federal Tax Returns again Due

Tax season is here once again! As nonprofit corporations, every community association in Ohio is required to file an annual tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. However, associations have the ability to choose between the filing of two different

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U.S. Supreme Court to Issue Important Fair Housing Act Decision

Generally speaking, the Fair Housing Act and its Amendments (FHA) prohibit discrimination against a protected class of persons, which include race, color, national origin, religion, gender, familial status, and individuals with disabilities. The FHA applies to community associations and, in

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