Cities, associations can protect residents from Zika (FL)

Government officials, homeowners and condominium association boards, and golf course maintenance professionals must look at a variety of sophisticated initiatives. Some involve altering our natural habits in efforts to prevent our residents from suffering severe illnesses that result from mosquito

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Another View: Unfair taxation taking toll on condo owners (PA)

It is estimated today that some 2.8 million Pennsylvanians are now living in over 10,000 condominium, cooperative and homeowner associations across the Commonwealth. These common interest ownership communities are on the rise, accounting for 80 percent of new home builds

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HOAs, foreclosures and property rights (NV)

Your Sunday editorial, “Super liens: What about property rights?” really missed the mark. It was easy for you to make the same mistake the courts are making because that’s how the big money players have set the stage. The banks,

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EDITORIAL: Super liens – Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Nevada Supreme Court made a major mistake in 2014 when it ruled that home-owners associations could wipe out a lender’s financial investment on certain homes. On Thursday, the justices revisited the matter in similar case and should seize the

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Embracing Technology for the Betterment of Florida’s Residential Communities

Florida has finally joined almost two dozen other states in permitting members living in private residential communities to cast votes in a more convenient, secure manner than previously existed. This is a particular boon to communities with large percentages of

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Gardens Not Allowed: HOA, Homeowner’s Associations, and Yard Gardens

Flying into Atlanta on a nice sunny day, my window seat afforded a grand view of the expansive sprawl of subdivisions along the flight path. At about 2000 feet, it was easy to spot which homeowners had installed food gardens

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Editorial: Mount Vintage HOA saves North Augusta area golf course (SC)

It’s not every day when neighbors band together to achieve a common goal, but when they do it is noteworthy. In the case of residents of Mount Vintage Plantation near North Augusta, what they accomplished was truly remarkable.  Earlier this

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Sherman letter: HOAs (ID)

Regarding HOAs from hell, some very big points. HOAs are comprised of every homeowner in a community, not mysterious evil overlords; presumably Judy Thomas, of The Kansas City Star, means the board of directors. Boards of directors are elected at

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MISSOURIAN EDITORIAL: Without accountability, homeowners associations run amok

When they function as they’re supposed to, homeowners associations ensure neighborhood standards, property values and goodwill. Because many associations maintain private streets, sewers and water systems through fees homeowners pay, they relieve local governments of infrastructure costs.  But when HOAs

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More oversight needed for homeowners association boards

When they function as they’re supposed to, homeowners associations ensure neighborhood standards, property values and goodwill. Because many associations maintain private streets, sewers and water systems through fees homeowners pay, they relieve local governments of infrastructure costs.

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HOA elections are as important as presidential elections

There are 9.4 million Floridians living in communities governed by a condominium or homeowners association (HOA), paying nearly $10 billion annually to maintain their communities.* These associations are under the direction of an elected board of volunteer homeowners who make

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Runstad Center report: Addressing condo construction defect liability may help promote affordable housing in Seattle (WA)

A new study from the University of Washington’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies suggests that Seattle and Washington state could invite development of more affordable housing by easing the legal risk — or the appearance of risk — in

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N.J. gas explosion victims are at mercy of others

In the end, it is the homeowner’s association and its management company that should go to bat for the residents to ensure that the repairs and rebuilding are done properly.  These residents have already paid a high price and they

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How to connect HOAs and cities

Homeowners associations are key elements of West Valley communities, but the original concept has outgrown its usefulness.  Many cities make HOAs a virtual requirement before approving construction of new residential communities, but they eventually fall victim to their own success.

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Body Corporate Services and the strata scheme from hell

SOME ARENAS of corruption and rorts receive tolerable coverage in the media. By contrast, the strata management sector has kept well under the radar.  A great and unheralded advantage of house ownership is that it’s not strata ownership, which is

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Laws change while Virginia sleeps

In January 2016, two bills were introduced into the General Assembly, SB-416 and HB-812, one in the Senate, the other in the House, with one purpose: to open the Commonwealth of Virginia to the expansion of Airbnb and other short-term

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My descent into HOA hell in North Carolina

North Carolina has well over 63,000 Homeowners Associations, and almost everyone who has lived being regulated by one probably has a story to tell. Many of the stories are not nice ones. Living in an HOA community gives you access

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American Flags In Your HOA: Let the Stars and Stripes Fly Free

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, more and more homeowners will hang their American flag, and while you may be tempted to micromanage their flag flying freedoms, don’t. Instead, recognize that as Americans, their right to fly

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A Failure to Pay Assessments Will Negatively Affect Credit Scores and It Is About Time and Long Overdue

Until now, failing to make timely assessment payments could lead to additional charges for late payment fees, interest charges, collection fees, and may even result in the filing of a lien against your property and foreclosure of the recorded lien.

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Flat Chat: Short let laws will make strata life a new hell

While NSW pollies are still wrestling with what to do about online short-term letting agencies such as Airbnb, which are cool and groovy – until your apartment block turns into holiday hotel hell – Victoria is about to give them

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A Thankless Job That Doesn’t Even Pay

Is it time to start paying co-op and condo boards?  Wanted: Someone willing to work long hours, shoulder enormous financial responsibility, and listen to the complaints of angry neighbors. Special bonus: No pay or benefits.  Such a job listing would

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Sydney (Australia) storms: Beachfront homeowners deprived of adequate insurance cover

Coastal Residents Association secretary Pat Aiken lashed out at councils and the state government for preventing protective works such as sand-bagging and the building of sea walls, upping the risk of property destruction in wild weather.  Read the article………….    Read

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Judicial Follies: Companion fish

Some years ago, the California Supreme Court decided a case involving a woman who was forced to give up her two house cats to comply with rules adopted by her condominium association that prohibited pet ownership. Not all pet ownership,

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The Way the .01 Percent Lives Now (HI)

Check out this piece from Bloomberg Businessweek about the Hualalai resort community in Hawaii. It’s basically the best gentrification story ever; one in which a bunch of billionaires discover a high-end place run by millionaires and decide to they want

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Defending Community Associations

In response to Assembly Member Donald Wagner’s article last week dealing with homeowner community association bills, community associations seem to be under attack. The attack this time came in the form of AB 1720.    Read the article………….

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(CAI) Community Next: 2020 and Beyond

For more than 40 years, CAI has educated, advocated, published and informed people living and working in common-interest communities. Thanks to those ongoing efforts, we have a strong and valuable understanding of community associations today. But what do we know

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Mortgage Industry Scores Big Nevada Supreme Court Win in Continued Battle over HOA Super-Priority Liens

The mortgage lending community was dealt a serious blow in September 2014, when the Nevada Supreme Court held that an HOA’s foreclosure of its nominal super-priority lien could extinguish a first lien interest in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC v.

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Has HUD gone too far? The rights of criminals to live in your community

Anyone who believes that big government does not already intrude too far into the lives of the citizenry of the United States of America will be even more disgusted with the April 4, 2016 advisory opinion of the U.S. Department

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Blackhawk HOA’s heavy-handedness leads to bigger conversation, expert says

The residents of Blackhawk, the upscale East Bay gated enclave, recently received unsettling news from their HOA: Tidy up your landscaping by June 1 or face “aggressive enforcement” that could result in sanctions ranging from a fine to disabling transponders

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The Balcony Did It? Why Asia’s Falling Deaths Raise Eyebrows

Those cases and frequent other incidents reignited decades-running discussion about suspicious cases of people, mostly male foreigners, dying in balcony-related circumstances.     Read the article…………….. With so many Britons murdered in Thailand, why does our Government not warn of the

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Did the Caton Ridge HOA Board of Directors Cross a Line?

Politics and Homeowner Associations can seem to have a few things in common at times. Still, I expect those serving on the Board of Directors and the Property Management Company to be completely open and transparent, especially when it comes

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One View: In defense of HOA rules

On Feb. 14, the Reno Gazette-Journal published a column by Katie Coombs entitled “HOAs vs. ‘kid noise.’” On the surface, it provided a heartfelt rationale why the author felt that homeowners association rules were hindering kids from being outside in

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Be wary of HOA restrictions on major interior repairs

There is a serious problem associated with this arrangement. These HOAs are governed by bylaws and generally speaking these bylaws limit maintenance and repair to the outside of the building. The homeowner is responsible for the inside.  How is that

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Construction defects Durango (CO) considers ordinance to discourage lawsuits, protect builders

Colorado has on its books a jumble of laws that address shoddy construction of multi-family residential units and what redress owners have available to correct the problem. The conversation, ongoing since 2007 and escalating since 2010, is a complex interplay

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Beware the Ides of March for Adoption of CD Ordinances! (CO)

On March 15, 2016, two more local governments adopted construction defect ordinances. Under local government public health, safety and welfare powers, municipalities are attempting to supplement perceived deficiencies in the Colorado Construction Defect Action Reform Act with the intent of

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The Hindenburg & Assembly Bill 1720 (CA)

The Hindenburg was an airship built in 1936 by the Zeppelin Company. Somebody at the company thought it was a good idea to fill it with highly explosive hydrogen and put 97 people in a cabin strapped to its underside.

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Ask your legislators to co-sponsor the HOME Act!

On March 3rd, Representatives Eshoo (D-CA) and Representative Thompson (D-CA) introduced the Helping Our Middle-Income Earners (HOME) Act, H. R. 4696. This bill allows for an income tax deduction for homeowners association assessments and fees.  Read the article…………

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Florida Must Improve Policing of Condo Fraud

An investigative report in el Nuevo Herald chronicled the growing problem of election fraud at South Florida condominium associations. Based on the episodes of possible fraud uncovered by the reporters and the growing number of complaints by local condo associations,

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Inside the “Disney for Adults” That Could Help Deliver Florida to Donald Trump

The Villages appears to be one of the happiest places on Earth. So why are its residents all-in for the candidate of rage?  Read the article…………

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Commentary: Reston Assn. Elections More Civilized than Presidential Election

I watch the debates of both parties’ presidential candidates and am fascinated, baffled and horrified. Fascination comes from never having seen anything like the Republican debates and a sense that Republicans are discussing another country or perhaps planet, while Dems

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Condo-monium over construction defect fable undone by real Colorado market statistics

There’s only one thing left to do in the controversy over whether Colorado should back off requiring homebuilders to stand behind the condos they build and end so-called construction defect laws: Call it the total bull crap that it is.

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Trump bullied condo buyers at his Chicago tower

Though Trump is pitching himself to voters as a dealmaker who wins, the 12-year drama of the Trump International Hotel & Tower offers a more complicated narrative. While it reinforces his preferred image as a bold risk-taker and consummate salesman,

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Most HOA boards are doing what they are supposed to do

I’m not sure what Mr. Houser expected out of this study, a complete handcuffing of all HOA boards or what. He stated that the study committee was made up of special interest of developers, Realtors, property manager companies and attorneys,

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BC needs to change strata act to accommodate electric cars: VEVA

Getting condos on board with electric cars is the next big hurdle, according to a group representing drivers of those vehicles, which wants the province to change the strata act.    Read the article………….

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Aspen’s (CO) government housing projects are falling down

Since the government-set prices are so far below market value, there’s no doubt that the sellers will receive that price in full. Whether the houses are in tip-top shape or falling down, the selling prices will be the same so

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Trash Pickup Changes Harmful to Homeowners in Associations (NC)

The City of Charlotte’s next fiscal year draft budget proposes to stop trash service for multifamily units. Such a move would be exceptionally unfair to owners of townhomes and condominium, who pay property taxes like other homeowners.    Read the

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A look Inside Trump’s global deals exposes trouble in many spots

But an examination of his operations abroad reveals that, while he has made many millions selling his name, he has chosen a number of inexperienced — even questionable — partners, sometimes infuriated buyers and associates and moved late into saturated

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Condo-monium over construction defect fable undone by real Colorado market statistics

There’s only one thing left to do in the controversy over whether Colorado should back off requiring homebuilders to stand behind the condos they build and end so-called construction defect laws: Call it the total bull crap that it is.

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HOAs vs. ‘kid noise’

As many of my readers know, my husband and I are raising a blended family (his, mine and ours). We have seven children ranging in age from 19 years old to 7 months old, and our home is lively and

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Did the State of Michigan inversely condemn the entire City of Flint?: Environmental justice meets the Takings Clause

A complaint filed in mid-January by plaintiffs in Michigan’s Court of Claims alleges a novel, and intriguing claim. Taken to its limits, the class action essentially alleges that the State of Michigan inversely condemned the entire City of Flint, or

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