Keep Condo Fees Out of Credit Reporting

Equifax, one of the major consumer credit reporting bureaus, announced recently that it will begin including the common area fees and assessments that condominium owners pay in the calculation of consumer credit scores. Sperlonga, a data aggregator that will be

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The Michigan Condominium Act: Time for a Change

While significant amendments were made to the Michigan Condominium Act in 2001 and 2002, the Michigan Condominium Act does not currently meet the needs of various stakeholders as it is outdated and disorganize

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Cities, associations can protect residents from Zika (FL)

Florida residents are accustomed to what seems to be a never-ending battle to eliminate pesky mosquitoes and midges that make simply sitting outside a challenge.

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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.

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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)

Earlier this month, the Mount Vintage HOA completed the purchase of Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club. They purchased the golf course for $2.9 million,

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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

As governments cede more power and responsibilities to HOAs, for residents’ sake, they also should build in more safeguards for accountability.

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HOA elections are as important as presidential elections

Association board actions have a direct effect on the value of a home, community reputation and overall resident quality of life

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

The research was funded by the Washington State Department of Licensing, the state agency that licenses the state’s 30,000 commercial and residential brokers and real estate agents.

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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

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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 rentals.

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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

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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.

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

Until recently, late assessment payments did not affect a member’s credit report or credit score. However, non-traditional credit data sources, including community association assessment payments, will soon begin to regularly appear on credit reports,

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

This week, the Victorian parliament has been debating changes to its Owners Corporation Act that pretty much give Airbnb-style short-term lets free rein in residential buildings

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A Thankless Job That Doesn’t Even Pay

Given the hours they put in, the responsibilities they assume, and the abuse they endure, shouldn’t board members be rewarded, financially, for their service?

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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.

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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

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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.

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(CAI) Community Next: 2020 and Beyond

CAI embarked on Community Next: 2020 and Beyond, an initiative launched in 2015 to define the future of the community association model.

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

Dismissive of this harsh result, theSFR Investments Court indicated that lenders could have mitigated this risk by paying off an HOA’s super-priority lien prior to the HOA’s foreclosure

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

HUD’s most recent opinion begins by providing statistics such as “100 million U.S. Adults (1/3 of the population) have a criminal record of some sort, the prison population of 2.2 million is the largest in the world,

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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”

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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

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One View: In defense of HOA rules

There is at least a tacit agreement that you will accept and abide by those rules when you move into these communities.

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Be wary of HOA restrictions on major interior repairs

Drywood termites can only be effectively exterminated by covering the entire building in a tent (not just a single unit) and releasing a gas that permeates everything and kills all the termites

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

Lawmakers and planners would like to find a compromise that protects all parties, with the added bonus of bringing back the condominium market in a state where housing is in short supply and fetches top dollar.

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

The Fort Collins ordinance includes a prohibition against removal of mandatory CD alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) provisions from the declaration, increasingly more common after the Vallagio case.

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The Hindenburg & Assembly Bill 1720 (CA)

His Assembly Bill 1720 would allow owners to send their attorneys to board meetings. Like hydrogen-filled airships, nothing good will come from it.

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Ask your legislators to co-sponsor the HOME Act!

Helping Our Middle-Income Earners (HOME) Act, H. R. 4696. This bill allows for an income tax deduction for homeowners association assessments and fees.

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Florida Must Improve Policing of Condo Fraud

The need for changes in the state law enforcement and government’s collective mindset towards combating condominium association fraud.

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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?

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Commentary: Reston Assn. Elections More Civilized than Presidential Election

The issues they wrestle with, while not of the war vs. peace variety, are important ones for us. RA does a lot of things well,

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

It’s cockamamie construction bull crap that the home-builders have been using to blackmail Colorado into letting them off the hook when they build stuff that falls apart

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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.

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Most HOA boards are doing what they are supposed to do

It was a general consensus that better than 90 percent of all HOAs were doing a good job

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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.

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

The maintenance that the other 78 percent is supposed to pay for is simply left undone.

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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.

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

A number of naming-rights deals over the past decade have involved investors paying him multimillion-dollar sums, sometimes with a percentage of condo sales or a management fee to run hotel operations

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

It’s cockamamie construction bull crap that the home-builders have been using to blackmail Colorado into letting them off the hook when they build stuff that falls apart

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