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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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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What Homeowner Associations Can Teach Governments About Spending

Like governments, homeowner associations collect money to fund a host of community needs. Homeowners residing in HOAs pay dues to their association

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Is Nevada’s HOA solution just another problem for mortgage servicers?

Between 2010 and 2014, loan servicers and Investors in Nevada had thousands of liens potentially wiped out by HOA foreclosures

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Community Association Institute (CAI) Joins Forces with the Community Advocacy Network (CAN) in the Fight Against Specially Taxing Homeowners – Vote No HB 203/SB 722

negative implications HB 203 and SB 722 would have on the 9 million residents living in Florida condominiums and homeowners associations

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Diamond Resorts Accused of Using Hard Sell to Push Timeshares

After crashing in the financial collapse, timeshare sales are rising again, and with them high-pressure sales practices

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Florida Estoppel Bill Would Force Owners in Associations to Pay Fees for Failed Sales

…article shed light on the new estoppel bill that is being considered by the Florida Legislature and how it would lead to increased fees for most associations. His article reads:   Read the article………

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Articles We’d Like to See in 2016

I’m often asked how to increase visits to web sites and my main answer is always the same – new content – educational and informational articles about community associations.   Here are some of the articles I’d like to see

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Do Children Have A Right To Play?

Friends of ours are being sued for allowing their children to play outside.  Yes, that’s a thing.  It all began with a play house. This play house.   Read the article………

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Ask Eli: Impact of Condominium Rental Caps

Question: Will a rental cap in a condo building increase or decrease my property value?  Unless you live in a community that relies on a high percentage of FHA loans, a rental cap will decrease property value. However, some communities

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Buildings Get Billions, Workers Get Bilked (NY)

While building owners in New York City – including many co-ops and condos – get more than $1 billion in annual tax breaks under the 421-a program, hundreds of workers in those buildings are being illegally underpaid, according to a

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Strata laws should take care of children who call apartments home (AU)

There is a community title estate in Sydney made up of multiple high-rise buildings that bans children under 13 playing on all common property without a resident adult over 21. The common property includes parks, basketball and tennis courts. Residents

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Don’t kill dream of home ownership with ‘home tax’ (FL)

HB 203, known as the Home Tax, would raise homeowner association fees across the state anywhere from 10 percent to 20 percent — and in some cases upwards of 30 percent.  The bill would force homeowners to pay costs for

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Is the Trump Name Behind the Blizzard of Lawsuits in Brooklyn?

The Department of Justice announced on Dec. 23 that it has filed a lawsuit against Trump Village Section 4 co-op in Brooklyn, as well as its embattled former board president Igor Oberman, for violating the Fair Housing Act. The co-op,

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B.C. condo language tiff is best resolved the Canadian way: accommodation

It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that it is downright churlish on the part of a condo board in Richmond, B.C., to unilaterally decide that it will only hold meetings in Mandarin, in spite of the fact that 30

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Christmas flap gets Palm Beach Post coverage, but it’s wreathed in questions

“All politics is local,” goes a saying often attributed to “Tip O’Neill Jr. Much the same could be said of the so-called War on Christmas – as in West Palm Beach, where a condo association threatened a resident for hanging

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No smoking: Local condo tower fought to clear the air

Though we have practiced law together our entire legal careers, my husband and I have rarely had the opportunity to work together on a legal issue that we have both felt so passionately about. Having lived at the Hampshire, a

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Randy rants again, this time about HOAs and CCRs (AZ)

Recently I was taking a photo of a house for the front page of my report. A neighbor came hurrying over to tell me he was on the HOA and it was illegal to take photos from the street. An

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Veteran fighting eviction? Maybe not.

Like just about everyone, I’m all for helping veterans avoid homelessness.  That made me an easy sell when I heard about a condominium association that is trying to evict Linda Benford’s tenant. As you may know from other columns of

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Do HOAs Hate Christmas?

Personally, I find the “HOA vs Christmas display” stories fascinating. There are few topics that get homeowners more fired up than a story about an HOA that forces someone to shut down their awesome Christmas display. Chances are high that

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Strata detectives can see the defects in managers’ old business models (Australia)

Strata inspectors occupy an interesting place in the strata world. They go from strata managers, office to office, inspecting the books and records of various strata bodies and reporting their findings to prospective purchasers.    Read the article…………….

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Coming Soon – Ham Radios in Your Community

Unless Congress decides to not oppose S. 1685, all communities (including condominiums, planned communities and co-ops) could be restricted from disallowing HAM radio towers. S. 1685 is proposed legislation that is scheduled for mark-up in the Senate Commerce Committee on

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No hope yet for change in POA/HOA laws (SC)

For anyone who missed the S.C. legislative HOA law revision committee meeting broadcast online Oct. 27:  All I could see on the committee were the people who still control the POA/HOA system in SC: the management companies, developers, and HOA

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Keep Colorado’s Community Associations Viable

A provision of the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (C.R.S. 38-33.3-116) allows for certain community associations to operate under limited provisions of this law if they were created with a $400 or $300 cap on the annual common assessments paid

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Strata managers’ dirty little secret is about to be revealed (Australia)

The world of strata management is mysterious enough to a lot of people, and the best kept secret of all does nothing to help owners understand their rights and responsibilities – the terms of the contract with the strata manager

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Front Porch: War not a word to be used lightly

…..So, perhaps you can understand why reading about the “war on Christmas,” makes me a bit testy.    In particular, Hayden resident Jeremy Morris’ assertion that his homeowner’s associations objections to his Christmas extravaganza is “an attack on people of

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Easier FHA Condo Rules Would Improve Seniors’ Reverse Mortgage Access

There has been a lot of chatter in recent weeks on Capitol Hill from lawmakers and housing groups pressing the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to ease its regulations on condominium financing. But while easier FHA condo rules would improve seniors’

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Is Airbnb Winning Over San Francisco?

Watch out — more shots have been fired in the battle between boards and Airbnb.  According to BrickUnderground, San Francisco residents recently voted against a measure that would have changed the way Airbnb operates within the city.     Read the

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Huckleberries: A ‘War on Christmas’? Not so fast

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’re aware of the plans by attorney Jeremy Morris to erect a ha-huge Christmas display in his new Hayden ’hood. And of the pushback coming from his homeowners association. The association is threatening

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HB 203 (FL) Threatens to Increase Costs for Community Associations

HB 203 is hitting the Florida House Civil Justice Subcommittee today and threatens to increase costs to community associations. We want to urge you to contact your state legislators to oppose this bill and vote “No” on HB 203. As

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In Arbitration, a ‘Privatization of the Justice System’

Deborah L. Pierce, an emergency room doctor in Philadelphia, was optimistic when she brought a sex discrimination claim against the medical group that had dismissed her. Respected by colleagues, she said she had a stack of glowing evaluations and evidence

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HOA tricks, lies, and deceives … and residents still don’t care – Maybe paying the board is a good idea

In early June, homeowners at Greystone at Eastlake Vistas, a 269-unit condominium complex, found themselves caught up in a circus of tricks, lies, accusations, and betrayals that seemed more fitting to an episode of The Bachelor than the inner workings

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Working in partnership with HOAs (WA)

In 2008, Lake Elmo resident Sarah Hietpas called the Washington Conservation District (WCD) for advice. Her homeowners association, Hamlet on Sunfish Lake, was brand new, and landscaping in many of the common areas of the neighborhood had been left undone.

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Critics say FHA restrictions hurt condo buyers

Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill don’t agree on much lately. But a bipartisan coalition of 56 House members has come together to file a protest about a housing issue that’s been festering since 2011: the federal government’s dramatically diminished

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Mayor Murphy’s Boondoggle Backfires

It was just over a year ago that Mayor Murphy led the charge for Metro Mayors by pushing through an ordinance that destroys the right of homeowners living in Lakewood to adequately pursue remedies for construction defects to their homes.

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Sometimes being responsible means pissing people off too

If the mark of good law reform is that all stakeholders are a little pissed off, then the new strata laws introduced last night to the NSW parliament is on the money. After 15 years in gestation, strata is about

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Freedom Is Just Another Word for … Regulation

In a Property Law class at HLS, the discussion turned to a regulation by a condo association that prohibited residents from flying a flag. One resident refused to comply, and the condo association eventually relented. Congress later passed a law

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Munster (IN) condo owners getting socked by town

Since Jan. 1, condo owners have been charged 112 percent higher sewer flow charge rates than their residential neighbors. A Munster Coalition of Condominium Associations for Equitable Sewer Rates has been appearing at Town Council meetings requesting an update on

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OPINION: Kudos to those in our community who make a difference (AZ)

As a local homeowner I would like to publicly thank the Ahwatukee Board of Management Homeowners Association board, staff and volunteers for their continuous, voluntary contributions to our community. The following activities occurred during June and July:   Read the article………….

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Dr McKenzie @ Griffith 2015 – Institutions may save strata before government

American Professor Evan McKenzie [1] opened his keynote address to the Griffith University strata conference ‘Changes confronting the strata world’ with a line from physicist Neils Bohr:  ‘Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future’  and he then, of course,

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Once again – the ad buyers get the editorial (MN)

(Op/Ed) Thousands of Minnesota empty-nesters would love to downsize into condos or townhouses, but can’t. Thousands of young apartment-­dwellers would love to build equity in condos or townhouses in neighborhoods they love, but can’t.     Read the article………….

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A Sukkot in an HOA

Why build a sukkah when there’s no time, it’s too hot, and you might get a threatening summons from the Homeowners’ Association? read more: Read the article……………

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