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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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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