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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(FL) Editorial: Fix law on condo conversions

The Florida Legislature should revisit a new law that was supposed to help condo owners in distress but has unfairly excluded people who desperately need help. A rash of condo conversions to apartments in which homeowners were forced to sell

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Motorcycle Musings

There are over 33,000 HOA’s in California. Of those, only three HOA’s ban motorcycles – LWW being one of them. The remaining HOA’s including Pebble Beach, Blackhawk, Auburn Lake Trails and Lake of the Pines allow unrestricted motorcycle access. And,

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Debate rages on in Mt. Vista Homeowners Association (WA)

A total of 430 homeowners comprise the Mt. Vista Homeowners Association (HOA). We are situated right next door to the WSU campus. It is a beautiful neighborhood and many are beyond determined to keep it that way.  In Mt. Vista,

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Top Challenges Posed By HOAs And How Servicers Can Tackle Them

With one out of every five properties tied to a homeowners association (HOA), it is critical that mortgage servicers prepare for the obstacles that HOAs can present. What follows are the three top challenges HOAs can create for servicers and

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MO Lake News: Our view: Answers on condo fire safety no easy task

Balancing the potentially stifling cost of implementing adequate fire safety measures at the Lake’s multi-family complexes against the value of human life can be daunting.  But that’s what the Osage Beach Fire Protection Department and other Lake-area fire departments and

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Tampa Bay Times Editorial: Fix law on condo conversions

The Florida Legislature should revisit a new law that was supposed to help condo owners in distress but has unfairly excluded people who desperately need help. A rash of condo conversions to apartments in which homeowners were forced to sell

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Does North Carolina give homeowners associations too much power?

The dented-up, desert-sand-colored Toyota Sienna in the driveway of Melissa and Michael ­­­­Rooney’s South Durham home is spectacularly adorned with cheerful graffiti depicting flowers, stars, hearts, birds and trees in bright hues of red, blue, yellow and green. There are

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Homeowner’s Association Recommends Capturing UAVs

A homeowners association in central Florida apparently is urging residents to capture any UAVs flying in the neighborhood and hold them to see who comes to the door.  Read the article………..

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The other side of the “Amateur Radio Parity Act”

In this episode of HamRadioNow, ARRL President Kay Craigie N3KN fights back against misrepresentation of the Amateur Radio Parity Act by Homeowner Associations (HOA)    Listen to the show……………   Read AARL’s response to CAI……

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CAI addresses concerns with senators and representatives

During the August Congress recess, CAI members around the country met with members of the senate and house of representative in their district (local) offices. Each year the August recess is a great opportunity for advocates to schedule in-person meetings

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AirBnB is Infuriating the Neighbors. Is It Time New Rules?

You’re one of six college friends in, say, New York or even Nepal, and you want to visit Hollywood for a weekend. You can book a hotel for $75 to $350 a night, or you can seek an apartment or

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The Stakes are High as the Priority Lien Law Battle in Nevada Heats Up

What happens when a unit owner in an association doesn’t or can’t pay their assessments?  This question was at the core of an epic debate in the Nevada Assembly this year. Nevada, like more than 21 other states, has what

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Strata law overhaul a step too far (Australia Op/Ed)

The New South Wales government has released an exposure draft of strata termination legislation which empowers private citizens to forcibly acquire other people’s homes.  Read the article………..

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Property Managers Duck Questions, Culpability Over Legionella Deaths (NY)

When WNYC first aired an interview with HVAC specialist Matt Freije on the Legionnaires’ disease, four had already died. As this article is being composed, that was four days ago. The death toll reached ten, with the hospitalization count approaching

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Russett’s woes show problems with HOAs (MD)

The recent conflict between long-standing board members in Russett, Tim Reyburn and Colin Sandy, and the Russett Community in general highlights the many problems instigated by vague governing documents that are prey to legalistic manipulation and poor oversight by the

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Editorial: Homeowners association needs patience

Magnolia Park residents’ 15-year wait for construction of the proposed Truman Linear Trail may soon be over, but their relationship with county officials remains strained.     Read the article………..

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Keep Big Brother outof homeowners’ associations

The July 21 letter “Lawmakers reject oversight of homeowners associations” could not have been further from the mark. I don’t know what type of community the letter writer lives in, but nothing would be more detrimental to homeowners associations than

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HOA ‘Super-Priority’ Liens Would Hurt Consumers, American Banking Assn Warns

ABA and several other trade groups yesterday released a statement of principles on “super-priority” liens placed by homeowner associations that in some states have been recognized as senior even to claims by first-lien mortgage holders. The principles come in response

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Why You Should Be Joining Webinars

Webinars are a great way to get information you need to run an HOA. However, they’re only useful if you attend them and actually pay attention. If you’ve been avoiding webinars because you don’t feel they can help, check out

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6 needed rules to keep condo units viable

After extensive research, it is evident to me that 15 years after construction, condo complexes enter a phase where major elements start giving up. In many cases, they will require expenditures that might not be covered by their fiscal budgets

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The Berkeley Balcony Tragedy: More Inspections Aren’t Enough

In the early morning of June 16, 2015, in Berkeley, California, the lives of 6 young people were snuffed out because the balcony they were standing on collapsed. Building failures happen all the time, but the press and government largely

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Tougher federal and state laws needed to protect condominium owners

Register homeowner associations with federal and state authorities, including consumer protection agencies? Put condo board members in jail for violating state ordinances? Randomly select unit owners to serve on their condo board? Don DeBat makes the case.    Read the

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The Many Reasons to Support the Buck-A-Door Campaign (FL)

As a community manager, I attend the monthly educational luncheons presented by Community Associations Institute – Orange County Regional Chapter (CAI-OCRC) and listen to the CLAC “Moment” presented by the Legislative Support Committee. However, I never fully understood what it

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Police scuffle could have been avoided (TX op-ed)

McKinney police were in a no-win situation Friday before they ever arrived at a private pool party that became a very public matter.  Called over a scuffle at a homeowners association’s private pool, police were expected to accomplish a miracle

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Canadian Condominium Institute Welcomes Bill 106

Condominium owners across Ontario are rejoicing and they are not alone!  The Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) is also celebrating Bill 106, the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, which the Ontario government tabled on May 27. Positive changes in Bill 106 include

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Sheltering condo owners from unwanted takeovers (FL)

In the category of Putting Profits Before People, it would be hard to top investor Donald T. Kelly.  The Palm Beach Gardens resident has been hell-bent on buying up all the condo units in a building at Century Village in

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Amendments to Condominium Termination Law Impede Ability to Terminate (FL)

Responding to perceived abuses in condominium terminations, the 2015 Florida Legislature passed Chapter 2015-175, amending the termination provisions of the Condominium Act.  This statute clears up certain problems experienced in prior terminations while imposing a number of impediments to future

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