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HOA lawsuit rachets up (OR)

A lawsuit filed against the McNary Estates Homeowners Association (HOA) citing violation of state and federal fair housing laws has escalated to a new level.  The HOA refused to provide accommodations for a family with a disabled daughter in 2015

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Shifting sands in Cannon Beach (OR)

The dunes are too high and need to be graded, representatives from Breakers Point condominiums have told the Cannon Beach City Council.  “We had a great view of the beach up until about 15 months ago,” Breakers Point property owner

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354 homes proposed for Creekside Golf Club property (OR)

Last April, the neighboring Creekside Homeowners Association filed a lawsuit against the golf club’s owners – Tokarski and developer Terry Kelly – saying they have a contractual obligation to keep the course open.  Homeowners say the homes they bought were

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Siltcoos Lake residents look to the next lake for household water (OR)

Thirsty for another source, the homeowners and their water manager are seeking to draw water instead from neighboring Woahink Lake, which is much deeper and clearer. But their request for access has been turned down by one Woahink homeowners association,

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Eagle Trace HOA recognized as a Firewise Community (OR)

Fire Chief Brian Fish recognized the Eagle Trace Home Owner’s Association (ETHOA) as being a successful Firewise Community on July 7, according to a statement from Medford Fire.   Read the article…………..

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Threatening letters in Redmond (OR) are bogus

An unidentified person, worked up about cars parked on streets and garbage cans left by curbs, has been rattling Redmondites with long, unofficial letters that threaten fines up to $400, towed vehicles and a call to the police.  “You are

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Two-alarm fire destroys one Lake Oswego condo, damages four others

A two-alarm fire destroyed one unit and heavily damaged four others at the Tanglewood Hills Condos in Lake Oswego on Wednesday afternoon, leaving more than a dozen people homeless.    Read the article………….

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Cannon Beach, condos cited for dune-grading error (OR)

In the notice of violation, the Parks and Recreation Department required that the city and homeowners association take corrective measures by November to completely restore the dune by returning sand, restoring its topography and replanting European beach grass.   Read the

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Creekside Golf Club countersues homeowners (OR)

Legal wrangling over the future of Creekside Golf Club is intensifying.  Last week, the South Salem golf course’s owners filed a countersuit against neighboring homeowners who have asked a judge to prevent owners from closing the club and selling the

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Condo tenants on Bend’s Westside told they must move (OR)

The 44 residents of the 20 units recently received a letter from the new property owners, Sundog Knoxville LLC, telling them they needed to vacate their apartments by June 30.    Read the article…………

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Creekside Golf Club averts closure, for now

Lawyers for the association say closing the course would violate the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CCRs), recorded in 1992 by the developer of both the 18-hole championship course and the subdivision.  Read the article………….

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Homeowners sue to stop Creekside Golf Club sale, development (OR)

Creekside Golf Club’s neighbors have asked a judge to stop its owners’ plans to close and subdivide the 18-hole championship course in South Salem.  “The course was a key selling point for the lots within the community, and induced association

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Still struggling, Creekside Golf Club seeks city’s help (OR)

Whitaker asked neighbors to approve a plan that would triple their monthly homeowner association fees, raising about $400,000 per year for the club. In exchange, each resident would receive a social membership to the club, allowing them to use the

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Creekside neighbors to vote on mandatory golf club dues (OR)

The Creekside Estates Homeowners Association Board will meet March 26 to authorize a vote on mandatory membership in a nearby golf club. Last month Creekside Golf Club sent a letter to neighborhood homeowners saying it had been losing money for years.

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Rats taking over South Salem neighborhood (OR)

For their part, Nightingale and her husband approached their homeowners association earlier this week, and were pleased that it agreed to hire an exterminator to get rid of the rats if the city could get the neighbor to stop feeding

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Plan to rid Fairview (OR) neighborhood of raccoons sparks controversy

Neighbors in Fairview came head to head Monday night at a homeowners association meeting after people voted to allow the HOA board to use funds to trap and euthanize raccoons.      Read the article………….

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Brown lawn bill advances in legislature (OR)

The Oregon Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow residents to let their lawns go brown during a drought, even if their homeowners association requires watering.  Read the article……..

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Condo association releases ‘Call for Community Safety Plan and Dialogue’

The condominium association that closed a public path along the Willamette river last week has issued a statement calling on “transportation advocates” and other interested parties to come together in order to address the “crisis” of citywide homelessness.   Read the

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City (OR) to reimburse Falcon Heights $24K for false meter readings

Residents of Falcon Heights Condominium Association can breathe at least a small sigh of relief. After a lengthy process surrounding a flow issue with the association’s wastewater, members of Klamath Falls City Council agreed to partially reimburse association members nearly $24,000,

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Condo owners cite homeless as reason for closing public greenway (OR)

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is ordering that a public greenway be reopened immediately after a group of condo owners blocked access to it.

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Homeowners may win right to let lawns turn brown (OR)

Should homeowners associations be able to force residents to water their yards, even during a drought?  Oregon legislators plan to tackle that question during next month’s session.     Read the article…………..

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Parents sue homeowners association that wouldn’t let them park RV to help daughter with diarrhea (OR)

The parents of a severely disabled woman are suing their former homeowners association — after the association refused to allow them to use their driveway to park a motor home they bought to transport their daughter to medical appointments.  

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Condo owners pay more to keep out leaf blowers (OR)

The quiet streets of the West Hills neighborhood are perhaps just a bit quieter these days.  The West Oaks Condo Owners Association, which governs a 95-unit condominium development on Southwest Grand Oaks Drive, has changed its landscaping contract and does

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West Side HOAs Prepare for OSU-Cascades (OR)

With the expansion of the OSU-Cascades campus on Bend’s west side, several Homeowner Associations in the area are looking at rules and regulations to make sure a potential influx of students doesn’t change their neighborhood. Bill Bernardy helped draft new

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Fire breaks out at Pearl District condo (OR)

A small fire broke out at a condo in Portland’s Pearl District Sunday morning, the Portland Fire Bureau reported.  Firefighters responded to reports of a fire alarm at 1420 N.W. Lovejoy St. about 8:40 a.m. and spotted smoke coming from

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Homeowners associations, residents clash over watering (OR)

Despite drought conditions declared in 24 of Oregon’s 36 counties, residents in some neighborhoods remain under pressure to keep their lawns green and lush.  Homeowners associations frequently require residents to maintain their landscaping to a certain standard, which can often

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Southern Oregon senior community refused to let gay couple move in, lawsuit claims

The state wants a southern Oregon homeowners association to pay more than $45,000 in compensation to a gay couple who allegedly were barred from moving in because of their sexual orientation.    Read the article………….

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Tigard (OR) condo catches fire when contractor accidentally cuts electrical wires

Tualatin Valley firefighters had to cut through the roof of a condo building Wednesday afternoon to extinguish a fire that started when a contractor remodeling a bathroom cut through electrical wires with a reciprocating saw.   Read the article………

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Fire damage to 30-unit Government Camp condo complex tabbed at $10.8 million

Damage is estimated at $10.8 million for a three-alarm fire that destroyed a 30-condo complex last month.  However, cause of the blaze still remains under investigation.  Fire Marshal Scott Kline of the Hoodland Fire District said Tuesday that he is

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Condominium owners sued for wrongful death (OR)

A lawsuit has been filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court against The Tides By Seaside and other defendants for the wrongful death of David Llyod Roach.     Read the article………

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Council grants Falcon Heights (OR) leniency on wastewater bill

Falcon Heights Condominium Association was granted the extra time by members of Klamath Falls City Council Monday night to find out why their waste water bill read more than double what they say they usually pay for the service. Association

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Government Camp (OR) condo fire smolders and steams as firefighters keep working

A massive fire that consumed large portions of a Government Camp condominium building continues to smolder and burn, Hoodland Fire officials said Wednesday.  While not ready to say they are nearly at an end to fighting the fire, Hoodland Fire

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Condo fire drains area water supply (OR)

As firefighters continued to attack a large blaze at a Government Camp condominium complex Tuesday, area residents were put on a boil water alert.  Owners told KGW there were not fire extinguishers inside the units, because the condos were so

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Breakers Point may take dune grading request to LUBA (OR)

The homeowners association is running out of time to stabilize Building No. 45 and does not wish to wait another five month to get city approval.  The Breakers Point Homeowners Association has notified the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals

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Breakers Point dune grading denied (OR)

Opponents of the Breakers Point Homeowners Association’s proposal to grade down the sand dunes at the north-end condominium complex were caught unaware at this month’s planning commission meeting when the association unexpectedly changed its proposal in order to alleviate some

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Plumbing supplier Victaulic Co. to pay Benson Tower (OR) condo owners $2 million over disintegrating parts

The maker of disintegrating plumbing parts installed in downtown Portland’s Benson Tower will pay more than $2 million to owners of condos in the building.   Read more………..

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Another Portland (OR) condo tower goes to court over plumbing problems

Homeowners in a downtown Portland condo tower are seeking $2 million plus punitive damages from a plumbing parts supplier.   Read more……..

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Oregon: Free Wildfire Community Training Session

International Association of Fire Chiefs is hosting a free Ready, Set, Go! train-the-trainer session that will take place on February 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Ready, Set, Go! program helps fire agencies teach individuals who live in

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Electrical fire leads to evacuations at Portland (OR) condo tower

An electrical fire at a downtown Portland condo tower led to evacuations and road closures Tuesday morning.  Firefighters were called to the Harrison West Condominium Tower at 255 S.W. Harrison St. at 7 a.m. Crews found smoke in the hallways

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Water rights cause furor (OR)

On behalf of the subidivision, which is located on Dover Lane, Lois Medlyn, president of the Martin’s Commons Homeowners Association, is challenging the city’s ability to fine residents who haven’t used their water rights.   Read more……..

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Ash trees causing issues for Beaverton (OR) residents

A Beaverton neighborhood is dealing with a significant expense after the wind over the weekend took down nearly a dozen trees, and some residents are blaming the city.  Ashwood Downs Homeowners Association President Greg Machacek said the ash trees in

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Woman cited for destroying neighborhood’s plants (OR)

A Beaverton neighborhood dispute over landscaping has taken a turn for the worst. One homeowner is so upset that she ripped up newly-seeded plants and could now face charges.  Fred Venneri volunteered to replant three common areas in the Brooktree

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Condo neighbor ‘masterful’ in ‘freaky’ video (OR)

Mitchell Brown said his condo association board neighbor won’t stop harassing him. He said she screams at him and calls him names.  But what bothers him the most is that Lazette Harnish was seen on video from inside his condo

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Neighbors frustrated over claimed ‘Hazmat House’ (OR)

Barrels of unknown liquids and canisters containing possible flammable substances at an empty house left residents in a Beaverton neighborhood frustrated with an inability to get it cleaned up.    Read more……….

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Twelve days from prison, Kobbeman allegedly burns Southern California landlord

At his May 28 sentencing hearing, a tearful David Kobbeman apologized to a roomful of former clients he had defrauded of some $1.1 million. The former Portland property manager, sentenced to four years in prison, vowed to turn his life

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City Council finalizes ordinance to legalize Airbnb style rentals here (OR)

Portland city commissioners informally agreed Wednesday to legalize Airbnb-style short-term rentals in single-family homes, if the host pays a $180 permit fee, gets their home inspected every six years, pays lodging taxes and lives on-site at least nine months out

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Ashland (OR) offers money to replace lawns

In order to qualify for the financial incentives, people must first get approval from the city as well as any homeowners’ association boards or codes, covenants and restrictions boards in their neighborhood.   Read more………

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Work begins at Cinnamon Lakes dam in South Salem (OR)

The Oregon Water Resources Department wants the privately owned earthen dam to be brought into compliance by fall. The first corrective action taken by the dam’s owners: lower the water level behind the structure. That process is expected to begin

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Pearl District (OR) condo owners get little relief in lawsuit over leaky plumbing

A Pennsylvania plumbing supplier sold defective parts for use in of a Pearl District condo tower, a U.S District Court jury found Tuesday, but the company won’t have to pay the cost of replacing the building’s plumbing system.   Read more…….

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Lawsuit Leaves Wounds In Seniors-Only Retirement Haven (OR)

Ryderwood started as a timber company town. When the loggers pulled out in the early 1950s, an enterprising developer converted the entire six-block by six-block village in southwest Washington into a retirement haven. Now Ryderwood could serve as a social

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