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Elders liable for $10,000 in legal fees to Running Y (OR)

A costly legal dispute over homeowners’ association payments at Running Y Ranch has concluded with an award of $10,000 in attorney’s fees, far less than $145,000 sought by plaintiffs.  In a letter dated Friday, Judge Roxanne Osborne said residents Kenneth

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Legislature says homeowners associations can’t bar rooftop solar (OR)

Homeowners associations won’t be able to deny Oregonians their right to go solar under a bill that passed the Legislature on Wednesday.  The bill, HB 2111, which sailed through the House more than a month ago on a 56-3 vote,

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Residents struggle to recover from damage (OR)

It was a very tough winter all across Sisters Country. Heavy snowfall and intense cold combined in a perfect storm to cause extensive property damage as ice dams caused roof leakage and snow collapsed outbuildings and fences.  As local homeowners

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Judge: Creekside Golf Club can close, be turned into housing (OR)

Creekside Golf Club’s neighbors have lost a year-long legal battle to keep the 18-hole championship course from closing and being developed into housing.  A post on the association’s web site said the board disagrees with the ruling and is considering

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Homeowners association settles RV dispute for $300k (OR)

The parents of a disabled woman who say they were forced to move from their Marion County neighborhood after the homeowners association barred them from parking an RV in their driveway have settled their lawsuit for $300,000.  The parents of

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Man charged for Pearl District condo fire (OR)

A 24-year-old man is accused of trying to damage an 86-unit condo building in the Pearl District by causing a fire and explosion.  Officials tell us that Michael Aaron Swathwood was taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with two

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Elder to appeal verdict in favor of HOA (OR)

A Klamath Falls man who was ordered by a jury last week to pay an outstanding fine to his homeowners association said he plans to appeal the decision.  On Tuesday Kenneth Elder told the Herald and News he intends to

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Jury sides with HOA in Running Y suit (OR)

A Klamath County jury has ruled against two residents of Running Y Ranch Resort who challenged the legitimacy of fees charged by their home owner’s association.  On Friday a six-person jury ruled in favor of Running Y Ranch Resort Owner’s

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Two Alarm Fire At Condo Complex On NW Lovejoy (OR)

A two alarm fire has forced the evacuation of people living in the Royal Arms Condos on NW 18th and Lovejoy this morning. At least a half dozen fire engines responded to the scene. No details yet on what caused

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Propane pipe explosion sets fire to Widgi Creek condo (OR)

A propane pipe exploded in a garage at a Widgi Creek condominium in southwest Bend, causing an estimated $75,000 in damages to the unit, according to a Bend Fire Department news release.   Read the article………

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Will Creekside Golf Club win the right to close? (OR)

Closing arguments will be heard Feb. 3 in a trial pitting Salem’s Creekside Golf Club against a neighboring homeowners association.  It follows a week-long bench trial held Jan. 9-13 in Marion County Circuit Court.  Creekside Homeowners Association filed the lawsuit

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Judge rules for family in suit against Keizer HOA (OR)

A federal judge has ruled that a Keizer homeowners’ association violated state and federal fair housing laws by not accommodating a family of former residents of McNary Estates, whose daughter has multiple disabilities.  Gary and Renee Kuhn bought a home

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Pot condos? Oregon developer sees big market in marijuana

A southern Oregon real estate company looking to capitalize on the marijuana boom is planning to build a multimillion-dollar growing and processing facility in Eugene that could house more than 30 different pot ventures.  The Eugene Register-Guard reports that Grow

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Campaign letter stirs controversy in Lake Oswego’s Mountain Park neighborhood (OR)

An endorsement letter from Kent Studebaker’s mayoral campaign caused confusion and anger among recipients in Lake Oswego’s Mountain Park neighborhood last week and prompted harsh words from the incumbent mayor’s challengers.   The letter, which was written and signed by

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HOA Asks Homeowners Take Down Blue Lights

The Hidden Grove and Green Valley Homeowner’s Association is asking residents to move their blue lights from the lamp posts.  The HOA sent out the following notice in a newsletter:  “It was great to see all the blue lights in

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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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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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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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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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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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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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