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Sign of the Times

With the Republican and Democratic National Conventions behind us, campaign season is now in high gear. Many people feel very strongly about who should become our next President and would like to convince as many people as possible to vote for their preferred candidate. While not everyone has

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Pennsylvania Community Associations Benefit from Amendments to Uniform Planned Community Act and Uniform Condo Act

On April 20, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law, Act 21 – House Bill 1340, sponsored by Rep. Martina White, which amended the Pennsylvania Uniform Planned Community Act (UPCA) and the Uniform Condominium Act (UCA) under Title 68 (Real

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TRID Rule Technical Correction?

In the pre-TRID rule environment, property taxes, homeowners association dues, condominium fees, and cooperative fees that a borrower was required to pay in advance to the applicable parties (and not into an escrow or impound account) were not subject to

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Commonwealth Court (PA) vacates trial court order in remanding of condo case

Per a Sept. 18 ruling from the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, a default judgment in excess of $16,000 now has the chance to be opened in its remanding to the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.  The Commonwealth Court overturned

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Who Pays to Restore My Broken Outdoor Water or Sewer Service Lines??

Many homeowners who are part of an association have a common misconception that they are not responsible for maintenance outside of their home. As a matter of fact, they very well may be.      Read the article……….

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Recovering Condominium and Homeowners Association Fees Due Prior to Sheriff’s Sale

Under Pennsylvania statute, when real estate subject to homeowner’s association assessments or condominium association assessments is sold at sheriff’s sale, the homeowner’s association or condominium association is entitled to recover delinquent assessments/charges accruing in the six (6) months prior to

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Philly Building Engineers Want Share Of $5M Verdict Axed

A Philadelphia construction engineering firm asked the Pennsylvania Superior Court on Tuesday to overturn a $350,000 judgment that was part of a $5 million jury verdict in a case where a condominium association claimed it was deceived by statements about

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Poconos a pioneer in community associations

Known as the green backdrop to the New York City metropolitan area, the Poconos helped pioneer the development of homeowners’ associations in the years after World War II.      Read more……….

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CAI Best Practices: Ethics

Simply put, when someone is employing ethics, he or she recognizes what is right and what is wrong and is choosing to do the right thing; however, as a great deal of business ethics literature will attest, “the right thing”

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CAI’s Guide to FHA Certification

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) plays a major in role in housing finance through its Condominium Mortgage Insurance Program. FHA issued regulatory guidance to set standards condominium associations must meet for a

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Unit Owners Can Be Liable for Condo Association’s Legal Fees

A judgment entered by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary S. Glazer in 315 Arch St. Condominium Association v. 315 Arch St. Realty 2005 LP, 2014 Phila. Ct. Com. Pl. LEXIS 193 (April 1, 2014), in favor of a

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Q&A: What Could Happen If Our Condominium Association Does Not Hire Lifeguards?

Q: Our condominium association has a swimming pool and every year we hire lifeguards for the pool season even though there is no ordinance that requires the association to have lifeguards. This year the board is contemplating the need for

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Pa. High Court Won’t Hear Developer’s Arbitration Push

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear an appeal of an appellate ruling that denied a developer the ability to push claims brought by a homeowners association over construction defects into arbitration.     Read more…….

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From Good to Great: Principles for Community Association Success

Every community has its own history, personality, attributes and challenges, but all associations share common characteristics and core  principles. Good associations  preserve the character of  their communities, protect  property values and meet  the established expectations of homeowners. Great  associations also

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Airing Dirty Laundry

I have a bit of apprehension in writing today’s column — it’s a little like airing one’s dirty laundry, not mine but the dirty laundry of my neighborhood. For that reason no names will appear. All of this stems from

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Amendments to Pennsylvania’s Uniform Condominium Act and Uniform Planned Communities Act

Recently, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law House Bill 1122 (the “Amendment”), which amends the Uniform Condominium Act and the Uniform Planned Community Act (together the “Acts”) by extending the time period for a developer—which the Acts refer to as

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Philadelphia Condominium awarded fraud damages for failure to disclose defects

A Philadelphia jury recently awarded a condominium Association over $5 million, including almost $1 million in punitive damages. The Belgravia Condominium Association sued the declarant (the sponsor/developer) and engineer involved in the construction of the condominium building. The suit, filed

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Federal lawsuit on Norristown condo inspections dismissed

The federal lawsuit against Norristown officials involving the construction of the 26-unit condominium building at 770 Sandy St. was dismissed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Eduardo Robreno in a 30-page order Friday. Robreno heard legal arguments April 11 from attorneys Robert

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An Active Adult Community’s Obligations with Respect to Transport Buses and the Disabled

Active adult communities often purchase transport buses for the use of their owners and residents. In relation to such a purchase, that community must consider whether any such bus must be equipped to service the disabled. Title III of the

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Board members not given respect

This letter is written to represent all Penn Forest Township Home Owners Association volunteers who work hard to represent their communities. As a volunteer board member of the board of directors of a Penn Forest Township Home Owners Association, I

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Proposed bill would help homeowners in gated communities

Newly introduced Pennsylvania House Bill 319 aims to give property owners better access to the records in their associations by requiring all association records, with a few exceptions, be accessible for inspection and duplication by owners.  Read More……

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Judge rules against county commissioner Steve Chronister, limited partnership in condo suit

A common pleas judge has ruled that Steve Chronister and his limited partnership owe at least $420,897 to a York Township condominium association.  Senior Judge Eugene E. Fike II of Somerset County awarded an additional statutory penalty of $2,000 in

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Fall Property Maintenance Checklist

The summer rush is coming to a close. As your vacancies fill and you make sure each unit is set for move-in, it’s also important to keep up with seasonal maintenance on your property and make sure everything runs smoothly.

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Judge Lifts 770 Sandy Street Condemnation Order

According to The Times Herald, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Bernard Moore lifted the more that two-year-old condemnation order on the Rittenhouse Club Condominium at 770 Sandy Street Friday morning.  Read More……

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Introduction to Community Association Living

Community Volunteer Leadership Development Program Community volunteer leaders and members can maximize the benefits of community association living by better understanding the history, purpose, and function of community associations. One way to do so is by participating in the Center

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Governance Guidelines

There are basic expectations that apply to virtually any common-interest community. With this in mind, the Center for Community Association Volunteers developed the Community Association Governance Guidelines – 12 principles that can help association board members increase harmony, reduce conflict

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Rights & Responsibilities for Better Communities

More than a destination at the end of the day, a community is a place people want to call home and where they feel at home. This goal is best achieved when homeowners, non-owner residents and association leaders recognize and

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Community Association Fundamentals

Each common-interest community has its own history, personality, attributes and challenges, but all associations share common characteristics and core principles. CAI developed the Community Association Fundamentals to foster a better conceptual understanding of how associations function and the roles of

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Model Code of Ethics for Community Association Board Members

This model code of ethics is not meant to address every potential ethical dilemma encountered by a community association board member, but is offered as a basic framework that can be modified and adopted by any common-interest community.    Read

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So Now You’re On the Board

The first steps to superior board performance are clarifying your board’s job and then following through with appropriate plans, actions and evaluation of results. The checklists presented here are intended to assist you in those tasks. They cover a significant

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