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Seniors snagged in Villas of Newtown negotiations over historic farmhouse (PA

The township has always understood that the homeowners association would be part of any eventual agreement, said Ferguson, and representatives from the group met with supervisors before they set conditions for the developer in March 2016. But the association was

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Andover residents go to court to halt Mariner East 2 work (PA)

The Andover homeowners’ association filed a motion in Commonwealth Court Monday seeking a preliminary injunction to halt all work on its open space permitted by the PennDOT highway occupancy permit issued in relation to the Sunoco Logistics L.P. Mariner East

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Supervisors meet with HOA reps (PA)

Chadds Ford Township supervisors Wednesday night met with representatives from a variety of homeowners associations. According to Township Manager Amanda Serock, the meeting was designed to improve communication between residents and the township government. Supervisor Noelle Barbone used the controversial

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Homeowners say Sunoco breached protective order during pipeline construction (PA)

A group of Delaware County homeowners ramped up a war of words with Sunoco Pipeline on Thursday, accusing it of violating a court order that forbids company representatives from contacting residents during construction work for the Mariner East 2 pipeline.

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Homeowners association pushes for completion of a housing development in York County (PA)

A homeowners association is pushing its developer to finish improvements to the neighborhood that it says have been left unfinished for years.  The Koller Pointe Homeowners Association says it is trying to get Keystone Custom Homes to fix numerous issues

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Residents of New Freedom neighborhood ‘fed up’ with delayed improvements (PA)

When Bobby Jackson moved with his then-pregnant wife during 2007 into his newly built home in the Koller Pointe development, he was told the temporary retention pond across the street would be gone within two years.  Jackson’s 3-year-old daughter would

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Maple Glen residents meet in response to KKK fliers (PA)

Several Maple Glen residents organized a community meeting May 24 at the township building in response to the Ku Klux Klan fliers left in the driveways of their homes May 15.  Though similar to the candlelight vigil held May 25

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New construction brings strife at Abbotts Square (PA)

Hailed as a hero for restoring the Divine Lorraine Hotel, developer Eric Blumenfeld has been photographed on its rooftop, skyline behind him, racking up praise for revitalizing North Broad Street.  Across town, however, folks at Abbotts Square Condominium, at Second

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Homeowners’ group wants road deeded to township (PA)

Other than wanting to help resolve the matter, Kennett Township officials say they “don’t have a dog in the fight” among neighbors on Black Rock Hill Road.  The Kennett Township supervisor’s meeting Wednesday night had a nearly empty official agenda

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Homeowners’ group wants road deeded to township

Other than wanting to help resolve the matter, Kennett Township officials say they “don’t have a dog in the fight” among neighbors on Black Rock Hill Road.  The Kennett Township supervisor’s meeting Wednesday night had a nearly empty official agenda—only

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Treasure Lake Property Owner’s Association comments on Ski Lodge closure (PA)

Two days after residents and guests of the Treasure Lake Ski Lodge were angered to learn the business was closing, the board of the property owners association has cited its reasons for ending the lease agreement with the ski lodge’s

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PA lawmakers to mull community mediation

Pennsylvania lawmakers will discuss a proposed change Tuesday, to how the state handles disputes within private communities. The state House of Representatives plans to reconsider House Bill 595, which would expand the Attorney General’s power to mediate such cases.  “There

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Cressona residents, borough debate road ownership (PA)

Despite being surrounded by feet of snow, Marsha Drive resident Sally Butcavage feels like she and her Cressona neighbors are between a rock and a hard place.  At issue is who is responsible for the upkeep and winter maintenance of

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Lawsuit settlement over collapsed flume/storm sewer OK’d (PA)

Bob Duncan, assistant Lower Merion Township manager, said the collapse of the flume involved four properties along the upper portion of the road near the Wawa at Conshohocken State Road. The site includes one property owned and used by the

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Olde Colonial Greene and Doylestown Township near agreement on trees (PA)

Just about one month ago, Doylestown Township learned that the Olde Colonial Greene’s homeowners association had hired a tree service to fell 73 unhealthy trees in the townhouse community.  Unaware municipal officials should have been consulted before the extensive landscaping

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Milford Township officials want to resolve control over residential alley (PA)

Milford Township officials are under pressure from homeowners in one Upper Bucks County residential development, who want them to take over a narrow alley because, they claim, their homeowner’s association fee is gradually increasing over its construction and maintenance.  Residents

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Northslope III Community board squabbles in court (PA)

A Monroe County Court judge will decide if a Smithfield Township community association board acted illegally when making decisions, such as reducing the number of its members and voting on a costly home re-siding project, without notifying residents in advance.

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Community residents burdened by road maintenance (PA)

Option one: Continue trying to come up with $2,500 per winter or per snow storm to pay a private citizen to plow the road.  Option two: Pay a contractor even more to bring the road up to township specifications so

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About 70 trees felled at Olde Colonial Greene (PA)

Olde Colonial Greene is a lot less green than it was — at least for now.  The recent felling of some 70 trees has left the 38-year-old Doylestown Township townhouse community looking like a “war zone,” said one resident.  Homeowners

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Homeowners sue Tamiment over bylaws (PA)

Four Pike County homeowners say The Glen at Tamiment has enforced an invalid set of bylaws for over a decade. Tamiment residents Jeffrey Godlewski, Martin Gallas, Rick Hoover and Diane Hinson in April filed a lawsuit against the private, gated

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Arrowhead Lake homeowner challenges handicap parking fine (PA)

Georgia Gilfeather’s arthritis makes it challenging for her to walk even just a short distance.  The Queens, N.Y., resident has had both hips replaced and now needs both knees replaced. She makes sure her handicap placard is in a visible

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Richland Township woman paid $53,000 restitution to homeowners’ association (PA)

A Richland Township woman was placed on probation after she paid back money taken from a homeowners’ association, authorities said.  Julianna T. Zamias, 33, paid $53,000 restitution to Skyview Estates Homeowners’ Association.  She appeared before Cambria County President Judge Norman

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DEP: Deer Lake dam reconstruction fouling trout steam (PA)

The Deer Lake Improvement Association, the private homeowners group undertaking the replacement of the earthen dam built in 1906 and the dredging the 74-acre recreational lake, has asked the DEP to approve a major modification of its existing permits. The

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Counties should not make profits on the backs of homeowners (PA)

It is estimated today that some 2.8 million Pennsylvanians are now living in over 10,000 condominium, cooperative and homeowner associations across the commonwealth. These common interest ownership communities are on the rise, accounting for 80 percent of new home builds

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Exeter family wins flag dispute with homeowners group (PA)

In May, their son left for his latest deployment, in Lebanon, so the Diesingers put up their American flag and set out a candle once again outside their townhouse in the Wingspread development.  In early August, the Diesingers received a

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Disabled adults meet definition of family, says lawyer defending them in Forks zoning hearing (PA)

Two adults with disabilities living in a Forks Township condo have a right to remain in their home without seeking a special exception under the zoning code, an attorney will argue Monday night in a case that, he says, has

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Governor Tom Wolf Signs Senate Bill 1282: Legislation Ends Practice of Per Parcel Recording Fees

The Governor signed the Bill on Friday, November 4, 2016, bringing a conclusion to a five year effort by CAI PA LAC to put an end to the recording fee scheme adopted by over a third of Pennsylvania’s counties. Act

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Homeowners association won’t allow father of soldier to hang flag on front door (PA)

A Reading man, Pennsylvania, and father of a soldier is fighting for his right to fly an American flag on his front door after questioning his homeowner association about their rule.  Russell Diesinger might be in a battle with the

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Changes to the PA Uniform Planned Communities Act and the Uniform Condominium Act.

Governor Wolf recently signed into law House Bill No. 1340 of 2015 which amends both the Uniform Planned Communities Act and Uniform Condominium Act. The two statutes are complementary and have substantially similar provisions. The current bill makes the same

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HOA asks court to reconsider North Strabane psych facility (PA)

A legal matter between North Strabane Township and a psychiatric facility trying to move into the township has been decided in Washington County Court, but a third party is attempting to once again block progress.  An attorney for Linden Vue

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Neighbors share concerns about Forks Township group home (PA)

Residents and neighbors of Forks Township’s Chestnut Commons, a condominium development, rallied to oppose a group home for the disabled in their development.  The home, in a condo at 21 Chestnut Avenue, has been operating for several months but only

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Pine Ridge lacks money to make it through fiscal year (PA)

She says state law says the association cannot collect fees of more than six months when property is in foreclosure and the association no longer can receive notice of any sheriff sales.

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Another View: Unfair taxation taking toll on condo owners (PA)

It is estimated today that some 2.8 million Pennsylvanians are now living in over 10,000 condominium, cooperative and homeowner associations across the Commonwealth. These common interest ownership communities are on the rise, accounting for 80 percent of new home builds

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CAI Rebuts Misleading Opposition Arguments to Senate Bill 1282

CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA LAC) has been supporting legislation (Senate Bill 1282 / House Bill 1101) which would clarify the manner in which county Recorders of Deeds may assess fees regarding the amendment of declarations for condominiums, cooperatives

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Fairways to Driveways: Golfers disappointed by plan to start long-delayed homes project on half of Hawk Valley Golf Club (PA)

Everyone agrees that Hawk Valley Golf Club is looking better than it has in ages.  Over the last six years, overgrown trees have been trimmed, sand has been added to sand traps and flowers have been planted at the 18-hole

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Northampton County Council opposes state legislation to exempt condo associations from property record fees (PA)

Northampton County Council Thursday night passed a resolution opposing proposed state legislation aimed at prohibiting counties from collecting fees to record real estate filings from condominium associations.

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Lake MacLeod homeowners seek legal recourse (PA)

Lake MacLeod Homeowners Association is challenging Pine officials’ preliminary approval of a developer’s plans to put nearly 250 new houses along Babcock Boulevard next to the homeowners’ million-dollar homes on one or more acres.  In an appeal filed this month,

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At state committee hearing in Doylestown, condo owners lobby for relief from county recording fees

The bills under consideration by the Urban Affairs Committee would limit an indexing fee charged by counties using the alternate Uniform Parcel Identification (UPI) system to organize property records

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Concerns over sidewalks at Wildflower Pond (PA)

Issues with the development have risen recently because the developer, Dr. C. Busco, wants to turn over more responsibility of the development to the HOA

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Get Marty: Delmont Plagued By Canada Geese Invasion (PA)

A Delmont community has a big problem with Canada geese.  “It’s horrible. They are ruining our property,” says Charlotte Bush.  About 70 Canada geese have settled into a few ponds surrounding the Bush home. The geese are leaving droppings that

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Accused homeowners’ association embezzler opts for trial rather than ARD program (PA)

The woman at the center of a scheme to embezzle money from a Richland Township homeowners’ association will stand trial, likely in October

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Pennsylvania Legislation

The Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (LAC) has reviewed and taken the following positions on Bills currently pending.

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Bill would allow AG to investigate private community squabbles (PA)

A bill requiring the state Attorney General’s Office to investigate or mediate alleged violations by operators of common interest private communities was unanimously approved Thursday

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Newtown Township (PA) loses court case seeking $85K in damages for felled beech tree at Villas of Newtown

The suit sought $85,500, the estimated worth of the tree according to a forensic arborist hired by the township to assess the damage.

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Judge allows couple to keep pool fence (PA)

a Common Pleas Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by neighbors of a New Garden same sex couple over the fence they built to enclose a planned in-ground swimming pool.

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Newtown Township loses court case seeking $85K in damages for felled beech tree at Villas of Newtown (PA)

A Bucks County Judge has thrown out a legal action filed last year by the board of supervisors against McGrath Homes seeking $85,500 in damages for cutting down a large copper beech tree

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Condo complex fall case’s transfer to Montgomery County yields Superior Court appeal

A state court judge’s decision to transfer a condominium complex slip-and-fall case to Montgomery County court has caused a plaintiff attorney to file an appeal of the ruling with the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

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Two found guilty of fixing election in Pike County private community (PA)

were found guilty Monday on numerous charges related to a scheme to fix an election in the private community of Wild Acres Lakes

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Scranton (PA) neighborhood group opposes cell antennaes atop condo building

A Scranton neighborhood group opposes Sprint’s plan to reinstall six cellphone antennas atop a 10-story condominium building

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Man claims HOA is violating Fair Housing Act (PA)

A man is suing his homeowners association, claiming an overly determined board of directors is improperly restricting him as he proposes widening his driveway for his disabled father.

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