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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.    Read the article……………

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Homeowners group wants to buy islands from York Haven Power (PA)

Lawyers representing the Lake Frederick Homeowners Association have contacted representatives of York Haven Power Co. about purchasing two Susquehanna River islands, an association representative said.   Association leaders will discuss their plans with Londonderry Township supervisors during the Sept. 6 meeting

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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

When the Villages of Flowers Mill Homeowners Association in Langhorne amended its bylaws in 2011 to allow for exceptions to the community’s age restrictions, it paid $395 to the Bucks County Recorder of Deeds to file the changes.  Two years

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Concerns over sidewalks at Wildflower Pond (PA)

Concerns about sidewalks, liabilities and responsibilities brought three residents of the Wildflower Pond development to the Clay Township Supervisors meeting Monday evening.  The big question: Are the sidewalks of the development in compliance with the American Disabilities Act?     Read

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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.  Julianna T. Zamias, 32, opted for a trial rather than enter the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program,

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Pennsylvania Legislation

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

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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 by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.    Read the article…………

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

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 at the entrance to the Villas of

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Judge allows couple to keep pool fence (PA)

In a sometimes biting and other times lyrical decision, 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 at the entrance to the Villas of

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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.     Read the article…………..

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

Two Pike County men have been convicted of election fraud, according to Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin.  Dmitry Kupershmidt, 42, and Myron Cowher, 53, were found guilty Monday on numerous charges related to a scheme to fix an election

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

After opposition arose, Sprint pulled its January zoning application before a hearing could be held, Mr. Sweeney said. Meanwhile, the issue roiled within the condo association, which mailed ballots to residents for a vote, Ms. Renate said. She said while

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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.   Read the article…………….

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Lawmakers hear about problems, concerns from private community residents (PA)

The state Attorney General’s Office would be more likely to investigate or mediate alleged violations by operators of common interest private communities, under a bill sponsored by state Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-189.     Read the article…………

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Accused homeowner association embezzler placed on probation (PA)

Dennis P. Michaels, 57, his wife, Julia S. Michaels, 62, and their daughter Julianna Theresa Zamias, 32, are accused of stealing more than $84,000 from Skyview Estate Homeowner Association from Jan. 1, 2007, through Dec. 31, 2013, while they were

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Willowbrook residents sue to block condo sales (PA)

Individual unit owners at Willowbrook Apartments in Upper Chichester could soon see their homes sold out from under them due to a quirk of the Pennsylvania Uniform Condominium Act, according to a complaint filed in the Delaware County Court of

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Commonwealth Court quashes condo association’s appeal over Mercer County (PA) Sheriff’s sale

A Shenango Township condominium group’s attempt to overturn a Mercer County Court of Common Pleas order connected to a Sheriff’s sale of property in its complex has been denied by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.     Read the article………….

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Private Dams Legislation Adopted in PA House

House Bill 1712, establishing the Pennsylvania Private Dam Financial Assurance Program and the Private Dam Financial Assurance Fund, passed the state House of Representatives by a vote of 195-1 on Monday, February 8, 2016. The Bill now moves to the

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Resident concerned with travel on private road (PA)

Cornwall Borough council has been advised. Iron Valley Estates resident Thomas Sheridan is on a mission. The retired engineer’s mission is to find the most efficient means of stopping all illegal traffic on Iron Valley Drive, a private road.   Read

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Court victory for open records request in Worcester (PA)

Mollick was asking for information to aid the owners of condominium units at the 55 and older carriage homes at Stoney Creek Farms. The condo owners were suffering from dead and inadequate landscaping, Mollick said.   Read the article……..

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Short-term rental issue in Smithfield (PA) now in judge’s hands

Wolfe issued notices in October 2014 that Barbara and Larry Guarino violated the Smithfield zoning ordinance by conducting short-term vacation rentals in two single-family homes the Gaurino’s own in Shawnee Valley. But the zoning board ruled last fall that township

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Judge holds owners responsible for rundown Hanover condo building (PA)

Should it be necessary, the responsibility for demolishing a dilapidated building on the 200 block of Baltimore Street has fallen squarely on the owners .    Read the article……….

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Former Property Manger Accused Of Stealing $75,000 From Condo Complex (PA)

A 73-year-old woman has been charged with stealing more than $75,000 from her former employer.  Donna Gritzan, of Carnegie, worked as the property manager for the Trimont Condominiums on Mount Washington from 1990 until 2014. She was employed by Amheim

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Palmer Township (PA) demands developer’s letters of credit

Seven years after getting municipal approval to build 100 townhouses, the developer of Woodridge Falls III are getting withering reviews from homeowners and Palmer Township officials.      Read the article…………

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At least 8 people displaced after Squirrel Hill (PA) condo fire

Fire crews were sent back to a Squirrel Hill condominium Wednesday night after a fire that tore through multiple units rekindled.  At least eight people were displaced by the fire on the corner of Murray Hill Avenue and 5th Avenue.

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Philadelphia (PA) condo association settles with former executive board

A condominium association that sued the members of its former executive board has reached a settlement with the defendants in that litigation.    Read the article…………..

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Early morning fire drill ensures safety (PA)

Every year, Allegheny Volunteer Fire Department leads local crews in practicing a response at the condo where – if a real emergency were to happen – they would need to be prepared for a quick response and be able to

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Homeowners association seeks to deed French Development to South Abington Township (PA)

Residents of the French Manor development off of Simrell Road attended the Oct. 12 board of supervisors meeting with a petition signed by the homeowners in the development wishing to transfer their road to the township.    Read the article………..

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Solution might be in the works for fire sprinkler problems in Lower Allen Township (PA) condominium complex

A less costly solution might be in the works for Wesley Mews condominium owners in Lower Allen Township who had been faced with estimates of up to $9,000 to make costly sprinkler upgrades.  Read the article…………

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Mom fights homeowners’ association over flag tribute to military son (PA)

A Pennsylvania woman says her homeowners’ association is trying to stop her from flying a Blue Star flag in honor of her son’s military service.    Read the article…………

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Condo, management, landscaping companies want suit sent to Delaware County (PA)

Three separate defense attorneys for a condominium complex, property management and landscaping companies accused of negligence are seeking to move a lawsuit filed against them to Bucks County.  In a trio of motions for preliminary objections filed on June 22,

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Cumberland Co. (PA) residents face costly sprinkler system repairs

A Cumberland County community is reeling after learning it could be on the hook for thousands of dollars in sprinkler system repairs. Monday night, Lower Allen Township Supervisors turned down an extension request from the 38 residents of the Wesley

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Newtown (PA) supervisors file suit against developer for cutting down beech tree at Villas development; seeking $85,500 in damages, court costs

The board of supervisors voted to file suit against McGrath Homes for cutting down a large copper beech tree at the entrance to the Villas of Newtown development in apparent violation of a court-sanctioned settlement to preserve both the tree

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Regents’ Glen finances prompt questions, unease from residents, employees (PA)

But recent news about Regents’ Glen Building & Development’s finances has Mixon wondering what his backyard might eventually look like, and what that will do to his property value. Mixon has been president of the Sycamore Grove Condominium Association since

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A Pocono Country Place (PA) blocks resident from serving on board again

Joe Kowalski has been removed from the board of directors at A Pocono Country Place, despite receiving the most votes among six candidates last month for three openings.  It marks the second consecutive year Kowalski has been blocked from serving

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A silver lining for Silver Lake? (PA)

They’ve reworded the lake community’s bylaws, researched how to write emergency action plans and monitored when the water rises after a storm. An engineer comes and goes, inspecting a 229-year-old earthen dam made of rocks and clay.     Read the

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Phoenixville (PA) Council discusses unapproved access to Schuylkill River Trail

“We’re being backed into a situation that was created by the HOA’s unauthorized access that now has dropped a major issue in our lap,” said council President James Kovaleski at last Tuesday’s meeting. “It’s an issue that needs to be

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Adams (PA) residents say problems persist

One year after a group of residents from White Water Drive and their lawyer took their water runoff concerns to the township supervisors, the soggy issue continues.  The residents, who live below a Ryan Homes neighborhood being built in their

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Woman accused of embezzling $70,000 in court (PA)

A woman accused of embezzling thousands of dollars was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday.  Around one dozen residents from Skyview Estates appeared in court Thursday morning ready to have their voices heard only to have the suspect, Julianna Zamias,

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Gateway Towers (PA) condominium plans to inspect windows after pair of incidents

The Gateway Towers condominium building Downtown advertises operable windows as one of its selling points. But lately, residents haven’t been able to use them — by order of management.  That edict was issued after two incidents in which large window

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Newtown Township (PA) Supervisors freeze developer’s $590,000 escrow account until matter of felled Villa’s beech tree is resolved

The supervisors on Wednesday night took a stand against the developer of the Villas of Newtown for chopping down a more than century-old beech tree adjoining a rundown farmhouse at the entrance to the property on Upper Silver Lake Road

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McGrath Homes faces financial penalty for chopping down more than 150-year-old beech tree at Villas of Newtown

A developer faces a financial penalty after chopping down a more than 150-year-old beech tree at the Villas of Newtown at Silver Lake Road and Penns Trail North in violation of a 2006 court order and development agreement.     Read

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McGrath Homes faces financial penalty for chopping down more than 150-year-old beech tree at Villas of Newtown

A developer faces a financial penalty after chopping down a more than 150-year-old beech tree at the Villas of Newtown at Silver Lake Road and Penns Trail North in violation of a 2006 court order and development agreement.  The township

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Philadelphia (PA) roofs are sprouting greenery

When Esta Schwartz moved into her sixth-floor condominium at the Philadelphian, the view was not its best selling point.  The condos in the front of the building look out onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Art Museum, but her

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