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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)

The once proud and formerly gated Pine Ridge private community in Bushkill is facing dire financial problems as many residents have fallen behind in their homeowners’ association dues leaving the community with a $450,000 budget shotfall.  Board members have sought

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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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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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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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