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House passes Corvese bill meant to resolve condo disputes (RI)

The House of Representatives last week approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Arthur Corvese to create a less costly process for resolving minor disputes involving condominium associations and owners.     Read the article………….

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New condos in sight for victims of Westgate (RI) fire

It’s been more than a year since fire rapidly consumed Building C of Westgate Condominiums on Quaker Lane.  Now, Building C is back, although it’s going to be several months longer before the 38 condo owners move back in.  Not

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20 forced from condo complex deemed uninhabitable (RI)

Twenty people were displaced from their homes Tuesday after a Woonsocket condominium complex was declared uninhabitable, and the city is now threatening legal action if the building is repaired.   Read the article…………

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Several displaced in Warwick (RI) condo fire

The Warwick fire chief told Eyewitness News that six units were damaged – two or three by heavy fire and the rest by smoke and water.   Read the article…………

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Blood, sweat and fear: North Smithfield (RI) condo dwellers turn their home into a horror film set

Amy Wade, the co-producer and director, says the movie probably would have never been finished without the generosity of the residents of High Rocks. She says they stepped up after finding out that she had run out of money to

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Gas leak in Cumberland (RI) triggers evacuation of condo complex

A gas leak that required the evacuation of three buildings of a condo complex at 2970 Mendon Rd. was triggered by a third party doing work at a plastic service main, a spokeswoman for National Grid said Wednesday.   Read the

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Decision Alert! Protects the Association’s Super Priority Lien in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Supreme Court released its opinion today in the much anticipated case of Twenty Eleven, LLC vs. Botelho. The question before the Court was whether or not a condominium lien foreclosure sale on the association’s super priority lien,

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Early morning fire damages Westerly (RI) condo units

A fire at the Morningside condominium complex on Apache Drive caused significant damage to at least two units in a four-unit building early this morning.   Read the article………….

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Embezzlement Charges Dismissed Against Ex-Time-Share Worker (RI)

The Rhode Island attorney general’s office has dismissed all charges against a Portsmouth man accused of embezzling nearly $528,000 from a Newport homeowners association where he previously served as general manager.     Read the article………..

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Legal issues delay condo rebuild after fire (RI)

The effort to rebuild the Westgate condominiums in Warwick that was destroyed by fire is taking longer than originally thought.   Read the article…………….

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New law protects right to hang religious artifacts in doorways (RI)

A new law passed by the General Assembly protects the right of tenants and condominium dwellers to hang religious artifacts in their doorways without interference from condo associations or landlords.    Read the article………..

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Westgate (RI) condo owners face taxes on units that aren’t there

James Simmons and his wife, Susan Gaipo, own a Westgate condominium, only, like 37 other units, it hasn’t been there since being destroyed by fire on March 11. The Simmonses pay a monthly $271.89 association fee for water, heat and

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Mezuzah restrictions, anti-Semitism, and the definition of a doorpost

Did you know that some condominium associations may have the right to keep a homeowner from posting a mezuzah at the doorway entrance?  It happened to Barbara Cadranel of Stratford, CT. In 2012, she received a stern letter from her

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Small Business Administration helps Westgate Fire Victims (RI)

One month ago, flames destroyed 38 units at the Wesgate Condo Complex. Officials with the Federal Disaster Relief Program are here in Rhode Island to help those who lost everything apply for loans to get back on their feet.  Janice

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Residents of Burned Condo Eligible for Disaster Loans (RI)

Residents of a Warwick condominium building destroyed in a fire last month can apply for low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The agency awarded an administrative declaration, which allows residents of the Westgate complex to apply for

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Press on to rebuild Westgate condos (RI)

Two weeks ago today, a crane was piling up the remains of Building C of Westgate Condominiums as the victims of the previous day’s fire looked on and wondered what the future would hold.  Yesterday, William Herendeen, secretary of the

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State Law Forces Fire Displaced Residents to Pay Condo Fees (RI)

Rhode Island law dictates that even though the condo that burned down at the Westgate complex in Warwick no longer exists, owners must still pay their condo fees., which cost anywhere from 200–300 dollars a month.  What remains of the

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Residents leave Warwick condo fire meeting frustrated

A meeting was held Tuesday night for nearly 100 people that were displaced by a devastating fire in Warwick. It happened two weeks ago, but the images are still fresh in Rachel Berman’s mind.   Read more……..

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Questions, answers to condo fire: Insurance company to determine access to site of fire (RI)

Questions continue to swirl, and reports differ, over the lack of water to fight the fire that destroyed Building C of the Westgate Condominium on March 11 and why the remains of the building were so quickly leveled.    Read

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Destroyed condo building complied with fire code (RI)

The condominium building off Route 2 destroyed by fire Wednesday complied with state fire regulations, city officials announced Friday.  The 138-unit Westgate Condominium Building C had a working fire alarm and “no outstanding deficiencies or violations” of Rhode Island fire

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NBC 10 I-Team follows paper trail in Warwick (RI) condo fire

Public records may hold important clues about the fire that destroyed a condominium building in Warwick.  Rhode Island’s fire codes are some of the strictest in the nation. But when it comes to older buildings like the Westgate Condominiums, Mayor

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Many victims of condo fire not covered by insurance (RI)

Residents of a Warwick condo complex lost their homes Wednesday when their building was destroyed by fire, and if they didn’t have insurance coverage – they lost a lot more than that.  More than three dozen units burned up after

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Condo heavily damaged by fire did not have sprinklers (RI)

Residents of Building C at Westgate Condominium on Quaker Lane Wednesday watched their homes disappear as firefighters, delayed by a lack of water pressure, were at first unable to control the flames.   Read more……….

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Fire burning at Warwick condominium complex (RI)

Survivors of a condominium complex fire on Quaker Lane tell of a neighbor who warned them of the danger and worries about the pets they left behind.  Residents speculated that the fire started in an unoccupied apartment where workers were

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Families forced from condo after building deemed unsafe (RI)

A local condominium was deemed unsafe one week before Christmas, forcing families out of their homes.  The River Haven Condominium is empty and residents are no longer allowed inside, with a sign on the door citing unsafe conditions. River Haven

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R.I. condo associations find lenders willing

The Cosmopolitan condominium at 100 Fountain St. at the corner of Mathewson Street in Providence has made improvements to its parking lot to provide added security and convenience, funded by a bank loan to the condo association.

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Former Newport Bay (RI) Club Manager Embezzled $527,000

A Portsmouth man who issued himself 34 checks totaling $527,000 drawn on funds belonging to the Newport Bay Club’s timeshare association was arrested Friday by the Rhode Island State Police on embezzlement charges.     Read more…….

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The 2014 Legislative Agenda in New England

The old saying that the only sure things in life are death and taxes leaves out a third certainty: legislation. Across New England each year, thousands of bills get filed in state legislatures, many of them as mundane as the

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NP (RI) couple may lose house to auction because of builder’s default

The house that Greg Hattoy and Gina Iaciofano of North Providence chose to build off Little Pond County Road, the one with three bedrooms, an open floor plan and filled with upgrades and special features, the one Greg described as

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