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Meet the New Boss – Your HOA

This updates our 2009 article on Home Owner Associations, the introductory piece of a 3 part series about these important, but controversial organizations (often called Community Associations). The 2nd in the series features an insightful interview with Joe West, CEO

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Want to buy a condo? See how a new law could expand FHA options here in O.C. (CA)

For 15 years, Judy Johnson planned to get a reverse mortgage when she retired, supplementing her Social Security with proceeds from her San Clemente condo.  But after she stopped seeing clients and shut down her public relations business last year,

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Reverse Mortgage Industry Voices Concerns Over FHA’s HECM Proposals

Other commenters raised concerns over FHA’s proposals related to its rules on HECM eligibility for community association, such as condominium homeowner associations and housing cooperatives.      Read the article………….

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55+ Living — Are you safe?

You were semi-retired or thinking about retiring. You wanted to downsize for your retirement years. You and your spouse sold your house and purchased a condominium in the Twin Cities. You moved to this building because it was advertized as

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‘My privacy has been shattered’: Break-ins blindside seniors in Laguna Woods (CA)

Barbara Lee moved from her home in Huntington Beach to Laguna Woods 10 years ago because she heard it was one of the safest communities in south Orange County.  So she was shocked to discover that eight homes tented for

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Smaller assisted-living homes in Castle Rock stir debate among neighbors

But the growing number of residential care and assisted living facilities in Castle Rock, which has 14 scattered throughout eight neighborhoods, is raising the ire of homeowners’ associations who say the homes ignore HOA building regulations. They also worry about

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Tillsonburg (ON) condo residents up in arms over changes to waste collection

Tillsonburg residents living in a condominium complex at 18 Balazs Court remain frustrated with the change to waste collection in their neighbourhood. These residents, who originally had to take their waste to the end of their driveway, are now being

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How Can You Accommodate the Disabled During Capital Work? (NY)

A collection of issues – a disability discrimination claim with facts that were sharply in dispute, an elevator project that shut down one of the building’s two elevators for an extended period, a proprietary lease provision that was less than

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(Disaster Preparedness for) Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs

How might a disaster affect me? What are my personal needs during a disaster? By evaluating your own individual needs and making an emergency plan that ?ts those needs, you and your loved ones can be better prepared.  Here are

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Building Safety for Everyone: Emergency Preparation Includes Residents with Special Needs

New England is home to more than three million seniors age 60 and older, and about one in four suffers some type of physical impairment. When you factor in a climate prone to blizzards and heavy snow storms, a disaster

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Can we become a 55-and-over only community?

I am an owner in a townhome association. We are interested in becoming a 55+ community. We understand some of the requirements but not all of them. How would we go about changing our community from a townhome association to

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HOA accused of excessive accommodations for senior home (CO)

Frustrated Highlands Ranch residents say their homeowners association is bending the rules too far to accommodate a senior citizen home.  The new owner of the house on Forrest Drive, near Cougar Run Elementary School, is converting it from a three-bedroom

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Residents win two-year battle with HOA over children living in the retirement community (AZ)

Becky and her husband Terry Clark were the driving force behind the effort. The couple says it and others have noticed children in the neighborhood who stay longer than the 90 days permitted in the 55-plus aged community rules, also

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For seniors, tax-free condo association fees unlikely (AK)

It is unlikely that the city will try to find a way to make condo association fees tax exempt for seniors, even though these fees often include utilities that would otherwise be considered tax free by the city, according to

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Pros & Cons of Age-Restricted Homeowners Associations

When you think of an age-restricted homeowners association, you might conjure up a picture of elderly couples in Hawaiian print shirts and khaki shorts, riding on golf carts, sipping drinks by the pool, or playing cards in the clubhouse. While

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Sun City Center (FL) takes on contractor fraud

Contractor fraud is the major concern of the SCC Community Association’s Consumer Affairs Committee, whose key purpose is to help seniors make good decisions when choosing a contractor.     Read the article………..

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Protecting People with Dementia in Your Homeowners Association

There are many different ways to keep the members in your homeowners association safe. If your Association attracts a significant number of senior adults, or you know of specific residents in your Association who suffer from dementia, you can help

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Aging Populations and Multiple Generations in Community Associations

For the first time in United States history, more and more adults are choosing to stay in their home as they age. The reasons for wanting to stay in the home range from a personal choice stemming from the desire

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Can condos for residents 55-plus rent to young people?

I live in a 55-plus condominium. Currently, more than 40 percent of the units are rented. Of these rentals, around 40 percent are rented to people under the age of 55. I purchased this condo because it was for people

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Class action lawsuit filed against Sacramento-based management of Eskaton Village Grass Valley (CA)

Homeowners at a luxury 130-unit Nevada County senior living community have filed a class action lawsuit against the Sacramento-based corporate owners of the complex and four of its top managers, alleging financial irregularities and elder abuse.    Read more……..

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Home Owners Associations – Friend or Foe?

If you have spent much time by now on Topretirements.com we would be surprised if you haven’t seen a lot of Member comments about Home Owners Associations (HOAs). To many, it would seem these mysterious entities are the devil incarnate.

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Home Owners Associations – Friend or Foe?

If you have spent much time by now on Topretirements.com we would be surprised if you haven’t seen a lot of Member comments about Home Owners Associations (HOAs). To many, it would seem these mysterious entities are the devil incarnate.

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Volunteering: The neighborly thing to do

The Neighbor Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping seniors stay in their homes, made recent news when its office manager, Nancy Nielsen, was awarded for her selflessness. Nielsen described the experience as “humbling,” but she views the exposure as

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Falling is serious business in Sun City Center (FL)

The National Council on Aging has designated September as National Fall Prevention Month in order to increase awareness of the dangers of falling for seniors. According to recent national statistics, every 15 seconds an adult in this country is treated

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Aging Condominium Owners Will Seek More Fair Housing Accommodations

For condominium boards trying to anticipate future challenges, here’s a prediction that bears considering: Fair housing accommodation requests are going to multiply.  This prediction doesn’t require a crystal ball; a general knowledge of demographic trends will tell you what you

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Senior Living In Condominiums: 7 Things That Condo Corporations Need To Know Right Now (Canada)

It is no secret that Canada’s population is aging.  We have all heard the news that more and more baby-boomers (born between 1946 and 1965) are retiring, or will be retiring, in the coming years. Right now, one in seven

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Age, deed restricted housing options grow in popularity (PA)

Age-restricted or deed-restricted communities are a form of homeownership that has been popular for several decades in Sunbelt states like Florida, Arizona and California. Deed-restricted communities use governing documents created by the developers to outline what is and is not

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Couple: Condo board plans to ban grandkid visits (FL)

Imagine being being told by a condominium association board how many times your grandchildren can visit you. One couple says it’s happening to them and they want help.    Read more………..

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HOA HOMEFRONT (CA): Senior community questions from readers

Our community’s age restrictions state: “no person shall occupy, reside in, or use any dwelling unless one of the residents is 55 years of age (as the qualifying resident.)” The qualifying resident has long ago moved to another house in

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“Aging In Place” – How can community associations address aging communities?

When we think of the challenges of overseeing homeowners associations, we might think of overgrown lawns, late assessment payments, and aggressive pets. But another challenge has been waiting in the wings: the aging of America’s “baby boomer” generation, many of

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Is Your Senior Housing Community Legal?

The news is full of reports about the enormous rise in the senior population as baby boomers begin to reach retirement age. The population of seniors is projected to grow at a faster rate than the total population of the

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FHA Legal Requirements For 55 Communities In An Aging Population

It is anticipated that elderly growth rates will increase dramatically over the next 20 years as the Baby-Boom generation ages.It is expected that the proportion of those over 60 years old will increase more than 23 percent in Washington from

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Economics and Emergencies Are Pressuring and Perplexing Age-restricted Condominium Communities

The marketing brochure for an “age-restricted” condominium development shows a group of smiling, active seniors obviously enjoying the amenities in a community designed for and limited to people their age. There is no hint of bitter battles like the one

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