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HOA HOMEFRONT: Addressing short-term rentals

Q. With the issue of renting by the day/week becoming red hot in the San Diego market, can an HOA amend its bylaws/CC&R’s to say rentals (must be) be a minimum of one month or longer? As it stands now

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Do homeowners have to comply with new boat rules?

Q: I live in a homeowners association on a river. In 2014 the board of directors adopted rules allowing boat lifts to be installed with canopies on the boat docks. The rules included certain detailed specifications regarding the height of

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High court: Condo policy violates foreclosure law (WI)

The state’s highest court on Friday found that a Lake Geneva condominium association’s policy involving certain assessments violated established foreclosure laws. Download the PDF file .  

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(NV) State Supreme Court justices deny tipping HOA conspirator to FBI raids

The identity of the Nevada Supreme Court justice alleged to have tipped off a construction defect lawyer to the federal homeowners association investigation in 2008 remained a secret Tuesday.    Read more……….

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Colorado moving closer to licensing HOA managers

Colorado, starting July 1, will join nine other states that require community association managers to obtain a license and comply with a long list of rules.    Read more………

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Common Interest Community Covenants and the Freedom of Contract Myth

Courts take a hands-off approach with respect to the content of common interest community (CIC) covenants, reasoning that freedom of contract mandates their enforcement. But CIC covenants differ from voluntary private contracts in important ways, making deferential enforcement in the

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Amending a Condominium Declaration Is Not An Easy Task

Condominiums and its owners are governed by the Condominium Act but also by the condominium’s governing documents. These governing documents (the declaration, the by-laws and the rules) are part of hierarchy of internal governing documents, with the declaration on top

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The Salesman said the HOA owned this property – What happened?

A residential community basks in the Florida sun, as its homeowners association board of directors plans recreational improvements to a portion of its common areas.  But all too soon they discover that their planning has been for naught. Because they

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Grab It Now – The New and Improved Primer on RA 9904

I hope that this new, improved and updated Primer on RA 9904 will serve as a useful guide and companion to all homeowners who are burdened by unfriendly neighbors, and/or Officers or Directors/Trustees who lord it over the affairs of

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The Definitive Guide to Community Association Acronyms

One of the things I have always found fascinating about community associations is that in spite of having a shared history, the acronyms for each community seem to have developed along more regional lines. This got me to thinking about

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FL: Perspectives on 2013 Legislative Session – New homeowner association law

This has been a busy year for homeowner association (HOA) bills. Early in the year, Senator Hays proposed SB596 that was a blanket rewrite of Chapter 720, originally proposed by a “consumer advocacy” group.   Read More……

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Signs of the Times

It seems that with every election cycle, the campaigns start earlier and earlier.  It’s almost to the point where it feels like there is no break or rest between them.  Also, the politics of our country are getting more and

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