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/ Owner - June 20, 2012
From time to time, specific issues will arise that seem to cross the country at the speed of the internet and create problems or concerns for condominium and homeowner associations. On this page we’ll try and track the news items and articles as they arise.

Fraud & Embezzlement

Fraud & Embezzlement Archives

Companion/Service/Emotional Support Animals

  • How Should Florida Community Associations Answer Residents’ Requests for Emotional Support Animals? February 21, 2024
    A right to an emotional support animal has been a heavily discussed topic for years, especially for certain extreme requests involving the use of an exotic animal for emotional support purposes, or when there is a claim that the emotional support animal needs its own emotional support animal, in a relatively clear attempt to circumvent community pet restrictions.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Resident Permitted to Keep Dog as an “Emotional Support Animal” (ON) February 17, 2024
    In the case of MTCC 584 v. Kakish, the condominium corporation’s Declaration and Rules contained provisions prohibiting pets in the units.  One of the residents had a dog. She provided three letters from her doctor, setting out her need for the dog. She also provided a further letter from her treating psychiatrist. The letters stated that the resident suffered from anxiety and depression and needed the dog as a support animal to help decrease her anxiety and depression, and to ...
  • HOA Homefront: Reader wants to know, ‘Is my dog allowed?’ (CA) February 17, 2024
    Q: I am hoping you could help me with my HOA that’s trying to remove my daughter’s support dog because of its weight and breed. They are threatening to come and have her removed because she got too big. Can they do this? It would devastate my daughter if they took her dog  Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • What Every Condo or HOA Needs To Know About Emotional Support Animals (MI) November 27, 2023
    Over the last several years, emotional support animals have been a continuous source of speculation and confusion for many Michigan condo and HOA boards. We all have seen the news stories of individuals attempting to bring animals such as squirrels and even alligators into places of public accommodation under the claim that they are emotional support animals. Many will read these stories and chuckle, brushing off these claims as nonsensical; however, when Michigan condo and HOA boards receive a request ...
  • HOA Q&A: Must homeowner associations allow ’emotional support’ pets in a no-pet community? (FL) October 28, 2023
    Q: We are a no pet community, and some short-term renters are bringing a dog and claiming the dog is an emotional support animal. The tenant emailed us a certificate stating that the dog is registered as a service animal. Do we need to allow this exception?  Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Our expert explains HOA rules regarding emotional support animals, cannabis use (FL) September 3, 2023
    Question: I am a board member of my condominium association. Is the board allowed to create rules or policies concerning ESAs in a condominium building? For example, can we impose weight limits, limit the number of animals per dwelling, exclude specific breeds, mandate that they only use the service elevator, etc. I’ve tried researching issue but find it very confusing or non-specific.   Read the Q&A…………………………………

Companion Animals Archives

Flags

Flags Archives

Short-term Rentals

  • Condo owners with short-term rental plans should beware (AB) February 17, 2024
    If you are considering buying a condo to operate it as an Airbnb, beware that even if short-term rentals are allowed today, there is no guarantee the condo board and/or the city won’t eliminate short-term rentals in the future. Yes, it always “buyer beware!”   Read the article…………………………….
  • Heber City look to HOAs to govern short-term rentals (UT) December 24, 2023
    Heber City residents using their houses as short-term rentals could lose their business licenses if their neighborhoods’ homeowners associations have rules against the practice.   Read the article………………………….
  • South Carolina Short Term Rentals December 18, 2023
    The number of South Carolina short term rentals has steadily increased with each passing year. Homeowners and landlords, though, should understand the different regulations and tax laws that may apply to them. Membership in a homeowners associations also adds another layer of complexity, as many of these communities enforce restrictions on rentals in general.   Read the article…………………………………
  • Amid short-term rental debates, some HOAs consider limits or bans (MO) December 17, 2023
    Despite some predictions earlier this year of an “Airbnbust,” bookings and profits are growing for the vacation rental company.  With the continued popularity of websites such as Airbnb and VRBO, local governments are developing new laws to regulate short-term rentals. But within cities and towns, a similar task faces another government-like entity: the homeowners association.   Read the article…………………………
  • Time’s up for some short-term rentals in B.C. as new housing rules transform scene December 9, 2023
    Nancy Paine’s short-term rental business is dead in the water.  As co-founder and CEO of Victoria-based Superhost, Paine said she had been at the forefront of the Airbnb revolution for seven years, acting as a “liaison” for homeowners needing help with the logistics of running a listing on the accommodation site.   Read the article……………………………..
  • Residents at Houston condominium outraged at Airbnb renters having sex on balcony in front of neighbors (TX) December 9, 2023
    Residents in a small upscale townhouse condominium in the Galleria area say short-term leases have them witnessing sex parties and violence.   Read the article…………………………
 

Short Term Rental Archives

Displays, Signs, Free Speech – 1st Amendment Issues

  • Condo owner wonders about enforcement regarding flags, posters of support hanging in windows (FL) February 18, 2024
    Question: I live in a community governed by an HOA, and I have a question regarding flags and posters in windows.  As a result of the Hamas attack on Israel on Oct. 7, many of our residents put American and Israeli flags on their homes as a show of support. Many of them also put posters of the hostages held by Hamas in their windows.  Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Do Condominium Boards Have the Right to Restrict Signs? (MA) February 12, 2024
    QUESTION: Our condominium association has a rule barring the display of signs in common areas or in locations visible from common areas.  Some board members say we are required to make an exception for political signs. Is that true?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • HOA tells homeowner to remove rainbow flag (NV) December 26, 2023
    Q: I live in a large homeowners association community in Las Vegas. Recently the HOA pressured a homeowner to remove a rainbow flag. Apparently, a conservative resident was offended by a sign of inclusion and harmony. The reason given was that “statement” flags are prohibited.  Read the Q&A…………………………
  • Homeowner fights HOA after being told Christmas-themed skeleton display wasn’t ‘seasonally appropriate’ (CO) December 23, 2023
    Kyle Sarazin fought the law, and this time he won.  The Sterling Ranch resident decided to do something different with his Christmas display this year, converting his 12-foot yard skeleton into Santa Claus and turning the smaller skeletons from his Halloween display into Santa’s reindeer.    Read the article……………………………
  • St. Louis Mom Battles HOA ‘Grinches’ to create Christmas wonderland for her son (MO) December 23, 2023
    A St. Louis mom aimed to bring a little Christmas cheer to her subdivision and her son. This year, she decorated her front yard and surrounding property with over 100 inflatables and decorations ranging from gnomes, Santas, reindeer, and Disney characters.   Read the article……………………………..
  • Let it snow: Texas community creates winter wonderland December 20, 2023
    While nestled in the heart of Spring, Texas, where snowfall is a rare sight, the Windrose Community Association has found a creative way to bring the joy of winter to its residents. For years now, this close-knit community has been making cherished memories by building an annual winter wonderland and snow hill for the children. This heartwarming tradition not only fosters a sense of togetherness but also showcases the community’s commitment to creating magical moments for its youngest members.   Read ...
 

1st Amendment Archives

Energy & Water Conservation

  • Kansas homeowners seek lawmakers’ help overriding HOA rules governing solar panels February 19, 2024
    Nearly four years ago, Wichita resident Jeff Terhune sought approval from his local homeowner’s association to install solar panels on his home. He hoped to save money on his utility bills, take advantage of federal tax credits and reduce his carbon footprint.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Kansas homeowners urge lawmakers to ban ‘punitive’ rooftop solar restrictions February 15, 2024
    Alan Bauman would put solar panels on his Prairie Village home if he could. He’d like to benefit from the savings on his energy bill and have more security when his electric utility suffers power outages.  But his homeowners association restricts his and neighbors’ ability to install solar power.   Read the article…………………………….
  • City Has a Skeleton Staff to Enforce Compliance With Local Law 97 (NY) February 6, 2024
    Some 50,000 large New York City buildings, including thousands of co-ops and condos, will be required to comply with the city’s sweeping climate law, Local Law 97, which went into effect on Jan. 1 of this year. And how many inspectors does the Department of Buildings (DOB) have on staff to make sure those buildings are meeting their carbon-emission caps? Eleven. Read the article…………………………….
  • Australia: How stratas are derailing unit owners’ bid to lower bills December 18, 2023
    Unmotivated owners and strata policies are preventing more apartment blocks from moving to renewable energy.  ReNewCo founder and CEO Matthew Summerville has recently installed solar to a block of units in Clovelly and said that unit owners have more options than they realise.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Another solar panel fight in west St. Louis County heads to court (MO) December 13, 2023
    Kean is friends with the trustees on the board — he used to be one — so he asked why he was denied. It wasn’t so much about his proposal, the president of the board allegedly told him, but that the trustees were afraid an approval would set off the “wild west of requests, and such requests would be a pain for trustees to manage.”    Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA stuns community after setting unprecedented standards for landscaping: ‘We have to do this’ (CA) December 9, 2023
    One homeowners association in Bakersfield, California, broke the mold this year by removing grass lawns and installing “water-wise” landscaping, 23ABC reported.    Read the article…………………………..

Energy & Water Conservation Archives

Nuisance

  • Steps To Handle HOA Complaints September 11, 2023
    Q: We have one owner who spends hours every week writing pages of complaints dating back decades. Does a board have an obligation to continue to respond to the same rehashed grievances from a single owner?   Read the article………………………..
  • Spring Creek COA’s new deer rule clamps down on feeding wildlife (NV) July 12, 2023
    Spring Creek Association residents who feed mule deer could be cited with a nuisance violation after the Committee of Architecture passes a new rule that prohibits leaving food out for wildlife.   Read the article………………………..
  • Can I rent your pool? Understanding the impacts of the new sharing economy July 8, 2023
    Community associations are familiar with the challenges associated with long-term home rentals and have become well acquainted with short-term rentals over the past few years, but a new trend in the sharing economy has been making waves recently: rentals for residential components such as swimming pools.   Read the article………………………..
  • Southwest Columbia neighborhood in conflict over R/C planes (MO) August 22, 2022
    Remote-controlled planes have been filling the sky in the Longview neighborhood in southwest Columbia, causing some residents to take their noise complaints to city hall.  Read the article………………………..
  • Lot filled with crab traps upsets neighbors (LA) July 8, 2022
    The New Orleans Office of Code Enforcement has opened an investigation into a piece of land in a Venetian Isles neighborhood, zoned residential, but used to store and clean crab traps……The upset neighbors tell us they reached out multiple times to the Venetian Isles Homeowners Association but nothing was ever done about their complaints. The homeowners association had no comment for this story.   Read the article…………………………
  • HOA won’t do anything about ‘Adams Family’ house (NV) May 22, 2022
    Q: I live across the street from people who live in chaos. The children have been removed by Child Protective Services for neglect and drug (use), and parental rights have been terminated. The police have been there at least 50 times in 10 years. The house hasn’t been painted since it was new 20 years ago, and it looks like the Addams Family lives there and people come and go at all hours with loud cars and radios. Read the Q&A……………………………….

Nuisance Archives

Electric Vehicles

  • Navigating the Complex Landscape of E-Bike Bans or Restrictions in Condos, Coops and HOAs (NY) December 14, 2023
    In recent times, the proliferation of E-Bikes, coupled with concerns about their combustible batteries, has thrust the issue into the spotlight. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the bustling streets of New York City, where E-Bikes seem ubiquitous. The potential dangers, including fire risks, property damage, and casualties, have prompted association boards to grapple with the critical question of whether to impose a ban on E-Bikes within residential apartments.    Read the article……………………………..
  • New strata development regulations streamline EV charging station installations in B.C. December 14, 2023
    British Columbia has introduced new regulations that will facilitate the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in strata developments.  Effective Dec. 6, these changes are aimed at supporting the transition to a low-carbon future and adapting to climate change, according to a recent press release from the Ministry of Housing.    Read the article……………………………..
  • Powering E-Devices Safely: There Are Fires … And There Are E-Device Fires December 7, 2023
    All over the news, from coast to coast, reports of fires and explosions caused by lithium-ion batteries describe blazes that are out of control, difficult to extinguish, and excessively smokey. Tragically, many have resulted in fatalities and serious injuries, and certainly all have caused extensive damage to properties and the environment.   Read the article………………………..
  • New B.C. strata rules make it easier for owners to ask for EV charging stations December 7, 2023
    The B.C. government has introduced new rules that make it easier for homeowners to ask strata developments to provide electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations.   Read the article…………………………..
  • Multifamily leads uptake of EV charger funds (Canada) November 9, 2023
    Multifamily landlords and condominium corporations have claimed more than a third of the funds the Canadian government has thus far allocated through its Zero Emissions Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP) to subsidize EV chargers that are made available to multiple users. That’s largely because applicants from the multifamily sector were the most proactive among the four groups ZEVIP targeted in a effort to spur installation of 33,500 charging ports by March 31, 2026.   Read the article…………………………..

Electric Vehicle Archives

Smoking

  • B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal Says Smokers Didn’t Have a Right to Smoke February 10, 2024
    In the case of The Owners, Strata Plan NES2613 v. Ramsay, the B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal ordered the residents of one of the units to stop smoking in their unit.  The strata corporation had passed a bylaw against smoking. The bylaw said that a resident could not smoke in any interior space, including within the units, or on exterior common property within 3 meters of a door, window, or air intake.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Dealing with Marijuana Complaints in NYC Co-ops and Condos December 23, 2023
    The pervasive smell of marijuana in New York City is presenting challenges for co-op and condo buildings as residents complain about smoke and odors. Since August 2018, a mandate has required all residential buildings to establish a smoking policy and inform residents on the details.  Read the article……………………………..
  • B.C. strata ordered to conduct secret probe to catch renegade smoker December 12, 2023
    Two complainants of second-hand smoke seeping into their unit had claim largely dismissed. However, their strata council has to do more to catch whoever is smoking, causing nuisance, said CRT adjudicator      Read the article…………………………
  • What Can I Do About Marijuana Smoke in a Condo? (IL) September 9, 2023
    The legalization of marijuana in many states has raised concerns regarding the impact of marijuana smoke in shared places, particularly in condo buildings. For those experiencing such situations, you may be wondering what you can do if you feel bothered by the aroma of marijuana in your condominium building.    Read the article………………………..
  • Condo association: consider edibles rather than smoking weed (VA) August 12, 2023
    A condo association in Shirlington rolled out tips both smoking and non-smoking homes can implement to prevent the spread of stray smoke.  One suggestion, targeted to marijuana users, is blunt: consider switching to edibles.   Read the article………………………..
  • Torrance enacts ordinance to ban smoking in multi-unit housing complexes (CA) August 10, 2023
    Under the new law, smoking is not only prohibited in all multi-family residential units, but also on private balcony, porch, deck, patio, and common areas, such as lobbies, elevators, swimming pools, laundry rooms and eating areas.  Read the article………………………..

Smoking Archives

Medical Marijuana/Marijuana

  • Dealing with Marijuana Complaints in NYC Co-ops and Condos December 23, 2023
    The pervasive smell of marijuana in New York City is presenting challenges for co-op and condo buildings as residents complain about smoke and odors. Since August 2018, a mandate has required all residential buildings to establish a smoking policy and inform residents on the details.  Read the article……………………………..
  • Recreational Marijuana Use in Ohio Community Associations: A Cause for Concern? October 23, 2023
    On November 7, Ohio voters will decide whether Ohio laws will permit the use of marijuana for recreational adult use. This includes not only the consumption of recreational marijuana, but also the ability to grow a certain number of marijuana plants at one’s home. As the voting date approaches, a number of board members and others in the community association industry have asked how the new law might impact community associations. This article provides a snapshot of the various issues ...
  • What You Need to Know About Cannabis and Marijuana in Illinois Condos Under the Illinois Condominium Property Act October 2, 2023
    As Illinois became the 11th state to legalize marijuana in June 2019, it greatly impacted a condominium association’s right to simply restrict the consumption of marijuana in the condominium building(s). Previously, associations could rely on bans on criminal behavior to assert that marijuana could not be consumed, but that does not appear to be a valid basis after June of 2019. Although marijuana is technically still not legal at the federal level and there is a conflict between the two, ...
  • Addressing Complaints of Marijuana Smoke In Community Associations Following Legalization Of Recreational Marijuana Use In Delaware and Maryland September 19, 2023
    As of April 23, 2023, and July 1, 2023, Delaware and Maryland, respectively, have legalized the personal use of marijuana. In light of the recent laws, common interest communities across these two states may soon (if not already), contemplate how to appropriately address an uptick in complaints related to marijuana smoke.    Read the article………………………..
  • What Can I Do About Marijuana Smoke in a Condo? (IL) September 9, 2023
    The legalization of marijuana in many states has raised concerns regarding the impact of marijuana smoke in shared places, particularly in condo buildings. For those experiencing such situations, you may be wondering what you can do if you feel bothered by the aroma of marijuana in your condominium building.    Read the article………………………..
  • Our expert explains HOA rules regarding emotional support animals, cannabis use (FL) September 3, 2023
    Question: I am a board member of my condominium association. Is the board allowed to create rules or policies concerning ESAs in a condominium building? For example, can we impose weight limits, limit the number of animals per dwelling, exclude specific breeds, mandate that they only use the service elevator, etc. I’ve tried researching issue but find it very confusing or non-specific.   Read the Q&A…………………………………

Medical Marijuana/Marijuana Archives

 Guns

  • South Dakota: Protection from HOAs Signed into Law February 6, 2024
    Today, February 5, Governor Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill 39 into law. SB 39 prohibits a homeowners’ association (HOA) from placing restrictions on firearms or firearm ammunition. This important legislation further strengthens firearm preemption in the Mount Rushmore State by protecting sportsmen from HOA regulations. Read the article…………………………….
  • Ask a real estate pro: Can HOA ban guns, even in people’s homes? (FL) October 5, 2023
    Q: Our homeowners’ association is considering banning guns everywhere in the community, including in the residents’ homes. Many of the residents are upset about this, while others are in favor of it. Is the association even able to enact this rule?   Read the Q&A…………………………………
  • Guns in the Clubhouse: What Can a Community Association Do? (FL) June 20, 2023
    The right of the people to carry and bear arms without governmental infringement is a right which stems from both the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Florida. The State of Florida recently adopted new gun legislation, effective July 1, 2023, which allows the everyday citizen to carry a concealed weapon without first obtaining a concealed weapons permit. This raises interesting questions for community associations such as, is the right to carry a concealed weapon absolute?  ...
  • Can An Association Restrict Firearm Possession? (OH) August 4, 2022
    Firearm possession and the Second Amendment is perhaps one of the biggest political issues on the minds of Americans today. Recent tragedies in Highland Park, Uvalde, and Buffalo have once again brought firearm possession and the Second Amendment to the political forefront.   Read the article………………………..
  • EDITORIAL: A POA overstepping into gun use policy? Why? Guns and POAs? (CA) November 20, 2021
    People pull triggers in their own homes out of ignorance, accident, fear, mental illness and sometimes a taste for violence. People pull triggers on a shooting range for sport, or during deer season for what they consider their love of the great outdoors and the thrill of the hunt.  Our little piece of the planet here in these Mountain Communities happens to be in California, and this state is already very explicit about when people can pull triggers inside a ...
  • Lowcountry neighborhood considering making community gun-free space (SC) June 4, 2021
    A Lowcountry neighborhood is considering making their community a gun-free space. The Homeowners Association of Del Webb at Cane Bay Association, Inc is considering a change to its by-laws that would ban weapons from the area of the community owned and operated by the HOA.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Guns Article Archives

Violence in Associations

  • Ontario condo associations raising concerns over safety of board members (ON) December 21, 2023
    Ontario’s three largest condo associations are sounding the alarm over safety and privacy concerns in the wake of the one-year anniversary of the Vaughan condo shooting. Melissa Nakhavoly reports.    Watch the news report…………………………..
  • Staten Island condo feud’s explosive twist — resident accused of threat to blow up building (NY) December 18, 2023
    A Staten Island penthouse owner who spent six months behind bars for refusing his condo board’s demand to remove an addition from his home is in hot water again — this time for an email threat that he says someone else fabricated to get him in trouble.    Read the article……………………………..
  • Still haunted on first anniversary of Vaughan condo building mass murder (ON) December 16, 2023
    John Di Nino still sees the barrel of the gun pointing right at him.  His wife Doreen lies crumpled on the vestibule floor of their penthouse condo, their disgruntled neighbour Francesco “Frank” Villi having just fired at her face, the bullet slamming through her jaw and out the back of her neck, knocking her to the floor, her blood slowly staining the new white runners of one of her guests who’d come to visit that Sunday evening of Dec. 18, 2022.  ...
  • Man charged for allegedly threatening Treasure Lake POA office employee (PA) November 2, 2023
    A DuBois man has been charged for allegedly threatening an employee of the Treasure Lake Property Owners Association office Tuesday, Oct. 31.  Sandy Township Police have charged Richard Glenn Vanhorn, 68, with terroristic threats — a felony of the third degree, harassment and disorderly conduct, according to a criminal complaint filed at Magisterial District Judge David Meholick’s office Wednesday.   Read the article…………………………………
  • Condo Wars: Disputes explode into violence, arson — and even murder (FL) November 1, 2023
    Living in a homeowner or condo association can drive some people to extreme behavior they would never otherwise contemplate — from corruption and fraud to assault and, even, murder.   Read the article………………………………
  • Surveillance video shows suspected gunman shooting inside of Las Vegas luxury condo complex (NV) October 26, 2023
    The clips show 32-year-old Andrew Warrender walking through Turnberry Towers at Paradise Road and Karen Avenue with an AR-15-style rifle on the afternoon of June 23rd. According to Metro police, Warrender had an uncle living at the complex, which allowed him easy access inside.    Read the article……………………………

Violence in Associations Archives

Security

  • New security cameras now operating in Spyglass Hill as part of pilot program (CA) February 17, 2024
    As part of a pilot program approved last June by the Newport Beach City Council, private security cameras are now up and running in the public right-of-way at the entrances to the Spyglass Hill neighborhood.  Eight cameras were deployed on Monday and Tuesday, with two at each of the four main thoroughfares to Spy Glass Hill Road. The cameras went online and were fully tested Wednesday, according to Spyglass Hill Community Assn. President Bruce Horn.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Rocky Hill Condo Community Rattled by Car Thefts: Demanding Enhanced Security (CT) February 15, 2024
    In the quiet heart of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, a shadow has been cast over the serene Greenfield Villages condo complex. A recent wave of car thefts and break-ins has left the community on edge, with residents like Kathy Egan experiencing the startling reality of witnessing her own car being stolen right outside her condo.   Read the article…………………………….
  • County approves funding for new security cameras in Edgewater neighborhood (OH) February 14, 2024
    Members of the Cuyahoga County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to approve a grant that will help the homeowners association in Cleveland’s Edgewater neighborhood purchase new security cameras.  The HOA’s pursuit of the $25,000 grant from the county created controversy among some Clevelanders because the county’s top elected official lives in Edgewater    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo owner asks: But aren’t pools ‘private’ areas too, with regard to use of security cameras (FL) February 11, 2024
    Q: I read with interest your answer to a question regarding security cameras pointed at a pool. While I do agree on the basic premise of public spaces and expectation of privacy, what if we assume that the condo pool is a public place as well as a private place?     Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Can An HOA Board Make Homeowners Remove Security Cameras? January 30, 2024
    Homeowners may be shocked to find a letter from their HOA asking them to remove security cameras. This reaction may be quickly followed by confusion and then anger, wondering whether or not their association even has the ability to regulate security cameras on private property. Read the article…………………………….
  • Thieves caught on camera robbing mailboxes from Doral condominium (FL) December 14, 2023
    The United States Postal Service police have confirmed they are investigating the incident.    Watch the news report………………………………

Security Archives

Infrastructure Problems

  • A CT dam disagreement emerges as climate change impacts state. ‘It’s for our safety… our family’ February 20, 2024
    The lake is remote, nestled in the woods in eastern Connecticut, with just an appliance store and an auto exhaust servicer nearby.  Ashford Lake’s 53 acres are surrounded by residences, members of the Ashford Lake Property Owners’ Association, who enjoy kayaking in the summer and ice fishing in the winter.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Hidden Trouble: How Aging Infrastructure Threatens Homeowner Associations February 18, 2024
    It’s easy to overlook the critical infrastructure subtly running behind the scenes of every homeowner association (HOA) community. While residents enjoy manicured lawns, sparkling pools, and pothole-free roads, the inner workings powering these amenities face a ticking clock.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Spanish Main Yacht Club installs $1M of potable water pipes (FL) February 9, 2024
    Chairman of the Water Committee Tom Freiwald said Spanish Main Yacht Club was a 55-plus community in both the age of its residents and potable water lines.  Due to repeated system failures, the Spanish Main Yacht Club had to replace its potable waterRead the article……………………………. lines, which were original to the condominium’s construction in 1966.
  • An Orange County neighborhood ripped out its septic tanks to protect Wekiwa Springs. Now it’s sorry. (FL) February 2, 2024
    The gated community of more than 180 homes was the first of 17 neighborhoods in Orange County near the springs to buy into a septic-to-sewer conversion, a multiphase project originally estimated to cost $123 million. Read the article…………………………….
  • The Essential Role of a Structural Engineer in Condominium and HOA Repair Projects November 1, 2023
    In today’s evolving infrastructure landscape, the role of a structural engineer is paramount, especially when it comes to repair projects for condominiums or homeowners associations (HOA). Their contribution not only ensures that the repair works are of high quality but also that the process remains transparent and in line with the expectations of the board members and stakeholders.    Read the article…………………………………….
  • Alpine St. residents asking for help (WV) October 31, 2023
    “Going forward, if the homeowners association in that area would be willing to take this street into their HOA for future maintenance, that’s part of our processes and plan going forward,” said Commissioner Jeff Arnett. “With the Orphan Road Grant, there has to be a plan going forward,” he said.    Read the article……………………………

Infrastructure Archives

Religion

Religion Archives

Drones

  • Tips for Setting A Fair and Safe HOA Drone Policy July 1, 2023
    Crafting a fair and safe HOA drone policy requires careful consideration of the challenges and opportunities presented by this evolving technology. Balancing the concerns of privacy, noise, and safety while harnessing the potential benefits of drones can be a complex task for HOA boards.  Read the article………………………..
  • Using Drones for Inspections (CA) August 27, 2022
    Drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems, are nearly everywhere. Advances in technology have made drones smaller, cheaper, and easier to use, and therefore more accessible to average users. As drones become more accessible, community associations may wonder whether drones may be used to help conduct inspections of common area components.   Read the article………………………..
  • Drone Surveillance in Community Associations May 25, 2022
    Ah, spring. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the sound of power saws, stone cutters and earth moving equipment fills the air. This country is in the midst of a construction boom, and more homeowners than ever before are undertaking home improvement projects. In community associations, these improvements usually require some type of architectural approval to make certain that, once constructed, the new pool, patio or pergola will be aesthetically pleasing and harmonious with surrounding structures    Read the entire ...
  • Fire Technology: Champlain Towers South Collapse: Drones’ Value Soars April 18, 2022
    Charles Werner spoke to numerous people who responded to the condominium collapse to learn that unmanned aerial systems were crucial to the effort in many ways.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Drones in Community Associations: Five Considerations (IL) June 9, 2021
    With companies such as Amazon, Google and UPS ramping up testing of drone delivery technology, it is certain that community associations will feel the impact of this new technology in the relatively near future.  Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Drones In Your Community (FL) December 16, 2020
    The growing use of drones across the United States is leading to the adoption of new rules and restrictions by the federal government, state governments and community associations. Questions regarding safety, property damage and privacy are forcing community associations to establish clear parameters for their use by unit owners.    Read the article……………………………….
  • Drones and 3D Property Reconstructions for Homeowners Associations (CO) October 24, 2020
    For HOA’s, it can be very useful to have a tool to document a house or property to view later. Often, this would entail just taking photographs of anything relevant or particularly specific on a property. However, photos can only get you so far. Say perhaps you want to have a measurement on a wall or area but it was not documented on your initial inspection, or maybe you want to look at the roof closer but it was either ...
  • Is It Legal To Fly Drones In HOA Communities? June 11, 2020
    Drones in HOA communities are becoming more and more common, but these unmanned aircraft can pose serious concerns among residents. The first step in managing drones in your HOA is to know what the law says about them.   Read the article…………………………….

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Hoarding

  • Man’s body found under 4 feet of debris in home: ‘I could smell the foul odor’ (TX) December 9, 2023
    On Friday, there were a series of phone calls to city departments asking for help with the clutter left behind, but nothing came.  So, residents had to glove and mask up to put it all back themselves.  The homeowners association will likely have to foot the pricey hazmat cleanup bill, board members say. They appreciate the Texas EquuSearch response and wish they could have helped their neighbor sooner.   Read the article………………………….
  • A Primer for Co-op and Condo Boards on How to Handle Hoarders (NY) August 2, 2023
    With aging populations, many co-op and condo boards are struggling with residents whose abilities to care for themselves are greatly diminished. In some cases, an elderly shareholder or unit-owner may only need greater attention from her neighbors and building staff.   Read the article………………………..
  • Brookfield cat hoarding, 73 need new homes (WI) October 11, 2022
    Hoskins said they first started getting calls about the property about a year ago. Neighbors were complaining about the smell from the condo next door.  The Elmbrook Humane Society finally got permission to go inside the home on Aug. 31. The owner surrendered all 57 cats found in the 1,200-square-foot condo. Ammonia levels were so high inside that humane officers had to frequently leave the home while trying to capture the cats due to burning in their eyes and lungs.  ...
  • Hoarding nightmare plagues Val Vista Lakes (AZ) September 18, 2022
    Val Vista Lakes resident Jeff Sloan says the junk slowly crept in over the years at his neighbor’s house across the street until it began to resemble a “landfill.”  Floor lamps, chandeliers, plastic buckets and other knick-knacks on the front porch, soon spread to piles of odds and ends and discarded furniture in the front yard and driveway. The backyard was already packed.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘Hoarding’ condo owner can be forced to sell unit (IL) September 9, 2022
    Q: Can a condominium association legally kick an owner out of the building because the owner is a hoarder and because the unit is “ground zero” for repeated and serious bug issues in surrounding units?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • The Right Way for a Co-op Board to Deal With a Hoarder (NY) August 6, 2022
    What should a co-op board do — and not do — when it’s made aware of a hoarder living in the building? Follow these steps:   Read the article………………………..
  • Co-op Board Learns That Hoarding Is a Mental Disorder (NY) April 25, 2022
    A shareholder in our small, self-managed co-op is in his eighties and is suffering from dementia. Because of his hoarding, the building now has a roach infestation. At significant cost to the co-op, we fumigated the building; we also packed up and removed items in his unit, fumigated them and returned them to him. New clutter has accumulated, and the roach problem continues. We’ve contacted his adult children, hoping they could help, but they have not. What are our options?  ...
  • Recent Court Decision Respecting Hoarding (ON) November 29, 2021
    In the case of Peel Condominium Corporation No. 12 v. Gill, the condominium corporation applied to Court because of the owners’ “hoarding an excessive and dangerous amount of clutter in their condominium unit”.   Read the entire article……………………………….

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