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Buildings

  • Demolition Underway at Deteriorating Condo Building in Coral Springs (FL) February 22, 2024
    Demolition is underway of a decrepit condominium in Coral Springs, despite a request from a potential investor to save the building.  In 2021, the city declared the former Villa Bianca condominium at 3990 Woodside Drive to be unsafe, leading to the relocation of residents in 15 of the 16 units.    Read the article…………………………….
  • North Miami Beach condo residents still not allowed in their homes, association won’t answer questions about delay (FL) February 21, 2024
    It’s been nearly three years since residents of a North Miami Beach condo building were forced out of their homes because it was deemed unsafe.  Those residents are still not allowed to go back home.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Repairs have started for Tower III at Calypso Condominium Association (FL) February 13, 2024
    Panama City Beach officials are working to get people back in their condo units as quickly as possible after people at Tower III at Calypso Resort Condominiums had to vacate the building by Sunday morning due to structural issues.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Tower III at Calypso Resort Condominium Association, Inc. releases statement on Tower III vacate orders (FL) February 11, 2024
    Legal representatives for the Tower III at Calypso Resort Condominium Association, Inc. have sent out a release regarding the recent Order to Vacate Property for the resort’s Tower III, issued by the City of Panama City Beach Building Department.   Read the article…………………………….
  • City orders evacuation at Panama City Beach condo (FL) February 10, 2024
    “On Thursday night, February 8, 2024, the city received a concerning report from Slider Engineering Group, Inc., following a structural inspection of all guardrails in Calypso Tower III,” city officials wrote in a letter to the condo owners. “The findings reveal significant structural integrity issues, particularly with the guardrails on the east side of the building (facing the garage). The report categorically states that these conditions pose an immediate danger to the health and safety of all occupants.”    Read the ...

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Grounds

  • How to Fix the Roads in your Condo or HOA: Increase Assessments or A Special Assessment District? (MI) February 17, 2024
    The majority of new residential condominium and subdivision developments in the State of Michigan are established with private roads. When a new condominium project or subdivision is established with private roads, the roads are typically identified as a “common element” or a “common area” and are owned collectively by all members of the applicable condominium or homeowners association. When roads are private, the responsibility for the costs of maintenance, repair, and replacement of the roads typically lies with the condominium ...
  • Measures for Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents in the Winter December 1, 2023
    With winter just around the corner, HOA communities must start preparing for one of the most dangerous seasonal issues: slick surfaces in common areas, such as sidewalks and entryways to community buildings.    Read the article……………………………….
  • HOA Winter Preparation: Getting Your Community Ready for the Cold Season November 30, 2023
    To any planned community, HOA winter preparation is vital. The winter season, especially in some states, can be very harsh. Pipes can freeze over and burst, while snow can quickly pile up and cause traffic problems. A competent HOA board would do well to get ahead of the winter months by preparing the entire association for the cold season and everything that comes with it.    Read the article………………………………
  • How thirsty bluegrass lawns became the default for homeowners associations in Colorado (CO) November 22, 2023
    Some Colorado HOAs have started moving the needle, while state legislators prod others into water-wise landscapes; plus, a history of how we arrived at a certain idea of landscape perfection.   Read the article………………………………..
  • Home Owner Association Snow Removal: Your Questions Answered (PA) November 17, 2023
    It is November 15, and temperatures are forecast to reach almost 70 degrees later this week. Naturally, I am thinking about snow removal for condominiums and homeowners associations. Even though snowfall was almost nonexistent during the winter of 2022-23, boards need to prepare for the upcoming season and revisit some of the questions we discuss every year.   Read the article……………………………………

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Energy & Water Conservation

  • HOA Homefront: New Law Restricting Watering of HOA “Nonfunctional Turf” (CA) February 23, 2024
    Dear Mr. Richardson: Can you address AB1572 which will have a huge effect financially on our HOA?  Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Going green in multi-family buildings (IL) February 23, 2024
    In Forest Park, a condominium development is proving that it’s possible to live green in a multi-family building.  The board and residents are working together to back new sustainability measures that they think can be applied to other buildings in the area.   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…………………………….

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Fire Safety

  • Some Colorado HOAs ban using fire-resistant building materials. This proposed law could overrule that February 22, 2024
    A Colorado Senate committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would block homeowners’ association rules that prevent residents from using fire-resistant building materials, a change that firefighters and insurance experts say would give communities more options to harden properties against climate-fueled wildfires.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Lawmakers advance bill that would void HOA rules that block wildfire-hardening (CO) February 21, 2024
    A Colorado Senate committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would block homeowners’ association rules that prevent residents from using fire-resistant building materials, a change that firefighters and insurance experts say would give communities more options to harden properties against climate-fueled wildfires.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Many Colorado HOAs have rules that make homes more vulnerable to wildfires. New legislation could block those. February 2, 2024
    Colorado lawmakers on Friday advanced new legislation that would make it easier to build or upgrade homes to harden them against wildfires. The legislation would void language in existing homeowners’ association bylaws, deed restrictions or property contracts that prevent residents from installing or using fire-resistant building materials. It would also prohibit new restrictions. Read the article…………………………….
  • How To’s & Quick Tips Fire Sprinkler System Cost Factors and Considerations: Why It’s Worth It December 21, 2023
    A residential fire sprinkler system is well documented to save lives and protect property. Fire sprinkler system cost typically falls between $0.80 and $7 per square foot with a national average of $2 per square foot.    Read the article……………………………….
  • Holiday Safety Tips for Your Home or Condo December 15, 2023
    The holiday season is almost upon us! You’re likely making plans on how to spend time with your friends and family. Candles, Christmas trees, and holiday lighting are traditionally a part of festive winter celebrations no matter where you live, but as you enjoy the festive time, extra precautions should be taken in order to prevent holiday accidents. Here are some quick holiday safety tips you can use this upcoming holiday season.    Read the article……………………………..



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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…………………………….

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Amenities

  • Top 10 Amenities Residents Want In A Condominium Corporation (ON) February 26, 2024
    Many condominium corporations have amenities that give residents even more opportunities to enjoy their community. These amenities, funded primarily through common element fees, play a pivotal role in shaping the quality of neighbourhood life. They also help a condominium corporation remain competitive in the homebuying market and increase property values. Read on to learn the top 10 amenities that today’s condominium corporation homeowners and potential homebuyers are looking for.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Creative Ways to Use HOA Amenities for Community Events February 21, 2024
    Your homeowners association (HOA) plays a vital role in cultivating a strong sense of community in your neighborhood. While their primary responsibility is overseeing and enforcing neighborhood regulations, association benefits typically include community amenities.  Community amenities provide more than just recreational spaces – they offer a canvas for fostering connections among residents. Beyond the traditional role of rule enforcement, your association’s amenities can become dynamic hubs for community engagement.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Tamarac’s Deal to Buy Shaker Village Clubhouse Still on Hold (FL) December 16, 2023
    Tamarac’s controversial plan to buy the dilapidated Shaker Village Clubhouse will remain on hold for another three months while a lawsuit challenging the deal’s legality plays out.   Read the article………………………….
  • Pickleball In HOAs: Yay Or Nay? (NC) December 14, 2023
    The debate surrounding pickleball in HOA communities has heightened in recent years. The rise in popularity of this sport has led to discussions about whether or not it should be allowed within the confines of HOA-regulated neighborhoods. However, there is more to this contentious issue than meets the eye, and the decision to permit it in communities is more nuanced than others.   Read the article……………………..

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Maintenance – General Articles

  • Brooklyn Condo Owners Face $90,000 HVAC Repair Bill: A Tale of Legal Accountability and Community Livelihoods (NY) February 17, 2024
    A Brooklyn condo building’s faulty HVAC system leaves owners facing a $90,000 repair bill. Residents question if the building’s sponsor holds responsibility due to potential design flaws or installation errors. Legal experts advise reviewing offering plans and contracts for potential solutions.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Getting Your Utah HOA Community Ready for the Spring Thaw February 14, 2024
    Winter is one of the most beautiful and exciting times to live in Utah. We have majestic mountains with stunning vistas, over 22 million acres of public land, and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation during our long winter season.   Read the article…………………………….
  • The Maintenance Matrix: An Incredibly Helpful Tool February 10, 2024
    Alternatively, if an association has planned ahead, the association’s board and management can turn to their handy dandy maintenance matrix! A maintenance matrix is a compilation of the maintenance, repair, and replacement responsibilities in a clear and concise chart which depicts the specific assignments for each component. A maintenance matrix is prepared by reviewing all of the governing documents and the statutory defaults in advance so that it can be referred to when questions arise about responsibilities.   Read the article…………………………….
  • When Time Runs Out… January 30, 2024
    Many condominium buildings will soon reach the end of their service lives. Others are already there. Maximizing the surviving property’s value may be the key to protecting owner equity. Read the article…………………………….

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