River’s Edge Golf Course sold to homeowners association (OR)

The River’s Edge Community Master Association announced its purchase of Bend’s River’s Edge Golf Course.  The members of the association closed the sale and received the recorded title to the property on Friday morning.  “This is a wonderful day for the community,” said Jeff Kramer, president of the association. “We saved the golf course, and […]

Condominium Community Pools: What To Check Before Opening

As warmer weather sets in, condominium communities across Ontario are preparing their outdoor amenities for use, sprucing up, repairing, and renewing some of the community’s most-loved features. Providing cool relief and a fun and healthy escape from the heat, a community pool might be one of the condominiums top amenities.   Read the article…………………………….

Kids, Pools and Problematic Rules – a Fair Housing Reminder (MN)

As the weather gets warmer, pools open, children get out of school for the summer and people spend more time outdoors and engaging in recreational activities. Associations want to make sure that everyone is safe and has access to common area amenities, but too often we see rules adopted by boards that violate fair housing […]

Tip to Manage Large-Scale Amenities

We sat down with Aimee Winegar, CMCA, LSM, PCAM, general manager, Worman’s Mill Community Conservancy & Urbana Commercial Conservancy, in Frederick, Md., to discuss the challenges large-scale managers face, from navigating large swimming pools with water slides to fitness centers. Winegar, who has more than 30 years of experience managing large-scale communities, shares her tips […]

The Essentials of Summer: Barbecues and Swimming Pools (CA)

Summer is here, which means homeowners throughout California are going outside to embrace the sun and outdoor activities within the community. Residents and their guests will flock to facility pools and will make plans to cook mouth-watering food at weekend barbecues. During these warm summer months, an association may be faced with an increase in […]

Key trends reshaping the condominium segment

In recent years, condominiums have become extremely popular, especially for homebuyers; since living in a condo brings many benefits, providing a secure living environment, convenient locations, cost-effectiveness, less maintenance to worry about, and enhanced security features, among others.  Thus, more urban dwellers are opting for condominium living as it provides a more comfortable, secure, and […]

Poolside Etiquette: How to Enjoy Your Community Pool Responsibly

As summer heats up, so does the activity at community pools. A community pool offers residents a great way to cool off, relax, and socialize with their neighbors. Still, it’s important to remember that a neighborhood pool is not the same as a private pool. While a backyard pool is only subject to a homeowner’s […]

HOAs and golf courses

Imagine living 10 minutes away from your favorite golf course. Not only could you sleep in a little bit later if you have an early tee time, but you could probably play multiple rounds in a single day. Plus, there won’t be any debate about who will be hosting weekend get-togethers. Your friends will happily […]

Getting rid of amenities: Is it worth the trouble?

2024 has not delivered much financial relief. Money continues to be tight and everyone is feeling the pinch. Naturally, organizations are looking for new and creative ways to save or generate money, and governed communities are no different.  Condo and HOA members may be considering wealth-building initiatives including charging for visitor parking, upgrading to more […]

Pools

When I first started practicing community association law, I was warned about the 3 P’s – pools, pets, and parking. While I have certainly dealt with issues involving the 3 P’s, they have not consumed nearly as much time as other issues. I attribute that, in part, to our firm’s proactive approach to educating our […]

Pickleball courts in a legal pickle over the associated noise

Pickleball Legal Consultant is a job title that likely did not exist a decade ago, but as pickleball courts infiltrate neighborhoods to satiate an appetite for a sport whose namesake is a snack, communities take issue with the resulting influx of noise. Now homeowners’ associations and city councils face litigation by those whose lives are […]

Pool Rules and Safety Practices

We recommend that pool rules be adopted and mailed or emailed to all Owners and residents. If the Board of Directors isn’t clear on the legalities of certain rules such as adult swim times or unaccompanied children in the pool area, please ensure to obtain the Association attorney’s legal advice as pool rules can at […]

Delray Beach HOA Goes To Real Court Over Sport Court (FL)

The Delray Beach gated community of Casabella is suing a Palm Beach County sport court installation company which allegedly took the community’s money and ran. Sport Surfaces of 7011 Wilson Road in West Palm Beach is the defendant.   Read the article…………………………….

Dive In & Thrive: Optimizing Your Community Pool

As the sunny days of summer beckon, it’s crucial to recognize that the upkeep of a community pool demands year-round attention. Not only does a pool enhance property values, but it also serves as a cherished sanctuary for families and individuals alike. From providing a space for children to frolic in the sun to offering […]

Pool Preparations for Your HOA

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for pool season. Maintaining the perfect oasis is about more than just warm weather and water. Creating a safe, positive environment for residents to escape, unwind, and make cherished memories requires an ongoing process of routine checks, equipment upgrades, and meticulous planning.    Read the […]

Making a splash: Developing a community association pool policy

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for pool season. Maintaining the perfect oasis is about more than just warm weather and water. Creating a safe, positive environment for residents to escape, unwind, and make cherished memories requires an ongoing process of routine checks, equipment upgrades, and meticulous planning.    Read the […]

Steiner Ranch residents vie over pickleball court proposal (TX)

Two groups of Steiner Ranch residents are at odds over the proposed introduction of pickleball courts within the homeowners association community.  On April 4, a group of residents created a petition that advocated for converting one tennis court at the Bella Mar Community Center into four semi-permanent pickleball courts. The petition alluded to a recent […]

Pickleball in your Community Association: 10 Considerations (IL)

Pickleball is sweeping the nation as a popular activity for all ages. It’s one of the fastest growing sports with over 8 million estimated pickleball players in the US.  Before jumping on the bandwagon, consider whether your condominium, homeowner (HOA), or townhome community association has the space, budget, and interest to support a pickleball court.  […]

Pickleball causes racket at Cape Shores (DE)

One of Lewes’ core values is busy days and quiet nights. But, it is noise happening during the day that has led to a lawsuit against the Cape Shores community.  Dr. Michael Katz and his wife Patricia are suing their homeowner’s association and President Janice Erich claiming the racket generated from pickleball on their neighborhood […]

$15M settlement for man who fell through N.J. condo’s pool stairs

ABergen County man severely injured when he fell through a wooden stairway while working at a condominium swimming pool has agreed to settle his lawsuit for $15 million.  James Visconti, 59, of Saddle Brook, was servicing the pool at Harmon Cove IV community pool in Secaucus on Sept. 6, 2018, when wooden steps collapsed beneath […]

River’s Edge Golf Course sold to homeowners association (OR)

The River’s Edge Community Master Association announced its purchase of Bend’s River’s Edge Golf Course.  The members of the association closed the sale and received the recorded title to the property on Friday morning.  “This is a wonderful day for the community,” said Jeff Kramer, president of the association. “We saved the golf course, and […]

Boynton’s Valencia Reserve is renovating clubhouse for $9.3M. Here is what homeowners will pay. (FL)

Homeowners in the Valencia Reserve development west of Boynton Beach have overwhelmingly approved a referendum calling for the expenditure of $9.3 million to rebuild their 13-year-old, 42,000-square-foot clubhouse.  Each of the 1,043 homeowners will need to pay about $8,000 for what will be one of the most expensive renovation projects undertaken in Palm Beach County […]

Wellness Amenities and Their Impact on Resident Satisfaction (FL)

Wellness amenities can not only improve the health and happiness of your community members but can also drastically improve the property values and attraction to your neighborhood. As the leading HOA management company, Wise Property Management can provide the highest quality homeowners association management      Read the article…………………………….

Florida family in legal fight with HOA over backyard pool construction (FL)

Who knew a tiny pool could cause such a major headache? Leo and Maidolys Aguado saved for years to build a pool for their six and twelve-year-old daughters. However, they made a big mistake by hiring the contractor before asking the Whispering Oaks Home Owners Association for permission for the project last August.   Read the […]

Pasco golf course-turned-forest nears resolution, at least for some neighbors (FL)

Now the Lowman Links property is under contract with Ryan Homes, which plans to build 218 homes, a developer’s representative told Pasco planning commissioners last week. Part of the agreement also included an offer to two of the community’s village homeowners associations that back up to the golf course property.   Read the article…………………………….

Top 10 Amenities Residents Want In A Condominium Corporation (ON)

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 […]

Creative Ways to Use HOA Amenities for Community Events

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 […]

Pickleball In HOAs: Yay Or Nay? (NC)

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 […]

‘Wait and see’ is golf course conclusion (FL)

Residents of the Gulf Gate neighborhood adjacent to the golf course, who formed the Gulf Gate Community Association, have addressed the commission in pushing a plan for the county to purchase the land and enhance it for stormwater storage, clean runoff into Sarasota Bay, and potentially reduce flooding in the area before it is developed […]

PBC Owner: Condo says I can lease my unit, but renters can’t use pool, etc. Can they do that? (FL)

Question: Our condominium has several recreational/common areas — swimming pools, saunas, tennis courts, a small gym/workout room, a billiard room, etc.  Our board limits usage to some of the areas to owners only. I was under the impression that tenants have the right to use all common/recreational areas that owners enjoy   Read the Q&A………………………………

Communities Adding Pickleball Should Consider Mitigating Noise Disruptions (FL)

A recent survey of nearly 700 community association managers and board members conducted by the Foundation for Community Association Research found that more than 66 percent of the communities represented in the survey already have or are committed to building pickleball courts. However, of those communities that are embracing and incorporating the fast-growing sport, nearly […]

Pickleball Popularity Comes with Challenges for HOAs

Pickleball, the rapidly growing paddle sport, is taking community associations by storm. Unfortunately, this newfound popularity also has brought with it some challenges, particularly related to the “pok-pok” noise generated when paddle hits ball.  Read the article…………………………….

How to cool your swimming pool water temperature

A popular question pool companies often get asked from swimming pool owners in the heat of summer is “How can I cool down my pool water?” Below are a few suggestions to be considered:    Read the article………………………..

Condo Amenities: 2023 Power Rankings (ON)

At a time when applications for new builds are seemingly endless, not all condo amenities are created equal.  The common denominator is convenience: amenities should remove the requirement for residents to leave the building for everyday routines and rhythms. But, as life evolves, so do the types of amenities today’s (and tomorrow’s) condo dwellers really […]