Vermont judge finds Stratton Mtn responsible for three bridges at SnowBridge

A Vermont Superior Court judge has concluded that members of the SnowBridge Homeowners Association are responsible for maintenance of roads in the SnowBridge development, but Stratton Corporation is responsible for taking care of three bridges in the 12-acre parcel with 36 trailside townhouses.    Read the article…………………………….

Farrwood Drive Developer Pays City $95,000 for Road Repairs, Says Owners Now Working Together (MA)

King H. Weinstein of Farrwood Drive Inc. told WHAV he worked only on several single-family lots and the Islington Crossing apartments, while responsibility has been confusing among the five or six older condominium associations representing 600 homes. He explained he has also sought street repairs, but the problem dates back decades before formal condominium rules.  […]

Dunwoody residents get details on DeKalb’s watershed issues (GA)

DeKalb officials told the Dunwoody Homeowners Association at its June 9 meeting that $520 million has been invested in the county’s water treatment system since 2017, but it is still antiquated and fragile.  Maria Houser, the director of the county’s Capital Improvement Plan and Environmental Compliance, said significant achievements in the past seven years include […]

Not Crazy: Insurance Premiums

Before we look at the data, I can speak about my local experience in Southwest Florida. Specifically, my Homeowners Association is required to carry insurance on the external part of the townhomes. When I joined the board in 2021, our annual premium was $15k. By the end of the year, the carrier went into receivership. […]

Failure of manway cover determined cause of Highland flood, not pipe burst (UT)

A neighborhood in Highland was flooded by what was initially believed to be a pipe burst, but Provo River Water Users Association said it was actually due to a mechanical failure of a manway cover.  The flooding happened Saturday afternoon near the intersection of 6400 West and 10400 North.Tens of thousands of gallons of water […]

Records: Hanover dam 4 years past inspection when a component of it failed (VA)

Inspection records show that the Mattawan Dam in Hanover County was several years past inspection, and without an operating permit, when a component of it failed earlier this month, leading to the closure of two roads.  An official for the regulatory body that oversees all of Virginia’s privately owned dams said it is likely that […]

New Kent board fails to guarantee funding for dam repairs in neighborhood (VA)

A Quinton community’s appeal for funding to repair an aging and at-risk dam that contains Kent Lake has failed to move New Kent County’s Board of Supervisors.  Woodhaven Shores residents packed the March 11 Board of Supervisors meeting to appeal for financial help to bolster a bid for grant funding. The community fronts onto Kent […]

Tax dispute pauses restoration of four flooded dams in Midland and Gladwin counties (MI)

In a complaint filed in Midland County Circuit Court late last month, lawyers for the Heron Cove Association of property owners said the assessments are “grossly disproportionate” to any expected increase in the properties’ market value and amount to an unconstitutional taking of property without due process or just compensation.   Read the article…………………………….

When has a Condominium Building Reached the End of its Service Life? (CA)

If you read the earlier installments of this series, you know that the service lives of condominium buildings are shortened by inspection, maintenance, and funding failures. Recognizing when a building may begin to reach the end of its service life may be easy or hard, depending on the type of failure. A catastrophic failure by […]

A CT dam disagreement emerges as climate change impacts state. ‘It’s for our safety… our family’

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

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)

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.

The Essential Role of a Structural Engineer in Condominium and HOA Repair Projects

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 […]

Five Years and Counting on a Fix at Beach Point (MA)

The Ebb Tide on the Bay Condominiums at Beach Point are closer to the water than any of the other Shore Road dwellings around them, and over the last several years the three buildings, comprising six condo units, have suffered damage to their foundations and decks whenever there is a big storm.    Read the article………………………..

Residents of Stonebrook not all happy with street paving assessment (MI)

A proposed project to resurface the roads in the Stonebrook subdivision isn’t meeting with rave reviews from many of its residents who are unhappy with the cost of the special assessment  The homeowner’s association for Stonebrook, located at the southeast corner of Irish and Atherton roads, submitted petitions to Davison Township signed by 51 percent […]

Councilman postpones measure allowing county to maintain eligible private roads (HI)

At a Tuesday meeting of the council’s Policy Committee on Health, Safety and Well-being, Puna Councilman Matt Kaneali‘i-Kleinfelder proposed a measure that would allow the county to perform maintenance on certain qualifying “private, nondedicated and nonsurrendered roads” in order to ensure continued access to parts of the island in the event of an emergency.   Read […]

County makes progress to replace ‘bad’ bridge near Arnold (MO)

While subdivision streets must meet certain standards before the county will take them over, Jonas, who proposed the program and coordinates it, has said he wants to bring as many bridges as possible under county control because most subdivision homeowners associations lack the financial wherewithal to maintain, replace or repair failing bridges.   Read the article………………………..

Volusia homeowners install piles as retention pond threatens foundations (FL)

As Florida prepares for hurricane season, one Volusia County couple is spending thousands to protect their property before another big storm.  Over the years, the bank of the retention pond behind their home has severely eroded, driving the pond dangerously close to their propert  Read the article………………………..

The Dramatic Results of Improved Drainage Infrastructure (SC)

This barrier island community isn’t waiting to see what happens if a once-in-a-century rainfall occurs and we’re not gambling with the speed of storm surge recovery. In 2019, the community association formed a Water Management Task Force to address existing flooding susceptibilities by optimizing our drainage system.   Read the article………………………..

HOA Capital Improvements: How to Maintain and Upgrade Community Infrastructure (CA)

As an HOA board member, you know that maintaining community infrastructure is crucial. From roads and sidewalks to community buildings and amenities, these structures play a vital role in keeping your residents safe and happy. Therefore, it is essential to plan and execute regular capital improvement projects.   Read the article………………………..

City promises to work on sinking, slimy road for desperate neighbors (TN)

ity officials have promised to work on an ongoing issue involving flooding in a Southwest Memphis neighborhood after frustrated neighbors called the WREG Problem Solvers.  Candy Banks said she was tired of seeing puddles on her street when it wasn’t raining.   Read the article………………………..

Report Reveals Dozens of Parking Garages Have Structural Problems (NY)

New York City is known for slamming the door after the horse has left the barn. When mortar worked loose from a building and killed a pedestrian, the city passed Local Law 11, now known as the Facade Inspection and Safety Program, which requires inspections and necessary repairs every five years. When faulty gas lines […]

Charlotte homeowners concerned over who’s paying to fix subdivision roads (NC)

Lawmakers in Raleigh are seeking solutions to the problems highlighted in months of WBTV investigations into HOAs, developers, and orphan roads. More than half a dozen bills were filed by state legislators and several of them are still moving forward or seeking state funding to fix the issues addressed in WBTV’s reporting.    Read the article………………………..

Sinkhole nightmare growing at Marietta condo complex (GA)

Residents of the Bently Ridge Condominiums in Cobb County are still dealing with a sinkhole that has been growing for nearly three weeks. Dozens of resident are having to walk a long way to their units to avoid it since the road remains closed off.     Read the article………………………..

Neighbors in Henry’s Mill Flooded With Concern Over Stormwater Management (MD)

Another issue stems from Henry’s Green not having an HOA, so Henry’s Mill HOA president Candi Combs said maintenance costs fall on her neighborhood.  “Henry’s Green, they don’t have an HOA so we’re solely responsible for the maintenance of this pond, we get all their stormwater,” said Combs.   Read the article………………………..

Homeowner Association Pond Management (BC)

If you sit on the board of a Homeowner Association, you take pride in how your community looks. From clean streets, green grass, and pristine ponds. Pond management is a challenge for any HOA, whether one pond, a series of connected ponds, or water hazards on a community golf course. This blog delves into common […]

Flooding problems in Waterford create division among neighbors (MI)

…..one problem remains. Bryson says a divided homeowners association is preventing more work from being done on a private street.  “We can’t build a drain on private property. The homeowners association would have to give us a permanent easement. They haven’t been able to do that. We understand their frustration and share that,” says Bryson. […]

House Bill Would Authorize Local Governments To Create An Infrastructure Fund (MD)

House Bill 55, now pending in the Maryland General Assembly, would authorize a county or municipality to “establish a local trust fund or other appropriate fund for the purpose of repairing or rehabilitating infrastructure with communities that are subject to the requirements of the Maryland Condominium Act or the Maryland Homeowners Association Act.”   Read the […]

Quest to privatize Lakewood Ranch CDD roads hits road block (FL)

District Authority had a desire to make its gated public roads private, an attorney for the governing body said significant obstacles remain. The IDA had hoped once the bonds used to finance the roads had been fully paid, it might make privatization an easier process. IDA Attorney Andy Cohen said during a Jan. 17 meeting […]