Manchester Community Center suing Harbor’s Point Association (MA)

The nonprofit Manchester Community Center is suing its landlord, Harbor’s Point Condominium Association, claiming the association engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices.  The lawsuit, filed Feb. 20 in Essex Superior Court in Lawrence, seeks damages amounting to $1.3 million.  In the suit, the Community Center alleges Harbor’s Point forced the center to sign leases […]

Florida And Massachusetts Law Firms Unite To Tackle Fannie Mae’s Secret Condo Blacklist

The firms say they are committed to helping condominium and cooperative associations currently on the blacklist, or at risk of being added, navigate this complex issue. Fannie Mae, a government-sponsored enterprise, uses the blacklist to designate properties ineligible for conventional financing, affecting thousands of residents and potential buyers.    Read the article…………………………..  Link to web site […]

Fannie Mae keeps a secret condo blacklist. Why? (MA)

Shortly after Nicholas Perricone bought his condo in the Financial District on June 30, 2022, he joined the building’s board of trustees. That’s when he began hearing stories of fellow owners who tried to sell their units only to have the deals fall apart at the loan office.    Read the article…………………………

Seashore Point Residents Sue Owner, Claiming Fraud and Abuse (MA)

But for the last two years, he’s been locked in a conflict with Pointe Group Care, the for-profit owner of Seashore Point, about what services it provides residents and at what cost. In 2019, the group and its subsidiary, Provincetown Holding Company, purchased the property, along with the attached nursing facility, AdviniaCare at Seashore Point, […]

Is your home insurance poised to get pricier? There are warning signs (MA)

It’s hard to believe now, given the subsequent rigamarole. But when Julia Shanks first learned that her insurance company wouldn’t renew her policy because it wanted to reduce its risk with “coastal properties,” the North Shore resident wasn’t particularly concerned.    Read the article……………………………….

Real property – Parking easement – Condominium (MA)

Where two plaintiffs have requested a declaration that their parking easement may be used for two automobiles, that request should be denied because the intent of the master deed was to permit single-automobile use in each parking space.   Read the article……………………………..

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………………………..

Mashpee Sewer Commission To Discuss Nitrogen Removal From Condominiums (MA)

Mashpee Sewer Commission next week will discuss and possibly vote to form a subcommittee to address the requirements relating to condominium complexes compared to private septic systems to equally disperse state nitrogen reduction requirements among all residents. Additionally the committee will discuss the possibility of forming a subcommittee to research the impact of pollution on […]

Middlesex judge, jury render first known decisions on Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed is such a well-known menace in the United Kingdom that, if the invasive species is on your property and you try to get homeowner’s insurance, you’ll be turned away.  But in America, the plant is just beginning to creep into the public’s consciousness — and the courts.    Read the article………………………..

Fire hits Newburyport condo complex (MA)

Five units were damaged Wednesday afternoon in a fire at a three-story residential building on Merrimac Street.  No one was injured but a resident was displaced when flames burned the kitchen of a unit and smoke damaged four other units, according to Fire Chief Stephen Bradbury III.  Read the article………………………..

Residents escape safely, but some pets missing after condo fire (MA)

Firefighters think the blaze began near the roof, and said working smoke detectors alerted residents to evacuate. Condo owners fear the building will eventually be a total loss with the amount of water needed on the roof to put out the fire.  Read the article………………………..

Betterments For Condos Spark Questions For Mashpee Sewer Commission (MA)

Several residents from Summerwood Condominiums on Route 28 made public comments during the Mashpee Sewer Commission meeting last Thursday, November 10, to ask for clarification on the extent to which the Town of Mashpee and the commission are considering betterments for Summerwood and Sea Oak condominiums related to the town’s sewering project.   Read the article………………………..

Family of heart-attack victim who spent 30 minutes stuck in an Allston elevator with EMTs sues elevator company, condo trust and building manager for (MA)

The daughter of Boston Opera Company co-founder Randall Kulunis yesterday filed a negligence suit that alleges her father might have lived had he not got stuck in the elevator of his Allston condo building for half an hour with EMTs who were trying to get him to the hospital after he fell ill.   Read the […]

Tests at Truro Condos Raise PFAS Worries (MA)

The wells at the Stone’s Throw condominium complex on Shore Road have edged past the state’s limit for contaminants known as PFAS — per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — and solutions to the problem probably won’t be cheap.   Read the article………………………..

How a court ruling in a double homicide could cost condo owners millions (MA)

AJuly decision by a Superior Court judge could open the door to holding condominium associations responsible for the safety and security of building occupants if the threat is reasonably foreseeable.  And that could mean big costs for condo owners if properties are found to be negligent.    Read the article………………………..

Here’s the plan for putting out fires in 4 Taunton neighborhoods with no hydrants (MA)

The cisterns in the older neighborhoods — like Debra Drive and Fiddler’s Way — haven’t received regular maintenance because residents were unaware the city considers them privately owned by the neighborhoods themselves.  Farrar said he believes Debra Drive and Fiddler’s Way were supposed to have homeowners associations responsible for the cisterns, but that also didn’t […]

Three alarm fire erupts at Hyannis condo complex (MA)

A large fire was reported at a condo complex in Hyannis just before 8 PM Saturday. Flames were visible through the roof of a building at the Yachtsman Condos at 500 Ocean Street. A 3rd alarm brought multiple mutual aid to the scene and to cover the Hyannis station.  Read the article………………………..

Hazmat, bomb squad crews respond to Marlborough condominiums (MA)

Hazmat and bomb squad crews are currently responding to the Sheffield Court Condominiums on Boston Post Road East.  “At this point, state hazmat and bomb squad technicians are supporting Marlborough police and Marlborough fire after first responders observed unknown chemicals during a medical call,” said spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services Jake Wark.  […]

$300 fines have condo owners up in arms (MA)

Condominium owners in Lynn might have noticed a less-than-pleasant surprise in the mail last week, as the Inspectional Services Department issued 300 dollar fines to rental condo owners who failed to register their properties to the city.   Read the article………………………..

Leaking water main at Worcester condo complex finally fixed, a month later (MA)

A water main on West Mountain Street that has been leaking for a month was fixed on Monday, the city confirmed.  “The leak was fixed Aug. 22 by a contractor hired by the condominium association,” city spokesman Robert Burgess said in an email on Tuesday. “The condo association is paying the contractor for fixing the […]

State Land Court Lets Homeowners Repudiate Racist Covenants in Deeds (MA)

State Rep. John Barrett III could not get state law changed to allow homeowners to strike racist language from their deeds.  But he came pretty close, and the effort shed light on a problem that those homeowners can address, free of charge, in the documents that define their real property. “As the Land Court put […]

Dead-End Solution Hits Pothole (MA)

Last winter’s contentious situation between residents of Marion Village Estates and developer Ken Steen over snowplowing responsibilities on Fieldstone Lane sent the newly formed homeowners association onto Town Meeting floor looking for acceptance as a town street.  Their motion failed, as the town cited the hammerhead dead end to Fieldstone Lane as a key obstacle […]

Probable Cause Of Racial Discrimination Found In Mashpee Condos Complaint (MA)

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination found probable cause of racial discrimination in a complaint against the board of trustees of Summerwood Condominium Trust following an investigation into allegations surrounding a condominium tenant’s “Black Lives Matter” sign in 2020.   Read the article………………………..

Water damage riles condo owners in Plymouth (MA)

The need for repairs at two condo complexes in a popular Plymouth development is once again bringing special assessments — and the battles royal that can accompany them— to the forefront of debate in Greater Boston real estate.  Read the entire article……………………………….

Fire hits Amesbury condominium complex (MA)

Firefighters from numerous communities battled a three-alarm fire in a Pond Street condominium complex Monday afternoon.   Read the entire article……………………………….

More charges filed against condo property manager (MA)

New larceny charges involving a Lynn condominium complex have been filed against a Lynnfield property manager charged last year with embezzling more than $15,000 from a Danvers condo association.  The development scuttled plans for a hearing Thursday where Frank Carucchio was expected to offer restitution to the Edmunds Cove Condominium Trust to settle the case.  […]