Lake association, watershed work together toward common goal (MN)

Since 2002, Bald Eagle Lake has been one of the many lakes included on the state’s impaired waters list. As of May 2024, that has changed.  Bald Eagle Lake is one of several local lakes are to be removed from Minnesota’s impaired waters list.   Read the article…………………………….

Minnesota lawmakers pass reforms to property forfeiture law

The high court decided Hennepin County violated the constitutional rights of Geraldine Tyler, a Minneapolis resident in her 90s. Hennepin County sold Tyler’s condo for about $25,000 more than she owed in property taxes and fees, and kept the difference. The Supreme Court ruled she was entitled to the excess money. As a result lawmakers […]

Are HOAs a roadblock in addressing the child care shortage? (MN)

In many areas, like Woodbury, for example, in-home child care is in high demand. One provider who asked to be unnamed due to current conversations with their HOA, and who lives in a different Woodbury HOA community, is facing a similar issue to Leonzal. She runs an in-home daycare and was recently informed that her […]

HOA, condo fees rising for some Minnesotans

If you live in a condo or townhome in Minnesota, you may notice your fees are going up.  One insurance expert says this is a trend he’s been seeing for the last several months.  Helen Mitchell recently found out it will be more expensive to live in the Coon Rapids townhome she’s called home for […]

HOA, condo daycare prohibition bans considered by Minnesota lawmakers

Those who live in a homeowner’s association (HOA) or condo looking to create an in-home licensed daycare center could no longer be denied its operation as long as they have a license in Minnesota under a new proposal being considered by lawmakers.   Read the article…………………………….

Judiciary panel spotlights ‘shadow’ non-compete clauses, approves bill to close loophole (MN)

An example of a shadow noncompete contract that is hidden from an employee was provided in written testimony by SEIU Local 26.  When a homeowner’s association under one of these contracts switches to a different property management company, these contracts prevent that association from retaining their experienced staff without the risk of litigation for continuing […]

Green infrastructure a mystery for many homeowners associations (MN)

“We have a lot of wet backyards,” said Jean, a Woodbury resident who lives in a homeowners association built in 1998. “It is all either water, weeds, or grass. Nothing else.”  “Part of the problem was that we didn’t know what we had when we moved in,” added husband Steve. Their HOA paid $15,000 to […]

Irrigation rates point of contention for homeowner associations (MN)

Members of half a dozen homeowner associations (HOAs) came prepared to argue their water bills at the Nov. 20 town board meeting.  The problem isn’t the cost of domestic water, but the cost to irrigate common green space, which residents living in townhomes feel is unfair.    Read the article…………………………..

Homeowners association group to meet in Eagan (MN)

The HOA Leadership Network is hosting a free educational meeting for townhome and condominium homeowners Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023, 9-11 a.m. at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan. Topics will be an introduction to homeowner associations and exterior building maintenance. Coffee and donuts provided. More information at

Homeowners Association asks for city help with sewer system (MN)

Could the City of Scandia be taking on management of another wastewater system?  Approached last week by the Wyldewood Acres Homeowners Association, the Scandia City Council directed city staff last week to study several options for assisting the association with bringing its private sewer into compliance with the Minnesota Pollution Control Act.   Read the article………………………………

Changes to Minnesota HOA law lets more switch to solar

After a busy legislative session, there is good news for Minnesota homeowners that want to choose solar energy. One of the highly anticipated laws that passed now mandates that HOAs in Minnesota cannot block a property from installing solar panels on the roof. This change took effect on July 1, 2023.   Read the article………………………..

HOA parking dispute may force Minnesota family from home

For one Forest Lake family, a dispute over a parking spot with their homeowners’ association (HOA) has thrown their future into uncertainty.  The disagreement, which only arose last month, comes despite the family having lived there for over a decade. They maintain that they had verbal permission to use the spot, but this agreement was […]

Some condo workers released from shadow noncompetes by FirstService Residential (MN)

Residents of the River Towers condominiums in Minneapolis like their building’s staff. The building’s staff like the residents — many have worked in the building for years.  But a provision in the contract between the condo association and the building’s property management company, FirstService Residential Minnesota, means neither the residents nor the workers have a […]

Former CFO Pleads Guilty to Embezzling More Than $3 Million from Employer (MN)

According to court documents, David Efrem Katz, 56, was the former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Durand and Associates (“D&A”), a property management company that specialized in servicing homeowner associations (“HOAs”). Between 2012 and 2017, Katz embezzled over $3 million from D&A and its client HOAs.   Read the article………………………..

CAI chapter adds CIC Midwest (MN)

The Minnesota Chapter of Community Associations Institute has acquired CIC Midwest, a division of Minnesota Multi Housing Association.  The move will position CAI as the “leading authority in community association governance, education and management throughout Minnesota,” according to a press release.    Read the article………………………..

Minnesota banned noncompetes. A major property manager has a workaround.

When the property management company FirstService Residential Minnesota announced it was dropping noncompete clauses in employment contracts, it said the change aligned with the company’s values.  But a provision persists in its management contracts with condominium associations that says FirstService workers (including desk attendants and caretakers) may not be employed — either directly or indirectly […]

Rochester, Minn. condo building site stabilized following structural concerns

A 15-story condo building in downtown Rochester remains evacuated after an inspection raised concerns about the tower’s structural integrity.  Late Saturday, the city of Rochester announced an engineering firm had completed shoring operations on the site and the situation has stabilized.   Read the article………………………..

Supreme Court Can Uphold States’ Tax Rights With Condo Sale Case (MN)

The Supreme Court should uphold a Minnesota county’s decision to keep a homeowner’s equity from a foreclosed condominium sale, in part because the 10th Amendment allows states to set up their own tax regimes, Taft’s Scott Knudson argues as part of a series of insights previewing oral arguments in the case.   Read the article………………………..

Woman Charged with Embezzling from Minneapolis-Based Company (MN)

According to court documents, Xiong worked as a financial manager for a Minneapolis company that provided financial services to homeowner’s associations in the Twins Cities. Records show her job included bookkeeping and allowed her access to the financials, bank accounts, vendor and contractor payments, and other sensitive bookkeeping information of the homeowner’s associations working with […]

The Preserve, which aimed to be a ‘New Town,’ turns 50 (MN)

They hailed it in 1970 as a “New Town” planned community, a $200 million development that would eventually put 15,000 additional residents in Eden Prairie amid a unique blend of housing, shopping, and natural areas.  The Preserve neighborhood didn’t turn out exactly as planned. And yet, as the homeowners association that has paralleled it turns […]

As work resumes at ‘pinch point’ on Southwest light rail, condo owners say costly delays predictable and preventable (MN)

In January, work suddenly stopped in that section after condo owners who live mere inches from the construction reported damage.  A 5 INVESTIGATES review of emails, public statements, and other reports found new evidence of early warnings that accurately predicted some of the issues now jeopardizing the largest civil construction project in Minnesota history.    Read […]