Term Limit Law Still 2 Years Away (FL)

Q: My condominium association will be having its annual meeting soon, which will include an election for members to the board of directors. Some of our board members have served for numerous years, and I understood that there are now term limits on the number of years a board member could serve. What is the […]

Florida’s Condo Prices Are Falling As Cost of Insurance and HOA Fees Skyrocket

Prices of condos in major Florida metros are dropping year over year, and sales are declining. New condo listings are soaring as sellers try to offload their properties. That differs from the U.S. as a whole, where condo prices are rising, sales are holding steady and new listings are increasing at a much slower rate.  Read […]

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 […]

HOA potlucks can be so complicated (NV)

Q: Are there any requirements for a potluck that would be held at the community clubhouse? I received three conflicting opinions. One individual stated that no homemade food is permitted in the clubhouse. Another individual said that a food handler’s license is required. A third indicated that a stove is required in the clubhouse. I’m […]

Lake Monticello residents ready to take fight over water rates to Richmond (VA)

The water may be placid but the water rates are rising fast at Lake Monticello.  Aqua Virginia, a utilities company which provides water and waste management to 36 localities across Virginia, has proposed an overall rate increase of 29.4% for its customers residing in the Fluvanna County gated community surrounding the manmade lake.    Read the […]

Suspects in Arlington condo graffiti incident have agreed to turn themselves in, pay for damages (FL)

In an act of taking responsibility, three individuals who were videotaped vandalizing condominiums in Arlington have agreed to turn themselves in and pay for the damage they caused.   Action News Jax has been following this story since Saturday when surveillance video reportedly captured several people vandalizing homes at Teakwood Villas.     Read the article…………………………….

Going green in multi-family buildings (IL)

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…………………………….

Justice Dept. seeks forfeiture of Russian businessman’s Bal Harbour condos (FL)

Authorities announced Thursday that a civil forfeiture complaint was filed against the condos owned by sanctioned Russian businessman Viktor Perevalov, the co-owner of a Russia-based construction company that was sanctioned for building a highway in Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula that Russia seized in 2014   Read the article…………………………….

Arlington vandalism suspects have until Friday to avoid charges, condo’s HOA said (FL)

Several suspects accused of vandalizing Arlington condos have until Friday to avoid charges. That’s according to the complex’s HOA.   Neighbors and the HOA were ready to make some improvements to the property this week. But they found explicit pictures and swear words on walls and stairs that might change those plans.   Read the article…………………………….

Ketchum buys a condo in Warm Springs for deed restriction (ID)

A unit in the Parkside neighborhood of Ketchum is being sold to the city at a discounted rate in order to be preserved as community housing.  To qualify as Category Local, a household must have at least one nondependent member who works full-time for an organization in Blaine County.    Read the article…………………………….

Magnolia Point residents challenge amenity fees imposed by Community Association (FL)

Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club is quietly nestled behind guarded gates, surrounded by a matrix of moss-draped oaks and magnolia trees. The community is a sanctuary of solitude and affluence, where a semi-private golf course ambles throughout the 1,000-acre development.  But hidden in seemingly picture-perfect seclusion is chaos. The stylish, if not privileged, setting […]

HOA insurance premiums skyrocket across Colorado, driving up condo dues

To say Rosalie Hayes was stunned when she opened the letter describing a dues increase at her Arvada condo complex this year would be an understatement.  “When I opened this letter, it was just like you could have knocked me over with a feather,” she said. “It was a shock.”  Read the article…………………………….

Miami Herald Column on Addressing the Presence of Crocodiles in Community (FL)

he article, which is titled “Crocodile in Community Generates Effective Response Chronicled in TV Newscasts,” focuses on a couple of recent news reports on 7 News Miami (www.wsvn.com) that illustrated how potentially dangerous wildlife incursions can impact local communities. It reads:  . . . The first report chronicled how residents at the Bay Colony Club […]

Demolition Underway at Deteriorating Condo Building in Coral Springs (FL)

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…………………………….

Association ‘Sunshine Laws’ Questioned (FL)

Q: I was recently elected to the board of my condominium association. I thought we had to follow Florida’s sunshine laws, but our long-time president said this is not true. She claims we can meet whenever we want as long as no votes are taken, or assessments are not going to be made. Is this […]

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…………………………….

If there’s no homeowner association, who enforces the neighborhood’s CC&Rs?

Question: In our East Valley subdivision, we have never had a homeowner association. The result is that our covenants, conditions and restrictions requiring homeowner association approval of sports courts have never been enforced, especially in relation to the recent construction of three pickleball courts. One pickleball court is next to our primary bedroom. Who is […]

Homeowner gets bid but does not follow proper procedure (NV)

Q: One of the residents knows a company who provides barrier arm installation and requested we ask the company for a bid, which is totally fine in my opinion.  However, the problem stems from the resident bypassing the board and our management firm and directly contacting the company and not having it send the sealed […]

‘Heartbeat of this HOA:’ Ocoee woman helps make neighborhood a community (FL)

Here at News 6, we get a lot of emails about neighborhood homeowners associations.  Most are complaints that go to our investigative or consumer units.  But residents of one Ocoee neighborhood felt so strongly about someone on their board, they nominated her for the News 6 Getting Results award.    Read the article…………………………….

Columbia Association board on track to select a new leader by late April (MD)

A year after Columbia Association’s president and CEO resigned amid tensions with the board, board members say they are “on track” to pick a new leader by the end of April.  Columbia Association, a massive homeowners group that in many ways functions like a city government, has been without a full-time president and CEO since […]

In New York, the Trump Brand Is Costing Some Condo Owners (NY)

When Donald J. Trump became president, condominiums in buildings emblazoned with his name began selling for less, according to an analysis.  In the world of real estate, Donald J. Trump’s name has long been synonymous with luxury.   Read the article…………………………….

Brooklyn Condo Owners Face $90,000 HVAC Repair Bill: A Tale of Legal Accountability and Community Livelihoods (NY)

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…………………………….

Point Ruston’s legal battles grow as condo groups seek neutral party to govern site (WA)

Point Ruston’s lawsuits and financial woes now include legal action from condominium associations representing residents at the site.  On Jan. 25, five condominium associations representing building residents at Point Ruston filed a petition in Pierce County Superior Court against the Point Ruston Owners Association.   Read the article…………………………….

HOA Homefront: Reader wants to know, ‘Is my dog allowed?’ (CA)

Q: I am hoping you could help me with my HOA that’s trying to remove my daughter’s support dog because of its weight and breed. They are threatening to come and have her removed because she got too big. Can they do this? It would devastate my daughter if they took her dog  Read the Q&A………………………………..

Mother-daughter-boyfriend trio accused of defrauding West Kendall HOA; 2 arrested (FL)

Thirty-eight-year-old Yasnely Pedroso had once been fired from the Westwind Lakes Garden Homes Condominium Association, Inc. for destroying records, among other things, according to police.  Enter her mother, Idoris Pedroso. According to Miami-Dade police, when the 63-year-old became board president, she rehired her daughter as an assistant.    Read the article…………………………….

Condo Column: The package problem (NH)

Something seemingly simple has become a problem. Package delivery. Since the pandemic hit, and Amazon took over the world, package delivery has become a booming business leading to some problems at condominium association. This, of course, has led to an increase in the actions of criminal entrepreneurs, aka Porch Pirates, those who steal packages off […]

Associations should be careful when moving funds (IL)

Q. Our townhouse association is a common interest community association governed by the Illinois Common Interest Community Association Act. Can funds be moved back and forth between operational and reserve accounts? For example, if money is moved to the reserve account because that account is paying the best interest, can funds be moved back to […]

Erosion causes concern for beachfront condominiums in Palm Beach (FL)

Concerned residents of Palm Beach oceanfront condominiums told the Town Council this week that erosion is a growing concern — and Palm Beach staff say help is on the way, though not before hurricane season.  Representatives from two condominiums spoke to the council during Tuesday’s meeting, saying properties on the town’s South End were hit […]

Rocky Hill Condo Community Rattled by Car Thefts: Demanding Enhanced Security (CT)

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 […]