Homeowners in second neighborhood say siding cracking on fairly new houses

Almost 20 residents in the Locust Town Center neighborhood told Action 9 they expected their siding to last decades but say it’s cracking and that their houses are only a few years old…….Plus, Stack and Mize say the builder just turned over the community to the homeowners association so they’re worried the board will start […]

Condo owner sues HOA over Ring camera, loses, has to pay $73K (NC)

Teywonia Byrd lives inside Fat City Condos in NoDa. She’s a single woman who lives alone.  “I was drugged unbeknownst to me and then sexually assaulted,” she told Action 9?s Jason Stoogenke.  She says she’s been living on edge even since so she put a Ring camera on her door. She found out she needed […]

Charlotte HOA failing to fix massive hole in parking lot (NC)

Townhome owners in a University City neighborhood are questioning why their HOA can’t afford to fix a massive hole in their parking lot that’s only grown larger in the two years since it first formed.  WBTV’s investigation revealed that the management company hired by the Homeowner’s Association has a history of hiring employees convicted of […]

AMG HOA and Condominium Manager CEO Paul K. Mengert Receives Prestigious 2024 Community Associations Institute Award of Excellence in Government and Public Affairs

Paul K. Mengert, CEO of Association Management Group (AMG), was honored with the prestigious 2024 Award of Excellence in Government and Public Affairs by the Community Associations Institute (CAI) on Friday, May 10. This distinguished accolade honors individuals whose outstanding volunteer efforts have significantly propelled the government and public affairs initiatives of CAI   Read the […]

Can HOA boards skip meetings and elections? (NC)

WCNC Charlotte got this email from Florentina R.:  “Our HOA board has refused to conduct the Association’s Annual Board Election. Is an HOA board allowed to withhold the association’s annual board elections?”    Read the Q&A………………………………..

NC House Select Committee on HOAs Files New Bill

As the short session continues and the legislature continues to negotiate House Bill 542 with interested parties, a new bill was introduced on May 1, 2024 by Representatives Frank Iler, Steve Tyson and Ya Liu.  Read the article…………………………….

Neighbors watching neighbors? HOA vehicle surveillance irks some in NC neighborhood

By all accounts, the controversy over surveillance at Princeton Manor began at a pool party last summer.  “Personally frustrated” by a string of car break-ins and a recent burglary in the Knightdale subdivision, a member of the homeowners association board struck up a conversation with a Knightdale police officer at the event, asking what else […]

Waterford Residential Community awarded CAI Seal of Distinction (NC)

The Board of Directors of Waterford Master Residential Association has announced that the Community Association Institute of North Carolina (CAI-NC) has awarded Waterford Residential Community in Leland with its Seal of Distinction for 2024-2025, once again honoring this self-governing development of 1,010 homes for recognizing, funding and following best practice standards in community management.   Read […]

Unhappy neighbors. Vacant lots. NC community for ‘patriots’ off to a rocky start

When developers launched 1776 Gastonia, the 55-plus housing community for “patriots,” in the Charlotte area last year, they said it was just the beginning of a “grassroots movement.”  With street names like Paul Revere Drive and Constitution Lane, 1776 Gastonia invokes vague stars-and-stripes imagery to appeal to its target audience: patriotic citizens looking to achieve […]

Family fighting keep chickens as pets in Waxhaw neighborhood (NC)

A Union County family that was fined for keeping chickens as pets has scored a big win.  The family was originally located in a Waxhaw neighborhood.  However, neighborhood rules said they couldn’t own poultry, but they could have household pets as long as you don’t make money off of them.   Read the article…………………………….

Coastal property owners yet to embrace roof-girding grants (NC)

Maybe one North Carolina insurance provider should join the industry trend and advertise: “Hello Beach Plan policyholders! Do you need a new roof? Want to save on your property insurance? How about we help you out with as much as $8,000 toward a much stronger roof that is fortified to withstand storms? And don’t worry […]

Southern Shores community protests doubled sewer bill (NC)

Almost two dozen residents from Southern Shores Landing attended a hearing with the North Carolina Utilities Commission to protest a monthly sewage rate increase from $90 to $180. The community, which is serviced by the Ginguite Woods wastewater system, has 38 single family homes. The homeowners’ association president Wayne Avery said that 30 of these […]

Court sides with homeowners in NC ski country who want short-term rentals

After a homeowners association in the North Carolina High Country tried to block short-term rentals during ski season, a court has ruled against the HOA.  The Reserve II sits feet from the slopes on the top of Sugar Mountain in Avery County. Jeff and Martha Wells have had their home there for more than 10 […]

Jim Slaughter presented with the Don Buck Lifetime Contribution Award as a legal trailblazer and thought leader shaping the future of community association law.

Jim Slaughter, president of Law Firm Carolinas’ six offices, has been honored with the Don Buck Lifetime Contribution Award at the Community Association Law Seminar in Las Vegas. The award, presented by Community Associations Institute’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL), recognizes attorneys who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the community association industry.   Read the article…………………………….

A Mooresville couple tried to paint their home. They were hit with a $1,000 fine from their HOA (NC)

Living in a neighborhood run by a homeowners association has its advantages, like maintaining uniformity with the exterior colors of the homes.  But after discovering some of their HOA’s “approved” colors didn’t even exist anymore, a Mooresville family found themselves asking, “Where’s the money?”  The family picked a color they liked, only to be hit […]

NC Community Association Legislative Update – February 28, 2024

Today (Wednesday, February 28) was the fourth and final meeting of the NC House Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations. As a reminder, this Committee was created by House Bill 311 (see NC Community Association Legislative Update – May 9, 2023) and tasked with examining planned communities and condominium associations,    Read the article…………………………….

NC House panel okays recommendations limiting power of HOAs

A state House panel Wednesday gave the final okay to recommendations they say would help curb abuses of power by community and homeowners’ associations in North Carolina.  “We can’t make as many changes probably as some would like to see happen, but we do have a few suggestions in the way of this committee report,” […]

Homeowner association regulations proposal expected in short session (NC)

Proposed changes to how North Carolina regulates homeowners’ associations expected to be introduced as a bill in the short session was reviewed by lawmakers on Tuesday.  Staff with the General Assembly’s Legislative Analysis Division outlined five recommendations from the Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations in the House of Representatives following several hearings on a variety […]

Five recommendations North Carolina lawmakers may consider to tackle HOA disputes

Members of the House Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations are moving closer to advancing a draft bill designed to level the playing field between homeowners and their HOAs.  Following two public hearings in January, five recommendations were presented Tuesday to the committee by legislative staff.    Read the article…………………………….

Homeowner association regulations proposal expected in short session (NC)

Proposed changes to how North Carolina regulates homeowners’ associations expected to be introduced as a bill in the short session was reviewed by lawmakers on Tuesday.  Staff with the General Assembly’s Legislative Analysis Division outlined five recommendations from the Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations in the House of Representatives following several hearings on a variety […]

Homeowner association regulations proposal expected in short session (NC)

Proposed changes to how North Carolina regulates homeowners’ associations expected to be introduced as a bill in the short session was reviewed by lawmakers on Tuesday.  Staff with the General Assembly’s Legislative Analysis Division outlined five recommendations from the Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations in the House of Representatives following several hearings on a variety […]

North Carolina HOAs could face new hurdles to foreclosures

North Carolina homeowners’ associations could soon face new hurdles to approving larger budgets and seizing property as a means to enforce their rules. The House Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations have been meeting this year to address voter claims that HOAs have abused their power in the state. Committee members have welcomed input from homeowners […]

Judge says Cabarrus County HOA didn’t maintain sidewalks it was required to (MD)

A judge said a Cabarrus County homeowners association has a duty to maintain the sidewalks and didn’t.  Robert Beirne lives in the Skybrook subdivision. When tree roots started pushing up the sidewalk in front of his house, his HOA told him it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to fix.  Beirne told Action 9?s Jason Stoogenke he did […]

Happy homeowners: Speak up before laws are reformed

A legislative committee in North Carolina has been examining the need for potential reform to community association laws. The committee has done an admirable job collecting input from all involved stakeholders—homeowners, board members, community association managers, attorneys, and others who could be impacted by updates to state laws. Read the article…………………………….

HOA/Condo Op-Ed Article Published Today (NC)

I was asked by The Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer to respond to recent reporting looking at changing North Carolina’s HOA/condo laws. My article, “Caution: When NC HOA Laws Change, Property Values and More Are at Stake,” appears in both newspapers today    Read the article…………………………..

Townhomes accuse city of causing pipes to burst (NC)

Some residents in the Park Place Townhomes in south Charlotte said they’ve been out of water off and on since the middle of November and they’re the ones who might have to pay to fix it.  Read the article………………………….

Marion City Council hears about Westwood Chateau situation (NC)

In early 2019, officials with McDowell County Emergency Management, the city of Marion, McDowell County and other local agencies notified the residents at the 32-unit condo complex, located behind the Lady Marian Plaza shopping center, of a voluntary evacuation order. It was issued for the Westwood Chateau residents because of “possible sinkhole formation under the […]

Residents of Fairfield Harbour ask for voices to be heard as property owner’s association mulls over selling portion of 385-acre property (NC)

On Tuesday, the POA held a board meeting at The Pointe Restaurant, with almost 100 residents attending. The Sun Journal and several other local media members attempted to attend the meeting but were told the board was not allowing media inside. Almost a dozen attendees were also escorted out of the meeting before it ended.  […]

‘What have they done with the money?’ | Settlement money paid to HOA following 2016 tornado damage still sits in general fund (NC)

Homeowners in Avenues at Ayrsley’s phase one neighborhood said their homeowners association received payments in 2021 and 2022 related to a tornado, and claim the money is still sitting in the HOA’s general fund, which is currently tapped for the entire community, not just the homes that were affected.     Read the article………………………………