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/ Owner - June 28, 2012
  • Residents of Brookfield condo complex question costs, need for DNA tests in dog feces crackdown (CT) June 24, 2024
    Jill Lounsbury, who has lived in the Oak Meadows condos for six years, said she has not decided whether to comply with the Brookfield development’s new mandate requiring DNA testing for all dogs as part of a crackdown on residents who fail to clean up after their dogs.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo Owners Vote To Pay Full Water Debt (CT) June 19, 2024
    The members of a Fair Haven Heights condo association have voted to pay their entire $138,000-plus overdue water bill?—?and will now try to collect from the complex’s former property manager, whom they accuse of failing to promptly address the leak that left them in such a financial mess.    Read the article…………………………….
  • CT condo complex requires dog DNA testing to crack down on poop cleanup: ‘Being treated as children’ June 11, 2024
    In an effort to crack down on dog feces cleanup, a local condominium complex is requiring DNA testing for residents’ dogs, a move that many residents are saying is too much overreach.Oak Meadows Homeowners Association on Federal Road in Brookfield has entered into an agreement with a laboratory to collect and test DNA samples of all dogs who live in the complex.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condos Drowning In Water Debt (CT) June 10, 2024
    A years-long leak has sunk a Fair Haven Heights condo association into $138,000 in debt?—?landing the group in bankruptcy court, and leading to a legal fight over whether the association’s water bill or urgent maintenance should be paid for first. Meanwhile, Winters Run resident Rose Appi has been living with all of her furniture in a storage pod since March as construction crews work to repair the source of the water problem beneath her condo’s kitchen.       Read the ...
  • 1 injured, up to 75 displaced after Stratford fire at Main St. condo building (CT) May 11, 2024
    One person was injured and up to 75 were displaced Saturday after a fire broke out in a Main Street condominium building, a fire official said, and all residents of the building were displaced……. He said the fire extended into at least two additional units and heavy smoke caused significant damage throughout the building, making all of the units uninhabitable.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Brookfield condo fire displaces 10 families (CT) May 2, 2024
    A fire broke out in a condominium complex on Boxwood Drive early Thursday morning, leading to the evacuation of several residents and displacement of 10 families   Read the article…………………………….
  • Two people hospitalized after 2-alarm blaze at Brookfield condo complex (CT) April 25, 2024
    The fire appeared to have consumed a large number of units in at least one of the buildings.  “There are numerous agencies working in the area. Please use caution,” the post said.
  • House passes bill making it easier for condo owners to install solar (CT) April 19, 2024
    The bill serves as an expansion of the solar rights of members of common interest communities, which include condominiums, community apartments, planned developments, etc. A provision in the State’s Clean Air Act, passed in 2022, already prohibited common interest communities from adopting or enforcing rules that would prohibit community residents from installing solar panels. That law did not, however, include condominiums or housing cooperatives.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Fire in Chester condo complex destroys several units (CT) April 16, 2024
    A fire in Chester Tuesday destroyed several units inside a condominium complex.  Chester Fire Department Chief Thomas Marchiano says the flames broke out in the afternoon at the Whispering Hills condominium complex inside a garage and spread to the apartments above.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Town To Finalize Easement Agreement with Condo Association Near Mead Pond (CT) March 12, 2024
    Town officials last week approved funds for a survey of a condominium association’s property that includes an area along the eastern edge of Mead Pond.  The town didn’t realize when it proposed spending federal American Rescue Act funds to create a Flexi-pave walk around the pond two years ago that the abutting Park Slope condo association owns much of the property downslope from its residences, according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann.   Read the article…………………………….
  • West Hartford Condo Blaze Displaces Occupant (CT) March 11, 2024
    A kitchen fire at a local condominium Sunday afternoon spread enough inside to displace the unit’s occupants, according to the West Hartford Fire Department.   Read the article…………………………….
  • More than a dozen people forced out by fire in Middletown condo complex (CT) February 29, 2024
    More than a dozen people were forced out of their homes by an early morning fire at a condo complex in Middletown.  The fire broke out at the Pepper Mill Village Condos on Burgundy Hill Lane around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Naugatuck Woman Secures $250,000 Settlement After Fall on Ice (CT) February 29, 2024
    A 55-year-old Naugatuck woman, who injured her left ankle, back and neck when she fell on ice and snow in a condominium complex, has settled her case for $250,000. Natalia Dubrovinskaya was taking out the garbage for her boyfriend, who lived at the Hidden Brook condominiums in Naugatuck, when she slipped and fell,  Read the article…………………………….
  • A CT dam disagreement emerges as climate change impacts state. ‘It’s for our safety… our family’ February 20, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • Condo Column: The package problem (NH) February 16, 2024
    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 of porches, decks, lobbies, out of lobbies and mail rooms, pretty much anywhere they can gain entry.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Judge orders Farmington Valley developer to comply with order to provide accounting funds (CT) December 30, 2023
    The Farmington Valley developer accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients could face a contempt of court charge if he doesn’t comply with a judge’s order by mid-January.   Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘It’s Just Been Chronic’: Park Street Condos Hire Environmental Consultant (CT) December 20, 2023
    A condominium association on Park Street has hired environmental consultants to help figure out what’s causing an odor and fumes rising from catch basins and drains outside the complex, officials say.   Read the article…………………………
  • ‘She really hasn’t left the building’: Elevator at Cromwell condo broken for months (CT) December 5, 2023
    Residents called NBC CT Responds for help, but it appears there’s not much recourse with the systems in place locally and at the state level   Read the article………………………..
  • New lawsuits filed against Avon developer accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars (CT) November 22, 2023
    The Farmington Valley developer accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients still has yet to face a judge.  William Ferrigno, the owner of Sunlight Construction, is charged with first degree larceny and violating state contractor laws.   Read the article…………………………………
  • Residents Forced To Move Out Of Unsafe Montville Condo Building (CT) November 17, 2023
    A Montville eight-unit condominium building was shut down last week and remaining residents had to leave their homes, according to The Day.   Read the article……………………………
  • Condo Column: A Hidden Danger November 9, 2023
    About two years ago in Michigan, which becomes relevant to New Hampshire by the end of this column, there was damage to a condominium that was covered by the Association’s Master Policy. After the deductible, the check to be paid by the carrier to the Association was $40,000.00. All was going to be good. Then Fannie Mae sued.   Read the article………………………………..
  • Two tenants still living in Montville condominium building as water about to be shut off (CT) November 6, 2023
    wo months after gas lines were removed from a condominium building at 23 Georgia Road ? forcing tenants to either leave or live without heat, hot water or gas stoves ? two tenants who still live there are facing another utility shutoff.    Read the article……………………………….
  • Their Connecticut neighborhood has stood unfinished. Now the developer faces criminal charges. October 31, 2023
    The streets in Katie Barcelo’s neighborhood aren’t quite finished. In fact, her home is surrounded by others that have been unfinished for more than a year.   Read the article………………………………….
  • Condo Column: The proper Reserve Study (CT) September 8, 2023
    Last time I explained why the need for a Reserve Study exists. This time, some ideas of what you should have in one.  First, as a reminder, a reserve study is simply a better budget planning tool that identifies the components an association is responsible to maintain or replace, the current status of the reserve fund, what is needed and when and how to properly fund it to offset anticipated future major common area expenditures.   Read the article………………………..
  • Former condo president alleges ‘financial ruin’ at The Wellington in White Plains (CT) September 1, 2023
    A former president of The Wellington condominium in White Plains is suing the board of managers and its management company for nearly $1.5 million over alleged financial irregularities.   Joseph Silva accused the current board and White Management Ltd., Eastchester, of fraud, in a complaint filed Aug. 17 in Westchester Supreme Court.   Read the article………………………..
  • Bricks fall from Manchester condo wall onto cars, fire official says (CT) August 17, 2023
    Bricks fell off an exterior wall of a condominium complex Wednesday night, damaging three cars and triggering an evacuation, a fire official said.   Read the article………………………..
  • Families in unfinished Simsbury neighborhood worried about regular payments (CT) July 16, 2023
    Some residents of the Cambridge Court home owners association, known in Connecticut as a common interest community, have been waiting years for their builder, William Ferrigno of Sunlight Construction to complete their neighborhood. From a lack of streetlights and road signs to incomplete sidewalks and drainage systems, their wish list is a long one that has gone unanswered.   Read the article………………………..
  • Angry condo buyers tell CT town: ‘a lot of people have been taken advantage of’ (CT) July 12, 2023
    Frustrated by unpaid tax bills and growing complaints from property owners, Simsbury officials are considering a tax foreclosure against the Cambridge Crossing condominium complex.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Fire Displaces Families In Middletown: Westfield Fire Dept. (CT) July 10, 2023
    All residents were safely removed from the building, fire officials said.   Fire officials said three patients were transported to the hospital, and multiple families were displaced.   Read the article………………………..
  • Flooding forces evacuations at Rocky Hill condo complex (CT) July 4, 2023
    Several units of an apartment complex in Rocky Hill were evacuated Monday due to flooding.  A total of eleven units at the Cedar Hollow Condo complex were evacuated after rain storm led to flooding Monday evening.   Read the article………………………..
  • 13 hospitalized, 4 in critical condition after Hartford condo fire, officials say (CT) June 4, 2023
    Four people are in critical condition and nine others were injured in a fire at a condo complex on Evergreen Avenue Saturday night, according to fire officials.  Read the article………………………..
  • Families displaced after a fire at West Haven condo complex (CT) May 25, 2023
    This morning multiple people are displaced after a fire in a West Haven condo complex.  The fire started around 10 p.m. at the Mallard Brook Condos near Coleman Street and Interstate 95, residents reported. At least six units were damaged and displaced families.   Read the article………………………..
  • Fire climbs to roof of Shelton condo, leaving structure badly damaged (CT) May 19, 2023
      Firefighters spent nearly an hour battling a blaze that quickly crept up to the roof of a home in Shelton. The condo in Summerfield Gardens began around 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon, and initially started in the basement.   Read the article………………………..
  • Capitol Report: Legal fight over beach fence comes to an end in Old Lyme (CT) April 17, 2023
    Neighbors in the Soundview Beach section won a lawsuit after a private homeowners association built the fence in 2017 and started charging a fee.  According to the deed written more than a hundred years ago, the public must have access to Miami Beach.   Read the article………………………..
  • 30-unit condo fire in Norwalk displaces 10 (CT) April 3, 2023
    Small pets were rescued from a 30-unit condo fire late Sunday morning in Norwalk, according to the fire department.  The fire, located on Main Avenue, involved two units that had flames on the balconies. No one was home in either apartment at the time.    Read the article………………………..
  • After a Wave of Complaints, Stamford Considers Ordinance on Elevator Malfunctions (CT) March 29, 2023
    The ordinance, as drafted, would apply to any residential building with at least one elevator. When an elevator will be out of service for repairs, the owner would have to post a notice near the door and inform each tenant by note or email 24 hours in advance. The owner also would have to notify the city’s Emergency Communications Center and chief building official.    Read the article………………………..
  • More than 60 Displaced in Raging CT Condo Complex Fire (CT) March 17, 2023
    According to a report from WFSB, crews from the Manchester (CT) Fire Department (MFD) needed assistance from the South Windsor Fire Department to extinguish a raging fire at a condo complex in Manchester Thursday afternoon.    Read the article………………………..
  • Fire at Naugatuck condo complex displaces 10 (CT) March 8, 2023
    A fire at a condo complex in Naugatuck Wednesday morning has left 10 people temporarily without a home.  The fire was reported around 9 a.m. in the Lantern Park Condominium Association on Lantern Park Drive where four units were rendered uninhabitable,    Read the article………………………..
  • 1 Injured, Up to 11 Displaced After Fire at Middletown, Conn. Condo Complex February 18, 2023
    Crews from several fire departments responded to the complex on Russet Lane around 8:30 a.m.  When crews arrived, they said they found a large body of fire at one of the buildings.    Read the article………………………..
  • Cortlandt fire victims say ‘shoddy work’ being done on their condos (CT) February 2, 2023
    Emotions ran high at a public meeting in Cortlandt where fire victims expressed concerns over “shoddy work” being done on their condos.  More than a dozen condo owners aired their grievance at the public meeting at Cortlandt Town Hall.   Read the article………………………..
  • Connecticut homeowner associations can no longer block solar installations January 18, 2023
    The provision was added to the 35-page Connecticut Clean Air Act before it was approved by lawmakers last session. Associations may still adopt rules on the size and placement of solar installations.   Read the article………………………..
  • Bristol condo residents say brown water has officials pointing fingers (CT) January 13, 2023
    Residents of a Bristol condominium complex have complaints about brown water coming from their faucets. They told FOX61 they feel helpless because no one is taking responsibility.  FOX61 obtained a faucet sample that looked like Pepsi.      Read the article………………………..
  • Officials: Lack of water pressure made it difficult to fight flames at Peekskill condo complex (CT) January 8, 2023
    New information has been released on the massive fire that leveled a condo complex in Peekskill on Thursday.   Officials say when first responders got to the Hillcrest Park Condominium there was a lack of water pressure inside the building. This made it difficult to fight the flames, according to officials.   Read the article………………………..
  • 13 people evacuated during Rocky Hill condo fire (CT) December 26, 2022
    No one was injured Sunday after a fire broke out in the attic of a residential building in Rocky Hill, according to officials.     Read the article………………………..
  • Windsor Council balks at relief for 55-plus housing community roads (CT) November 22, 2022
    Residents spoke both in favor and against the idea of the town providing financial relief for residents of age-restricted private communities, because they pay the same property tax rate as other residents, yet also pay for services including snow plowing, street maintenance, and street lights, via their homeowners’ association fees.   Read the article………………………..
  • Residents escape South Windsor condo fire, officials say (CT) October 12, 2022
    No one was injured in the two-alarm fire at Westage Condominiums on Amato Drive, officials said. Two residents were outside the burning building when police and firefighters arrived within four minutes of being dispatched about 1 a.m.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Complex With Crumbling Foundation Gets Major Upgrade (CT) October 12, 2022
    A Connecticut condominium complex riddled with crumbling foundation problems is back in one piece now.  Crews started working on the Willington Ridge condo project in April 2021. It was a six-building, roughly $3 million project.    Read the article………………………..
  • Stonington condos to serve as example of green pollution controls (CT) July 29, 2022
    The Eastern Connecticut Conservation District will be installing a variety of stormwater management components at a condominium complex in Quanaduck Cove to help prevent contaminated water from flowing into Stonington Harbor and Long Island Sound.   Read the article………………………..
  • Sinking-Condo Dispute Lands In Court (CT) June 24, 2022
    When Vanessa Brown bought her first home, she was proud to have saved money to make a generational investment in her family. Decades later, she is facing foreclosure?—?and fears that the walls of her condo may come crumbling down before she finds out her court date.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Sinking-Condo Dispute Lands In Court (CT) June 22, 2022
    When Vanessa Brown bought her first home, she was proud to have saved money to make a generational investment in her family. Decades later, she is facing foreclosure?—?and fears that the walls of her condo may come crumbling down before she finds out her court date.   Read the entire article……………………………….
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