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/ Owner - June 28, 2012
  • Delaware Hides Embezzlement Plot for Over a Year June 4, 2024
    The State of Delaware hired Brittingham in February 2019. That summer, he was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing almost $43,000 from his homeowner’s association by writing checks to a company he owned, NEWAGE Management LLC, the news outlet reported.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Following board refusal to step down, Westminster residents continue fight (DE) April 18, 2024
    The Westminster Civic Association board ignored residents’ pleas during the association’s annual meeting Tuesday evening, dismissing a petition signed by some 80 households calling for the board members’ removal.  Westminster residents said the annual meeting was a packed house     Read the article…………………………….
  • Residents Seek Control Over Homeowners Association in Kent County (DE) April 11, 2024
    People living in The Greens at Wyoming housing development are fighting to take control of their homeowners association, with one neighbor taking the matter to court.  Gwendolyn Colston is spearheading the effort, expressing frustration over an alleged mismanagement of funds.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Pickleball causes racket at Cape Shores (DE) March 23, 2024
    One of Lewes’ core values is busy days and quiet nights. But, it is noise happening during the day that has led to a lawsuit against the Cape Shores community.  Dr. Michael Katz and his wife Patricia are suing their homeowner’s association and President Janice Erich claiming the racket generated from pickleball on their neighborhood courts is deafening.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Governors community makes gift to Children’s Beach House (DE) December 24, 2023
    Governors Condominium Association social committee representatives recently presented a check to Children’s Beach House to support its work with children who have speech and language delays.   Read the article……………………..
  • Tidewater Landing Veterans Club installs flagpole at clubhouse (DE) November 14, 2023
    A welcome home can mean a lot of different things to different people, but comfort is one feeling most people seek from their home.  Several veterans are residing in Tidewater Landing, a development that recently upgraded the cosmetics and durability of its sign, and felt something else was missing at the entrance to the development: a flag pole with the American flag.  Read the article………………………………
  • Why these condo owners want state ombudsman monitoring their HOA board election (DE) November 2, 2023
    A group of Le Parc Condominium owners wants Delaware’s common interest community ombudsman to monitor the complex’s upcoming board election, fearing the homeowners association board will block residents from voting.   Read the article……………………………
  • Delaware developer agrees to pay $225K to settle fraud, consumer deception charges (DE) October 26, 2023
    A 55+ community developer has agreed to pay $225,000 to settle claims that it misled residents of a Kent County neighborhood, forcing homebuyers to enter into confusing contracts and failing to disclose key information.   Read the article…………………………
  • Preventing a condo calamity in New Castle County (DE) August 21, 2023
    New Castle County 8th District Councilman John Cartier said a new ordinance passed unanimously by Council, and signed into law on July 27, 2023, by County Executive Matt Meyer, is “the leading condo building safety ordinance right now in the United States.”    Read the article………………………..
  • Waters Edge condo association continues to pursue erosion control grant (DE) December 5, 2022
    The Waters Edge Condominium Association in Crisfield is proposing the construction of additional shoreline restoration projects and is seeking a grant for design from Maryland’s Chesapeake and Coastal Service (CCS), a division of the Department of Natural Resources.   Read the article………………………..
  • Better check your property deed. Even Joe Biden’s former home had this illegal language (DE) October 8, 2022
    Racist and offensive language can still be found in many residential deeds throughout Delaware prohibiting certain people from owning property, even though it’s been illegal since the Fair Housing Act of 1968.  Read the article………………………..
  • Bishop’s Landing to plant pollinator gardens (DE) September 29, 2022
    It takes a village to restore butterflies, create bird habitat and raise baby monarchs, according to botany experts in the Bishop’s Landing community.   Read the article………………………..
  • Vice Chancellor rules in favor of Friends School in dispute with Alapocas homeowner group (DE) June 23, 2022
    Delaware Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock has ruled in favor of Wilmington Friends School in a dispute over the sale of the property to fast-growing pharmaceutical company Incyte.  Glasscock expressed disappointment that the school and the Alapocas Maintenance Association, a homeowners association or HOA, could not come up with an agreement regarding the sale in mediation.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Bishop’s Landing homeowners sue developer Beazer Homes (DE) March 24, 2022
    Homeowners in the Millville community of Bishop’s Landing have taken steps to fight moves by the developer of their community, Beazer Homes, including filing a lawsuit against Beazer and holding a vote this past weekend to negate moves by Beazer to retain control of the development despite that control having been turned over to the homeowners in 2021.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • 1 killed, dozens displaced after fire destroys Wilmington condo, fire officials say (DE) March 6, 2022
    Officials say firefighters arrived with flames shooting from the three-story building.  One person was discovered dead inside one of the buildings, according to authorities.  Three buildings with 6 units were each damaged, displacing 30 or more residents from their homes.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Questions on fiduciary duty and Bayside (DE) November 19, 2021
    One must question the sincerity of the Carl M. Freeman Companies’ stated core values, as found on their website, of always being respectful, forthright, and ethical in their operations and oversight of the communities they develop.  Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Mariner’s Cove Waterfront Homeowners Concerned For Safety With Dismantled Bulkheads (DE) October 27, 2021
    The president of the homeowner’s association emailed all residents in mid-July saying that owner of Mariner’s Cove, Equity Lifestyle Properties, had hired a construction company to fill holes in the bulkheads and other areas. The work was to start July 17 and could take as much as three months.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Owners allege chemicals applied in community made their dogs ill (DE) July 1, 2021
    A local resident is suing the homeowners’ association of the Hamlet at Dirickson Pond, where he lives, as well as Seaside Property Management, the company that manages the development, and Sposato Landscape Company, whose employees sprayed a chemical he said made his dog seriously ill.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Judge rules in favor of developer in Bayside suit (DE) May 28, 2021
    A Delaware Court of Chancery judge has ruled in favor of Freeman Communities in a lawsuit filed by residents of the Bayside community in Selbyville. Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock ruled that Bayside was a master-planned community and Freeman Communities did not have to turn over majority control of the Bayside Community Association to residents until 90 percent of the lots are sold, or at the end of December 2024.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Freeman Communities files counterclaims against class (DE) May 6, 2021
    Mark Dunkle, attorney for Freeman Communities, filed counterclaims against Nancy Green, a Bayside resident and the lead plaintiff in the class-action suit filed in Delaware Chancery Court. Dunkle claims Green did not follow Bayside’s charter in filing the suit and did not make a reasonable effort to resolve her conflict with the developer prior to filing a legal action.  The Green case is one of two lawsuits filed by Bayside homeowners against Freeman Companies. The gist of both suits is ...
  • Bayside homeowners file suits against developer (DE) February 19, 2021
    Homeowners in the Bayside community near Selbyville have filed a pair of class-action lawsuits in Delaware Court of Chancery against developer Carl M. Freeman Communities alleging the developer withheld information that would have allowed the homeowners to control their own community association.    Read the article……………………………………
  • Suit aims to give Bayside home owners a majority on its board (DE) February 12, 2021
    Attorneys representing the Bayside Community Association and home owners in the housing development who wish to have the majority of seats on the governing board, are continuing negotiations in the wake of two lawsuits.   Read the article………………………………….
  • Somerset Green residents want privacy fence (DE) February 5, 2021
    Who knew a fence could be so complicated?  Residents of Somerset Green, a 53-unit town home community along Shady Road and Plantation Road near Lewes, say a promised privacy fence has not been built.    Read the article…………………………..
  • Flag fight: Delaware homeowner at odds with HOA over American flag display (DE) October 2, 2020
    In one Middletown, Delaware community seemingly crafted in classic Americana displays of Old Glory fit in like pieces of a puzzle.  And yet one three by five-foot flag standing at 13 feet in Richard Killingsworth’s backyard in the Parkside development is now under some scrutiny that some fear is dividing the community.    Read the article………………………………….
  • Political Flag Controversy in Camden Neighborhood (DE) September 25, 2020
    This is not a sign. It’s a garden flag.”  That’s the argument that Bruce Watson is making, after his Homeowners Association made him remove a garden flag he bought two weeks.  It says ‘Trump 2020 Make America Great Again.’ His HOA said that it violates their bylaws, and that it had to be removed or face daily fines.   Read the article……………………………
  • Retreat at Love Creek HOA sues Tidewater (DE) September 23, 2020
    The Retreat at Love Creek Homeowners Association filed a lawsuit Aug. 28 in Delaware’s Court of Chancery to halt plans by Tidewater Environmental Services Inc. to pump wastewater and sewage from the new Kindleton development into the existing wastewater treatment plant and disposal fields on Retreat property.     Read the article……………………………..
  • Community lightens the load for neighbors during stay-at-home order (DE) April 23, 2020
    Outdoor light displays have been carefully arranged at Whites Creek Manor in Ocean View, to enliven sheltering at home, which is important during the coronavirus pandemic but monotonous for some.  The finest displays will be judged by a panel of residents early next week, and winners will receive prizes, maybe plaques or gift cards, plus thanks from neighbors who enjoy seeing them.    Read the article…………………………..
  • Two-alarm fire forces temporary evacuation of Claymont condo complex (DE) March 1, 2020
    Most residents of the Towers of Valley Run condos in Claymont are back in their units now after a two-alarm fire Sunday morning.  Claymont firefighters were dispatched to the 27 thousand block of Valley Run Drive around 12:30 a.m. on March 1, 2020, and found fire and smoke coming from the third floor of a seven-story high-rise, Delaware state Fire Marshal’s investigators said.   Read the article…………………………..
  • Early Morning fire breaks out at Rehoboth Beach condo building (DE) October 18, 2019
    Delaware fire officials are investigating the cause of a condo fire that broke out in Rehoboth Beach Friday morning.  Officials say the fire broke out around 1:00 AM, at a 3-story condo building on Haven Drive.    Read the article…………………………..
  • Lewes Public Library files suit against Five Points over land dispute (MD/DE) September 4, 2019
    A “Free Little Library” at The Villages of Five Points in Lewes is now the center of a lawsuit.  Lewes Public Library filed the suit against Villages of Five Points Property Owners Association over a months-long land dispute.  It wants a court order declaring the land belongs to the nonprofit and that it has built a “library facility” that satisfies deed requirements.    Read the article………………
  • Pool Restriction Not Racially Motivated (DE) August 2, 2019
    A chancery court judge in Delaware ruled that an interracial family with an autistic son did not prove that the homeowner’s association or property management agent barred them from using the community pool because of any discriminatory reasons.    Read the article………………
  • Epic saga continues over donated land (DE) April 12, 2019
    The recent controversy over a library book kiosk at The Villages of Five Points is a new chapter in the property’s long-contentious story.  In 2011, the focus was on a proposed CVS, which now sits next to the embattled kiosk.  People for and against the pharmacy attended Sussex County Council meetings – some donning red shirts in support of CVS. The controversy, as reported in the Cape Gazette, was whether the entire 4-acre parcel should be reserved solely for community ...
  • HOA wants man’s life-size bronze eagle removed from backyard (DE) April 10, 2019
    A homeowner association wants a veteran to remove his patriotic display from his New Castle County backyard.  “I love eagles. It’s our national symbol,” homeowner Rich Killingsworth said.   Read the article……………………..
  • Villages of Five Points board throws book at library (DE) March 29, 2019
    A library kiosk built on a concrete slab with two benches in The Villages of Five Points has homeowners association board members upset enough to levy $6,000 in fines against the Lewes Public Library with $50 a day fines accruing since March 23.  In a resolution adopted by The Villages of Five Points Board of Directors, the group states the Lewes library’s kiosk did not receive approval from association’s Architectural Committee and it should be dismantled.    Read the article………………….
  • Head of Delaware’s prison guard union tangled in homeowners association lawsuits December 10, 2018
    During the day, Geoffrey Klopp is the face of the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware, fighting for better work conditions in light of last year’s fatal uprising at a Delaware prison.  But at Klopp’s Lewes-area home, he has waged a different battle with his neighbors.     Read the article………………..
  • Millville By The Sea residents sue developers for management, amenity issues (DE) September 11, 2018
    The Millville By The Sea Property Owners Association, Inc. has filed a lawsuit with Delaware’s Court of Chancery against the developers for issues involving access to amenities and property management.  The five board members of the POA filed the lawsuit on July 23 as a last resort, after about 18 months of attempts to settle the issues were unsuccessful, said Wally Bartus, president of the POA.    Read the article………………
  • Ocean City condo loses part of roof (MD) September 10, 2018
    A condo building in Ocean City lost part of its roof Sunday.  High winds and rain plagued the resort during the weekend, but a chunk of the Cara Mar roof was in its parking lot on 123rd Street.   A man who answered the the condo association’s phone number confirmed that part of the roof came off, but did not provide further details about the extent of the damage.     Read the article………………
  • Home owners’ associations/boards invited to learn more (DE) February 19, 2018
    Anyone who has ever wondered about the role of the home owners’ association and what rules are in place to protect the property owner is invited to learn more on those subjects at the community association information meeting Thursday, March 1.  Sen. Gerald Hocker, R-Ocean View, and Rep. Ron Gray, R-Selbyville) organized this meeting that will feature the Common Interest Community Ombudsman of the Delaware Department of Justice, other legal representatives and members of the Sussex County government.   Read the ...
  • Shellbark Ridge HOA wants parking restrictions (DE) December 14, 2015
    Shellbark Ridge Homeowners Association trustee Ron Staab has asked Genoa Township trustees to either ban or limit on-street parking at the Old 3C Highway entrance to the subdivision.   Read the article…………
  • Got an gripe with a homeowner association? State (DE) office created to handle disputes June 19, 2015
    A new state office is seeking to become a resource for troubleshooting conflicts between Delaware’s hundreds of homeowners associations and residents before the disputes reach the courts.    Read the article…………..
  • Dover condo development in legal tangle February 22, 2015
    A 27-year-old land sale in Dover involving Delaware Supreme Court Justice James T. Vaughn Jr. is coming back to haunt a real estate developer who has spent more than $300,000 developing a piece of ground he may not legally own, according to a lawsuit filed in Delaware Court of Chancery.    Read more………
  • Police arrest suspect in condo office burglary (DE) February 3, 2015
    A man accused of burglarizing a Rehoboth Beach condo office, then hanging out for hours to snack and watch TV, has been arrested, city police said Tuesday.   Read more………
  • Sherborn Selectmen discuss future of Leland Farms September 11, 2014
    The Sherborn Board of Selectmen had an informative and promising discussion about the future of Leland Farms, a condominium association near Woodhaven, with several of its residents and trustees at the board’s Sept. 4 meeting.    Read more……..
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