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/ Owner - June 29, 2012
  • Fairfield condominium community is ‘going green’ (IA) February 28, 2024
    The Heartland Park Condominiums in Fairfield is a community undergoing innovative changes to improve both the environment and the lives of their residents.  The community values the economic, spiritual, and physical well-being of its members and encourages members to help each other. The goal is to create a safe, healthy, and supportive community of all ages. Including the possibility of residents aging in place.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Bill would allow associations to regulate members on public lakes (IA) February 6, 2024
    Proposed legislation in the Iowa House would enable community associations that govern areas near public lakes to police their members’ conduct while boating. Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘I just want to go home’: West Des Moines condo residents gather one year after fire displaces families (IA) November 17, 2023
    Residents who used to live in Stoneridge Condominiums gathered Thursday night for a vigil to mark one year since a fire destroyed several units in the complex and displaced dozens of people. The fire happened on Nov. 15, 2022.  Read the article………………………………
  • Cedar Rapids condo owners given short time to pay big bills (IA) August 27, 2023
    Realtor Kirk Brunscheen had an offer on a three-bedroom condominium he was selling by Jones Park in southwest Cedar Rapids. But then the agent found out the condo association had levied an $18,000 special assessment due by January.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘This tragedy was altogether avoidable’: Lawsuits mount in Davenport condo collapse (IA) June 10, 2023
    Three lawsuits filed this week in response to the Davenport, Iowa condo collapse allege that the city, landlord, numerous contractors and engineers knew of the “imminent danger” facing tenants and chose not to act.   Read the article………………………..
  • Protestors call for rescue efforts to continue in wake of Davenport, Iowa condo collapse (IA) May 31, 2023
    Five people are unaccounted for after an apartment complex in Davenport, Iowa partially collapsed Sunday afternoon, with two potentially still inside the structure, officials said Tuesday during a press conference. Read the article………………………..
  • County replies to HOA letter on secondary roads (IA) December 15, 2022
    County officials said they were open to negotiating Secondary Road Assessment Districts in the area, but only through the process spelled out by state code, which allows local land owners to petition the county for road improvements, as long as residents agree to cover at least half of the bill.  Read the article………………………..
  • Fire displaces residents at West Des Moines condo complex (IA) November 16, 2022
    Dozens of families were displaced from their homes Tuesday night after a condo complex caught fire.  Smoke was pouring from the building when firefighters arrived, and they immediately evacuated the building. No injuries were reported.  Read the article………………………..
  • Lawsuit Filed By Group That Does Not Want Former Milford Golf Course Turned Into RV Park (IA) July 19, 2022
    The Country View Acres Homeowners Association has filed a lawsuit in Dickinson County District Court that seeks to have the permit invalidated. The group accuses the Dickinson County Board of Adjustment of making several procedural errors. Among them, they say, is that they were prohibited from speaking at the June 6th public hearing, which had been continued from an April meeting.   Read the article………………………..
  • Dolan Homes issued citation for violating city ordinance (IA) July 7, 2022
    Following a mudslide that left residents of The Manor with soaked carpets and mud-caked sidewalks, Dolan Homes was issued a $500 citation for violating Bettendorf’s erosion and sediment control ordinance.  Read the article……………………….
  • Mudslide floods condominiums in Bettendorf, residents frustrated with city council over construction next door (IA) July 5, 2022
    Heavy rainfall caused a mudslide at a Bettendorf condominium complex Monday afternoon. It happened at ‘The Manor’ condos off Kimberly Road.  Read the article…………………………
  • Lightning believed to have sparked fire at Des Moines condo building (IA) May 9, 2022
    Lightning is believed to have caused a fire at the Brownstones on Grand in Downtown Des Moines Sunday morning.  Firefighters were called to 201 Grand Ave. after a person living there smelled smoke and gas.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Two hospitalized after Cedar Rapids condo fire (IA) December 19, 2021
    First responders took two people to the hospital for smoke inhalation Saturday afternoon after a small fire caused extensive smoke damage to a condominium.  Neighbors called 911 just after 2:15 p.m. after noticing smoke coming from the condominium    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Cedar Falls City Council stands by planning staff, developer in support of Creekside Condos (IA) December 8, 2021
    The developer of the future Creekside Luxury Condos at the corner of Cedar Heights and Valley High drives did enough in the eyes of City Council to appease some 100 HOA residents who had signed a petition in opposition to them last year.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • One injured, four condos destroyed in Windsor Heights fire, officials say (IA) September 17, 2021
    One person was injured and four condos were destroyed in a fire in Windsor Heights around 2:30 a.m. Friday, according to the Windsor Heights Fire Chief.  The condition of the injured person is not known at this time. The building is burnt to a crisp.     Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Cedar Rapids condo dispute after derecho highlights HOA challenges (IA) August 18, 2021
    A couple of lawn chairs sit on the cracked concrete foundation that used to be Anne Clinton-Cirocco’s living room before the derecho struck a year ago.  The 71-year-old moved out of her condominium in February so workers could gut and rebuild the place after water damage from the severe Aug. 10, 2020, wind and rainstorm. She’s still living in a hotel, and little work has been done in the condo since April, she said.     Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Veterans at Waterloo condo complex get new donated ramp (IA) July 13, 2021
    Mobility-challenged military veterans at the Regency North senior condo complex couldn’t curb their disdain for the steep curbside and front access to their building.  For an old sailor like U.S Navy Korean War era veteran Duane Jaschen, it was pretty unnavigable.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Amana woman escapes condo fire by jumping off porch (IA) June 19, 2021
    Residents who live in the Amana neighborhood of Colony Oak Condos are still reeling from the shock of a fire Friday morning.  The couple who lost their home said the fire started around 4:30 a.m.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Accidental fire at Riverview Plaza Condominiums in Coralville causes $100,000 in damage (IA) June 17, 2021
    A condominium fire in Coralville Wednesday caused damage estimated at around $100,000.  According to a Coralville Fire Department news release, at about 6:30 p.m., firefighters responded to an apartment fire at 308 First Avenue in Coralville. Property records show Riverview Plaza Condominiums at that address.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Two rescued, 12 escape early morning condo fire in Moline (IA) May 15, 2021
    Two people were rescued from a condo fire in Moline early Saturday morning.  Twelve more got out of the three-story, 12 unit condominium at 3069 4th Street, according to firefighters.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Ames homeowners’ association, neighborhood residents clash over desire to preserve natural habitat, root out invasive species (IA) April 13, 2021
    An Ames father and son are concerned their neighborhood’s natural getaway could be at risk as an area homeowners’ association tries to get a handle on the hoards of geese invasive plant species that have found their way into the area.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Homeowners association requests financial help from city (IA) November 25, 2020
    The Dyersville Street Committee will soon explore a request by a local homeowners association about possibly aiding in the maintenance and care of a couple of streets.  On Oct. 21, members of the current executive committee of the Country Club Estates Homeowners Association asked the Dyersville City Council for assistance, citing the mounting costs of maintenance.      Read the article……………………………………
  • Iowa City reaffirms homeowners association is responsible for stormwater management October 7, 2020
    Although the City of Iowa City has reaffirmed its position that the city is not responsible for maintenance of the stormwater management facility located in the Olde Towne Village subdivision, it continues to receive complaints from residents about the system that the appearance of the wetland is an “eyesore and nuisance.”    Read the article……………………………………
  • Corridor man heading to prison for defrauding homeowners association (IA) November 4, 2019
    A Marion man has been imprisoned for defrauding a homeowners association out of nearly $125,000.  The Gazette reports that 55-year-old Wayne Jones Jr. was given 18 months at his sentencing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. He’d pleaded guilty to wire fraud.     Read the article…………………….
  • In an HOA, should everyone pay the same for a new roof? (IA) August 2, 2019
    Jack Emehiser knows more than most about homeowner associations: The former businessman was the first association president for Pinewood Glen Townhomes about 15 years ago.  Emehiser, 85, now has a beef with that association, one that he believes has as much to do with fairness as it does money.    Read the article………………
  • First fire damage, now structural issues in new building. Urbandale condo owners desperate for answers (IA) May 23, 2019
    From the beginning, all Nanette LaVia and her neighbors wanted to know was who’s responsible for the mess and when they could move back in.  Fire destroyed one of four buildings at Plumwood Terrace Condominiums in Urbandale on New Year’s Day 2018. LaVia and 35 neighbors, many of them elderly or disabled, have been living in rentals ever since.   Read the article………………….
  • University of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz wins court ruling in neighborhood dispute (IA) May 2, 2019
    A Johnson County judge ruled in favor of University of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz and wife Mary in a neighborhood squabble that has spilled over into county court.  The Wednesday ruling affirms that the Ferentzes do not owe neighbors thousands of dollars for road maintenance and do not have to remove the roadside landscaping that affords them privacy from invasive fans.    Read the article……………………
  • A Clive man fears that erosion will slide his home into Walnut Creek. So why can’t he get anyone to help stop it? (IA) March 28, 2018
    City and state officials say the small stream behind his home, which runs into a man-made lake downstream, belongs to the Hickory Hills Lake Association — the subdivision’s nonprofit homeowner association.  “I don’t know of any programs that fund the repair/prevention of these types of erosion problems on private property,” said Bill Cappuccio, flood-plain management engineer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.    Read the article……………..
  • Subdivision in Iowa City upset with United States Post Office (IA) March 7, 2018
    Vedepo thinks the mistake is happening at the delivery point. The subdivision uses cluster mailboxes. She says, “I don’t know how much training it takes to read an address on a package or a letter a piece of mail, and making sure it matches the box you’re putting it in.”  In a statement, the United States Postal Service says, “The Postal Service has reached out to the homeowners association in the impacted community to apologize and assure our valued customers ...
  • Neighbors: More homes would stress infrastructure in College Farms (IA) March 8, 2016
    Neighbors in a newer residential area on the outskirts of southeast Cedar Rapids are resisting a developer’s plan to build more homes claiming the infrastructure doesn’t support what’s built, which contradicts engineering studies showing it does.    Read the article……….
  • Tornado Devastates Panora Condos (IA) May 12, 2014
    About eight condos and five homes suffered significant damage at Lake Panorama during severe storms Sunday night.  Read more……..
  • Burn bans popping up as dry conditions persist April 8, 2014
    Most of Iowa remains in some form of drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor views more than 80 percent of Iowa as abnormally dry. About 56 percent of the state is in at least a moderate drought.    Read more…….
  • SF 2312 Condos and Co-ops Bill (IA) April 7, 2014
    The bill clarifies that the terms, conditions, covenants, and provisions of the documents creating and regulating a multiple housing cooperative or horizontal property regime (condominium) continue and remain in full force and effect for so long as the coop or condominium is in existence, unless amended    Read more……..
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