Louisiana Condominium & Homeowner Association (HOA) News
- Another D.R. Horton subdivision under duress after finding out their HOA may never be turned over to home owners (LA) February 1, 2024D.R. Horton is facing heat again with Livingston Parish residents in the Foxglove subdivision finding out they may never take over their homeowners association. Foxglove homes went on the market in 2020 and the neighborhood was in the process of building more homes. Residents bought their homes under the impression of purchasing a good quality home, and eventually taking over the HOA once construction was complete. Read the article…………………………….
- Water discoloration alarms Lake Charles neighborhood (LA) November 14, 2023Residents in a Lake Charles neighborhood are filled with concern as their water has not been clear for close to a year now. “We started getting one or two houses with yellow water and then it became really dark, almost like a brown. And, uh, it has continued on every week, one or two houses getting it, then maybe six or eight houses getting it,” said Romero. Mike Romero is a member of the homeowners association, and he said after ...
- Iconic Metairie Towers up for grabs in multimillion-dollar deal (LA) October 10, 2023Metairie Towers, a prominent piece of real estate in Old Metairie, is expected to be sold in a multimillion-dollar deal. The tower, vacant since Hurricane Ida, is now on the market with the aim of maximizing profits and finding a developer aligned with the neighborhood’s vision. Watch the news report………………………………..
- Woman dead following Mandeville condo fire (LA) July 17, 2023Upon arrival, crews found smoke and fire inside one of the units and smoke damage to adjacent condos. A woman was found inside the condo and transported to a hospital where she later died. Read the article………………………..
- Troubled Baton Rouge condo fires manager; financial investigation underway (LA) July 15, 2023The office manager at Concord Condominiums has been fired after sources tell WBRZ he allegedly mishandled money and failed to keep accurate records. This was confirmed to WBRZ by several owners and a condo committee member. Additionally, have also been told the CPA is launching an internal audit to see if any money has gone missing. Read the article………………………..
- Upscale Conway community in Ascension has chronic street flooding. A fix remains fraught (LA) May 22, 2023The builders have made features out of the large live oaks on the former 344-acre cattle ranch and honed architectural details, but residents say Conway has a significant and unexpected problem now several years into construction: chronic street flooding that can linger for days after moderate rains and at one point blocked the neighborhood’s entrance. Read the article………………………..
- Fla. and La. must borrow millions to pay insurance claims May 2, 2023The Gulf Coast insurance crisis has hit a new low as two state-chartered insurance associations are being forced to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars for the first time in three decades to pay the hurricane claims of insolvent insurers. Borrowing in Florida and Louisiana could reach a combined $1.35 billion and will be repaid largely by insurance policyholders across each state through premium increases or surcharges that will last for years. Read the article………………………..
Louisiana Condominium & Homeowner Association (HOA) Articles
- Court Holds Federal Law Governs FAA Arbitration Dispute Related to Surplus Lines Insurance ContractHarbor Homeowner’s Association Inc. sued its insurers in Louisiana state court seeking to recover damages allegedly caused by the insurers’ failure to pay claims related to Hurricane Ida. The insurers removed to federal court, arguing that the action related to an arbitration agreement falling under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York Convention), and filed a motion to compel arbitration. Read the article…………………………….
- Managers of Condominiums Who Know or Should Know of Security or Safety Concerns May be Required to Engage in Enhanced Security MeasuresThe plaintiff, Jody Goldstein, was beaten and robbed, resulting in serious, permanent injuries while staying as a guest at the Chateau Orleans, a combination hotel, timeshare, and condominium facility located in the French Quarter in New Orleans. The defendant, Leisure Management, Ltd. maintained and operated the Chateau. Upon arriving at the Chateau, the plaintiff informed management that there was a large crack in the center of the door to his unit. Read the entire article……………………………….
- Insurance for condominium associations, post-Surfside (LA)In light of the recent condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida, condominium associations may find themselves questioning whether they are adequately insured for catastrophic casualty events and/or allegations of mismanagement of the condominium. There are several types of insurance that condominium associations are required to have under the Louisiana Condominium Act, and several other types of insurance that associations should seriously consider obtaining in order to respond to large scale disasters. Read the entire article……………………………….
- Insurance is NOT all the Same-Another Case Proving Why You Need an Insurance CommitteeFacts: The facts in the case of Forrest v. The Ville St. John Owners’ Association, Inc., No. 2018-CA-0175 (La. Ct. App. Nov. 7, 2018) are straightforward. In March of 2016 there was a fire. It damaged common element and the Forrest unit. The Association had two insurance policies: one for Property and one for Community Association Management Liability Coverage. The Property policy was issued by Lloyd’s of London. Lloyd’s paid on its policy, for both the common element and unit ...
- Law Firm Not a ‘Debt Collector’ Under FDCPA, says Fifth CircuitA law firm not specializing in debt collection activity is not a “debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act because it was not “regularly” engaged in debt collection, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The case is Reyes v. Steeg Law. Plaintiff Nicole Reyes filed a class action lawsuit against Louisiana law firm Steeg Law, L.L.C., alleging FDCPA violations arising out of letters sent by the firm on behalf of the condominium association ...
- Banning Short-Term RentalsA Court in Louisiana recently tackled the issue of short-term rentals (New Jax Condominium Association, Inc. v. Vanderbilt New Orleans, LLC, 219 So.3d 471). A Condominium Association adopted an amendment to its bylaws during its annual meeting prohibiting short term rentals. When a Unit Owner continued to engage in short-term rentals, the Association sued and received a permanent injunction, preventing the Unit Owner from continuing to engage in short-term rentals. The Unit Owner appealed, alleging that the amendment to the ...
- Delinquent Owner Pays Assessments, But Refuses to Pay Interest, Late Fees or Attorney Fees. NOW WHAT?A Court in Louisiana recently took up the issue of what to award in interest, late fees, attorneys’ fees and costs when a Unit Owner paid the underlying assessments, but refused to pay anything more. (English Turn Property Owners Association v. Contogouris, 228 So.3d 793 (2017)). In this case, a Unit Owner and its Homeowners’ Association (“HOA”) were embroiled in litigation concerning four years of unpaid assessments, along with interest, late fees, attorneys’ fees and costs, the latter being authorized ...
Condominium Law Scroll down to RS9:1121.101-117
Homeowners Association Law Scroll down to RS9:1141.1 – 1141.9
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