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/ Owner - July 1, 2012
  • Davis Island residents seek selectmen’s help with disaster relief funding (ME) February 27, 2024
    Three December storms resulted in severe flooding at Davis Island properties and a resident is now looking for help. John Allen requested Feb. 20 Edgecomb selectmen assist their homeowner’s association with submitting a Maine Emergency Management Agency application for natural disaster funding.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Lewiston nonprofit helps renters buy their first home by turning apartments into condos (ME) December 13, 2023
    From renting to owning, a nonprofit is developing condos in Lewiston’s “Tree Streets” neighborhood.  A two-bedroom condo at 51 Howard Street is available for $150,000. The other two floors will be up for sale next year.    Read the article……………………………
  • Saco retirement development plagued by problems, some residents say (ME) December 10, 2023
    More than half the homeowners at The Cottages at Pine Meadow have complained to the attorney general’s office but have not gotten any recourse. The developer and builder, meanwhile, deny the claims and have criticized the owners.   Read the article………………………..
  • Falmouth mother says she’s not taking down her Pride flags despite complaint (ME) June 24, 2023
    Brooke Hackett said the homeowners association told her all signs and flags are banned in her neighborhood, a rule that she says was never enforced until now.   Read the article………………………..
  • Washington County condo complex near Cutler Navy base deals with water pollution by “forever chemicals” (ME) May 20, 2023
    Several types of PFOA and PFAS, which stand for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, were found in more than half of the 60 wells the Navy tested in the area, including those providing water for the 64 condominiums in 2019.  Read the article………………………..
  • Homeowner shares best way to combat HOA’s overly intrusive lawn rules: ‘I’m glad a state dealt with that nonsense’ (ME) March 14, 2023
    Gardeners in Maine scored a huge victory against HOAs and corporations that want to restrict what they can grow in their own yards.  In 2021, Maine amended its state constitution to assert that residents have a “right to food,” Modern Farmer reported   Read the article………………………..
  • How condos built decades ago in Portland began a battle for Maine’s waterfronts January 1, 2023
    Karen Sanford had a quiet life planned when she arrived in Portland in the mid-1980s. Earlier, while living in Seattle, she became politically active as that city’s waterfront faced transformation from a diverse, active maritime zone to one dominated by hotels and condos.   Read the article………………………..
  • South Berwick, Maine, Fire Damages Condo Units May 23, 2022
    The South Berwick Fire Department responded to a fire in the roof of a building at a condo complex on Saturday.  The smoky fire in the Woodland Hills Condominium damaged the roof and caused extensive fire, smoke, and water damage to two of the four units, according to the South Berwick Fire Department.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Augusta residents on private roads seek city trash pickup (ME) February 15, 2022
    Residents on Three-Cornered Pond want something the residents of most other homes in the city get now: their trash picked up at their homes by the city.  But not all of them are willing to sign over a public easement to their private roads that officials say is required for city crews to venture onto those roads to collect trash.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Court sides with Falmouth in homeowner association sewer suit (ME) December 21, 2021
    The Maine Superior Court has ruled that the town of Falmouth has the “unambiguous” right to extend a sewer line through The Woodlands neighborhood.  The Woodlands Homeowners Association filed a lawsuit against the town in November, claiming that an existing sewer easement didn’t allow the town to build a new line through the private neighborhood.  Read the entire article……………………………….
  • With sewer construction looming, West Falmouth neighborhood plans to take town to court (ME) November 3, 2021
    The homeowners association for The Woodlands plans to file a lawsuit in early November to stop a West Falmouth sewer improvement project that is scheduled to start next month, the group’s attorney says.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Falmouth neighborhood plans to take legal action against town over sewer project (ME) April 2, 2021
    There’s a fight in Falmouth over plans to build a new sewer line.  A lawyer for one neighborhood is ready to take legal action, but the town says it’s doing what’s most cost-effective.  The Woodlands Homeowners Association says it’s challenging a $3 million sewer project that was just approved.     Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Portland bets on co-ops to meet need for affordable housing (ME) December 28, 2020
    Back in March, Houssein Abdi attended a special meeting to find a way to help fellow tenants whose lives were just starting to be upended by the coronavirus pandemic.  They hatched a plan to prevent any tenants from being evicted for nonpayment of rent and to help find additional support for five households struggling to make ends meet.   Read the article…………………………………..
  • Neighbors battling over who should pay $20,000 to fix private road (ME) February 29, 2020
    A road to a housing development in Woolwich that residents said was never built properly has sparked a feud among neighbors.  The argument centers on who is responsible for paying $20,000 to fix Norway Drive.    Read the article…………………………..
  • Why prospective buyers are asking Saddlebrook condo owners to pitch in on resort’s revitalization (ME) December 11, 2019
    A Boston investor that plans to buy the idled Saddleback Mountain ski area in Rangeley has asked the owners of the resort’s 121 condominiums to donate $5,500 each to help revive it   Read the article……………………..
  • West Harbor Pond siphon resumes operation (ME) December 2, 2019
    When the new West Harbor Pond siphon began operating in early March, drawing water from the bottom of the Pond and expelling it into the Harbor, there was an odor of hydrogen sulfide in the immediate vicinity of the siphon outfall. In mid-April, the West Harbor Pond Watershed Association (WHPWA) and the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club agreed that the WHPWA would turn off the siphon on May 24th and leave it turned off until at least mid-August in order to ...
  • Marijuana fumes dispute drives Augusta condo neighbors to court (ME) August 4, 2018
    One homeowner says secondhand marijuana smoke sickens her; the smoker, a neighbor, says she needs medical marijuana for her own health.  Now their dispute is in Kennebec County Superior Court, where Philip and Jessica Manfre are suing Ashley Seile. Both parties are owners and occupants of adjacent condominiums at 136 Old Winthrop Road in Augusta. The Manfres live above Seile’s ground-floor unit in the secluded, two-story, eight-unit building near Interstate 95.     Read the article………………
  • Maine city agrees to pay overdue island condo fees September 13, 2017
    The city of Saco has agreed to pay association fees it owes the Island Terrace Owner’s Association through September.  In January 2016, the city acquired a 30,000-square-foot portion of a former mill building on Saco Island from the Island Terrace Owners Association in lieu of unpaid taxes. This 30,000-square-foot property is known as Unit 91, and comprises about 25 percent of the Island Terrace complex; the rest of the complex is made up of condominiums.     Read the article………..
  • Seasonal Maintenance: A Year-Round Responsibility April 17, 2017
    Building maintenance follows a schedule based on the seasons, each of which presents a unique set of challenges to a co-op or condo. At certain times of the year, it just makes sense to do certain regular maintenance projects: weatherizing, boiler maintenance, winterizing gardens and landscaping in the fall; cleaning, repainting, pruning, and switching off the heating machinery in the spring, and so forth.    Read the article……………
  • The 2014 Legislative Agenda in New England July 14, 2014
    The old saying that the only sure things in life are death and taxes leaves out a third certainty: legislation. Across New England each year, thousands of bills get filed in state legislatures, many of them as mundane as the naming of a bridge or a new state “something”—like designating the Fluffernutter as Massachusetts’ official sandwich.   Read more……….
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