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/ Owner - July 1, 2012
  • Maryland must not overregulate homeowner groups July 17, 2024
    I am writing to address the growing concerns among Maryland’s homeowners’ associations regarding the potential ramifications of the Corporate Transparency Act on operations. While transparency within corporate structures is undoubtedly important, applying the act to homeowners’ associations presents unique challenges that merit careful consideration.     Read the article…………………………….
  • City of Rockville Honors Community for Environmental Excellence (MD) July 5, 2024
    “The Mayor and Council and the city’s Environment Commission honored two community members and a condominium association in May with Environmental Excellence Awards recognizing contributions to Rockville’s environmental health and sustainability.  Westmore Commercial Condominium Association, Inc. for Outstanding Leadership in Environmental Practices for inspiring and supporting its auto service members’ efforts to clean up and remove trash and debris, preventing pollution to waterways.”   Read the article…………………………….
  • Hit by SLAPP suit, Clipper Mill residents punch back (MD) June 28, 2024
    In a stunning twist, the individuals and entities Baltimore developer Larry Jennings sued for $25 million in 2020 have filed a class action suit against him, saying courts should send a message against lawsuits designed to intimidate    Read the article…………………………….
  • Beltsville condo residents swelter as AC fix fails, some move to cooler accommodations (MD) June 25, 2024
    7News reported on the residents at the Cherry Glen condos in Beltsville, Maryland who are dealing with a heat wave with no air-conditioning. Residents were hoping the problem would be fixed by now, but for many, it hasn’t been.   Read the article…………………………….
  • 7News On Your Side helps Beltsville condo community get AC back on during heat wave (MD) June 20, 2024
    7News On Your Side is getting results for a Beltsville condo community.  Residents at Cherry Glen Condominiums said they haven’t had air conditioning in months, and after we stepped in last week, management installed a temporary system.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo complex residents struggle without A/C during heat wave (MD) June 18, 2024
    Staying cool is difficult these days for Alfonso Passeri and his family.  “Something I just got to do to stay cool, man,” Passeri said, using one of several fans set up around the home he shares with his mother and younger brother at the Cherry Glen Condominiums.  They and others who live in the complex have been without air conditioning for most of the year. Fans are just one way the Passeri family copes with the hot weather.    Read the ...
  • Beltsville condo residents must endure heat wave with no air conditioning (MD) June 15, 2024
    With a heat wave in the forecast, concern is growing among condominium residents in Beltsville.  Residents at the Cherry Glen Condominiums said their entire complex has been without air conditioning for months.  “This is serious,” said 30-year resident Denise Joyner. ‘This is life or death stuff. You’re talking about ‘be patient.’ We’ve been patient for three to four years.”   Read the article…………………………….
  • Community Association Summit In Anne Arundel County (MD) June 12, 2024
    Anne Arundel County’s first “Community Association Summit” kicked off last week.  The collaboration between local government and local advocacy groups, on behalf of homeowners, was a long time coming, but turned out to be a big win.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Harford County investigates drive-by shooting in a usually peaceful community (MD) June 7, 2024
    Michael Beavers is a former board member of the homeowner’s association for the Gunpowder community.  “Shocked. It doesn’t happen here. I mean this is a quiet neighborhood. We hear about it on the news, but it doesn’t happen here,” said Beavers.  According to Beavers, the HOA placed hidden cameras throughout the community to deter crime, which usually is only the occasional car break-in.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Owners at Closed Ocean City Condo Complex Appeal for Help (MD) May 23, 2024
    Frustrated owners at the shuttered Seaspray Condominiums appealed to Ocean City officials Thursday to get the complex reopened for the summer vacation season.  For now, red tags have been slapped on the condo complex at 34th Street and Bay Avenue declaring that the buildings are currently “unsafe for human occupancy.”    Read the article…………………………….
  • Ocean City Condo Complex Remains Closed for Safety Repairs (MD) April 25, 2024
    An Ocean City condominium complex that was shut down last week by the city’s construction official amid safety concerns will remain closed until structural repairs are made.  For now, red tags have been slapped on the Seaspray condos at 34th Street and Bay Avenue declaring that the buildings are currently “unsafe for human occupancy.”   Read the article…………………………….
  • Ocean City Condo Complex Shut Down Amid Safety Concerns (MD) April 19, 2024
    An Ocean City condominium complex with a history of alleged structural problems dating back more than 40 years has been declared unsafe and was closed down by the city.  Ocean City’s construction official issued “unsafe structural notices” and ordered the Seaspray condos to be vacated until repairs can be made, city spokesman Doug Bergen said.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Microwave starts fire at condominium building in Harford County (MD) April 18, 2024
    A microwave started a fire at a condominium building in Harford County, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal.  A neighbor of the occupant heard a smoke alarm and later discovered the occupant inside her apartment with heavy smoke, fire officials said. Another neighbor assisted her out of the apartment.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Extreme Hoarding Conditions Hinder Firefighters Battling Maryland Blaze April 8, 2024
    Hoarding conditions made things difficult for fire crews on Sunday afternoon who were called in to battle a blaze that broke out in a Harford County duplex, officials say.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Riviera Beach residents told not to touch debris washed up from Key Bridge collapse (MD) April 3, 2024
    Debris, including large pieces of wood, has washed up on the shores of a riverfront neighborhood in Anne Arundel County following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.  Members of the Riviera Beach Community Association say they are concerned and are looking for guidance.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo building burns up in fire in Bowie (MD) March 25, 2024
    Fire crews in Prince George’s County are working to put out a fire that burned through a condo building on Monday.  The fire department responded just after 1 p.m. to the multi-family dwelling which is a condo building. Flames were showing through the roof, and the fire has caused significant damage.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Worcester lawmakers talk bills on condo repairs, fallen hero taxes, more (MD) March 14, 2024
    The House Environment and Transportation Committee heard a bill sponsored by Del. Wayne Hartman (R-38C) on March 5.  House Bill 1262, or Common Ownership Communities-Reserve Studies-Alterations, would extend the timeline for required condominium repairs determined by an assessment from three to five years.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Proposed Legislation Would Reduce Percentage Required For Declaration Amendments (MD) March 4, 2024
    Proposed legislation pending in the Maryland General Assembly would reduce the percentage of approval votes required to amend a condominium declaration from 80 percent to 66 2/3 percent.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Columbia Association board on track to select a new leader by late April (MD) February 18, 2024
    A year after Columbia Association’s president and CEO resigned amid tensions with the board, board members say they are “on track” to pick a new leader by the end of April.  Columbia Association, a massive homeowners group that in many ways functions like a city government, has been without a full-time president and CEO since Lakey Boyd’s departure in January 2023.   Read the article…………………………….
  • A 2022 law required HOAs to assess maintenance needs. Now it’s time to pay up (MD) December 22, 2023
    Maryland community associations are finding themselves squeezed by a 2022 law intended to ensure maintenance of condominiums and similar housing, but which is resulting in thousands of dollars in surprise fees and assessments that are leaving some residents struggling to make ends meet.   Read the article………………………….
  • Maryland judge sides with insurer in dispute involving 22 damaged condo roofs December 7, 2023
    A condo association submitted a claim to Philadelphia Indemnity, alleging a storm damaged the roofs of 22 condominium buildings that required replacement, claiming the replacement costs of the roofs totaled more than $1.1 million. Meanwhile, Philadelphia Indemnity estimated that the storm-related damages and repairs came in around $38,000.   Read the article…………………………………
  • ARC process now reflects HOA rules (MD) November 22, 2023
    The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors approved two resolutions to conform with the Maryland HOA Act related to Architectural Review Committee guidelines. The changes related to the workings of the committee and enforcement/notification of homeowners about violations.   Read the article…………………………..
  • Final investigation report into Potomac Oaks condominium explosion released (MD) November 22, 2023
    Tuesday night, the 21-page final investigation report from the explosion at Potomac Oaks Condominiums was released.  The report was released, after WUSA9 pressed both the City of Gaithersburg and Montgomery County for answers on the one-year anniversary of the explosion.    Read the article………………………..
  • ‘It’s torture by a thousand cuts’ | Residents still search for answers one year after Potomac Oaks Condominiums explosion (MD) November 17, 2023
    On November 16, 2022, a 36-year-old man reportedly took his own life setting off a chain of events that caused an explosion at the Potomac Oaks Condominiums. The explosion left 14 people injured but only the 36-year-old man was killed. Montgomery County Department of Police Chief Marcus Jones said in 2022 that investigators have no reason to believe the man intended for anyone else to be hurt.   Read the article……………………………….
  • Insurance costs jump 40-150 percent for some OC condos, property managers say (MD) October 27, 2023
    As coastal condominium and cooperative housing associations in Ocean City renew the insurance on their buildings this year, some are seeing the price of plans more than double.    Read the article………………………………
  • Ocean City condo owners face huge bills after new Maryland law mandates reserve funds October 19, 2023
    Some Ocean City condominium owners are facing five-to-six digit bills over the next few years as they rush to meet a deadline set by new state law that requires associations to fill accounts reserved for maintenance, repairs and replacements.   Read the article………………………………
  • Tropical Storm Ophelia rips roof off of condo in Ocean City (MD) September 24, 2023
    Residents in Ocean City are feeling the full effects of Tropical Storm Ophelia, as it continues to push water further and further on the beach and even rip the roof off of the Sand Penny condo building.     Read the article………………………..
  • Bel Air 2-alarm condo fire leaves 26 people displaced (MD) June 27, 2023
    The fire took 75 firefighters from multiple companies to contain, while investigators confirmed it was a lightning strike that caused the fire. Residents reported hearing the strike and then smelling burning a short time later. The fire initially struck the roof, then collapsed into the third floor, causing portions of the other floors to collapse.   Read the article………………………..
  • A year after collapsed condo ceiling trapped woman, still no repairs (MD) June 7, 2023
    When the ceiling falls at a condominium, who’s responsible? It’s a battle one condo owner has been in for the past year.  “We’re going into month 14 of the condo being in this condition,” condo owner Merry Wiley said.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo owners frustrated with leaking, possible mold in Prince George’s Co. building (MD) June 2, 2023
    Some condominium owners in a Prince George’s County building said they are dealing with leaks and living with mold.  The owners said the issue is starting outside of their unit, which means the “condo” association should be taking care of it, and owners say they’re not handling it properly.   Read the article………………………..
  • More details on new state HOA law (MD) June 1, 2023
    In last week’s article, we reviewed the Maryland General Assembly’s new legislation requiring all condominiums, homeowner associations, and housing cooperatives to undertake regular reserve studies of common area components, under House Bill 107.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo common areas studies required now (MD) May 25, 2023
    The Maryland General Assembly has passed new legislation, effective Oct.1, requiring all condominiums, homeowner associations, and housing cooperatives to undertake regular reserve studies of common area components.  Read the article………………………..
  • Residents file class-action lawsuit over lead paint chips from TV Hill tower (MD) May 11, 2023
    The company operating the tower developed the initial cleanup plan, said Jessica Meyer, president of the Woodberry Community Association. After the city asked for work on the tower to cease, the community association issued a list of demands asking for further outreach and transparency.   Read the article………………………..
  • Class Action Claims Certain Maryland Homeowners Charged Illegal Fees on HOA Dues April 2, 2023
    A proposed class action alleges Associations, Inc. (Associa), Select Community Services (SCS) and HOAM Ventures unlawfully charge a $2.95 convenience fee when collecting monthly homeowners’ association (HOA) dues from Maryland homeowners.   Read the article………………………..
  • Neighbors in Henry’s Mill Flooded With Concern Over Stormwater Management (MD) March 28, 2023
    Another issue stems from Henry’s Green not having an HOA, so Henry’s Mill HOA president Candi Combs said maintenance costs fall on her neighborhood.  “Henry’s Green, they don’t have an HOA so we’re solely responsible for the maintenance of this pond, we get all their stormwater,” said Combs.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘It’s about time’ | Fire investigation report from Potomac Oaks explosion shared with residents (MD) March 28, 2023
    Monday afternoon, residents of the Potomac Oaks Condominiums, who’ve been displaced since November got a major update.  It has been nearly four months since the explosion at Potomac Oaks Condominium in Gaithersburg, Maryland.    Read the article………………………..
  • Berlin Residents Express Frustration Over Drainage Issues (MD) March 17, 2023
    Jim Herman, a resident of Henry’s Mill Drive, said he consistently had drainage issues on his property. He says those issues are caused by neighboring Henry’s Green.  “It’s not fair for the Henry’s Mill people to have to pay for that,” he said. “It’s not their development that caused the problem…We need help.”  Tyndall said the issue technically was one for the Henry’s Mill homeowners association. Ted Eschenburg, another Henry’s Mill resident, said the problem was that Henry’s Green didn’t ...
  • ‘You feel helpless’: 2nd Lennar homeowner reaches out to 7 On Your Side for rodent issues (MD/VA) March 12, 2023
    Just days after a Maryland man reached out to 7News On Your Side because of a rodent problem in his new construction home built by home construction company Lennar, a Woodbridge woman said she is going through the same thing — right down to Lennar not helping with issues for which they believe the builders are at fault.   Read the article………………………..
  • Judge grants public water access to Wells Cove in Eastport (MD) March 11, 2023
    Residents of the Blue Heron Cove condominiums cannot block the public from accessing Spa Creek in their community, an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge ruled Wednesday.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo management responds after months of requests for updates on the Potomac Oaks Condominium explosion (MD) March 11, 2023
    It has been nearly four months since the explosion at Potomac Oaks Condominium in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Fourteen people were hurt and Maryland’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner identified a body pulled from the explosion rubble as 36-year-old Juan Pablo Marshall Quizon. His manner of death was ruled a suicide, and the cause of death was determined to be smoke inhalation and burns.     Read the article………………………..
  • ‘It’s bad enough we were in the explosion!’ | Potomac Oaks Condo resident says he made shocking discovery inside his ‘condemned’ home (MD) February 28, 2023
    What was once their homes is now debris and disappointment. The debris was caused by an explosion on Nov. 16, 2022. The disappointment was caused by what one tenant told WUSA9 he discovered on Saturday.  “We found loose syringes all over the place. All the jewelry boxes had been dumped out on the bed and they had taken the time to pick through it,” said Jason who lived in Building 826.   Read the article………………………..
  • These Gaithersburg Families Lost Their Homes. Three Months Later, They Don’t Know Where To Turn For Help (MD) February 27, 2023
    When his condo exploded, Marc Saint-Jour could see the smoke from his law firm’s office window.  Just seconds before, he’d been on the phone with his wife. She was in their home at Potomac Oaks Condominium with their seven-month old baby, and had just called him twice: the first time, to ask him if he had felt an earthquake, the second time to tell him their house was on fire. As Saint-Jour was telling her to get out, the call ...
  • Baltimore County agrees to discount inequitable wastewater bills for some Pikesville condo owners February 25, 2023
    Baltimore County condominium owners are ‘frustrated’ by a settlement that will save some of them hundreds of dollars on yearly sewer charges, after an internal consultant’s report found broad inconsistencies in Baltimore County’s utility billing system.   Read the article………………………..
  • Three months, still unanswered questions for those who lived in the Potomac Oaks Condo that exploded (MD) February 18, 2023
    It’s been three months since an explosion and fire at a Gaithersburg condo complex. Fourteen people were hurt and Maryland’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner identified a body pulled from the explosion rubble as 36-year-old Juan Pablo Marshall Quizon. His manner of death was ruled a suicide, and the cause of death was determined to be smoke inhalation and burns.   Read the article………………………..
  • Md. high court disbars attorney who withheld default judgment from client February 7, 2023
    A unanimous Maryland Supreme Court last week disbarred a Lanham attorney whose client, a homeowners’ association, discovered it had lost in court only after its bank had withdrawn the damages award from its account.   Read the article………………………..
  • Columbia Association faces uncertain future as CEO Lakey Boyd’s resignation is accepted and two others depart (MD) January 27, 2023
    The Columbia Association’s board of directors announced Thursday afternoon that it has accepted the resignation of CEO and President Lakey Boyd “effective immediately.”  Read the article………………………..
  • Couple’s feud with homeowners association over lawn leads to change in state law: ‘If they fight back, they can win’ (MD) January 20, 2023
    Janet and Jeff Crouch have spent over 20 years turning their yard into a refuge for local wildlife, growing native plants that provide shelter and food for birds and pollinating insects.   Read the article………………………..
  • Columbia Association board denies rumors about Lakey Boyd’s job security, issues plan to ‘improve the relationship’ with CEO (MD) January 8, 2023
    The Columbia Association board of directors issued its first public comments Friday on President and CEO Lakey Boyd’s job status after months of speculation that it was moving to terminate the leader of the nonprofit entity, which serves as the de facto governing body of Maryland’s second-largest city.    Read the article………………………..
  • After condo explosion, displaced families are paying fees on homes that ‘no longer exist’ (MD) January 6, 2023
    One of the families told WUSA9 that they’ve been left in the dark about when their home will be rebuilt, as they continue to pay homeowner association fees.    Read the article………………………..
  • Some residents want recall of Columbia Association board members (MD) January 2, 2023
    A public argument over the direction of Maryland’s second largest city erupted Monday as a group of residents called for the recall of Columbia Association board members to prevent them from ousting the association’s top paid staff member.   Read the article………………………..
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