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/ Owner - July 1, 2012
  • Faulty concrete found in massive condo community in Boston suburbs (MA) July 17, 2024
    More crumbling concrete found in Massachusetts, and this time, it’s been discovered in a massive condo community not far from Boston.  Those who live there say it’s a warning sign for everyone in the state, and Beacon Hill must finally take action to help struggling homeowners financially.  The size of some cracks is frightening as they spider across the basement walls of the Winding Brook condo complex in Dracut.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Framingham condominium owners are seeking $259,000 to cover ‘enormous’ water bill (MA) July 8, 2024
    Condominium owners at a 200-unit complex off Edgell Road believe they’ve been unfairly penalized by the city, saying they weren’t properly notified of changes to their water bills that have led to thousands of dollars in additional payments.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo Seeks Bar On Enforcement Of Corp. Transparency Act July 2, 2024
    A Boston condominium association has asked a federal judge to shield it and other Massachusetts condo boards from enforcement of an anti-money laundering measure, saying the requirement to submit personal information to a government database creates an undue and unnecessary burden on volunteer organizations.   Read the article (PDF)…………………………….
  • Fire damages condo in Falmouth (MA) June 29, 2024
    A fire was reported at a condo complex in Falmouth about 8:30 PM Friday. The fire at Megansett Shores on County Road reportedly started on a stove. Firefighters checked for possible fire extension to the attic. One person was evaluated by EMTs. Further details were not immediately available.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Farrwood Drive Developer Pays City $95,000 for Road Repairs, Says Owners Now Working Together (MA) June 27, 2024
    King H. Weinstein of Farrwood Drive Inc. told WHAV he worked only on several single-family lots and the Islington Crossing apartments, while responsibility has been confusing among the five or six older condominium associations representing 600 homes. He explained he has also sought street repairs, but the problem dates back decades before formal condominium rules.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo fire in Wilbraham caused by potential lightening strike (MA) June 27, 2024
    Crews responded to a house fire on Cherry Drive in Wilbraham around 9 p.m. Thursday night that was potentially caused by a lightning strike.  When our Western Mass News crews arrived at the scene we could see some damage caused to the last unit of a 4-unit condo.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Number of Mass. condo developments on Fannie Mae’s still secret blacklist triples June 26, 2024
    In one year, Fannie Mae’s secret blacklist of condo developments nearly doubled, and part of that surge can be attributed to the rising cost of insurance premiums.  In Massachusetts alone, the number of blacklisted properties more than tripled.    Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Are we going to end up homeless?’ Chelmsford condo complex facing condemnation (MA) June 19, 2024
    Thirty families could soon end up without a home after the town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, found concerning structural damages at Milestone Condo.  Many of the residents of the building on Chelmsford Street are low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities. They now face a seemingly impossible task: find over a million dollars for the repairs necessary to keep their condos from being condemned by the town.   Read the article…………………………….
  • For a condo board trustee, neighbors demand much time June 14, 2024
    Q: About a year ago, I got roped into joining the board of trustees at my condo association, which has been more demanding than I expected since we’re dealing with a number of pressing issues. Now, neighbors will stop me in the parking lot or laundry room with questions and complaints, or even knock on my front door when I’m working from home. Some people have gotten confrontational when they haven’t gotten the answer they wanted. How can I protect ...
  • Protecting your investment: Navigating the state’s rising home insurance premiums and risks (MA) May 22, 2024
    Five percent of Massachusetts homes aren’t insured, the Consumer Federation of America reported in March. With premiums expected to hit a record high in the United States this year, inflation driving up construction costs, and climate change ratcheting up the disaster risk, it’s surprising the number isn’t higher.   Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Your house is worthless’: Massachusetts homeowners are grappling with crumbling foundations that insurance won’t cover April 8, 2024
    A cluster of homes run by a condo association in Westminster, Massachusetts, has had at least 10 of 96 units, all built in the 1990s, test positive for pyrrhotite — racking up repair fees of $115,000 to $130,000 per unit — according to Spectrum News 1. This caused homeowners association (HOA) fees to skyrocket.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Hopkinton Highlands III bond release request leaves Planning Board ‘in a weird position’ (MA) April 3, 2024
    Maillet added that he was able to retrieve some information from the surveyor’s son to give to a second surveyor. Some repairs were made at the request of the condominium association and added to the plan.  While the drainage pipes are delineated on the plan, the drainage structures were not able to be marked, according to Maillet. He noted that the association’s board expressed no drainage issues regarding the property.  Said Maillet: “The only way you can locate it is ...
  • Rentals and condos would be required to allow pets under proposed bylaw in Arlington (MA) March 28, 2024
    A new bylaw proposed by Arlington animal would require rental and condominium agreements to allow common household pets.  “An animal is like a family member. I would be heartbroken if I had to separate from my cat,” said Paul Schlichtman, who’s behind the legislation. He said the bylaw would allow residents to own common household pets like dogs and cats, plus some others.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Residents evacuated after crane collapses onto condo complex in Norwood (MA) March 15, 2024
    A crane collapsed onto a condo complex in Norwood Friday afternoon, but no one was hurt, according to authorities.  Crews arrived to find the crane resting on a building that was under construction.   Read the article…………………………….
  • 7 Investigates: Community in Crisis (MA) March 13, 2024
    The frustration is growing by the day among the residents of a condominium complex in Somerville.  An expanding homeless encampment under I-93 directly across from their lobby has become a chaotic scene over the past few months.  “I walk out here and there are people that shouldn’t be inside inside,” said Somerville resident Harish Rajaram.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Manchester Community Center suing Harbor’s Point Association (MA) February 26, 2024
    The nonprofit Manchester Community Center is suing its landlord, Harbor’s Point Condominium Association, claiming the association engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices.  The lawsuit, filed Feb. 20 in Essex Superior Court in Lawrence, seeks damages amounting to $1.3 million.  In the suit, the Community Center alleges Harbor’s Point forced the center to sign leases to real estate the center was already entitled to, that Harbor’s Point proposed monetary terms that were “unfairly high” and that the company sought to ...
  • Florida And Massachusetts Law Firms Unite To Tackle Fannie Mae’s Secret Condo Blacklist December 18, 2023
    The firms say they are committed to helping condominium and cooperative associations currently on the blacklist, or at risk of being added, navigate this complex issue. Fannie Mae, a government-sponsored enterprise, uses the blacklist to designate properties ineligible for conventional financing, affecting thousands of residents and potential buyers.    Read the article…………………………..  Link to web site “The Blacklist”
  • Fannie Mae to make its secret condo blacklist public December 8, 2023
    But the information will be available only to homeowners’ associations. Move follows Globe story on how unsuspecting buyers and sellers were left in the dark.  Read the article……………………..
  • 7 Investigates: Displaced residents still unable to return home nearly three years after fire in Cambridge condo complex (MA) November 29, 2023
    Nineteen families lost their homes when a fire tore through a Cambridge condo complex in 2021.  Nearly three years later, they still can’t return home even though they’re still paying monthly condo fees.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Fannie Mae keeps a secret condo blacklist. Why? (MA) November 1, 2023
    Shortly after Nicholas Perricone bought his condo in the Financial District on June 30, 2022, he joined the building’s board of trustees. That’s when he began hearing stories of fellow owners who tried to sell their units only to have the deals fall apart at the loan office.    Read the article…………………………
  • Seashore Point Residents Sue Owner, Claiming Fraud and Abuse (MA) October 26, 2023
    But for the last two years, he’s been locked in a conflict with Pointe Group Care, the for-profit owner of Seashore Point, about what services it provides residents and at what cost. In 2019, the group and its subsidiary, Provincetown Holding Company, purchased the property, along with the attached nursing facility, AdviniaCare at Seashore Point, from the nonprofit Deaconess Abundant Life.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Is your home insurance poised to get pricier? There are warning signs (MA) October 23, 2023
    It’s hard to believe now, given the subsequent rigamarole. But when Julia Shanks first learned that her insurance company wouldn’t renew her policy because it wanted to reduce its risk with “coastal properties,” the North Shore resident wasn’t particularly concerned.    Read the article……………………………….
  • Residents dissatisfied by requirements to make Candle Paper Lane a public way (MA) October 11, 2023
    Residents of Candle Paper Lane, located in West Wareham off Papermill Road, have submitted a request to have the Select Board accept their road as a public way at the Fall Town Meeting.   Read the article………………………………….
  • Real property – Parking easement – Condominium (MA) October 2, 2023
    Where two plaintiffs have requested a declaration that their parking easement may be used for two automobiles, that request should be denied because the intent of the master deed was to permit single-automobile use in each parking space.   Read the article……………………………..
  • Five Years and Counting on a Fix at Beach Point (MA) September 21, 2023
    The Ebb Tide on the Bay Condominiums at Beach Point are closer to the water than any of the other Shore Road dwellings around them, and over the last several years the three buildings, comprising six condo units, have suffered damage to their foundations and decks whenever there is a big storm.    Read the article………………………..
  • Cars buried under mud after retaining wall collapses at Brighton condo complex (MA) September 19, 2023
    Two cars were buried under a pile of mud Monday night when a retaining wall in a Brighton parking lot partially collapsed due to torrential rains.  Crews responded to an apartment complex on Tremont Street around 10 p.m. for a retaining wall that toppled over, causing dirt and debris to fall onto two parked cars.   Read the article………………………..
  • Southwick sues Sunnyside Ranch developers for failure to complete streets (MA) August 17, 2023
    Potholes and cracked pavement dot Overlook Lane, part of Sunnyside Ranch Estates in Southwick. One of the subdivision’s original developers has sued the Southwick Planning Board to have a decision it made to impose a security bond of $560,000 on it last July vacated.   Read the article………………………..
  • Growing popularity of doorbell cameras raises privacy concerns in condo buildings (MA) August 9, 2023
    …..many unit owners consider their decks, porches, and balconies an extension of their space — and want to install a camera to monitor that space — but that’s likely a violation of the condominium rules.    https://www.bostonglobe.com/2023/08/09/real-estate/popular-doorbell-cameras-feed-privacy-concerns-in-condo-buildings/
  • Mashpee Sewer Commission To Discuss Nitrogen Removal From Condominiums (MA) August 4, 2023
    Mashpee Sewer Commission next week will discuss and possibly vote to form a subcommittee to address the requirements relating to condominium complexes compared to private septic systems to equally disperse state nitrogen reduction requirements among all residents. Additionally the committee will discuss the possibility of forming a subcommittee to research the impact of pollution on ponds.  Read the article………………………..
  • Woman Receives Burns in Two-Alarm Haverhill Condo Fire Believed Caused by Candle (MA) July 29, 2023
    One person was taken to a local hospital for treatment of burns and a family pet died in a late Friday morning blaze that destroyed a West Meadow Hill condominium.   Read the article………………………..
  • Billerica condo residents tormented by stray golf balls demand action: ‘It’s a losing battle’ (MA) July 7, 2023
    When she moved into a condo near Billerica’s Swanson Meadows golf course, Mary Conway was prepared for the steady stream of players teeing off steps away from her unit. She wasn’t ready for the hail of golf balls hurtling into her home.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo association asks Deerfield to accept 2 roads as public (MA) July 4, 2023
    With residents having been settled into their homes for years and drainage work complete, the Sugarloaf Condominium Association has formally requested that Deerfield accept its two roads as public ways.   Read the article………………………..
  • Middlesex judge, jury render first known decisions on Japanese knotweed June 24, 2023
    Japanese knotweed is such a well-known menace in the United Kingdom that, if the invasive species is on your property and you try to get homeowner’s insurance, you’ll be turned away.  But in America, the plant is just beginning to creep into the public’s consciousness — and the courts.    Read the article………………………..
  • ‘It’s just dangerous’: Billerica condo owners ask town for help after golf balls damage property (MA) June 17, 2023
    A Billerica community is frustrated because flying stray golf balls from a golf course next door are damaging their property and have had close calls with residents.  Neighbors are now asking for the town leadership to intervene.   Read the article………………………..
  • Window washer dangling 12 stories up Brookline condo building rescued (MA) May 18, 2023
    A witness says the window washer was dangling from the top of the building for at least 20 minutes before rescuers got him to safety.   Watch the news report……………………..
  • Fire hits Newburyport condo complex (MA) May 18, 2023
    Five units were damaged Wednesday afternoon in a fire at a three-story residential building on Merrimac Street.  No one was injured but a resident was displaced when flames burned the kitchen of a unit and smoke damaged four other units, according to Fire Chief Stephen Bradbury III.  Read the article………………………..
  • LOCAL NEWS “Nowhere to go”: Dozens of Randolph fire victims could be displaced for six months (MA) April 8, 2023
    A Randolph condo fire on Nelson Drive displaced roughly 40 residents, leaving many worried about where they’ll stay through the fall.  “Devastation. Totally…nowhere to go. No one to help us,” said a longtime resident.
  • Sea Oaks Assessed Betterment For Sewer Main Installation In Mashpee (MA) February 24, 2023
    Sea Oaks condominium owners will be responsible for paying 70 percent of a 70/30 apportionment split with the Town of Mashpee for a betterment to install sewer main to connect to the town’s wastewater treatment facility.   Read the article………………………..
  • Residents escape safely, but some pets missing after condo fire (MA) February 16, 2023
    Firefighters think the blaze began near the roof, and said working smoke detectors alerted residents to evacuate. Condo owners fear the building will eventually be a total loss with the amount of water needed on the roof to put out the fire.  Read the article………………………..
  • Belmont Condo Building Evacuated And Family Displaced In Fire (MA) January 18, 2023
    One family was displaced and many residents were evacuated after a fire broke out in a condominium complex in Belmont Thursday night, according to the Belmont Fire Department.   Read the article………………………..
  • Mashpee To Sewer Summerwood Condos, Owners Will Pay Betterments (MA) December 15, 2022
    Mashpee has a legal right to enter the Summerwood Condominiums property to construct part of the town’s wastewater collection system, and condo owners will need to pay betterment costs for some of the project components.   Read the article………………………..
  • 3-alarm fire displaces four families at Plaistow condo complex (MA) December 2, 2022
    A three-alarm fire at a condominium complex at 120 Newton Rd. on Thursday required 13 fire departments to help extinguish flames from a reported dryer fire.  Read the article………………………..
  • Betterments For Condos Spark Questions For Mashpee Sewer Commission (MA) November 18, 2022
    Several residents from Summerwood Condominiums on Route 28 made public comments during the Mashpee Sewer Commission meeting last Thursday, November 10, to ask for clarification on the extent to which the Town of Mashpee and the commission are considering betterments for Summerwood and Sea Oak condominiums related to the town’s sewering project.   Read the article………………………..
  • Family of heart-attack victim who spent 30 minutes stuck in an Allston elevator with EMTs sues elevator company, condo trust and building manager for (MA) November 15, 2022
    The daughter of Boston Opera Company co-founder Randall Kulunis yesterday filed a negligence suit that alleges her father might have lived had he not got stuck in the elevator of his Allston condo building for half an hour with EMTs who were trying to get him to the hospital after he fell ill.   Read the article………………………..
  • Tests at Truro Condos Raise PFAS Worries (MA) November 10, 2022
    The wells at the Stone’s Throw condominium complex on Shore Road have edged past the state’s limit for contaminants known as PFAS — per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — and solutions to the problem probably won’t be cheap.   Read the article………………………..
  • How a court ruling in a double homicide could cost condo owners millions (MA) November 2, 2022
    AJuly decision by a Superior Court judge could open the door to holding condominium associations responsible for the safety and security of building occupants if the threat is reasonably foreseeable.  And that could mean big costs for condo owners if properties are found to be negligent.    Read the article………………………..
  • Here’s the plan for putting out fires in 4 Taunton neighborhoods with no hydrants (MA) October 11, 2022
    The cisterns in the older neighborhoods — like Debra Drive and Fiddler’s Way — haven’t received regular maintenance because residents were unaware the city considers them privately owned by the neighborhoods themselves.  Farrar said he believes Debra Drive and Fiddler’s Way were supposed to have homeowners associations responsible for the cisterns, but that also didn’t happen.   Read the article………………………..
  • Three alarm fire erupts at Hyannis condo complex (MA) October 9, 2022
    A large fire was reported at a condo complex in Hyannis just before 8 PM Saturday. Flames were visible through the roof of a building at the Yachtsman Condos at 500 Ocean Street. A 3rd alarm brought multiple mutual aid to the scene and to cover the Hyannis station.  Read the article………………………..
  • Great Barrington is trying to collect nearly $200,000 in back taxes from a property called Stonegate. Problem is, there are 620 owners (MA) October 1, 2022
    The Tax Collector’s Office kept mailing out notices saying tax payments were overdue for an abandoned property at 111 West Ave. — and to please pay up.  Cue the sound of crickets.  Those tax bills — sent to Stonegate Condominium Trust at PO Box 1090 — were returned to sender. The total damage for back taxes for this account at Town Hall? It’s $197,775.60 — and growing.   Read the article………………………..
  • At your service. Or not. In some condo setups, you don’t get what you pay for. (MA) September 14, 2022
    In many communities, units shell out for, but don’t receive, the same municipal services as the owners of single-family homes.  Read the article………………………..
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