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Massachusetts Condominium & Homeowner Association News

  • 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……………………………….

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  • Do Condominium Boards Have the Right to Restrict Signs? (MA)
    QUESTION: Our condominium association has a rule barring the display of signs in common areas or in locations visible from common areas.  Some board members say we are required to make an exception for political signs. Is that true?   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Boards & Boundaries: How ‘Available’ Should You Be?
    In multifamily residential communities, where neighbors share common space, amenities, and maintenance—if not actual walls—establishing and maintaining boundaries can be a bit tricky.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condominium Owners Should Recognize Their Rights and Understand their Responsibilities (MA)
    “I know my rights!” This is a statement association boards hear frequently from owners, usually in response to a board decision, covenant or rule requiring something owners don’t like or prohibiting something they want to do. As it turns out, many owners don’t really know their rights.    Read the article………………………………….
  • 10 things to know before you buy in a community association
    Are you planning to buy a home in a community association? There are a host of advantages to buying a condominium, cooperative, or single-family home in a planned community. A well-run association will protect property values in the community, maintain common areas (and perhaps even your own property), provide access to amenities like swimming pools and tennis courts, and assist with conflict resolution among neighbors.   Read the article……………………………..
  • 3 Ways to Maximize Sustainability in Your Community (MA)
    As climate change continues to take a toll on the planet, it’s important to understand how industries like property management and development can and should adapt in order to cease contributing to the ongoing crises.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Emergency Preparedness in the Era of Climate Change: Preparing for the Unpredictable
    The acceleration of global warming and the accompanying climate crisis is affecting shared-interest residential communities all over the United States and around the world. This past September was the wettest ever recorded in the eastern United States, with nine times the normal rainfall. Scientists warn that excessive rain and wind, extreme heat and cold, as well as increasingly intense discrete weather events like hurricanes and tornadoes, will continue and likely worsen as the planet continues to heat.   Read the article………………………………..
  • Powering E-Devices Safely: There Are Fires … And There Are E-Device Fires
    All over the news, from coast to coast, reports of fires and explosions caused by lithium-ion batteries describe blazes that are out of control, difficult to extinguish, and excessively smokey. Tragically, many have resulted in fatalities and serious injuries, and certainly all have caused extensive damage to properties and the environment.   Read the article………………………..

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