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/ Owner - July 5, 2012
  • HOA Homefront: Can our community limit rentals? (CA) July 19, 2024
    Q: How can HOAs protect their community from becoming overrun with rentals?  Can CCRs be changed to include leasing prohibition or can it be amended to limit the number of rentals to a percentage of 30%? Can some communities enforce a 6-month to 2-year residency requirement after purchase, requiring the owner to live there? Or can a community require that the tenants be screened in advance? Is there a way to require transparency of ownership requirements to know who is ...
  • Internet company previously barred from Columbia breaks five water mains, damages neighborhood (SC) July 19, 2024
    Jack Heape, president of the Springhurst homeowners association, said he hasn’t seen a utility cause this level of damage, or any significant damage, in the six years he’s lived in the neighborhood.  On July 12, the Springhurst neighborhood was without water for three to four hours after Lumos and its contractor broke several water mains. Hitting one water main also created a sprawling sinkhole in a resident’s driveway. The city of Columbia hired a contractor to repair the driveway, and ...
  • HOA places lien on property over rabbitbrush, ignites Cedar City homeowner’s legal challenge (UT) July 19, 2024
    “There is a working sprinkler system with plants that can live without much water — I really liked that it was natural landscaping,” Hodnett said. “There was nothing stating the landscape plan had not been completed. Nothing about the property having a continuing violation was included on the HOA disclosure at the title signing.”  A few months after moving in he received a notice from the homeowners association stating that he needed to submit a plan to be approved for ...
  • 150 geese were a ‘nuisance’ in this Kansas City suburb. So homeowners had them killed (KS) July 19, 2024
    The summer days have turned quieter — all too quiet for some — at Lake Waukomis, the tiny waterside town just north of Kansas City. And there is a honking good explanation:   All their geese are dead.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Insurance nightmares: Homeowners on their worst coverage struggles (CA) July 19, 2024
    California’s insurance crisis became very real this spring for Duncan Brown, president of the homeowners association for an apartment complex in downtown San Jose.  Farmers Insurance had provided the HOA’s insurance for years. But in March, the company abruptly said it would not renew the policy as part of its pullback from the state.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Novelist turns South Florida condo corruption into high comedy July 19, 2024
    When The Eagles sang “This could be heaven or this could be hell” about the Hotel California, they could easily have been describing the dual nature of living in a condominium.  Condo living certainly has its benefits — it can be delicious to rely on some association to patch your roof, keep the landscaping looking great and clean the swimming pool…..Her debut novel Alice in Condoland takes a humorous approach to the dilemma of waking up one day to discover your ...
  • Beaumont psychologist arrested, accused of damaging neighbor’s property (TX) July 19, 2024
    A Beaumont psychologist has been arrested and charged with felony criminal mischief after his neighbor’s claim he caused thousands of dollars in damage to their home……Wayne Peyton is the president of the neighborhood’s homeowners association, and his wife is the secretary.  They believe the attack was linked to a note left on Bordages’ home expressing concern about the neglect of his yard and piled garbage.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Complaints mount through the Nation against ‘America’s Builder,’ D.R. Horton July 19, 2024
    From coast to coast, customers who purchased brand new homes with D.R. Horton say their homes are riddled with constant problems, creating a massive safety hazard and taking a toll on their livelihood and bank accounts.  While their homes are an obvious concern, the homeowners believe communication and accountability are bigger issues with the home builder.     Read the article…………………………….
  • San Jose neighborhood pleads for more help to thwart mail thefts (CA) July 19, 2024
    One south San Jose neighborhood says it has been hit by mail thieves so many times it wants all the community mailboxes replaced.  Congressman Jimmy Panetta, who represents the area, is calling on the Postal Service to move from key locks to electronic locks to help cut down on attacks on mail carriers who are robbed of master keys.    Read the article…………………………….
  • How do I find my HOA rules and regulations in Florida? Which ones can I legally fight? July 19, 2024
    More than 75 million Americans live in subdivisions or other communities with homeowner associations (HOAs) that require them to pay monthly fees and follow a set of rules.  And Floridians who live in places with homeowner associations finally have laws to regulate what HOAs can and can’t do to them.   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA nightmare at tiny home community (TN) July 18, 2024
    Property owners of The Retreat at Deer Lick Falls are seeking $250,000 in damages. According to the lawsuit, what was originally touted as a haven of tiny homes in Monteagle has become a developer-controlled nightmare…….filed the lawsuit asking the court to end the period of developer control over its homeowners association    Read the article…………………………….
  • Ask the HOA Expert: Enforcing Architectural and Design Restrictions July 18, 2024
    Question: For many years, the board has not enforced architectural and design restrictions. Consequently, many unit owners have installed storm doors and/or changed the exterior light fixtures on their units. There is now little or no conformity regarding those additions or changes. Our recent reserve study shows that we are woefully underfunded, so conformity is the least of our worries!    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Second bridge collapse in 2 weeks strands residents again (MO) July 18, 2024
    The only bridge into a Villa Ridge neighborhood in Franklin County had just been repaired. Firefighters even tested its integrity with a brush truck before it washed out again……Neither the fire department nor the Franklin County government can do anything about it because it’s a private road and the responsibility of the homeowner’s association.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Blue Dog Lake public access area needs attention (SD) July 17, 2024
    The Blue Dog Lake Homeowners Association has long been concerned about the lack of maintenance at a public access area. This public access area has been neglected and the local residents are hoping it can be brought up to speed in the not-too-distant future.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Landscape rebates decrease for HOAs, businesses, multifamily properties in 2025 (NV) July 17, 2024
    The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) announced on Tuesday that landscaping rebates will be decreasing in 2025 for homeowners associations, businesses, and multifamily properties.  The Water Smart Landscapes Rebate is a program that pays properties to convert their lawns to water-efficient landscaping as part of water conservation efforts.      Read the article…………………………….
  • 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…………………………….
  • Beaver Grade Road in Moon Township is back open after a landslide. But who pays for the repairs? (PA) July 17, 2024
    Part of Beaver Grade Road in Moon Township has reopened after it was closed the last six months because of a landslide.  It took six months and 40 million pounds of rock to get the road reopened to traffic. Now that it is, who is responsible for its $4 million price tag?   Read the article…………………………….
  • Woman’s indictment includes HOA thefts (VA) July 17, 2024
    A Frederick County woman was indicted Thursday for allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars from two parent teacher organizations and a homeowner’s organization.  Shawn Marie Bianco, 44, of the 100 block of Georgetowne Court in Stephens City, was indicted by a grand jury for 25 charges of embezzlement from three different groups, according to documents.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Homeowner association fees are on the rise. If you’ve seen big jumps, The Denver Post wants to hear from you (CO) July 17, 2024
    Rising home insurance rates are also driving up the monthly dues charged by homeowner associations, or HOAs. The jumps in dues come as people are faced with higher property taxes and an overall tight housing market.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Woman found dead in hot Houston condo hours before power was restored (TX) July 17, 2024
    A heart-breaking discovery was made at a Houston condominium complex still without power more than a week after Hurricane Beryl slammed into the city and knocked out power to millions.  Firefighters found the body of a woman just before noon Tuesday at a 1960s-era condo complex in Houston’s Museum District. Her unit did not have electricity. The power to the complex had been knocked out more than a week earlier when Hurricane Beryl hit the city.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condos with uninsurable roofs to get Citizens’ insurance as they pursue replacement (FL) July 16, 2024
    Condominium buildings with roofs too old or too damaged to qualify for insurance will get some relief — the state’s insurer of last resort has agreed to cover the buildings if certain conditions are met.  Condos, mostly, and other commercial buildings were previously able to get insurance through the commercial insurance market for these risks.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Hundreds of St. Pete condos face inspection deadline (FL) July 16, 2024
    Condominium owners in St. Petersburg face towering uncertainty as over 200 buildings must complete Milestone Inspection Reports by Dec. 31.  A new state law requires mandatory structural studies on older condo buildings with three or more stories. Senate Bill 4-D also requires association boards to increase repair funding reserves, and many owners now face six-figure special assessment fees.   Read the article…………………………….
  • DOB Offering Free, No-Violation Building Inspections for Co-ops and Condos (NY) July 16, 2024
    Time is running out. Co-op and condo boards have until July 31 to sign up for the Department of Buildings’ (DOB) free, no-violation building inspections.  This citywide initiative allows co-op and condo boards, homeowners, landlords and small business owners to call 311 to schedule a free, no-penalty visual inspection of various areas of their properties,    Read the article…………………………….
  • Laketown Wharf Evacuation Update (FL) July 16, 2024
    Residents in 63 units have returned to their units at Laketown Wharf on Front Beach Road.  This comes after Panama City Beach officials issued a mandatory evacuation in April due to safety concerns about the structural integrity of the high-rise condominium.  According to officials they received a complaint on April 4th from a guest about unsafe stairwells in the building. Inspectors said they did an evaluation and found that two of the high-rise condominium’s stairwells were structurally unsound.     Read ...
  • With reopened golf course on hold, Columbia County neighborhood proposes new private pool (GA) July 16, 2024
    A Columbia County golf community, with its 18-hole golf course closed, is pivoting toward transforming its pool area into its No. 1 amenity.  The Jones Creek Homeowners Association in Evans is asking Columbia County to grant new buffer and setback standards when it demolishes and rebuilds a pool house that residents say has become too small and isn’t up to code.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Subdivision continues fines and towing after Florida HOA law banning parking restrictions goes into effect (FL) July 16, 2024
    We’ve told you about the new state law that prevents homeowners’ associations from banning pickup trucks and work trucks from parking in driveways.  It took effect July 1, and already, one Sarasota HOA is saying it will continue to hand out fines and tow vehicles under its existing regulations.  The I-Team is breaking down why the association is still enforcing parking rules despite the new law.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Mountain West states look to ‘last resort’ insurance policies as coverage dips July 15, 2024
    Home insurance markets are increasingly volatile, partly due to the rising costs of climate-related disasters. In response, more states are stepping in to provide residents insurance options when private companies won’t.  In Colorado, recent major wildfires and significant hailstorms, combined with the increased cost of rebuilding due to inflation, were among factors that caused home insurance companies to report the 4th-largest losses in the nation over a five-year period in 2023.    Read the article…………………………….
  • West Campus condo owners find squatters in their units (TX) July 15, 2024
    Condo owners at 1700 Nueces Street in West Campus found squatters in their homes over the weekend. They said they came to check on their units after going without electricity for two months.  “The door was open. It was unlocked, so I opened the door and I discovered a lot of materials, debris, somebody else’s belongings in my home,” a condo owner said.   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA rejects plans for large home gets sued for $8M (NV) July 15, 2024
    Q: We are a very small homeowners association of townhomes and larger homes. It’s a very strange community. We have 35 townhomes. The townhome dues are for lawn maintenance, utilities, roads etc. The 81 homes only pay for the clubhouse that includes a pool area. We have two architectural review committees: one for the townhomes and one for the single-family homes. A land owner wanted to build a very large house.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Houston woman dies in apartment without power; Center Point restores after FOX 26 report (TX) July 15, 2024
    Several units at the complex have been without power since Monday, according to the area homeowner’s association.  “We’ve been completely unable to have a dialog or communication with CenterPoint,” said Rob Alleman, Vice President of the HOA Board at Beringwood. “We haven’t had any meaningful updates on when power could be restored.”   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo fire in Madison contained to two of six units (TN) July 15, 2024
    A two-alarm fire at condominiums in Madison is kept from spreading by firefighters.  Crews responded to 225 Ellington Place Sunday just before 3 p.m. for a fire. They contained the fire to two of the six units, but power had to be cut to the entire building, said the Nashville Fire Department.    Read the article…………………………….
  • In east Travis County, community with water quality complaints organizes against rate hike (TX) July 15, 2024
    The community, Araya said, will have to work through its at-times fragmented nature. Besides the distance, each of the developments has its own homeowners association with their own leadership communication network. Some, like Austin’s Colony, have several. It can be hard to make sure information get out.   Read the article…………………………….
  • City of Little Rock sends citations to homeowners who were affected by March 2023 tornado (AR) July 15, 2024
    One Little Rock neighborhood is still on the road to recovery after a devastating EF-3 tornado destroyed multiple homes on March 31, 2023.  “Getting things back to some semblance of normal, some semblance of nice, if you will, has been a bit of work,” said John Payne, President of the board for the Walnut Valley Homeowner Association.  It’s now more than a year later and residents in Walnut Valley are still trying to put their lives back together. As they ...
  • River’s Edge Golf Course sold to homeowners association (OR) July 15, 2024
    The River’s Edge Community Master Association announced its purchase of Bend’s River’s Edge Golf Course.  The members of the association closed the sale and received the recorded title to the property on Friday morning.  “This is a wonderful day for the community,” said Jeff Kramer, president of the association. “We saved the golf course, and by doing so preserved a beautiful and precious amenity for our homeowners, and an iconic public golf course for the Bend community.”    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo seeking to evict dogs gets gobsmacking legal estimate to make their case (FL) July 14, 2024
    Question: We have a small 30-unit condominium. We have three units that have dogs, even though our governing documents prohibit pets. Two of these units have submitted emotional support animal paperwork that seems fraudulent, as they appear to have gone online and paid for certificates. As for the third unit, which has three dogs, we have sent two certified letters from our attorney asking for them to provide any paperwork or to remove the dogs, and they’ve ignored us.    ...
  • Three Creeks homeowners left in the dark as ISO rating plummets (TX) July 13, 2024
    The Insurance Services Office (ISO) has sparked confusion and concern among homeowners in the Three Creeks planned community in Belton’s Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ).  Some insurance rates soared due to an ISO rating of 10, the worst insurance rank an area can receive.   Read the article…………………………….
  • These HOA and property management companies in Myrtle Beach area get the most complaints, SC says July 13, 2024
    Horry County led the state last year in complaints against homeowners associations, or HOAs, filed with the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs in 2024.  Of the 365 complaints, Horry County residents filed 89 — nearly a quarter of the reports.  HOAs can be a thorny subject for renters and homeowners. While HOAs can mean higher property values and neighborhood amenities, they also require fees and limit what residents can do with their homes.     Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Q&A: Can an Association keep deposits to use for inspection fees? (FL) July 13, 2024
    Q: I just moved into my home. I was shocked to learn that money posted as a security deposit with the Association for work on my home is not wholly returned. The Association retains $300 of each deposit for its “inspection fees.” Is the HOA required by law to return such deposits once the work is completed?    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Residents ask for more communication from POA on local issues (TN) July 13, 2024
    During a committee meeting in Tellico Village on July 9, a few residents in attendance had questions about recent goings-on in the community.  The meeting was held by the nonpartisan Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC), which researches the workings of governmental and quasi-governmental organizations that impact life in the Village. Part of its role is to act as a liaison and advocate for the Village and to lead community activism and get-out-the-vote efforts.    Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Homefront: Constitutional rights in hearings (CA) July 12, 2024
    Dear Kelly,  We have a homeowner that insists that the HOA must have the complainant in a harassment violation present at his hearing? Is it required?    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Does law now require condo owners pay catch-up fees for years when reserves were waived? (FL) July 12, 2024
    Question: For the last two years, my fellow condominium board members have been running around with their hair on fire because we have been told the new Florida statutes require us to not only fully fund reserves on an annual basis beginning next year, but also to replace the approximately $4 million that would have been in our reserve accounts had we not waived funding reserves over the last 50 years.  A recent webinar I attended disputed that and said ...
  • Evacuations lifted after gas line at San Jose condo secured (CA) July 12, 2024
    A ruptured gas line at a two-story condo on the 1000 block of McKay Drive Thursday has been secured, the San Jose Fire Department said. Nearby residences were evacuated as a precaution, but as of 1 p.m., evacuated homes are being repopulated.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condominium Association Sues Allstate Over $9.7M Repairs (WA) July 12, 2024
    A Washington condominium association is taking legal action against Allstate Insurance Co., alleging the insurer breached their coverage agreement by refusing to cover $9.7 million in repairs for “hidden damage” to the buildings’ exteriors.  In a complaint filed Tuesday, Sammamish Hills Owners Association claimed the hidden damage to the exterior weather-resistive barrier, sheathing, and framing occurred incrementally and progressively during each of its policies with Allstate. However, the insurer allegedly denied coverage.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo buildings with uninsurable roofs to get Citizens’ coverage as they pursue replacement (FL) July 11, 2024
    Condominium buildings with roofs too old or too damaged to qualify for insurance will get some relief — the state’s insurer of last resort has agreed to cover the buildings if certain conditions are met.  Condos, mostly, and other commercial buildings were previously able to get insurance through the commercial insurance market for these risks. But the hardening underwriting market has left a gap     Read the article…………………………….
  • Destin looks to bring condominiums in to short- and long-term rental program (FL) July 11, 2024
    The city of Destin is looking to bring condominium units that are short- and long-term rentals into the “fold” of the rental program, but at a lesser price for smaller units.  “To me, this is a fairness issue, plain and simple,” council member Jim Bagby said at Monday’s council meeting.  Right now, Destin oversees single and multifamily residential and short- and long-term rental registrations. Condominiums are not included.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Ask the HOA Expert: Special Assessments July 11, 2024
    Question: Our pool and clubhouse are 15 years old. The board wants to build a larger pool and upgrade the clubhouse which would require a $200,000 special assessment and drain our reserves.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Steps for POAs to Take on the Road to Recovery Following Hurricane Beryl (TX) July 10, 2024
    Hurricane Beryl recently made landfall along the Upper Texas Coast, bringing more devastation and destruction than many had anticipated. For some, the question of what to do next may be overwhelming, leaving board members and even some community managers wondering where to begin on the road to recovery. This article will outline steps to take in the aftermath of a devastating weather event.    Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘We’ve got a huge problem:’ Drainpipe fight in Longwood community leads to more flooding (FL) July 10, 2024
    Robin Rodriguez, an HOA board member, told News 6 last month that a developer separated the houses on one side of the street from the HOA in the 1980s.  The developer then created an easement to run a drainage pipe between these two homes that flows out into a retention pond.  Rodriguez said the HOA is not responsible for that.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Homeowners in second neighborhood say siding cracking on fairly new houses July 10, 2024
    Almost 20 residents in the Locust Town Center neighborhood told Action 9 they expected their siding to last decades but say it’s cracking and that their houses are only a few years old…….Plus, Stack and Mize say the builder just turned over the community to the homeowners association so they’re worried the board will start citing people because of how it looks. “It’s something I’m expecting to see,” Mize said.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Downtown Seattle Condo Unveils First Robot EV Charging System in the PNW (WA) July 9, 2024
    Spire, a $350 million, 41-story luxury condominium tower completed by Laconia Development, has launched the first robotic EV charging system in a condominium project in the United States.  Read the article…………………………….
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