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/ Owner - July 1, 2012
  • Cactus thieves caught on video stealing $10,000 worth of plants from community (NV) February 28, 2024
    An unusual series of thefts has hit a Las Vegas community.  Residents say thieves have been digging up cactuses in the Cadence neighborhood in Henderson. They estimate at least 100 plants have been stolen, totaling up to $10,000.  “They actually posted a video from their doorbell camera that a pickup truck stopped, and two guys hoped out like in front of people’s houses – it was weird,” explained Flynn Stern, a Cadence homeowner.    Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA potlucks can be so complicated (NV) February 25, 2024
    Q: Are there any requirements for a potluck that would be held at the community clubhouse? I received three conflicting opinions. One individual stated that no homemade food is permitted in the clubhouse. Another individual said that a food handler’s license is required. A third indicated that a stove is required in the clubhouse. I’m confused. I did some research but couldn’t find anything. Thank you for shedding some light on this.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Homeowner gets bid but does not follow proper procedure (NV) February 19, 2024
    Q: One of the residents knows a company who provides barrier arm installation and requested we ask the company for a bid, which is totally fine in my opinion.  However, the problem stems from the resident bypassing the board and our management firm and directly contacting the company and not having it send the sealed bid to our management company to open at our meeting. Instead, the resident just passed out the bid to various other homeowners associaiton members.   Read ...
  • Hot water heaters usually responsibility of condo owner (NV) February 11, 2024
    Q: I have been the president of a very active and proactive board for some time now. Our development has 84 units.  Over the past few years we have paved the parking lots, replaced the windows in all of the units, replaced the roofs as well as a number of other assorted projects aimed at enhancing the value for our owners.      Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • HOA board learns dog parks are expensive (NV) February 6, 2024
    Q: I am the vice president of a homeowners association in Las Vegas, which is considering establishing dog parks. I would like to talk to a HOA that has dog parks but have not been able to find any. Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • HOA tells homeowner to remove rainbow flag (NV) December 26, 2023
    Q: I live in a large homeowners association community in Las Vegas. Recently the HOA pressured a homeowner to remove a rainbow flag. Apparently, a conservative resident was offended by a sign of inclusion and harmony. The reason given was that “statement” flags are prohibited.  Read the Q&A…………………………
  • Protecting HOA volunteers and staff: Strengthening community safety and respect (opinion) (NV) December 18, 2023
    As a homeowner and active member of my community, I am thrilled to see the recent legislative action taken by our esteemed legislature and governor in passing SB 417 into law, effective October 1st. This legislation is a crucial step toward protecting the volunteers and staff of homeowners associations (HOAs) from harassment and bullying, and it sends a clear message that such behavior will not be tolerated within our communities.     Read the opinion…………………………..
  • HOA has options in dealing with abusive homeowner (NV) December 17, 2023
    Q: I live in an (age-qualified) community with 133 condo units, Our latest budget/homeowners association meeting did not go well. A homeowner had his three minutes to speak as per the ruling set.    Read the article…………………………..
  • The management company answers to the HOA (NV) December 9, 2023
    Q: We live in an older homeowners association of 385 single-family homes. We’ve lived here 14 years and in the last few years have had several community management companies, each seemingly worse than the last. These big national companies increasingly despise committee and volunteer involvement.    Read the Q&A……………………………
  • HOA wants homeowner to remove treehouse (NV) December 4, 2023
    Q: Our homeowners association board won’t let us keep our treehouse because I did not have a permit before I built it. I simply thought my neighbors’s agreement was enough.  Since May, the HOA has charged me $200 per week and said it will continue to do so until I take off the treehouse.    Read the Q&A…………………………….
  • HOA seeks solutions to its homeless problem (NV) November 25, 2023
    Q: I am the president of a homeowners association for an 84-unit condominium community. Our place was built in 1997 but no electric gates were installed on either of our two entrances. We were told by a gate company many years ago that we do not have enough of a setback to put in a turnaround even if we wanted to put in entry gates. We have been having an increasing problem with homeless people coming onto our property and ...
  • Best to wait for written approval before starting project (NV) November 11, 2023
    Q: Back in January 2022, we submitted an Architectural Review Committee application to our subdivision HOA to add concrete steps leading to the front door and side concrete walkway on the right side of the front yard leading from the sidewalk to our side yard gate. They wanted a specific start and stop with the work, so my husband resubmitted with the dates.    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Condo owner may be restricted with solar panels (NV) November 7, 2023
    Q: We have recently moved to a condominium community with eight condos per building. I would appreciate any insights you have regarding the use of solar panels on the roof of our building. As I read through the covenants, conditions and restrictions and the condo agreement, I cannot find anything specifically prohibiting or allowing me to have a set of panels installed above my individual condo.   Read the Q&A……………………….
  • One year later: Condo residents wait for answers, accountability from the city and fire department November 1, 2023
    A small apartment fire on Oct. 3, 2022, could have had a routine emergency response. But for many residents of the 1200 Riverside Drive Condos, that fire—and the response by the Reno Fire Department—upturned their lives, forced them to move and has them on the hook for thousands of dollars in damages.   Read the article………………………………..
  • HOA regulators captive to deep pockets of developers, property management industry, say critics (NV) October 30, 2023
    The state agency charged with regulating homeowners’ associations is a smokescreen, designed to do the bidding of the multi-million dollar industry it oversees, at the expense of homeowners subject to HOA control, according to critics.   Read the article………………………………
  • Cars with expired car registrations becoming a problem (NV) October 28, 2023
    Q: Did the last Legislature address expired car registrations? There are at least five cars in our homeowners association community with expired registrations. They seem to have no interest in getting current because they say they cannot be towed because of expired registration. One of them has registration that expired over three years ago.   Read the Q&A………………………………
  • Water gushed for 72 minutes after Reno high-rise fire was put out. What went wrong? (NV) October 28, 2023
    After a kitchen fire was put out last year on the top floor of a downtown Reno high-rise, water continued to pour from a hallway sprinkler.  It took 49 minutes from the time the sprinkler triggered an alarm until the Reno Fire Department arrived at 1200 Riverside Drive and knocked down the fire on the 11th floor.     Read the article………………………………
  • Surveillance video shows suspected gunman shooting inside of Las Vegas luxury condo complex (NV) October 26, 2023
    The clips show 32-year-old Andrew Warrender walking through Turnberry Towers at Paradise Road and Karen Avenue with an AR-15-style rifle on the afternoon of June 23rd. According to Metro police, Warrender had an uncle living at the complex, which allowed him easy access inside.    Read the article……………………………
  • HOA board candidate can have addresses, not names (NV) October 20, 2023
    Q: I enjoy your articles in the Las Vegas Review-Journal-Review, and thought you might be a helpful resource for answering these two (hopefully) simple questions:  Read the Q&A……………………………..
  • Homeowners get HOA fine without notification (NV) October 14, 2023
    Q: I have a problem with my homeowners association, and I don’t know where to ask for advice. It has been two and a half years since I moved into the community, and I have never lived in HOA community before.   Read the Q&A…………………………………
  • Condo complex says it may be forced to spend a few hundred thousand dollars to deal with Formula 1 traffic concerns (NV) October 12, 2023
    The Meridian Private Residences has a front row seat for F1 races in November. Like many businesses, the condominium complex is grateful for the economic boost the huge event will have in the valley. However, condo officials say they will have to spend big bucks to deal with F1 traffic concerns.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Town home attracts vagrants; HOA not happy (NV) October 7, 2023
    Q: I live in a town home homeowners association. We are encountering problems with vagrants entering vacant units. One of the units is easily accessible as the backdoor does not lock. We have notified the owner each time we see the backdoor is ajar.   Read the Q&A………………………………
  • New law helps protect homeowners’ private information (NV) October 3, 2023
    In addition to imposing cybersecurity insurance and data protection requirements for homeowners associations’ online assessment payment processors, SB378, which was adopted this legislative session and then went into law, helps HOA protect homeowners’ private information and streamlines the email notification process.   Read the article…………………………….
  • New law helps protect homeowners’ private information (NV) September 29, 2023
    In addition to imposing cybersecurity insurance and data protection requirements for homeowners associations’ online assessment payment processors, SB378, which was adopted this legislative session and then went into law, helps HOA protect homeowners’ private information and streamlines the email notification process.    Read the article……………………………..
  • New law improves online protections for homeowners (NV) September 23, 2023
    This is the first of two columns by Las Vegas attorney Adam H. Clarkson. Today, he addresses Senate Bill 378, which imposes cybersecurity insurance and data protection requirements for homeowners associations’ online assessment payment processors. Next week, he will address what the new law says about email notices.    Read the article………………………..
  • Panel finds owners of shuttered Silverstone Ranch in breach of contract (NV) September 21, 2023
    An arbitration panel has found that the owners of the Silverstone Ranch development’s golf course is in breach of contractual obligations to maintain the course, which has been closed for eight years.  Read the article………………………..
  • HOAs can buy flood insurance but it’s expensive (NV) September 17, 2023
    Q: My town house/condominium complex is not in a 100-year flood zone. However, it is close to the upper edge of the area designated as a high-risk flood zone.  Flood insurance is not required, according to the covenants, conditions and restrictions.     Read the Q&A…………………………
  • New law will allow HOA electronic voting for elections, recalls (NV) September 10, 2023
    Assembly Bill 309 allows HOAs to utilize electronic voting for elections and recalls. It also allows HOAs to use autopay and opens the door to development of new management transition requirements.   Read the article………………………..
  • Homeowners say HOA is doing things right (NV) September 3, 2023
    Q: We read your column regularly on Sundays. Nearly all of your responses seem to be to complaints about real or perceived homeowners association board member abuses, unfair charges or fees, covenants, conditions and restrictions questions or infractions, legality of board decisions and the like. Some seem to be very valid concerns, others not so much.   Read the Q&A…………………………………
  • Flood insurance not required for HOAs (NV) August 29, 2023
    Q: Does our homeowners association have to furnish flood insurance for condo and town houses?  My condo was hit by a flash flood on Aug. 1, and we had 1.34 inches of rain in 38 minutes. I hired a remediation company.   Read the Q&A…………………………………
  • ‘Heartbreak’ after Las Vegas favourite Pete the peacock killed with arrow (NV) August 26, 2023
    A beloved Las Vegas peacock named Pete has been killed with a hunter’s bow and arrow, sparking heartbreak in the local community.  Animal Protection Services officers are investigating the death of the peacock, which belonged to a resident in a small gated community in the Nevada city, but had come to be accepted as the neighbourhood pet throughout the years.   Read the article………………………..
  • Satellite dishes removed; HOA still fines owner (NV) August 22, 2023
    Q: I hope I can get some help because I find myself in a desperate situation. We are the owners and residents of a unit in a local condominium community.  We got an email from the (homeowners association) management company informing us that we were fined $100 and will be fined another $100 dollars every seven days because I did not correct the violation. The alleged violation was for satellite dishes being installed without approval. Now, here are the facts:  ...
  • Leaking rooftop pool cause for condo concern August 19, 2023
    Question: I purchased a brand-new condominium in 2020, near the ocean. The building is seven floors high, including the rooftop pool, and four condominium units wide. In the past six months I have noticed that one of the interior walls that is constructed of plaster over block has developed horizontal bowing, in places for a span of 20 feet or so. The wall in question is a dividing wall to another condominium, which also shows bowing, though not to the ...
  • Homeowner says HOA doesn’t communicate well (NV) August 14, 2023
    Q: I am having a horrible time with our homeowners association, and before I file a report against them, I am hoping you can help me.  First, am I not entitled to know the exact duties of the guy who goes around making reports on people who violate the rules? I do pay him through my dues. I am not asking for personal information, just what he does in the community besides that.   Read the Q&A……………………………………
  • Homeowners can meet to air concerns about HOA (NV) August 7, 2023
    Q: We are a small homeowners association community, and we have two owners/residents that have selectively went door to door soliciting other residents to petition our HOA board with a variety of complaints. On two separate occasions one of the two members who have created this group has had their questions posted in your column about a contractor and about the lack of supervision by the board.   Read the Q&A……………………………..
  • Local residents speak out after unresolved housing repairs (NV) July 27, 2023
    News 3 spotted dead landscaping, broken sprinklers, and leaning signs throughout the community near Washington and Torrey Pines.  Homeowners Association Management CAMCO employees tell News 3 they haven’t been able to make improvements because four of its five volunteer board members quit, and by law, they must vote first on any action relating to the community.   Read the article………………………..
  • Homeowner believes HOA board behavior is harassment (NV) July 24, 2023
    Q: During a recent board meeting, which I did not attend, board members and the community manager engaged in a “bitch session” about myself and another homeowner, calling us “crazy.” They said we had no life and were bored.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • No bingo night for homeowners associations (NV) July 16, 2023
    Q: Would you mind helping me figure out if Nevada Revised Statutes allow our Las Vegas homeowners association to host a bingo night with residents who attend paying a small amount for a card with the balance of the pot shared only among winners? I don’t find anything referenced in our covenants, conditions and restrictions.  Read the article………………………..
  • Spring Creek COA’s new deer rule clamps down on feeding wildlife (NV) July 12, 2023
    Spring Creek Association residents who feed mule deer could be cited with a nuisance violation after the Committee of Architecture passes a new rule that prohibits leaving food out for wildlife.   Read the article………………………..
  • Barbecue grills must be approved by the HOA (NV) July 8, 2023
    Q: We have a homeowners association board that pretty much agrees on most things except we are having difficulty with a portion of article 3.6 of the covenants, conditions and restrictions. What is your take on “there shall be no open fires whatsoever” as it pertains to the rest of the article?   Read the Q&A…………………………
  • High-rise ‘service dogs’ appear to be regular pets (NV) July 2, 2023
    Q: Our high-rise community has restrictions in the governing documents regarding the number and size of dogs as pets for each resident. Several residents claim they require one or more service dogs negating the effectiveness of these rules.   Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Security guard shoots man with rifle at condo complex (NV) June 29, 2023
    At around 3:15 p.m., 32-year-old Andrew Warrender walked into the lobby of the Turnberry Towers, 322 E. Karen Ave., near Paradise Road, armed with an AR-15 style rifle. Warrender fired one shot at a security guard but his rifle malfunctioned.  As he exited the lobby the security guard shot Warrender several times in the thighs and abdomen, according to a Metropolitan Police Department arrest report.   Read the article………………………..
  • Reno Fire, NV Energy, Nevada Division of Forestry Using Goats to Reduce Wildfire Risk (NV) June 28, 2023
    In an effort to reduce the risk of wildfire risk in Rosewood Canyon, the Reno Fire Department, NV Energy, and the Nevada Division of Forestry are teaming up to use goats as fire mitigation tools.  On June 5, goats from High Desert Graziers from Smith Valley started to graze approximately 16 acres of property owned by the Skyline View and Caughlin Homeowners Association    Read the article………………………..
  • Increased assessments could be appropriate (NV) June 26, 2023
    Q: The homeowners association fees in my development were $158 per month as of last year. This January, they raised the fees to $176 per month. Was this legal to raise it so much? Please advise me about this.   Read the Q&A………………………..
  • Get HOA approval in writing when painting the house (NV) June 20, 2023
    Q: I recently painted my home. Since there was no color scheme provided matching mine, I requested and received approval to use a color scheme that came closest.   Read the Q&A………………………………
  • Lawsuit: Rhodes Ranch HOA bullied resident after crash (NV) June 11, 2023
    Maria Cervantes Alvarado didn’t want all of her Rhodes Ranch neighbors to know she had sued the homeowners association in the aftermath of a car crash.  In April 2022, Cervantes was taking one of her nightly walks and was in a crosswalk when a car struck her inside the gated southwest valley community. She later filed a lawsuit against the Rhodes Ranch homeowners association, alleging that it neglected to install proper lighting at the intersection, contributing to the crash.   Read ...
  • Nobody wants to go to prison over an HOA election (NV) June 10, 2023
    Q: We have a homeowners association election coming up soon that is sure to be contentious. It is thought that there was tampering in a prior election (statistically far too high of a turnout — over 80 percent when the normal turnout is approximately 20 percent). A number of homeowners think that a certain member of the board was getting information in terms of which homes had not turned in ballots, and, in essence, re-creating those ballots in their favor.  ...
  • Las Vegas Won’t Save the Water It Needs by Just Removing Lawns (NV) June 7, 2023
    Some HOAs already see the limits of this strategy. After years of minimizing the water used on landscaping, staff members at Sun City Anthem, a retirement community of more than 10,000 people in Henderson, say they’ve run out of nonfunctional turf to remove. All that’s left is a lawn they want to keep for events like movie nights.   Read the article………………………..
  • Architectural Committee has final say over door signs (NV) June 4, 2023
    Q: I live in a homeowners association-controlled condo community. Is there a Nevada state legal standing on displaying autoimmune or quiet time door area signs? The management company for our HOA has told me I cannot display any. Any assistance would be gratefully appreciated.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • Judge denies preliminary injunction in vacation rental lawsuit (NV) May 25, 2023
    A preliminary injunction was denied against a Lake ridge homeowner who was renting his property for less than the 60 days.  District Judge Tod Young said that the requirement of irreparable harm for a preliminary injunction was not met by the Lakeridge General Improvement District.   Read the article………………………..
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