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/ Owner - July 1, 2012
  • Charlotte HOA failing to fix massive hole in parking lot (NC) June 19, 2024
    Townhome owners in a University City neighborhood are questioning why their HOA can’t afford to fix a massive hole in their parking lot that’s only grown larger in the two years since it first formed.  WBTV’s investigation revealed that the management company hired by the Homeowner’s Association has a history of hiring employees convicted of financial crimes.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Bear pictured in Charlotte neighborhood prompts alert. ‘All neighbors, be aware.’ (NC) June 15, 2024
    ACharlotte homeowners association issued an alert Friday after a bear visited its wooded neighborhood near Mallard Creek Greenway.  “All neighbors, be aware,” the Wellington HOA in northeast Charlotte warned in an email.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Airbnb renters-turned-squatters refuse to vacate property unless evicted: court docs (NC) June 10, 2024
    An Airbnb host in Durham, North Carolina, filed a complaint in court against renters-turned-squatters after they refused to vacate the property until they received an order of eviction, according to court documents.   Read the article…………………………….
  • A High Point homeowner calls WFMY News 2 after her HOA is slow to respond following roof leak (NC) June 8, 2024
    Peggy McCleod was super excited about her new townhome. She knew the roof needed fixing and the HOA would pay for the repairs, but it didn’t work out perfectly.   Read the article…………………………….
  • NC Home Builders Association pushes building code reform, gives maximum donations to local officials June 7, 2024
    In a May 10 statement, the North Carolina Home Builders Association Director of Legislative Affairs Steven Webb celebrated the North Carolina House’s passage of Senate Bill 166, titled 2024 Building Code Regulatory Reform, and described it as the group’s top legislative priority for the 2024 session.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Residents at a Greensboro condominium complex ask; Where’s the money going? (NC) May 25, 2024
    James Joyce is tired of parking in a spot with crumbling asphalt, dirt, and sand. When it rains his parking spot becomes a mud pit and that’s not the worst problem.   Read the article…………………………….
  • AMG HOA and Condominium Manager CEO Paul K. Mengert Receives Prestigious 2024 Community Associations Institute Award of Excellence in Government and Public Affairs May 14, 2024
    Paul K. Mengert, CEO of Association Management Group (AMG), was honored with the prestigious 2024 Award of Excellence in Government and Public Affairs by the Community Associations Institute (CAI) on Friday, May 10. This distinguished accolade honors individuals whose outstanding volunteer efforts have significantly propelled the government and public affairs initiatives of CAI   Read the article…………………………….
  • Can HOA boards skip meetings and elections? (NC) May 13, 2024
    WCNC Charlotte got this email from Florentina R.:  “Our HOA board has refused to conduct the Association’s Annual Board Election. Is an HOA board allowed to withhold the association’s annual board elections?”    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • NC House Select Committee on HOAs Files New Bill May 3, 2024
    As the short session continues and the legislature continues to negotiate House Bill 542 with interested parties, a new bill was introduced on May 1, 2024 by Representatives Frank Iler, Steve Tyson and Ya Liu.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Neighbors watching neighbors? HOA vehicle surveillance irks some in NC neighborhood May 2, 2024
    By all accounts, the controversy over surveillance at Princeton Manor began at a pool party last summer.  “Personally frustrated” by a string of car break-ins and a recent burglary in the Knightdale subdivision, a member of the homeowners association board struck up a conversation with a Knightdale police officer at the event, asking what else the neighborhood could do to fight crime.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Waterford Residential Community awarded CAI Seal of Distinction (NC) May 2, 2024
    The Board of Directors of Waterford Master Residential Association has announced that the Community Association Institute of North Carolina (CAI-NC) has awarded Waterford Residential Community in Leland with its Seal of Distinction for 2024-2025, once again honoring this self-governing development of 1,010 homes for recognizing, funding and following best practice standards in community management.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Unhappy neighbors. Vacant lots. NC community for ‘patriots’ off to a rocky start April 22, 2024
    When developers launched 1776 Gastonia, the 55-plus housing community for “patriots,” in the Charlotte area last year, they said it was just the beginning of a “grassroots movement.”  With street names like Paul Revere Drive and Constitution Lane, 1776 Gastonia invokes vague stars-and-stripes imagery to appeal to its target audience: patriotic citizens looking to achieve the “American dream of homeownership.” Of course, that dream doesn’t come cheap — a 1,370 square-foot townhouse starts at around $450,000.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Family fighting keep chickens as pets in Waxhaw neighborhood (NC) April 16, 2024
    A Union County family that was fined for keeping chickens as pets has scored a big win.  The family was originally located in a Waxhaw neighborhood.  However, neighborhood rules said they couldn’t own poultry, but they could have household pets as long as you don’t make money off of them.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Coastal property owners yet to embrace roof-girding grants (NC) April 15, 2024
    Maybe one North Carolina insurance provider should join the industry trend and advertise: “Hello Beach Plan policyholders! Do you need a new roof? Want to save on your property insurance? How about we help you out with as much as $8,000 toward a much stronger roof that is fortified to withstand storms? And don’t worry — we’re not asking you to pay it back.”    Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Sick to my stomach’: Neighbors demand answers from HOA over flag violations (NC) April 9, 2024
    Nickey Crowley says for the last 20 years, he’s flown a gay pride flag outside his home in Holly Park with no issue.  Then in September of last year, he received a violation saying that flag did not comply with the rules set out by the homeowners association.  “Why now, is my pride flag an issue?” Crowley asked.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Downtown Asheville condo owners file lawsuit after illegal Airbnbs play ‘hide and seek’ (NC) April 8, 2024
    Downtown homeowners who lived next to nine illegal Airbnbs have filed a lawsuit against the owners of the short-term rental units, alleging the practice violated homeowner association covenants established for the 17 North Market St. building.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Southern Shores community protests doubled sewer bill (NC) April 1, 2024
    Almost two dozen residents from Southern Shores Landing attended a hearing with the North Carolina Utilities Commission to protest a monthly sewage rate increase from $90 to $180. The community, which is serviced by the Ginguite Woods wastewater system, has 38 single family homes. The homeowners’ association president Wayne Avery said that 30 of these homes have only one or two people living in them, and many of these are senior citizens living on a fixed income.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Downtown Asheville condo owners file lawsuit after illegal Airbnbs play ‘hide and seek’ (NC) April 1, 2024
    Downtown homeowners who lived next to nine illegal Airbnbs have filed a lawsuit against the owners of the short-term rental units, alleging the practice violated homeowner association covenants established for the 17 North Market St. building.  The lawsuit, filed March 27 in Buncombe County Superior Court, alleges owners who listed units on the Airbnb website broke covenants that limit the use of units to “single family residential, recreational and related purposes by renting the units as short-term rentals for transient ...
  • HOA looks to fine Mooresville man $100 a day over patio lights (NC) March 20, 2024
    A Mooresville man risks getting fined $100 a day from his homeowners association for his backyard lights. It’s something he said has not been a problem, so he reached out to WCNC Charlotte hoping to get answers.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Court sides with homeowners in NC ski country who want short-term rentals March 19, 2024
    After a homeowners association in the North Carolina High Country tried to block short-term rentals during ski season, a court has ruled against the HOA.  The Reserve II sits feet from the slopes on the top of Sugar Mountain in Avery County. Jeff and Martha Wells have had their home there for more than 10 years. At one time, they rented their condominium.    Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Sick to my stomach’: Neighbors demand answers from HOA over flag violations (NC) March 18, 2024
    Nickey Crowley says for the last 20 years, he’s flown a gay pride flag outside his home in Holly Park with no issue.  Then in September of last year, he received a violation saying that flag did not comply with the rules set out by the homeowners association.  “Why now, is my pride flag an issue?” Crowley asked.  The violation stipulates that only the American flag can be mounted to homes in the neighborhood, but Crowley says numerous other non-American ...
  • Jim Slaughter presented with the Don Buck Lifetime Contribution Award as a legal trailblazer and thought leader shaping the future of community association law. March 15, 2024
    Jim Slaughter, president of Law Firm Carolinas’ six offices, has been honored with the Don Buck Lifetime Contribution Award at the Community Association Law Seminar in Las Vegas. The award, presented by Community Associations Institute’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL), recognizes attorneys who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the community association industry.   Read the article…………………………….
  • A Mooresville couple tried to paint their home. They were hit with a $1,000 fine from their HOA (NC) March 12, 2024
    Living in a neighborhood run by a homeowners association has its advantages, like maintaining uniformity with the exterior colors of the homes.  But after discovering some of their HOA’s “approved” colors didn’t even exist anymore, a Mooresville family found themselves asking, “Where’s the money?”  The family picked a color they liked, only to be hit with a $1,000 fine. That’s until neighbors stepped in.    Read the article…………………………….
  • NC Community Association Legislative Update – February 28, 2024 February 29, 2024
    Today (Wednesday, February 28) was the fourth and final meeting of the NC House Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations. As a reminder, this Committee was created by House Bill 311 (see NC Community Association Legislative Update – May 9, 2023) and tasked with examining planned communities and condominium associations,    Read the article…………………………….
  • NC House panel okays recommendations limiting power of HOAs February 28, 2024
    A state House panel Wednesday gave the final okay to recommendations they say would help curb abuses of power by community and homeowners’ associations in North Carolina.  “We can’t make as many changes probably as some would like to see happen, but we do have a few suggestions in the way of this committee report,” said co-chairman Rep. Steve Tyson, R-Craven. “In the short amount of time that we’ve had to do this, I think it’s a very good start.”  ...
  • 2 people displaced after massive condo fire in Raleigh, officials say (NC) February 22, 2024
    Two people lost their homes after a fire broke out at a condo building in Raleigh on Wednesday evening, fire officials said.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Court sides with homeowners in NC ski country who want short-term rentals February 22, 2024
    After a homeowners association in the North Carolina High Country tried to block short-term rentals during ski season, a court has ruled against the HOA.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Homeowner association regulations proposal expected in short session (NC) February 20, 2024
    Proposed changes to how North Carolina regulates homeowners’ associations expected to be introduced as a bill in the short session was reviewed by lawmakers on Tuesday.  Staff with the General Assembly’s Legislative Analysis Division outlined five recommendations from the Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations in the House of Representatives following several hearings on a variety of complaints from the public.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Five recommendations North Carolina lawmakers may consider to tackle HOA disputes February 14, 2024
    Members of the House Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations are moving closer to advancing a draft bill designed to level the playing field between homeowners and their HOAs.  Following two public hearings in January, five recommendations were presented Tuesday to the committee by legislative staff.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Homeowner association regulations proposal expected in short session (NC) February 14, 2024
    Proposed changes to how North Carolina regulates homeowners’ associations expected to be introduced as a bill in the short session was reviewed by lawmakers on Tuesday.  Staff with the General Assembly’s Legislative Analysis Division outlined five recommendations from the Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations in the House of Representatives following several hearings on a variety of complaints from the public.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Homeowner association regulations proposal expected in short session (NC) February 13, 2024
    Proposed changes to how North Carolina regulates homeowners’ associations expected to be introduced as a bill in the short session was reviewed by lawmakers on Tuesday.  Staff with the General Assembly’s Legislative Analysis Division outlined five recommendations from the Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations in the House of Representatives following several hearings on a variety of complaints from the public.     Read the article…………………………….
  • North Carolina HOAs could face new hurdles to foreclosures February 13, 2024
    North Carolina homeowners’ associations could soon face new hurdles to approving larger budgets and seizing property as a means to enforce their rules. The House Select Committee on Homeowners’ Associations have been meeting this year to address voter claims that HOAs have abused their power in the state. Committee members have welcomed input from homeowners as well as HOA representatives.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Judge says Cabarrus County HOA didn’t maintain sidewalks it was required to (MD) February 12, 2024
    A judge said a Cabarrus County homeowners association has a duty to maintain the sidewalks and didn’t.  Robert Beirne lives in the Skybrook subdivision. When tree roots started pushing up the sidewalk in front of his house, his HOA told him it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to fix.  Beirne told Action 9?s Jason Stoogenke he did fix it — twice — and it cost him more than $1,500 total.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Some homeowners say it’s been hard paying their portion of $3M neighborhood facelift (NC) February 10, 2024
    The Carmel Chace community near Johnston Road has three sections. The largest is more than 60 homes. They’re about 50 years old and many residents agree they desperately needed work, a lot of it. So, the Homeowners Association paid a contractor more than $3 million to redo the roofs, siding, and more.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Happy homeowners: Speak up before laws are reformed February 2, 2024
    A legislative committee in North Carolina has been examining the need for potential reform to community association laws. The committee has done an admirable job collecting input from all involved stakeholders—homeowners, board members, community association managers, attorneys, and others who could be impacted by updates to state laws.Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA/Condo Op-Ed Article Published Today (NC) December 20, 2023
    I was asked by The Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer to respond to recent reporting looking at changing North Carolina’s HOA/condo laws. My article, “Caution: When NC HOA Laws Change, Property Values and More Are at Stake,” appears in both newspapers today    Read the article…………………………..
  • Townhomes accuse city of causing pipes to burst (NC) December 14, 2023
    Some residents in the Park Place Townhomes in south Charlotte said they’ve been out of water off and on since the middle of November and they’re the ones who might have to pay to fix it.  Read the article………………………….
  • When North Carolina HOAs want to block or pass legislation, they often get their way December 14, 2023
    North Carolina Sen. Kandie Smith was troubled by news reports of people who lost their homes over small HOA debts. So in March, the Pitt County Democrat introduced a bill to prohibit homeowners associations from foreclosing on homeowners.    Read the article……………………………..
  • Charlotte HOA member learned the hard way: Fighting back can be a long, costly battle (NC) December 14, 2023
    Jennifer Jackson has survived cervical cancer. But not even that diagnosis — or the year of intensive radiation and chemotherapy that followed — caused as much distress as her long-running dispute with her    https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/charlotte-hoa-member-learned-hard-110000422.html
  • Deceit, rigged bids and extortion: How HOA foreclosures can open the door to predators (NC) December 13, 2023
    A federal lawsuit focused on an intricate bid-rigging and extortion scheme has helped illuminate another pitfall of HOA foreclosures: They can leave homeowners vulnerable to profiteers.   Read the article……………………………
  • Hundreds in NC lose homes, equity after HOAs foreclose. Who protects homeowners? December 13, 2023
    NC rules make it easy for HOAs to foreclose on homeowners. State law allows them to force the sale of homes for any amount of unpaid dues, no matter how small. Our investigation shows how often it’s happening – and how it can it’s devastateing homeowners.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Fairfield Harbour community divided over POA Board’s decision to sell undeveloped land (NC) December 2, 2023
    The Property Owner’s Association Board at Fairfield Harbour has announced a controversial decision to sell a piece of land within the community and residents are speaking up about it.    Read the article……………………………..
  • ‘It’s been awful: Residents in south Charlotte complex almost 1 week without water (NC) November 28, 2023
    Residents living in a south Charlotte neighborhood have been without water for the past five days and have had to use water bottles for everything over the holiday weekend.   Read the article…………………………
  • Marion City Council hears about Westwood Chateau situation (NC) November 27, 2023
    In early 2019, officials with McDowell County Emergency Management, the city of Marion, McDowell County and other local agencies notified the residents at the 32-unit condo complex, located behind the Lady Marian Plaza shopping center, of a voluntary evacuation order. It was issued for the Westwood Chateau residents because of “possible sinkhole formation under the residential structures.”    Read the article……………………………
  • Residents of Fairfield Harbour ask for voices to be heard as property owner’s association mulls over selling portion of 385-acre property (NC) November 24, 2023
    On Tuesday, the POA held a board meeting at The Pointe Restaurant, with almost 100 residents attending. The Sun Journal and several other local media members attempted to attend the meeting but were told the board was not allowing media inside. Almost a dozen attendees were also escorted out of the meeting before it ended.   Read the article………………………………
  • ‘What have they done with the money?’ | Settlement money paid to HOA following 2016 tornado damage still sits in general fund (NC) November 17, 2023
    Homeowners in Avenues at Ayrsley’s phase one neighborhood said their homeowners association received payments in 2021 and 2022 related to a tornado, and claim the money is still sitting in the HOA’s general fund, which is currently tapped for the entire community, not just the homes that were affected.     Read the article………………………………
  • New law protects Thin Blue Line flags after Union County HOA prevented former officer from flying it (NC) November 8, 2023
    Union County residents now have the right to fly first responder and military flags after a homeowners association asked residents to remove all flags that didn’t represent an official county.   Read the article…………………………………….
  • Brandywine Bay residents voice concerns over poor water quality and high bills (NC) November 8, 2023
    Concerns over water from the tap: That’s the situation for hundreds of people living in the Brandywine Bay community just outside of the Morehead City limits.   Read the article……………………………..
  • ‘I own this place’ | Charlotte woman told to leave her home last minute due to repairs (NC) November 1, 2023
    A Charlotte woman is being forced to pay to stay in a hotel after her condo’s management group said she had to be out while repairs were being made to her unit.  The woman, who is requesting to remain anonymous, said she was only told a few days ahead of time she would have to be out of her condo. Not only that, but she has to pay for her hotel stay, despite the inconvenience.   Read the article……………………………..
  • As residents push for answers, Brunswick HOA addresses financial concerns (NC) October 31, 2023
    Some homeowners in the Westport development in Winnabow are facing 50 to 60 percent increases in their homeowner association dues next year.  The rate hike has many in the community questioning actions of the development’s community association manager, GOProperty Management, and the Westport Homeowner Association Board of Directors. Some of their concerns include the association’s bank accounts, the board of directors’ election process, and a recent lawsuit against the HOA’s insurance company.   Read the article……………………………
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