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/ Owner - July 2, 2012
  • Firefighters battle fire at Clayton condominium building (OH) February 19, 2024
    Fire crews in Montgomery County battled a fire at a condominium building Saturday evening. At 7:07 p.m., Fire Collaborative – Clayton, Englewood, Union, and Clayton police were dispatched to 7815 North Main Street, Spanish Trace Condo, on reports of a fire.     Read the article…………………………….
  • County approves funding for new security cameras in Edgewater neighborhood (OH) February 14, 2024
    Members of the Cuyahoga County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to approve a grant that will help the homeowners association in Cleveland’s Edgewater neighborhood purchase new security cameras.  The HOA’s pursuit of the $25,000 grant from the county created controversy among some Clevelanders because the county’s top elected official lives in Edgewater    Read the article…………………………….
  • Fire at condo in Painesville Township results in anticipated total loss (OH) December 14, 2023
    The Painesville Township Fire Department along with mutual aid from several neighboring departments responded to an early morning fire at a condominium on Blase Nemeth Road on Dec. 12 that is expected to result in a total loss.   Read the article…………………………
  • Person declared dead following Willoughby condo fire (OH) December 14, 2023
    The Willoughby Fire Department reported arriving on scene within three minutes and soon after finding a person inside the residence. They were taken out and transported to University Hospitals Lake West Hospital, where officials confirmed they were dead. The victim’s identity has not been made public yet.    Read the article………………………………
  • Multiple departments battle blaze at condo complex (OH) December 12, 2023
    By the time the fire was extinguished, seven units were impacted, according to the condominium office, with the displaced residents receiving assistance from the American Red Cross. No one was injured at the scene, but one person was transported to a hospital due to a medical condition,   Read the article………………………..
  • Ohio Panel Disqualification Reversal November 28, 2023
    In a dramatic twist echoing the thrill of a courtroom drama, an Ohio appellate court has unleashed a pivotal decision in a high-stakes legal skirmish between a homeowners association and a management company. The court, with a gavel of justice, struck down a lower court’s move to disqualify a defense attorney, a decision reverberating through the halls of legal precedent.    Read the article………………………………
  • Ohio bill allowing ‘unapproved’ flags in HOA, condo communities called unconstitutional November 14, 2023
    A dispute over an Israeli flag hanging outside of a New Albany condo is revealing government attempts to block homeowner associations in Ohio from banning certain flags. While legal experts say the First Amendment does not apply to an HOA or COA prohibiting some flags from flying, violations do occur when state lawmakers try to take control.   Read the article…………………………………..
  • New Albany condo owner battles HOA over Israeli flag display amid rising tensions (OH) November 13, 2023
    Opposition after a condo owner was told to take down the flag of Israel in his New Albany community.  The homeowner contacted abc6onyourside.comABC 6 On Your Side Problem Solver Lisa Rantala to say his rights are being violated during these high-tension times.   Read the article…………………………..
  • Two-alarm fire hospitalizes two, destroys condo near Blacklick (OH) October 18, 2023
    Two people have been hospitalized after an overnight fire destroyed a far east Columbus condo early Wednesday morning.   Read the article……………………………
  • 2 fires within 24 hours at one condo complex raising questions (OH) September 28, 2023
    Two fires at one local condo complex in less than 24 hours are raising some eyebrows.  Firefighters responded to the first fire Tuesday afternoon. People who live there didn’t think anything of it, until the same complex had an even bigger fire Wednesday morning.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Sycamore Township condo complex fire causes $2 million in damages (OH) September 27, 2023
    Dozens of firefighters from multiple agencies were on the scene of a condo complex fire in Sycamore Township early Wednesday morning.      Watch the news report……………………………
  • Nasty pond in Painesville Township treated after 19 Troubleshooter story (OH) September 19, 2023
    A homeowner in Painesville Township is back to enjoying his backyard again after a horrible stench has been taken care of.  The retention pond in his backyard had gotten so bad, it was filled with algae and started smelling like sewage.  After getting ignored by his homeowner’s association for years, he reached out to the 19 Troubleshooters.    Read the article………………………..
  • Rules could change after bikes, ball playing prohibited in Wadsworth neighborhood (OH) September 13, 2023
    The Great Oaks Condominium Homeowner’s Association in Wadsworth held its first meeting since News 5 reported that riding bikes, rollerblading, ball playing, and skateboarding were not allowed in the neighborhood.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘Someone could get sick;’ Painesville neighbors worry smelly pond is health hazard (OH) August 19, 2023
    A stinky pond is becoming a health concern.  Neighbors in Lake Erie Shores say the retention pond in their development wreaks of sewage and is filling up with algae and mosquitos.  After getting ignored by their homeowners association, they reached out to the 19 Troubleshooters.   Read the article………………………..
  • Wadsworth mother says no biking, skateboarding, rollerblading, ball playing allowed in her neighborhood (OH) August 18, 2023
    A Wadsworth mother of three said her homeowner’s association banned bikes, skateboards, and even playing ball. Now, some frustrated families feel unwelcome in their own neighborhood.   Read the article………………………..
  • Displaced condo owners in Warrensville Heights still waiting for repairs after deadly fire (OH) July 7, 2023
    A deadly fire at a condo complex has now turned into an agonizing wait for one local couple to go back home.  They’ve been in a hotel for months, waiting for the property management to fix the damage.   Read the article………………………..
  • Judge sides with Gahanna in neighborhood association lawsuit over commercial construction (OH) July 3, 2023
    A judge in Franklin County dismissed a lawsuit filed by a neighborhood association against the city of Gahanna, which accused its city attorney of brokering a secret deal on a private construction project abutting the subdivision.  Read the article………………………..
  • Tri-State man ‘flabbergasted’ after Pride flag, decorations removed June 13, 2023
    A Tri-State man is considering filing theft and hate crime charges after he says a neighbor tore down Pride month decorations he had put up.  Greg Deitsch lives at the Village of Finneytown condos, where he says condo owners can display big, blow-up decorations during the holiday season. He wonders why he isn’t allowed to express himself during National Pride Month.   Read the article………………………..
  • Several families displaced after condominium fire in Burlington (OH) May 12, 2023
    Firefighters from several towns responded to a fire that has left several families looking for places to stay.  Crews responded to reports of a structure fire on the 2300 block of Paragon Mill Drive early Wednesday morning. When firefighters arrived on the scene, the fire, which started in the garage of one condominium, had spread to the roof line and affected several other units.   Read the article………………………..
  • Sylvania condo suffers ‘extensive damage’ in fire (OH) May 9, 2023
    Sylvania Fire Battalion Chief Mike Szafarowicz said the fire damage is extensive and a near-total loss.  Szafarowicz said the fire started in a single unit within a multi-unit structure.   Read the article………………………..
  • Elderly woman killed in local condo fire (OH) April 18, 2023
    An elderly woman was killed in a fire over the weekend.   According to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, 71-year-old Garnetta Stallworth died in the fire that broke out at a condo complex along Cambridge Lane.   Read the article………………………..
  • Stark County HOA bans Tier III sex offenders from living in their neighborhood (OH) April 15, 2023
    A few years back a registered sex offender moved into Avondale, a quiet, upscale neighborhood in Stark County.  The homeowner’s association wanted them out.  Tony DeGirolamo, the Avondale HOA president, said they passed a bylaw that bans Tier III sex offenders, the most serious classification, from living or owning property within their community.   Read the article………………………..
  • Neighborhood association files lawsuit against Gahanna over construction project (OH) April 12, 2023
    A neighborhood association has filed a lawsuit against Gahanna, alleging the city wrongly brokered a secret deal with a project developer.  The lawsuit, filed last week in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, stems from tree-clearing for a commercial construction project — originally denied by a city board in 2018 — on five acres of land on the corner of Beecher and North Hamilton roads.   Read the article………………………..
  • Ohio lawmakers revive bill to protect ‘thin blue line’ flag March 26, 2023
    Ohio lawmakers have revived legislation to allow a Pataskala man to fly his “thin blue line” flag scot-free.  For nearly six years, Thomas DiSario has proudly flown the striped flag at his Pataskala home in honor of his late son, former Kirkersville police chief Steven DiSario, who was shot and killed in May 2017 while responding to a 911 call at a nursing home.   Read the article………………………..
  • Judge dismisses some property owners from cattle dam suit, might add others (OH) March 18, 2023
    A visiting judge dismissed some parties involved in the lawsuit regarding ownership of the Knox Cattle Company Dam on Yauger Road but left the door open for additional parties to be added.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘It’s huge;’ Smoke and flames damage condo complex in Washington Township, no injuries (OH) March 12, 2023
    A condominium complex in Washington Township was damaged after a fire sent plumes of smoke into the air Saturday afternoon.   Read the article………………………..
  • 9 hospitalized after condo complex fire in College Hill (OH) February 21, 2023
    Crews got the call around 1:10 a.m. Tuesday for a fire alarm activation at the Hammond North Apartments on Hamilton Avenue. When they arrived, they saw heavy flames coming from a few units on the first floor.   Read the article………………………..
  • One dead, dozens homeless after fire destroys condo building (OH) February 12, 2023
    One person died and two others were injured in a pre-dawn fire that destroyed a building at the Hidden Cedars Condominiums complex in southeast Springfield Township, injuring at least one resident, a township fire commander said.   Read the article………………………..
  • On Your Side: Smiley Rd. residents relieved after years-long flooding problems addressed (OH) February 11, 2023
    According to Norwich Township, the pond is owned and maintained by The Lakes at Mill Run homeowners association. The condo community sits within the City of Columbus and Smiley Road and the roadway drainage fall under the jurisdiction of Franklin County.  Read the article………………………..
  • Judge upholds preliminary injunction against parking charges in Columbus neighborhood (OH) February 8, 2023
    After hours of lengthy testimony about real estate law, a judicial decision about whether a Cleveland man has the right to charge residents of a Columbus Far North Side neighborhood for off-street parking spaces outside their townhomes that has been free for decades remains on hold.    Read the article………………………..
  • Maple Heights condo tenants left in cold after gas bill goes unpaid (OH) February 1, 2023
    Tenants at the Maple Park Drive Condos got a notice this week from Dominion Energy, telling them they’re shutting off their gas. That means no heat or hot water, with temperatures in the teens.   Read the article………………………..
  • Family safe after escaping condo fire in Maumee early Tuesday (OH) January 31, 2023
    Three kids and two adults were inside the condo when flames broke out. They were able to make it out safely.  Lt. Andrew Sauder of STFD told WTOL 11 eight people in total, including a neighboring condo, were affected by water and smoke from the fire.   Read the article………………………..
  • Cleveland man: Plan to force Columbus residents to pay for street parking an ‘investment’ (OH) January 20, 2023
    A Cleveland businessman for the first time faced down Far North Side residents from whom he wants to collect $120 per month per vehicle when he appeared in a Columbus courtroom on Tuesday.   Read the article………………………..
  • Madison House residents say they lost millions due to water damage controversy (OH) January 13, 2023
    A group of 137 Madison House condominium owners has lined up to oppose a November lawsuit seeking major structural improvements at the Hyde Park property, claiming they’ve lost millions in property value because of the dispute.    Read the article………………………..
  • Lorain property owner pledges to repair collapsing balconies months after 19 News report (OH) January 12, 2023
    The property manager of Residents on the Green in Lorain is aiming to have the collapsing balconies fixed within the next month.  Owners in this condo building have been worried for months about the balconies collapsing.    Read the article………………………..
  • Forest Hill Home Owners Association seeks happy ending for ‘fairy-tale’ Blue Cottage (OH) December 27, 2022
    Efforts continue to save the charming “Blue Cottage,” a foundation of the historic Forest Hill neighborhood for nearly a century.   Read the article………………………..
  • Madison House lawsuit seeks management shake-up at Hyde Park property (OH) December 16, 2022
    Seven condominium owners at the Madison House are seeking a court order to replace the board and management of the Hyde Park property, the latest in a string of attempts by Madison House resident Edgar Ragouzis to force major structural repairs there.   Read the article………………………..
  • The National Police Association Files Lawsuit Against Home Owner Association for Making Father Remove Thin Blue Line Flag Flown in Honor of His Fallen Officer Son December 9, 2022
    The National Police Association announced today they have filed suit against a second Ohio HOA for threatening a homeowner for flying a Thin Blue Line flag.   Read the article………………………..
  • Surprise fees for street parking in Columbus subdivision halted by Franklin County judge (OH) December 9, 2022
    The mailing looked official, but when residents of a neighborhood subdivision in Columbus’ Far North Side read the details, they were confused. Was this a scam? A misunderstanding?  Cleveland-based Novsky LLC was asking the 80 homeowners in the Smokey Ridge Estates near Powell to sign a lease agreement for parking spaces on the streets in front of their townhomes and condominiums in the subdivision that they had been parking in freely for years.    Read the article………………………..
  • Plaintiffs in lawsuit claim poor governance turning campground into ‘housing project’ (OH) December 8, 2022
    In a recent court filing in a lawsuit against the Lost Hollow Campground in Logan, the plaintiffs claim that due to lax enforcement of deed restrictions at the site, some lot owners in recent years have put up structures to use as their full-time homes, “effectively turning the recreational campground into a low-income housing project.”   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘Nothing’s been done,’ Norwich Twp. residents want answers to years long flooding problems (OH) December 2, 2022
    Norwich Township residents told ABC 6/FOX 28 they are fed up with flooding on their property and inside their homes. The families live along Smiley Road and on property under Norwich Township jurisdiction. Across the street is a condo community called The Lakes at Mill Run. A pond on that property backs up to Smiley Road.    Read the article………………………..
  • Facing fines, lawsuit, father of slain Kirkersville Police Chief takes down ‘thin blue line’ flag (OH) November 17, 2022
    In May of 2022, Disario received a letter from the OMNI Community Association Managers on behalf of his HOA saying the thin blue line flag was “a political statement,” which went against the deed he agreed to and signed.   Read the article………………………..
  • Lorain condo owner says property manager has failed to fix collapsing balconies (OH) November 14, 2022
    Condo owners at Residents on the Green in Lorain are worried about the balconies collapsing on their building. James Johnson, a resident at the condo building, said he’s worried someone will get seriously hurt if the balconies aren’t fixed in time.  Read the article………………………..
  • ‘It’s paralyzing:’ Neighbors in Stark Co. retirement community blast new owners for doubling HOA fee (OH) November 7, 2022
    Neighbors in a Stark County retirement community worry rising costs are making their homes unaffordable. Navarre Village residents told News 5 they weren’t given notice the neighborhood’s homeowners association fees would more than double under new ownership.   Read the article………………………..
  • Trustees hear from homeowners association (OH) October 26, 2022
    First to speak was resident Bill Jobe, president of the Villa Rosa Homeowners Association, who presented to the board numerous concerns from Villa Rosa Drive residents: speeding, road conditions and street lights.  Jobe said the roads had not been repaved in the last 15 years.   Read the article………………………..
  • Officials: 1 dead, another injured after condo fire in Union Township (OH) October 26, 2022
    Officials confirmed one person has died and another person was injured after a condo fire in Union Township Monday night.  According to officials, around 8:00 p.m. firefighters were on the scene of an incident in the 400 block of Maple Port Way at the Maple Leaf Condominium Complex.   Read the article………………………..
  • Pataskala woman alleges HOA is discriminating against her based on race, disabilities (OH) September 29, 2022
    A Pataskala woman being sued by her homeowners association for operating a home daycare alleges the HOA is discriminating against her based on her race and disabilities and violating Ohio fair housing laws.  Read the article………………………..
  • Liberty condo lawsuit settled out of court (OH) September 24, 2022
    A Liberty condominium group of 41 lot owners within the Kline’s Farm development has dropped its lawsuit against the community development group, its real estate agency and others, alleging violation of community rules.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘I’m just so heartbroken’: Devastating condominium fire leaves multiple people homeless in Lakewood (OH) September 18, 2022
    An ordinary Saturday morning in Lakewood turned into tenants’ worst nightmare after a fire at the Kirtland Houses Condos.  “First thing I heard was yelling in the parking lot,” said one tenant living in the building.   Read the article………………………..
  • Ohio bill would protect flying Thin Blue Line flag September 6, 2022
    ….Miller said he purposely kept the bill narrow.  “For those that wish to get another type of flag added to the exemptions, they can offer a bill and try to push that through the General Assembly if that’s their wish,” he said   Read the article………………………..
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