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  • 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…………………………….
  • Clay supervisors agree to reimburse homeowners association for walking path (PA) June 22, 2024
    Supervisors voted 2-1 to contribute a one-time reimbursement for a public walking path in disrepair to the Home Towne Square Homeowners Association. Chair Tim Lausch and Vice Chair Keith Martin voted yes, while Supervisor Gary Landis voted no. Funding will come from the township’s American Rescue Plan Act funds.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Murrysville homeowners’ association wants dredged sediment cleared away (PA) May 8, 2024
    One of the main reasons homeowners associations exist is to ensure the neighborhoods they govern remain clean and tidy.  It’s little wonder, then, that members of the Lyons Run Estates Homeowners Association are not pleased they’ve had several tons of dredged sediment sitting on their property for nearly two years.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Berks woman admits to $375,000 theft from Montgomery County condo association (PA) May 2, 2024
    A Berks County woman admitted that she embezzled more than $375,000 while working as the bookkeeper for the Gwynedd Office Condominium Association in Upper Gwynedd Township.  Judith E. Butt, 74, of the 700 block of Hopewell Street, Union Township, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to felony charges of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received in connection with thefts that occurred between January 2016 and March 2023.   Read the ...
  • Murrysville homeowners’ association wants dredged sediment cleared away (PA) April 23, 2024
    One of the main reasons homeowners associations exist is to ensure the neighborhoods they govern remain clean and tidy.  It’s little wonder, then, that members of the Lyons Run Estates Homeowners Association are not pleased they’ve had several tons of dredged sediment sitting on their property for nearly two years.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Families displaced by condo fire in Cumberland County (PA) April 11, 2024
    Three families were displaced early Thursday morning after a condominium complex fire in Cumberland County.  Fire crews from Cumberland, Perry, and Dauphin counties were dispatched at about 5:55 a.m. for reports of a house fire at the Westwood Village Condominium    Read the article…………………………….
  • A showdown pits owners of second homes against full-time residents in the Poconos (PA) April 9, 2024
    The Hideout, a gated community in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, had long operated under an unspoken covenant. Whether by choice or by circumstance, the second-home owners deferred to the needs of full-time residents, a core 900 or so households.   Read the article…………………………….

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Pennsylvania Condo & HOA Articles

  • Guilty By Association: Common Pitfalls in Planned Community and Condominium Formation and Management (PA)
    Many homebuilders are familiar with the general structure of condominiums and planned communities in Pennsylvania, and the purposes of the associations that manage them. However, due to the complexities of these communities and the statutes that govern them (68 Pa.C.S.A. Sections 3101, et seq. (condos) and 5101, et seq. (planned communities)) (the “Acts”), there are many opportunities for developers to make mistakes during the formation and turnover process.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Breach of Personal Information in Community Associations (PA)
    The article deals with Pennsylvania Senate Bill 824 that goes into effect Sept. 26, 2024, regarding what needs to be done regarding a breach of personal information.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condominium Associations Need to Check Their Insurance Policies (PA)
    Section 3312(c)(2) of the Pennsylvania Uniform Condominium Act requires that the Association’s insurer “waives its right to subrogation under the policy against any unit owner of the condominium or members of his household.” This means when the Association’s policy pays for damages to the Unit or Common Elements, the insurance company cannot try to get a contribution from the Unit Owner. That includes times when the Unit Owner was negligent or even purposefully caused damage.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Home Owner Association Snow Removal: Your Questions Answered (PA)
    It is November 15, and temperatures are forecast to reach almost 70 degrees later this week. Naturally, I am thinking about snow removal for condominiums and homeowners associations. Even though snowfall was almost nonexistent during the winter of 2022-23, boards need to prepare for the upcoming season and revisit some of the questions we discuss every year.   Read the article……………………………………
  • Wrongful death suit brought against landscaping, residential companies results in total $425K settlement (PA)
    Landscaping services and retail management companies has settled a lawsuit brought by a Delaware County man, who alleged negligence on its part and others led to his mother suffering a fall and injuries that led to her death, for a total of $425,000.   Read the article………………………..
  • Delayed Decisions On Accommodation Requests Lead To Trouble
    A recent federal court decision in U.S. v. The Dorchester Owners Association, No. 20-1396 (E.D. Penn. Jan. 25, 2023), is instructive as to how boards of directors can put their associations at risk when they fail to make timely final decisions on accommodation requests or impose unreasonable conditions in granting those requests. In this case, the requests were for emotional support animals, but the lessons learned here apply to any request for an accommodation under the Fair Housing Act (FHA).  ...
  • Big Changes to Condominium and Homeowners’ Association Elections are Coming This Summer: Part II (PA)
    Act 115 of 2022 will amend the Pennsylvania Uniform Condominium Act and the Uniform Planned Communities Act to change the ways meetings and elections are held. In Part One, I listed many ways that Act 115 will help communities. In this part, I will talk about some of the ways Act 115 may make things more difficult.   Read the article………………………..

Pennsylvania Article Archives

 

Pennsylvania Laws

Planned Communities Act

Uniform Condominium Act

Pennsylvania Flag Bill “American, Commonwealth and Military Flag Act.” It provides that, notwithstanding a provision in the bylaws or other rules of a homeowner’s association, cooperative, condominium or planned community, a unit owner may fly the American flag, the Pennsylvania flag, or a military flag within his portion of the property under his exclusive control. The flag may not exceed 3’x 5′.

The bill provides that the association must permit the flying of such flags on enumerated days, including: President’s Day, Iwo Jima Flag Raising Day, Vietnam Veteran’s Day, V-E Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, V-J Day, Patriot’s Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day, Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor Day and the birthday of each branch of the United States Armed Forces.

 

Pennsylvania Condo & HOA Resources

Community Associations Institute – Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter

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