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  • RI developer accused of ‘shoddy’ and substandard work ordered to pay over $750K in damages April 30, 2024
    A Superior Court judge on Monday upheld an arbitration award of more than $750,000 to owners of a condominium complex who say the developer performed shoddy and substandard work when he renovated their building in 2019.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Providence condo owners say developer’s shoddy work cost them thousands. They want answers (RI) March 21, 2024
    A developer who for years has left a trail of complaints resulting in multiple suspensions and fines by the state contractor’s registration board continues to do business in Rhode Island – even though he owes the state more than a quarter of a million dollars in personal income taxes.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Deed restriction may frustrate lender’s foreclosure on real estate development (RI) February 27, 2024
    The redeveloper of the former Memorial Hospital campus in Pawtucket could challenge a lender’s foreclosure on the property based on the alleged invalidity of the mortgage that it defaulted on, a Superior Court judge has found. Defendant Memorial Development LLC took out a $3.5 million mortgage on the property in 2022, which the original lender assigned to plaintiff Memorial Real Estate Group, LLC. The property was apparently encumbered by a deed restriction prohibiting any sale, conveyance or transfer without the ...
  • Residents of condemned condos once again in search of housing (RI) December 5, 2023
    The former residents of North Providence’s Canterbury Village are once again scrambling to find somewhere to live.  Dozens of residents were forced from their homes back in October after the town deemed the building uninhabitable.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Uninsured and without help: Lincoln homeowners struggle to understand private sewer lines (RI) November 30, 2023
    Seventeen years ago, the town relinquished responsibility for sewer lines in this Lincoln neighborhood, deeming homeowners responsible for them.  Now, officials are pinning the blame on developers as residents of the Sableswood North Subdivision search for answers and help on how to maintain uninsurable sewer lines.     Read the article……………………………….

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  • Everybody Hates Assessments: Handling the Unpleasant Inevitable
    Ahh, the pleasures of home ownership; a space to call your very own, to arrange and enjoy as you see fit, all while building equity. It’s a key component of the American Dream—but when the faucet leaks in your condo or co-op unit, there’s no more calling the landlord. You’ve got to fix it yourself. In shared interest communities, that’s true of every component of the building, both inside and outside your unit. The upkeep, maintenance, and repair of everything ...
  • Respecting Rules & Rights: Strategies for Dealing With ‘Problem’ Residents
    Everyone wants to be a good neighbor—at least that’s what we’d like to believe. But, living in small spaces and sharing common areas can (and unfortunately does) lead to occasional conflict. That’s the unintended but inevitable consequence of shared interest community living. What one resident considers normal or acceptable may not be seen as such by their neighbors. The ensuing irritation can build up, and if not addressed and defused, can throw a community into turmoil, leading to acrimony, dysfunction, ...
  • Financial Literacy for Board Members: Knowing More = Governing Better
    When a condo or co-op resident runs for a seat on their board, the decision to do so generally comes from a desire to ‘step up’ and participate in the governance of the place they call home, and the building or association community as a whole.   Often, the residents willing to serve on their board aren’t necessarily those with finely-honed skills and formal education in law, finance, and practical business management.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Q&A: Regulating Risk
    Q. During the warmer months, owners in our condominium building have noticed a few e-bikes/scooters with lithium batteries around our community. At night these e- bikes/scooters seem to be housed in owners’ or renters’ dwellings. Based on some news stories we’ve seen (although I’m sure they are pretty isolated incidents), we have concerns that these vehicles could explode and cause a fire.    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Holding Orderly, Efficient Annual Meetings – It’s Not as Hard as It Seems!
    Talk to anyone familiar with common-interest community governance anywhere in the country, and they will tell you the same thing: apathy is rampant among residents of co-ops, condos, and HOAs. Not only is it difficult to get owners and shareholders to run for their boards of directors, but it’s a struggle to even get them to show up to the once-a-year meetings held to elect those board members and to update the community on what is happening in their home ...
  • Boards & Boundaries: How ‘Available’ Should You Be?
    In multifamily residential communities, where neighbors share common space, amenities, and maintenance—if not actual walls—establishing and maintaining boundaries can be a bit tricky……Non-physical boundaries are yet another thing. Living in close proximity to one’s neighbors requires a certain tolerance of other people being in one’s business, as well as (one hopes) a certain restraint in minding one’s own. A lot of neighborly behavior is subjective—one man’s helpfulness is another man’s nosiness, after all—making it hard to delineate and enforce these ...
  • Tree Care & Maintenance: Keeping Your Biggest Landscaping Elements Healthy
    Trees provide us with many benefits, from the obvious to the not-so-obvious. Whether your community is an urban high-rise surrounded by hundreds of others, or a sprawling suburban development with acres of grounds, its trees are an integral part of the landscape—one that we often take for granted, but which requires specific, dedicated care and maintenance in order to stay healthy and lush for decades to come.   Read the article…………………………….

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