U.S. Territories Condo & HOA News
- Condo Owners Sent Incorrect Property Tax Bills *Update* – Lt. Governor Responds (US Virgin Islands) June 9, 2022Condominium owners in the territory might want to hold off paying their property tax bill until new, corrected bills are issued. Some property tax bills sent out June 1 incorrectly used a commercial property tax rate of 0.711 percent, nearly double the residential tax rate of 0.377 percent. Read the entire article……………………………….
- Guam: Everything Real Estate: How a Homeowner’s Association works March 13, 2022Sandy Gould Yow and Duane Pahl share their expertise on Everything Real Estate once a month in their published column, and weekly on the PDN website with a video discussing a real estate topic. Read the entire article……………………………….
- Consumer Affairs issues order easing restrictions for condo residents (PR) March 15, 2021The Puerto Rico Department of Consumer Affairs issued an order to ease certain conditions that have been in effect for condominium residents in line with COVID-19 restrictions, agency Secretary Edan Rivera said. Order 2021-002, which goes into effect today, allows holding in-person meetings and the opening of recreational areas. Read the article………………………………..
- U.S. Virgin Islands: DLCA Announces New License for Short-Term Rentals December 18, 2020The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs is introducing a new business license for short-term rentals it promises will help crack down on people who rent out their residences against the bylaws of homeowners’ associations. Read the article……………………………….
- Puerto Rico Gov Signs New Condominium Act August 19, 2020Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced signed Act 129-2020, which establishes the Puerto Rico Condominium Act to update the rules that govern coexistence in these structures, effectively abolishing Act 104-1958, as amended. Read the article……………………………….
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- Court Holds That Condominiums May File BankruptcyRecently, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit (which includes Puerto Rico) decided that a condominium association is a “person” eligible to file bankruptcy. While the court did not permit the bankruptcy to go forward due to fraud, the decision is significant for condominium associations that are saddled with debt. The court’s reasoning follows: “ was not eligible to be a debtor under §109. However, the bankruptcy court also dismissed the petition on an alternative ground — the lack of a legitimate bankruptcy purpose for the filing. ...
- Third Circuit: neighbors who criticized condo residents over emotional support dogs must face civil rights suitIn blog posts and comments, two residents of a Virgin Islands condominium complex criticized two other residents who were (in line with rights prescribed to them under federal law) keeping emotional-support dogs despite a no-dog rule in the complex. Among other statements, one or the other of the two said dog owners would be “happier in another community,” speculated that “diploma mill” paperwork could certify any canine whose owner cared to claim stress, suggested the complex should “lawyer up” and be prepared to go to court to defend its rule against “known violators,” and proposed the dog owners be “ostracized” by other residents. Read the article……………
- Can Blogging Violate the Fair Housing Act?–Revock v. Cowpet Bay West Condo Ass’nThis case is a collision between dogs as emotional support animals and a “no dogs” condominium association rule. The civil rights implications of a “no pets” rule are pretty obvious; such a rule can exclude the disabled. At the same time, we know that emotional support animals can be overclaimed, and we also know that the tiniest of disputes in condo/homeowners’ associations can easily mushroom into the Apocalypse. Read the article…………
- CAI Best Practices: EthicsSimply put, when someone is employing ethics, he or she recognizes what is right and what is wrong and is choosing to do the right thing; however, as a great deal of business ethics literature will attest, “the right thing” is not always straightforward. For example, most ethical dilemmas in the workplace are not simply questions of “Should Bob steal from Jack?” or “Should Jack lie to his boss?”
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