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Unhappy Trails for HOA and Local Equestrian at Land Use Impasse

September 14, 2018    

A Santa Fe homeowners association hopes that mediation will lead to a settlement that would exclude horse riders from using the association’s network of trails. A local ranch owner who has used the trails for 25 years—long before the community was built—is arguing that a so-...

Board Member Accused of Racial Profiling After Asking to See Resident’s ID

July 10, 2018    

A white man who challenged a black family’s use of a gated pool in a North Carolina planned community resigned from the homeowner’s association board. After the board member, who also was the community pool chairman, asked a mother and her son to produce identification verifying that...

Members Sue New York Association for Religious Discrimination

June 27, 2018    

A New York community association is facing a discrimination lawsuit brought in federal court by Jewish members of the community who say that the association is hostile to their religious practices. According to the members, the association has adopted rules that are “expressly designed to...

New Association Board Demands Removal of Playground Equipment

June 27, 2018    

A family who has installed a playground in the backyard of their home in a planned community is embroiled in a fight with the association over the structure, which was installed as a gift for their daughter who had a kidney transplant and will be returning home soon. The family moved to the...

Association Hatches Plan for Removing Pet Chickens from Community

June 27, 2018    

A Michigan family has been told by their homeowners association that they can’t raise chickens at their home in a planned community. In a letter to the family, the association demanded that the family comply with “applicable covenants” and remove the chickens they were keeping...

Homeowners Concerned After $20M Jury Verdict for Playground Tragedy

March 15, 2018    

A homeowners association in Las Vegas is facing not just a staggering jury verdict in favor of the family of a teenager who was injured by playground equipment in the community, but also questions from confused members, some of whom feel misled.

In 2015, a swing set crossbar in the...

Association Avoids Open Dialogue for ‘Open House’ Signage

February 12, 2018    

An Arizona realtor has had to confront a homeowners association for disposing of his “open house” signs advertising properties he has listed for sale in the community. After discovering a worker from the association’s landscaping company driving away with the signs that had...

Security Concerns for HOA’s Open-Garage-Door Mandate

January 12, 2018    

A California homeowners association is requiring members to keep their garage doors open most of the day on weekdays. The new rule is in response to the association learning that so-called squatters—people living in a home illegally—were inhabiting the garage of at least one home in...

Law That Hastens Foreclosure Causes Controversy

January 12, 2018    

Under current law, Arizona homeowners associations can foreclose on owners if they fail to pay their dues for a year or get behind by $1,200—whichever comes first. A bill introduced by one of Arizona’s Republican senators would allow HOA foreclosures after six months, with no minimum...

Fight Over Scenic Neighborhood Photo Shoots Turns Ugly

December 12, 2017    

Neighborhoods that are governed by a homeowners association have a tendency to be attractive and well manicured. After all, that’s a major reason why members pay dues and want to live in such a community. But a photogenic Houston community is trying to block photo shoots from its streets....

Feds Halt HOA Foreclosure Fraud Scheme

October 25, 2017    

A homeowners association foreclosure home-buying scheme has come to an end, after a nearly three-year investigation. Federal authorities seized gold, cash, and other property from a Raleigh, N.C., man accused of fraudulently scooping up homes in foreclosure. He was charged with multiple counts...

Court Cases Challenge HOA Developer

September 8, 2017    

A pair of state senators expressed their support for residents of a Florida homeowners association at a recent town hall meeting primarily concerned with gaining control of their community.