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Angry Association Homeowners Enlist News Channel

February 11, 2016    

A Florida couple whose home was foreclosed on and sold at auction after they failed to pay late assessments has gotten a second chance. The couple, whose past-due assessments totaled $1,900, enlisted the help of a local news channel to garner support for their argument that it was unfair for the...

Homeowners Up in Arms After New Management Enforces Rules

February 11, 2016    

Controversy and hard feelings have emerged from a change in management at an Arizona homeowners association. Fearful that things would turn ugly at an annual association meeting, the board of directors brought with them two attorneys and a security guard.

NY Congressman's FEMA Efforts Help Post-Disaster HOAs

December 22, 2015    

Community Associations Institute (CAI) recently presented the 2015 Hero of Associations award to Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) for his tireless efforts in helping constituents living in condominiums, cooperatives, and community associations become eligible for federal disaster relief. Israel began...

Judge's Ruling Swings in Favor of Homeowners' Purple Playground

September 23, 2015    

A family’s purple playground set gained national attention when their homeowner’s association demanded that it be removed, going so far as threatening jail time for noncompliance, as we reported in last month’s issue (“...

HUD Agreement Sides with Minority Condo Residents

August 24, 2015    

A recent U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agreement with a Florida condominium association highlights the ongoing issues of discrimination in housing. The agreement settled allegations that the association’s board...

Purple Playground Leaves Family, HOA Members Seeing Red

August 24, 2015    

A Missouri homeowners association has escalated the controversy surrounding the requested removal of a purple playground from a family’s backyard. It is now threatening to pursue jail time for the members, who installed the playground—...

Realtor Addresses Selective Enforcement of HOA Rules

August 24, 2015    

An Arizona realtor and homeowners association advocate who has sold properties in planned communities is responding to a growing consensus among members that they are afraid to live in their homes because of what they feel is a constant threat of...

Investors Force Out Fla. Condo Owners, Dissolve Associations

April 28, 2015    

A seven-year-old Florida law is forcing condo owners out of their units in favor of investors who want to convert the buildings to rentals. Previously, the Florida Condominium Act required agreement from all owners in a condominium association before a “condominium pact” could be...

HUD Orders Association to Pay in Discrimination Case

December 22, 2014    

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently ordered a condominium association in Puerto Rico to pay $20,000 in damages plus a $16,000 civil penalty for refusing to allow a resident with disabilities to keep his emotional support animal.

FHA Under Pressure to Give Condo Market Extra Boost

November 18, 2014    

In recent years, as more people have moved away from rural and suburban communities and into cities, demand for condos has surged. In most major metropolitan areas, prices for condos are increasing faster than single-family home prices, according to real estate website Trulia, and condo sales...

Manager Accused of Embezzling $500K from R.I. HOA

October 8, 2014    

Rhode Island State Police recently arrested the former manager of a Newport HOA for allegedly embezzling $527,934 from the association.

The State Police Financial Crimes Unit launched the investigation after receiving a complaint from the board of directors at the community, a time-share...

Developers Sued for Accessibility Defects at Pennsylvania Community

October 8, 2014    

The builders, owner, and designers of a newly built 92-unit condominium community in Bethlehem Township, Pa., were recently sued for alleged failure to include accessibility features as required by the Fair Housing Act (FHA).