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HOA Pays $10K to Settle Parking Dispute

October 8, 2014    

An administrative judge in Maryland recently ruled that the board of directors of a Maryland HOA violated state fair housing law by denying a resident’s request for a reserved parking space as a reasonable accommodation for her disability, according to the Maryland Civil Rights Commission...

Member Gets Mixed Messages from HOA, Local Government

September 12, 2014    

A homeowner is being fined by her California association for taking out her lawn, despite requests from local water agencies for residents to do so. A severe drought has affected the area and the homeowner felt that planting mint, which requires very little water to survive, where there once was...

Calif. Design Defects Case Falls in Favor of HOAs

July 14, 2014    

In a unanimous decision, California’s Supreme Court has ruled that the principal architects for a condominium project may be sued directly by a condominium homeowners association for design defects. In that case, units in a condominium project in San Francisco allegedly developed several...

HOA Policy Aims to Protect Members from Bears

July 14, 2014    

A Central Florida neighborhood has created a policy aimed at protecting homeowners from bears. The homeowners association voted for the unprecedented change in an attempt to try to prevent another bear attack after a resident was recently mauled. The attack is considered the worst bear attack in...

HOA Flags Member Over Patriotic Display

July 14, 2014    

A more than two-year battle over an American flag display in a Jacksonville, Fla., homeowners association has led to more than $8,000 in fines and a lien on a member’s home in that community. A Florida veteran has been fighting with the association about what he asserts is his right to...

Fixing Las Vegas HOA Elections Was Gamble That Didn’t Pay Off

June 13, 2014    

An alleged homeowner’s association election-rigging plot has been uncovered in Nevada, leaving those living in community associations across the Las Vegas Valley feeling vulnerable after being tricked into hiring a certain construction company.

The scheme involved a former...

Owner Sees Red after HOA Insists on Painting Handicap Lift

May 15, 2014    

When a Durham, N.C., association told a homeowner she needed to paint her handicap lift to match the new paint color of her and her neighbors’ porches or face fines, she refused. The owner argued that prior to the repainting of porches in the community, the lift didn’t match the...

Court: Responsibility to Pay Assessments Not Excusable

April 17, 2014    

Illinois homeowners who are unhappy about their community association cannot stop paying their assessments, according to a recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling—a decision applauded by the Community Association Institute (CAI) and its members.

HOA Tells Phoenix Owners to Assume Nothing

March 14, 2014    

A couple of homeowners in a Phoenix planned community feel they’ve been painted into a corner by their homeowner’s association. The couple was informed after repainting their home the same color it had been for 10 years, that painting—even if it’s not a new color scheme...

D.C. Summit Addresses Critical Association Issues

December 11, 2013    

Community Associations Institute (CAI) members from around the country met in Washington, D.C., recently to address critical community association issues with officials at the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency...

Proposed Federal Rules Further CAI Goals

November 14, 2013    

Community Associations Institute (CAI) is expressing support for proposed federal rules that accomplish two important CAI goals: (1) helping more homebuyers obtain safe mortgage financing; and (2) stimulating a housing market that has struggled since home prices began falling in late 2006. Both...

Trouble Brewing Over Trick-or-Treat Lawsuit

November 14, 2013    

A federal lawsuit has been filed involving discrimination allegations by homeowners in the upscale Blackhawk community of Contra Costa County, Calif. The owners, who are the only couple in the community with young children, say that the HOA has banned their children from playing outside their...