August 2016 Condo Association News Roundup


August may be the time when most people are on vacation, but it wasn’t a slow month in the Condo and HOA world.  Hundred million dollar Condo Associations sinking into the ground, HOA Owners rallying to fight for their communities, and more Airbnb battles.  Enjoy the August 2016 Condo Association News! Ultra-luxe Millennium Tower is sinking and homeowners are furious Riley McDermid, San...

July 2016 Condo Association News Roundup


The July 2016 Condo Association news brings good tidings for Associations, positive real estate industry news, and some questions about marijuana and Associations in Colorado. U.S. Senate Sends FHA Condominium Approval Legislation to the President Dawn Bauman, Community Associations Institute, July 18, 2016 Continued great news for this piece of legislation, which I covered in February.  This...

First Half 2016 Condo Association Horror Stories


Over the past six months, there have been several major Condo Association news stories of note.  These First Half 2016 Condo Association Horror Stories offer tales of caution for Owners, Board members, and Management alike.  Today we’ll be recapping some of these stories and what can be learned from them for your Association.  The bottom line in all of these stories is that by being proactive and...

June 2016 Condo Association News Roundup


Happy Solstice!  Hopefully your summer has been treating you well.  This month’s news includes questionable fees in Florida, a potentially major Airbnb legal ruling, and legal shenanigans related to a new condo project in Michigan.  Enjoy your June 2016 Condo Association news roundup! South Florida Condo Boards Rip Off Consumers with High Application Fees Nicholas Nehamas, Miami Herald...

May 2016 Condo Association News Roundup


Lots to cover in May 2016 Condo Association News.  A big verdict on the DR Horton Case I covered last month, drones crashing into building, proposed HOA tax credits and more.  For even more news, you can get an exclusive bonus update by signing up for the Better Condo Life mailing list. DR Horton negligent in Jax condo case, jury awards $9.6 million  Anne Schindler, First Coast News, May 20, 2016...

April 2016 Condo Association News Roundup


April’s Condo Association News Roundup brings us fraud and lawsuits from the typically crazy state of Florida! Condo Owners testify about widespread defects in DR Horton Case Anne Schindler, First Coast News, April 19, 2016 There is a very large, very public construction defect case going on in Jacksonville, Florida.  The case revolves around the Heron’s Landing development in Florida...

March 2016 Condo Association News Roundup


Every month, I wonder if it’ll be a slow news month.  March continues 2016’s trend of both interesting and depressing condo association news.  Let’s get to the March 2016 Condo Association News!   New Illinois Condominium & HOA Report Reveals 50,000 Associations Community Contributor, Chicago Tribune, March 3 2016   This article has me super geeked out because it...

February 2016 Condo Association News Roundup


Midway through the month, February was looking like a yawn for Condo Association news.  Then several stories came out in rapid fire that caught my attention.  Without further ado, here is your February 2016 Condo Association News Roundup! The Nation’s Housing: Bipartisan vote bodes well for condo buyers Kenneth R. Harney, News OK, Feb 19 2016 By far the biggest and best news for Condo...

January 2016 Condo Association News Roundup


Time for a review of the most interesting, depressing, and just plain odd condo association news.  2016 is off to a predictable start from an Association perspective – we’ve got new laws around accountability, arrests for embezzlement, and sharks.  Not loan sharks, real sharks.     Mandatory Training for Community Association Board Members – source: JDSupra A county in Maryland has...

News Roundup: FHA Rules Changes and Denver Protects Developers at the Expense of Owners


There were two big pieces of news which made the rounds in the condo/HOA world over the past month that I want to touch on briefly. FHA Rules Changes For the story itself, Gregory Karp has a good writeup in the Chicago Tribune. For a critical column on these changes, check out Kenneth Harney in the Seattle Times Notable in these changes was the expansion of “owners” to include second homes and...

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