6-Year Old Condo – $8.7 Million Special Assessment

By Deborah Goonan Originally posted on Neighbors at War St. Petersburg’s Signature Place condo is in the news again. Condo owners have known for months that there were construction defects with leaky windows. Well, now that portions of stucco have been removed and walls have been opened up to assess the extent of the problem, it turns out that someone forgot to put re-bar in the concrete walls. Oh, and, by the way, the stucco Continue Reading6-Year Old Condo – $8.7 Million Special Assessment

EEOC files suit against Vail CO condo association, management company

By Deborah Goonan Here’s another potential liability of owning property in a condo or homeowners’ association. Your Association could be sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for sexual harassment, national origin discrimination, and retaliation. Recent case filed: EEOC v. Vail Run Community Resort Association, Inc. and Global Hospitality Resorts, Inc. The EEOC alleges that Vail Run HOA and its management company failed to take action when two female Mexican employees reported sexual harassment and assault Continue ReadingEEOC files suit against Vail CO condo association, management company

HOA cannot guarantee your lake view, safety

By Deborah Goonan You’ve seen the advertisements boasting “lake view” lots in many planned communities, sometimes adorned with lovely water fountains. In fact, you might even pay a premium for a “water view” lot. Even if you do not buy a home adjacent to water, be aware that they are common areas to be maintained by ALL homeowners in the Association. Therefore, consider the following little-known facts about ponds and lakes in planned communities. 1. Continue ReadingHOA cannot guarantee your lake view, safety

Brunswick, OH homeowners facing expensive retention pond repairs

By Deborah Goonan Retention ponds are a very common feature of today’s densely populated planned communities. In nearly all cases, there is a homeowners’ association (HOA) that is administratively and financially responsible to maintain the entire storm water drainage system for the community, including the ponds. Before the proliferation of these Association-Governed Residential Communities (AGRCs), local governments assumed responsibility for making sure that storm water systems functioned properly, in order to prevent flooding and downstream Continue ReadingBrunswick, OH homeowners facing expensive retention pond repairs