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WV Homeowners Associations Found to be Debt Collectors
Posted on 28 Aug 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

In West Virginia, homeowners associations (HOAs) now need to worry about how they go about collecting delinquent fees. If HOA debt collection efforts do not comply with the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act (the WVCCPA), an HOA could face... Read More

Amendments to Pennsylvania’s Uniform Condominium Act and Uniform Planned Communities Act
Posted on 30 Sep 2013 by Duane Morris LLP

Recently, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law House Bill 1122 (the "Amendment") [ enhanced version available to subscribers ], which amends the Uniform Condominium Act and the Uniform Planned Community Act (together the... Read More

Greenberg Traurig's Condo Trends Newsletter - March 2011
Posted on 14 Mar 2011 by GreenbergTraurig

March 2011 This is the first issue of Greenberg Traurig's Condo Trends , a newsletter focused on issues affecting condominium development, operations and regulatory issues. If there are any specific topics you would like to see... Read More

The Right of Individual Condominium Unit Owners to Sue the Association's Property Insurer
Posted on 31 Oct 2011 by Douglas Scott MacGregor

In this Analysis, Douglas Scott MacGregor reviews the basic principles of condominium ownership and the requirements for insuring condominium real property before turning to a survey of the cases on unit owner standing in litigation against association... Read More

Vetstein Law Group: Appeals Court Resurrects Toxic Mold Claim Against Admiral’s Hill Condominium
Posted on 17 Aug 2011 by Vetstein Law Group, P.C.

By Richard D. Vetstein, ESQ Application of "Discovery Rule" Enables Toxic Mold Claim To Survive Dismissal Toxic mold is a dangerous condition that can arise in buildings with untreated water leaks and penetration. The most common form... Read More

Vetstein Law Group: Dealing With Dysfunctional Massachusetts Condominium Trustees & Homeowner Associations
Posted on 11 May 2011 by Vetstein Law Group, P.C.

By Richard D. Vetstein, ESQ I've been getting a fair amount of calls these days regarding what I like to term dysfunctional condominium management . Usually these are smaller, self-managed condominiums. Converted multi-family homes, etc. Sometimes... Read More

Vetstein Law Group: FHA Softens Condominium Lending Guidelines, But Barriers Remain
Posted on 19 Sep 2012 by Vetstein Law Group, P.C.

By Richard D. Vetstein, ESQ Condo Sales May Get Slight Boost, But Financing Rules Remain Tight Responding to lender, condominium association and consumer outcry that the existing FHA condominium lending guidelines are too strict, the Federal Home... Read More

Vetstein Law Group: Condominium Capital Reserve Accounts: 10% Of Operating Budget Now The Norm
Posted on 15 Dec 2011 by Vetstein Law Group, P.C.

By Richard D. Vetstein, ESQ FNMA (Fannie Mae) and FHA Tighten Capital Reserve Requirements For Condominium Mortgage Lending Since the condominium market meltdown, both Fannie Mae and FHA have passed increasingly stricter and tighter lending... Read More

The Increasing Complexity of Condominium Property Insurance
Posted on 11 Jun 2012 by Douglas Scott MacGregor

In this Analysis, Douglas Scott MacGregor* discusses the evolving requirements and problems involved in providing property insurance in condominium projects. He explains the complex nature of condominium ownership and analyzes pertinent statutory requirements... Read More

Buried in a Condominium Unit: Clutter Gone Wild
Posted on 10 Nov 2011 by Sandra R. Bullington, Esq.

Hoarding is a topic that has hit the mainstream. A&E has a television show called, "Hoarders." TLC has a television show titled, "Hoarding: Buried Alive." The Animal Planet has a television show titled, "Confessions: Animal... Read More

Real Cases in Real Estate By Andrea Lee Negroni, Esq. – April 26th, 2013 Update
Posted on 26 Apr 2013 by Andrea Lee Negroni

Real Cases in Real Estate is a weekly update on real estate law, with legal principles illustrated and explained by lawsuits from around the country. The topics are wide-ranging for appeal to a broad spectrum of readers including lawyers, homeowners,... Read More

Ballard Spahr Legal Alert: Optional Rental Program Did Not Transform Hotel-Condominium Units into Securities, Ninth Circuit Holds
Posted on 20 Aug 2013 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Daniel M. Benjamin, Ballard Spahr LLP The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the dismissal with prejudice of a putative securities class action concerning the sale of 420 hotel-condominium units at the Hard Rock Hotel in... Read More

Can Florida Condominium Buyers Escape a Bad Real Estate Deal? Escrow Dealings Give Rise to the Possibility
Posted on 12 Sep 2011 by Travis Burchart

Recently, a Florida appellate court was asked to review the legal sufficiency of claims that a condominium developer and its escrow agent violated the requirements of section 718.202, Florida Statutes (2006), regarding pre-closing deposits by the buyers... Read More

Vetstein Law Group: Condominium Bait and Switch Scheme Nets First Time Buyers Big Recovery
Posted on 22 Feb 2012 by Vetstein Law Group, P.C.

By Richard D. Vetstein, ESQ Six Year Litigation Odyssey Ends With $872,000 Payout After six years of litigation over a deceptive bait-and-switch condominium purchase scheme, a Cambridge couple has forced the listing broker in the deal to pay them... Read More

Federal Housing Finance Agencies Impact on Condominium Purchasers
Posted on 20 Sep 2011 by Shelby Green

The financial industry and housing market crisis of 2008 has taken a tremendous economic toll, not just upon investors and homeowners, but also upon the three federal agencies: the Federal Housing Administration, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In the... Read More