High Point condo resident fights to keep historic sign (MD)

An online petition to preserve the High Point South Condominium signage at 11204 Coastal Highway has been launched by unit owner Canan Johna Ozkok.  A full-time resident at High Point South for the last three years, Ozkok said her father purchased a unit when the building was under construction in 1969.  The initial idea to replace the nearly half-century old sign was discussed during a High Point South Board of Directors meeting in May 2016, Ozkok said.    Read the article…………….

Millville now requiring HOA OK for permits (DE)

In other news from Tuesday’s council meeting, Millville building permits will require a little extra paperwork now, after the town council unanimously approved Ordinance 18-01, which amends the zoning code (Chapter 155, Article XII, Section 155-68).  Under the amended code, in addition to the plans and regular paperwork, all applications for building permits in Millville must now include a letter of approval from the applicant’s homeowners’ association, if any association exists, as well as a copy of the applicant’s Sussex County building permit.    Scroll down to bottom of the article………….

Mallard Lakes resident: dispute ‘going nowhere’ (DE)

Over a year and a half since the suit was first filed in court, a Selbyville community’s post-Superstorm Sandy dispute is still ongoing.  Attorneys representing the Mallard Lakes Sandy Interest Group and the Mallard Lakes Community Association Inc. were pitted against each other once again in the Delaware Court of Chancery on May 2, arguing over who should pay for the condo repairs after flooding damage from Sandy.    Read the article…………..

No injuries in Canary Creek condo fire (DE)

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office was notified to investigate the origin and cause of an early morning fire that damaged (5) town houses in the Canary Creek Development, located in Lewes, DE.  A fire occurred at the condominiums in the Canary Creek community in Lewes early Monday morning.     Read the article……………….

$10K sidewalk repair bill upsets Lewes condo owners (DE)

A $10,000 sidewalk repair project in Lewes has condo owners upset after they received a bill for the work.  The unit owners of the Ocean House condominium said they have been overcharged by the city for the repairs.  Owners feel blindsided by the invoice for $9,821.70 and said they had no foreknowledge the work was going to be done.    Read the article…………..

Bethany Marina Townhouses Ph. II Condo. Inc. v. BMIG, (DE)

After several years of not completing outstanding condominium units, and for nonpayment of boat-slip fees, the condominium association motioned for summary judgment against the developer. Based on the condominium declaration language and the formalizing of annexations by plan amendment, the court determined that land foreseen for structures but not built, as well as the accessory structures, remained the developer’s property. The access easement did not expire, even if the deadline to annex did. The court denied the association’s motion. It granted defendant’s motion with regard to land, but not the boat-slip fees.  Read the article………..

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Does changing the locks on a foreclosed Delaware condo make the mortgagee liable for condo fees?

A decision of the Delaware Court of Common Pleas is worrisome for mortgage lenders. In 1401 Condominium Association v. Wells Fargo Bank, 2016 WL 1734104 (May 2, 2016), the court rejected Wells Fargo’s attempt to dismiss a condominium association’s claim that the bank should pay maintenance fees and assessments on a unit the bank foreclosed. The association characterizes the bank as the “owner” of the unit because after foreclosure, the bank had the apartment locks changed.      Read the article…………..

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CAI Best Practices: Ethics

Simply put, when someone is employing ethics, he or she recognizes what is right and what is wrong and is choosing to do the right thing; however, as a great deal of business ethics literature will attest, “the right thing” is not always straightforward. For example, most ethical dilemmas in the workplace are not simply questions of “Should Bob steal from Jack?” or “Should Jack lie to his boss?”

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