Condo owner forbidden to rent the unit sues former real estate broker and agent (PA)

In a newly filed lawsuit against his former real estate broker and agent, an owner of a Bethel Park condominium unit says he never would have purchased the property if he had been made aware that he could not rent it out.  Harshit Seth of Venetia filed suit on Feb. 5 in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, versus Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, The Preferred Realty and Robert Dini, both of Pittsburgh.     Read the article…………

Community leader convicted of election fraud wasn’t denied his right to testify, Pa. court says

In a case that is unusual in several ways, a state Superior Court panel has refused to void the conviction and prison term of a man who tried to rig an election for a private homeowners’ association.  Among other things, Myron M. Cowher II claimed on appeal that his rights were violated when his belated request to testify at his Pike County trial was denied.     Read the article………

Who Chased The Dogs Out?

Ever wonder if it’s even possible to keep a so-called emotional support animal out of your community? Sometimes it seems like all a pet-loving Unit Owner has to do to get around the pet rules in a condominium or homeowners association is go online, or ask a friendly doctor, and get a certificate or letter declaring your favorite pet to be an emotional support animal. As Groucho Marx might have said “Say the secret word and you can keep your dog.” Not so fast said one Federal Court Judge, who realized that the pet-loving Unit Owner has to actually prove a case, not just get someone to sign a piece of paper.    Read the article………………

More than 100K missing from Walker Lakeshores association accounts (PA)

A financial audit has brought to light more than $123,000 of homeowner funds missing from a private community in Shohola. The findings have prompted State Police to dig deeper into the dealings of Walker Lakeshores Landowners Association.  “We are investigating the possibility of misappropriated funds,” said Corporal Shawn Smith of State Police Blooming Grove. “We’re working with attorney Thomas Farley, who is the solicitor, and the District Attorney’s Office.   Read the article…………

Homeowners association ignores court – Money missing from Walker Lake account (PA)

Amelia and William Pearn received a bill that says they owe the Walker Lakeshores Landowners Association (WLLA) $325 for a “Lake Assessment” and $50 as a “Membership Fee” for 2018. But that is a direct contradiction to a decision made by Judge Joseph Kameen in the Court of Common Pleas, saying that the Pearn’s home is not located in the Walker Lake community and is not part of the WLLA, and therefore is not subject to any assessment or fee except a $10-a-year maintenance fee.  The ruling, which came last year, was part of a seven-year legal battle the Pearns waged against WLLA, which cost the couple thousands of dollars. In the fall of 2017, a lawyer for WLLA moved to withdraw the association’s appeal of the decision, and the judge accepted the withdrawal. That meant that his previous ruling stands—and that should have been the end of the matter. Amelia, who keeps a detailed website about the issue at www.shoholapa.com, declared victory. Then the bill came.    Read the article………………

Trouble in Tamiment (PA)

The Glen at Tamiment is “collapsing like a house of cards,” resident Jeff Godlewski said. A slew of firings and resignations is the latest result of infighting among the private community’s leaders.  “They run this place like it’s a boy’s club,” said Godlewski, who chairs the Glen Advisory Committee. The homeowner-elected group makes recommendations to the Glen’s Board of Directors, but has no authority in its decisions.  Godlewski is also one of four Glen residents who filed a lawsuit against the community in 2016 for amending its bylaws 10 years earlier. The outcome of that case has yet to be decided.      Read the article………………

Hate – and lawn sign – have no home in Doylestown Station (PA)

It’s infuriating that anyone could object to a lawn sign or banner that says Hate Has No Home Here.  Organizers of the slogan campaign insist that it isn’t political and that they have no goal besides combating hate and reminding us of what it really means to be American. But ever since the banners bearing the slogan started popping up in yards a year ago, they’ve encountered pushback from people put off by their message of inclusion.  That didn’t stop Cindy Rosenfeld, 48, who lives in Doylestown Station, a condo community of about 200 townhouses. In May, she placed a small flag with the slogan translated into five languages, including Arabic, and a heart-shaped American flag at the foot of her front steps.     Read the article……………..

Flames shoot from roof of Delaware County condominium complex (PA)

A Delaware County condominium complex was evacuated as flames shot through the roof Tuesday evening.  Chopper 6HD captured the intense flames shooting out of the roof of the condominiums in Brookhaven on the 5200 block of Hilltop Drive, shortly before 6 p.m.  Fire Crews reported heavy fire coming from the three-story building. Earliest reports said there was a possibility of people trapped in the building. As of 6:02 p.m, the building was evacuated of those who were not trapped.    Read the article………….