Warrington homeowners, township working on water main dispute (PA)

Lost paperwork for a water main dedication 30 years ago for the 64-unit Fairways Homeowners Association puts infrastructure ownership in the air and homeowners concerned on future maintenance issues.  Missing paperwork from more than 30 years ago has 64 Warrington homeowners and township officials unsure of who is responsible for the water infrastructure in the area.    Read the article…………….

Solution possible for Strabane Manor conflict (PA)

South Strabane Township is moving toward a solution for Strabane Manor residents who had a falling out with the developer and builder of the project.  Members of Strabane Manor Homeowners Association rallied at the township’s October meeting, raising concerns Dan Ryan Builders was creating a second homeowners association, Strabane Haven, which would require both associations to share a stormwater drainage system.    Read the article…………….

Tigger mailbox must go, Pa. court rules

Everybody loves Tigger, right?  After all, as Tigger himself says, “The wonderful thing about Tiggers is Tiggers are wonderful things!”  Well, Tigger, that bouncy striped friend of Winnie-the-Pooh, has no friend in the Laurel Oaks Homeowners Association in Bucks County.  When Jonathan and Abbey Weber installed a Tigger-shaped mailbox in that development, the association board ordered them to take it down.  The Webers challenged that demand in county court and lost.   On Monday, a Commonwealth Court panel also ruled that Tigger must go.    Read the article………………….

They gave their daughter a cute mailbox – and ended up in a 3-year legal battle (PA)

You know who didn’t appreciate the Tigger mailbox? Members of the Laurel Oaks Homeowners Association that oversees the Bucks County neighborhood that the Webers call home.  It so riled the association that the battle over a cute mailbox ended up in court in 2014. Not only that but, earlier this month, arguments in the still-languishing case was heard by a trio of Commonwealth Court judges.    Read the article……………

Strabane Manor residents concerned about storm drainage system (PA)

Residents of Strabane Manor Townhomes rallied at the South Strabane Township meeting Tuesday to express concerns about sharing their stormwater drainage system with another homeowners association, Strabane Haven.  The residents in the development of townhouses that sits just off of Fischer Road said they were not aware sharing a drainage system was part of the four-phase plan provided by the developer and builder of both neighborhoods, Maronda Homes and Dan Ryan Builders.    Read the article…………….

Who owns the street, municipality or homeowners association?

Question: My husband and I live in an upscale condominium plan with 28 units owner occupied. Each has a value well in excess of $300,000, resulting in significant tax revenue to the municipality.  But none of us reaps the benefits of street maintenance and snow removal through the taxes we pay. Why? Interesting that a number of this municipality’s residents enjoy walking through our beautiful plan, as do their dogs!     Read the Q&A…………….

Homeowners association and property management group in legal conflict over financial agreement (PA)

A local homeowners association believes its former management company did not live up to a monetary agreement both parties agreed to be bound by, and seeks to obtain a number of related financial records through the lawsuit it has filed.  Middletown Crossing Homeowners Association of Gradyville filed suit in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas on June 14 versus East Hill Property Management, LLC of Media.     Read the article…………..

Sometimes Rentals Work FOR Associations

One of the topics that confound community associations and their boards is what to do about renters. Many times, the question is what can be done to limit them, prohibit them or somehow control them. The goals of a landlord can be different from the goals of a resident owner, and there are plenty of opportunities for conflict. But is there a time when it pays for the association to be a landlord? What if a zombie house – a delinquent in paying assessments – can be turned into a rent-paying income stream? Certainly, this presupposes a community where rentals are not limited. But, where the option to rent exists (and is permitted by the Governing Documents), new strategies have opened new doors to do just that.    Read the article……………

Social Media in Your Community Association

It’s 2017, and it’s safe to say that there’s no avoiding social media use these days whether it is for personal use, commercial use or even for the benefit of a Community Association. So just how should your Association be handling social media?  In a nutshell, the Association should own its online presence. To begin, every Association should copyright its official, corporate name, as well as other names that may frequently be utilized. This may serve to prevent others from being able to use the Association’s name online.    Read the article……………

Simple Rules of Order for Community Associations

Parliamentary procedure is simple in principle, and valuable in practice. Rules of Order help guide a Board meeting, a Unit Owners meeting or any assembly. Fairly and properly utilized, the Rules of Order protect everyone’s rights.  In large or complex bodies, parliamentary procedure can be exceedingly complicated. In the most formal versions of the Rules of Order, there are layers upon layers of motions and it can take and advance degree to understand or administer them. In most community associations, the approach is more informal. Nevertheless, because a Board can only act through a motion (that is recorded in the Minutes), some form of Rules of Order remains valuable. These principles can keep the well-intentioned Board on a straight path.     Read the article…………….