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ISSUE # 75

CIC Info Bytes 09/28/23

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12 frequent mistakes and lessons learned ebb and flow for decades through the endless churn of owners, leaders and managers.  Those mistakes are avoided in part by the 10 habits of great homeowners, but great habits alone are not a cure for the challenge of operating a hybrid business and hyper-local government.  Absent the structure of an organization replete with compensated leaders and professionals who dedicate significant portions of their lives, the aforementioned churn eventually erodes even the best-laid plans like a beach giving way to the incessant tides of the ocean.

JUST AS IMPORTANT as the choices that homeowners and volunteers make (or fail to make) are the services that professionals in the community association industry choose to deliver.  As CY-FY aligned communities enter budget season and try to put the finishing touches on preparations for 2024 , volunteer leaders agonize as management companies struggle to adequately prepare budgets for review and reserve study providers refuse to engage – even when offered more money – in a manner that’s thoughtful and professional.  “It’s a competitive landscape” is a smoke screen for “we can’t do any better” and “we know your community doesn’t have any better options.”

What will it take for owners and service providers to WAKE UP and stop pretending the status quo can continue?  The Champlain Towers collapse provided a temporary jolt that’s been largely written off as an infrastructure problem despite the documented structural failures of the association, its management company and law firm that refused to act in the best interest of the owners.  Homeowners, volunteers, professionals AND the industry led by CAI all failed in spectacular fashion.  One can hope that federal, state, and local governments will enact legislation including remedies within reach.


Have you ever been disappointed with the quality or service of something you’ve paid for?

Whether it was poor quality or poor service that caused your disappointment really doesn’t matter... Not only is the association out of its money but it still has to deal with the problems created by the poor performance of the purchased goods or services.

... Ultimately, poor performance from service providers you pay for leads to lower volunteerism because no one wants to get involved due to the poor experience they have had or heard about. The final straw is increased liability risk. Things not getting done properly could increase the chance of a homeowner suing the Board. Talk about a high cost for terrible service!...

The High Cost of Terrible Service at your HOA or Condo — Community Financials | September 19, 2023

The idyllic landscape of community associations exists largely in the imagination.

Assessing the Association - Homeowners Weigh In on their HOA — Jessica Edmondson | Rocket Mortgage | August 19, 2023

A spate of foreclosures filed by HOAs in Denver illustrates the potential risks of an increasingly common homeownership model.

Understanding how and where these policies are impacting homeowners is tricky because of a dearth of public data on the industry’s practices. Stacie Gilmore, a Denver city councilmember who represents Green Valley Ranch homeowners, is working with the city's Office of Housing Stability to commission a tool that would get more data on the impact of HOA foreclosures on communities of color.

When the Homeowners Association Comes for Your Home — Sarah Holder | Bloomberg | September 14, 2023


The answer varies, but in its simplest form derives from a combination of industry messaging and homeowner detachment.  First, the community association legal industry has been built up and touted as the go-to for collections.  Extraordinary legal fees (flat rate or hourly) are applied to collect accounts that are a fraction of the expense.  Second, Board members have a sense of detachment from other homeowners and fail to grasp their power to change others’ lives.


If you’re wondering how the Cottage Cove homeowners association was allowed to turn off Williams’ water in the first place…[it’s in the covenants.]

VIDEO: Atlanta homeowners association shuts off woman's water — Gray Washington News Bureau | September 15, 2023

Atlanta homeowners association shuts off woman's water - Cottage Cove HOA

A Dedham town official admitted in federal court to defrauding a Woonsocket condominium association out of almost $50,000 to fund personal expenses and gambling.

Cheryl S. Sullivan, 68, a property manager, real estate broker, tax preparer and former chairwoman of the Dedham Board of Tax Assessors, pleaded guilty to wire fraud in U.S. District Court in Providence, the U.S. attorney’s office in Rhode Island said.

She admitted to using a River Island Condominium Association credit card during trips to Plainridge between January and November of 2019. Sullivan was the property manager for the association and chairwoman of the Dedham Board of Assessors until her indictment last year, according to prosecutors.  She used the association credit card after her personal credit card was declined at the casino, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

An investigation by the FBI and police in Plainville and Woonsocket determined that Sullivan defrauded the association out of $49,156. Sullivan has since paid back about half the amount, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Ex-Dedham official admits to defrauding RI condo association — David Linton | The Sun Chronicle | June 26, 2023

Caribbean Isles Condo Association under investigation for neglect, handling of funds — Joe Gorchow | CBS Miami | September 22, 2023

Caribbean Isles Condo Association under investigation for neglect, handling of funds
Caribbean Isles Condo Association under investigation for neglect, handling of funds

Their insurance won't cover the damage because it came from an outside source, but the insurance company for the HOA found they weren't liable because there was no proof of negligence [the pipe wasn’t past its lifespan]. Now the couple is left to pick up the pieces…

...They estimate the total cost of damage and renovations to be nearly $85,000, and their insurance won't cover it.  "They said it was "surface water from an external source”...

The couple says the HOA that owns the busted irrigation pipe won't help, despite the couple's repeated pleas.  "We would like to see somebody step up and accept responsibility for what happened. It certainly wasn't us," said Richard.

VIDEO: HOA irrigation pipe floods Castle Pines Village home, causes $80,000 in damage — Olivia Young | CBS Colorado | September 18, 2023

Condominium owners pay the same real estate tax rates as single-family homeowners in cities and towns across the Commonwealth, but they usually don’t enjoy the same municipal services.

While there are exceptions, many municipalities (including Boston) that provide trash pickup for single-family homes, don’t cover trash removal for condominium buildings. That means condo owners have to pay private contractors to haul their trash and recycling away, while single-family homeowners get that service at no additional cost…

The developer has to “sell” the project to the municipality, and very often the sales pitch is a version of the following:

“You’re going to get 50 new taxpayers, which will be much more revenue per acre than you’d get from single-family homes, and condos are going to pick up their own trash and they’ll deal with their own security issues. And they probably won’t use your school system because the units are smaller..."

“The city is happy because logistically they know it’s a better deal for them. So the developer gives away all these rights, but the rights they give away are the rights of the future owners, not theirs.”  And it doesn't end there...

At your service. Or not. In some condo setups, you don’t get what you pay for. — Jim Morrison | | September 14, 2023

Owners of condominiums at The Renaissance on Turtle Creek in Oak Lawn and the building’s COA board have been embroiled in conflict all summer since the board bid millions of dollars on a neighboring property in July without many owners’ knowledge or approval.

Now, according to a letter from the board to owners obtained by The Dallas Morning News, it seems the owners have won the property war — but a battle over the board’s removal remains to be fought.

The letter details the results of a survey sent by the board to owners on Aug. 24, in which owners were asked to choose between two options: supporting or opposing the board’s “Continued Efforts to Explore Potential Purchase.” In the text of the survey, the board said it would “honor the collective decision of our community, and the certified results [would] be circulated.”

On Wednesday, the board released the results, in which 206 of 282 respondents opposed the purchase. The number of respondents represented just under half of the complex’s 603 units.

…Members are pressing the issue, even after the board’s surrender on the property purchase, because “we don’t trust them,” Lee said.  “There’s a trust issue, lack of communication, arrogance, issues with not holding the management company accountable”...

Turtle Creek condo board won’t try to buy disputed property; removal vote still sought — Sasha Richie | The Dallas Morning News | September 22, 2023

…But today, some of the condos have sustained major damage from leaky roofs, among other problems. Multiple owners have catalogued them in lawsuits against the board and management over the past five years.

At the crux of the issue, some owners say, is an inactive board president who has failed to call meetings required to approve repairs. The owners also fault the D.C. Housing Authority — which owns a quarter of the units across two of the three buildings — for not doing more.

The authority controls a sizable voting bloc on the board and a vice-presidential seat, which allows it to take over when the president is inactive. The authority has not done so, some owners said. The authority countered that it is up to the owners to initiate meetings and undertake repairs. As the impasse has dragged on, some owners have shouldered repair costs and seen the value of their homes stagnate.

Housing Authority bought condos in their building and let it crumble, owners say

— Danny Nguyen | The Washington Post | September 25, 2023

Multiple States require community associations to allow xeriscaping, but Maryland might be the only one that’s embraced its wild side.  California provides the right of “personal agriculture” (AKA gardening).  

Maine also as a “right to grow” due to a 2021 constitutional amendment, but such right is subject to “abuses of private property rights” (AKA covenants running with the land).  Florida, likewise, prohibits counties, municipalities and other “political subdivisions” of the state such as  from regulating vegetable gardens on personal property, but community associations are not considered “political subdivisions.”


“It looks like nature,” says Negri, 66, a retired engineer.

Roughly 50,000 plants comprising 92 species engulf her 0.14-acre lot, which until 2020 sported green lawn grass. She estimates the yard has cost roughly $75,000 for plants, bulbs, seeds and hardscaping. Negri’s creation, designed by Denver Botanic Gardens assistant curator of horticulture Kevin Philip Williams, rejects the time-honored status symbol of a tidy lawn in favor of a new luxury: the rewilded yard…

Meet the Homeowners Spending Tens of Thousands to Let Their Lawns Go Wild — Jessica Flint | WSJ | September 13, 2023

A gardener’s battle vs. HOA begins in front yard — Bill Finch | | September 18, 2023

A new bill — and trend toward xeric gardens — is coming to Idaho — Nicole Blanchard | Idaho Statesman | September 24, 2023

View past coverage:  1,  2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, & 19.

The Cost of Net Zero

Their share of new cars exceeded 7% for the first half of the year, speeding past a critical tipping point for mass adoption. In the last few months, all-time sales topped 3 million.

But perhaps the most impressive of all is reaching a record-hot pace of almost 1 million new EVs per year. In the 12 months through June, Americans bought 977,445 cars that run solely on electricity, according to a Bloomberg Green analysis.

It took 10 years for the US to sell its first million fully electric vehicles, two years to reach the second million, and just over a year to reach the third. By the time the latest quarter’s figures are tallied up over the next month, the country should be well on its way to a fourth…

US Electric Vehicle Sales Reach Breakthrough Pace — Tom Randall | Bloomberg | September 14, 2023


In case you missed it: watch “The Big Problem with Cement” by Vox in Issue #64.

True-zero emissions cement gets ASTM approval — Rizwan Choudhury | Interesting Engineering | September 16, 2023


Some Countries Are Already Talking About Walking Back Fossil Fuel Car Bans — Bradley Brownell | Jalopnik | September 20, 2023


Warming temperatures are going to hit the world’s less stable societies with extreme force. Flooding has become more intense, with disasters unfolding more suddenly, in part because the atmosphere holds 7% more water vapor for every degree Celsius of warming. Libya, with its decrepit infrastructure, has already warmed by more than a degree since 1900. If greenhouse gas emissions remain unchanged, the country’s average temperatures will rise 2.2C by 2050 and by 4C at the end of the century…

What Caused the High Death Toll From Libya's Floods? — Laura Millan and Salma El Wardany| Bloomberg | September 23, 2023


Understand what’s happening to groundwater.  Also reference Issue# 68. The New York Times: Uncharted Waters

Housing Affordability & Homelessness

When Montreal-based developer Jesta Group recently unveiled plans for up to a 30-story residential building that would tower over the rest of Miami Beach’s Ocean Drive, local officials immediately vowed to fight it...

The Live Local Act, which went into effect in July and was passed to alleviate the affordable housing crisis being felt across Florida. Miami, for example, has the highest share of cost-burdened renters of any major metro area in the country, according to a Harvard study.

The Jesta Group is planning a residential project with 137 units, 40% of them affordable rental units, and the rest condos, where the Clevelander South Beach hotel has stood for more than 80 years. The developer’s ability to overcome—or fall victim to—local political pushback and other obstacles will be one of the first major tests of the new law...

Miami Beach Project Tests Limits of Affordable Housing Law in Florida — Deborah Acosta | WSJ | September 26, 2023


Upzoning definitely isn’t a panacea:

…Mayor Bruce Harrell’s administration pitched the rezone as a way of attracting developers to revamp boarded-up retail spaces and to “disrupt” drug use and other “negative activity patterns” along Third Avenue through construction projects that would likely block areas of the sidewalk for months…

Seattle OKs zoning changes hoping to attract more downtown housing — Heidi Groover | The Seattle Times | September 26, 2023


Record-low US housing affordability is squeezing homebuyers and renters while threatening to spill into presidential politics.

Milwaukee, the largest city in key swing state Wisconsin, saw affordability deteriorate in its rental market more than almost any US metro area in the year ended July, according to a measure by the National Association of Realtors. The region also recorded one of the greatest increases in mortgage burden among the biggest 50 metros in the past year, data from Zillow show.

Biden 2024 Campaign Faces Risk in Swing States with Dwindling Home Affordability — Mark Niquette | Bloomberg | September 18, 2023

Insurance Policy Crushing a Condominium

Infrastructure + Insurance

…In total, 39,007,490 properties have risk of increasing insurance prices or reduced coverage due to high climate risk across the FSF Flood Model, Wind Model, and Wildfire Model. These 39 million properties make up 27.1% of the total properties across CONUS (~144 million). This is, nearly one-quarter of all properties across the country are in areas with high and similar climate risk from flood, wind, and wildfire to places where the insurance industry has already responded to high risk by requiring higher deductibles, raising rates, or withdrawing from the area.

This one quarter of all properties represents the current Insurance Bubble of properties likely overvalued due to the underpricing or subsidization of climate risk in their insurance products. While regions across the United States are largely impacted by different types of climate risk, the insurance issue faced by these areas is similar and almost no area of the country is left untouched...

The 9th National Risk Assessment: The Insurance Issue

Highlights From "The Insurance Issue" — First Street Foundation | September 20, 2023


Millions of U.S. properties are overvalued. Climate risk is one reason.

— Thomas Frank | POLITICO Pro | September 20, 2023


New rules: Months after California's home insurance market was rattled by major companies pausing or restricting their coverage, the state's top regulator said Thursday that he would write new rules aimed at persuading insurers to continue doing business in the nation's most populous state.

Seven of the 12 largest insurance companies by market share in California have either paused or restricted new policies in the state since last year.

What to know about California's new proposed rules for insurance companies — Adam Beam | KCRA 3 | September 22, 2023


Citizens last week sent a proposal to the state Office of Insurance Regulation that would lead to an average 11.5 percent increase for homeowners with the most-common type of policies, known as “multi-peril” policies, according to information slated to be presented to the Citizens Board of Governors on Sept. 27.

Citizens Insurance customers could see double-digit hikes — Jim Saunders | WKMG News 6 | September 15, 2023


…Delores Smerkers, a Davie retiree, said her Citizens policy renewed in July for $5,523 — $650 more that what she paid last year. Less than two months later, in late August, she received a letter saying her coverage was being assumed by Safepoint Insurance Co.

The letter stated that her estimated cost to renew her Safepoint policy will be $6,650 — an increase of $1,127.

That’s a substantial price hike, but because it’s less than 20% above her Citizens premium, she is ineligible to reject the offer and stay with Citizens…

Stunned by a Citizens Insurance 'depopulation' letter? Here's what you need to know. — Ron Hurtibise | South Florida Sun Sentinel | September 24, 2023


Staggering increases to property insurance premiums have upended affordable housing development across south Louisiana, delaying construction timelines and forcing the state to cough up tens of millions of dollars to try and save projects from falling apart.

Developers with projects in New Orleans, East Baton Rouge, and other areas across the state said they have seen insurance rates double or even triple since the series of destructive hurricanes in 2020 and 2021 upended insurance markets in the state.

In some larger multi-family complexes, insurance premiums have increased to more than $400,000 per year from less than $150,000, according to insurance agents…

High insurance rates are creating a crisis for Louisiana affordable housing development — Sophie Kasakove | | September 17, 2023


…"It seems criminal to take our money all year then cancel our insurance in August when we are at most risk for forest fires," Fisher wrote in a letter to the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner, seeking help. Her mortgage depended on the coverage, she explained.

Instead, the state told her there was nothing it could do and marked her complaint closed.

Fisher is one of dozens who recently sought help from the commissioner for this problem and found the state ineffectual. The number of such complaints reported since 2022 is roughly 10 times higher than the annual average of the previous six years and speaks to a growing problem for Washington residents: insurance companies using wildfire risk scores to discontinue insurance policies…

How wildfire risk scoring puts WA homeowners in insurance jeopardy — Rebecca Moss | The Seattle Times | September 19, 2023


Rates climbing for Louisiana's insurer of last resort — Chelsea Brasted | AXIOS New Orleans | September 20, 2023

The insurance company demanded a new roof.  The owners emptied their savings and borrowed from their 401(k) to replace their shingles for $28,000.  Then the insurance company proposed a $29,000 premium for their renewal…

We Left Florida Because Our Homeowners Insurance Ballooned to $12,000 — Joran Pandy | Insider | September 20, 2023


OPINION BY RICK SCOTT: Over the last five years, Florida’s property insurance market has gotten way out of control — it’s time for state leaders to take action. Here’s what to do…

I’m Sen. Rick Scott, and here are three insurance fixes for Florida homeowners — Rick Scott | Tampa Bay Times | September 16, 2023


About 300,000 customers of the state-run insurer of last resort are receiving letters in the mail this month with an offer to switch to a private insurance company.

If customers don’t respond by Oct. 5, the letters state, customers will be forced to go with the private company — at a potentially far higher cost.

Florida Citizens customers: Check mail or face costly insurance switch — Lawrence Mower | Tampa Bay Times | September 20, 2023

Broken Housing Market

Housing Market & Real Estate

New York Mayor Eric Adams is calling for construction of “a little more housing in every neighborhood” to contend with the city’s severe shortage of places to live.

Adams outlined a zoning overhaul that would allow for development of an additional 100,000 homes for 250,000 people over the next 15 years. Measures he supports include allowing construction of two- to four-story additions atop ground-floor commercial spaces, and dwelling units as large as 800 square feet (74 square meters) on the properties of one- and two-family homes…

NYC Mayor Eric Adams Proposes Housing Zoning Tweaks as City Faces Shortage — Jennifer Epstein | Bloomberg | September 21, 2023


New US home construction [“Housing Starts”] dropped 11.3% in August to the lowest level since June 2020, highlighting the toll of declining housing affordability. The drop was largely driven by a sharp decline in multifamily construction. The recent rise in mortgage rates has also helped drive housing affordability to record lows, suppressing demand and souring builder sentiment. But there’s a twist: applications to build—a proxy for future construction—picked up by the most in almost a year.

— Margaret Sutherlin | Bloomberg Evening Briefing | September 19, 2023

US Housing Starts Drop to Lowest Since 2020 While Permits Rise — Reade Pickert | Bloomberg | September 19, 2023

The total value of US housing rose more than $2.6 trillion in the past year, Zillow said, defying predictions that higher borrowing costs would lead to a prolonged slump. Low levels of supply, enhanced by the lock-in effect — which has left current mortgage borrowers reluctant to give up their low-cost loans — have pushed nationwide prices to a new high.

The gains haven’t been evenly spread across the country. In California, which contains about one-fifth of the US housing market, prices have declined since June 2022. But in Florida, the value of residential property has risen $160 billion in that period — pushing the Sunshine State ahead of New York in the national rankings…

Florida Overtakes New York as Second-Biggest US Housing Market — Alexandre Tanzi | Bloomberg | September 26, 2023

Built Environment

Two workers wait while a square piece of prefabricated wall is lowered by a crane. Like a puzzle piece, the segment is snapped into place, covering up the last bit of faded beige facade on a two-story apartment building. This ordinary mid-century housing block in a neighborhood in the west German city of Moenchengladbach is getting a quick and dramatic efficiency upgrade, thanks to a green renovation technique called Energiesprong.

The method, also known as serial renovation, was devised in the Netherlands in 2010. In Dutch, the term means “energy jump,” and speed is indeed the point. Prefabricated facade components, complete with high-performance windows, are built in factories and then wrapped around buildings, giving them an insulation makeover that’s faster and cheaper than a typical whole-home renovation. Solar panels and heat pumps complement the retrofit, transforming leaky older buildings into “Net Zero” homes that can produce as much power as they consume.

That’s the idea behind the approach, at least. Energiesprong-inspired projects are popping up outside the Netherlands, including in California and Canada. Germany is one of the latest countries to push serial renovation after struggling to hit carbon reduction targets…

Dutch Renovation Technique Promises Quicker Net-Zero Energy Retrofits — Sinja Wind | Bloomberg | September 12, 2023


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Across the downtown areas of the nation’s 105 largest cities, the authors estimate that 15% of office buildings are physically suitable for conversion. That drops to about 11% after removing buildings that still house many long-term tenants or those that are “relatively clean” environmentally.

Dozens of aging office buildings across Seattle, Tacoma and Bellevue could be good candidates for conversion into thousands of new apartments, a possible bright spot as the region’s housing crisis persists and empty offices abound.

But making the financial math work on those conversions could be a challenge…

Researchers say these Seattle office buildings could be housing instead — Heidi Groover | The Seattle Times | September 23, 2023


Dallas office tower to transform half of its space into multifamily units — Plamedie Ifasso | Dallas Business Journal | September 17, 2023

Moody’s Investors Service, the only remaining major credit grader to assign the US a top rating, has signaled that its confidence is wavering.

“While government debt service payments would not be impacted and a short-lived shutdown would be unlikely to disrupt the economy, it would underscore the weakness of US institutional and governance strength relative to other Aaa-rated sovereigns that we have highlighted in recent years,” analysts led by William Foster wrote in a report Monday.

In the wake of the Federal debt ceiling “brinkmanship” earlier this year, “a government shutdown would demonstrate the significant constraints that intensifying political polarization continue to put on US fiscal policymaking during a period of declining fiscal strength, driven by persistent fiscal deficits and deteriorating debt affordability,” Moody’s added.

Moody’s Warns US Government Shutdown Would Be Negative for Credit Rating

— Craig Torres, Jonnelle Marte, and Laura Curtis | Bloomberg | September 22, 2023

Americans outside the wealthiest 20% of the country have run out of extra savings and now have less cash on hand than they did when the pandemic began, according to the latest Federal Reserve study of household finances.

For the bottom 80% of households by income, bank deposits and other liquid assets were lower in June this year than they were in March 2020, after adjustment for inflation.

Only Richest 20% of Americans Still Have Excess Pandemic Savings — Alexandre Tanzi | Bloomberg | September 25, 2023

— David Rovella | Bloomberg Evening Briefing | September 20, 2023


Two Federal Reserve officials said at least one more interest-rate hike is possible and that borrowing costs may need to stay higher for longer for the US central bank to ease inflation back to its 2% target.

While Boston Fed President Susan Collins said further tightening “is certainly not off the table,” Governor Michelle Bowman signaled that more than one increase will probably be required, cementing her position as one of the Federal Open Market Committee’s most hawkish members.

“I continue to expect that further rate hikes will likely be needed to return inflation to 2% in a timely way,” Bowman said in remarks to the Independent Community Bankers of Colorado in Vail Friday.

While the FOMC on Wednesday held its target range for the federal funds rate at 5.25% to 5.5% — a 22-year high — fresh quarterly projections showed 12 of 19 officials favored another rate hike in 2023, underscoring a desire to ensure inflation continues to decelerate…

Fed Officials See More Rate Hikes Possible While Inflation Persists — Craig Torres, Jonnelle Marte, and Laura Curtis | Bloomberg | September 22, 2023

Cashing In

…So you have to be mindful about how you match certain assets with certain time periods in your portfolio. You should never be fully invested in short-term instruments because that creates an asset-liability mismatch over time where you don’t own longer duration higher yielding instruments that help you beat inflation over time.

Remember, short duration instruments like T-Bills are great short-term principal stabilizers and terrible long-term inflation hedges, while longer duration instruments like stocks tend to be excellent long-term inflation hedges and terrible short-term principal stabilizers.

This is also why you don’t want to ever be 100% stocks. Being 100% stocks results in the opposite version of the asset-liability mismatch where you then only own super long duration instruments and if you find yourself in need of liquidity at an inopportune time, you become a forced seller of the long duration instrument to meet a short-term liquidity need…

Should You T-Bill And Chill? — John Authers | Seeking Alpha | September 14, 2023


A worthy reminder that not all markets are created equal:

Lehman Brothers: China and Europe Feel the Fallout More Than US — John Authers | Bloomberg | September 14, 2023


Bond Traders Say Treasury Yields Have Yet to Peak After September Fed Meeting

— Liz Capo McCormick and Michael Mackenzie | Bloomberg | September 20, 2023

A question of fact is an issue of fact, not law. A question of fact is resolved by a trier of fact, i.e. a jury or, at a bench trial, a judge, weighing the strength of evidence and credibility of witnesses. 

Conversely, a question of law is always resolved by a judge.

question of fact | Wex | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute

Bees, trees, police & an HOA… — Margaret Carmel | BoiseDEV | January 26, 2023

"The whole chain of command from the insurance company QBE and their lawyers, Pinnacle Property Management, our HOA board... they did not protect these homeowners”...

The HOA and its insurance company were given multiple chances to settle the case for the policy maximum of $2 million, but they refused and lost at trial, so homeowners may be left holding the bag to the tune of as much as $90,000 each…

Homeowners under cloud of $20M swing set verdict demand answers from HOA

— Darcy Spears | KTNV Las Vegas | March 05, 2018

Thompson v. Lamplight Village @ Centennial Springs Homeowners Association

Case No. 2:19-CV-1152 JCM | 10/01/2019


QBE INSURANCE CORPORATION v. Lamplight Village — NV Supreme Court 10/10/2022 

Homeowners under cloud of $20M swing set verdict demand answers from HOA

Palm Bay Yacht Club: Part II


Palm Bay Towers, built in 1972, is due for its 50-year recertification. As a result, residents are currently being forced to cover the costs of a $21.5 million assessment that they believe is overwhelmingly exaggerated and unnecessary. That amount translates to a price tag of anywhere from $221,450 to $337,550 per unit owner – even more than what residents at Palm Bay Yacht Club are in the midst of protesting.

Owners at Palm Bay Towers filed a lawsuit against their association in 2021, along with residents of the neighboring Palm Bay Condominium experiencing similar issues. With little progress made during the court proceedings, Towers’ residents have meanwhile been forced to begin coughing up their shares of the debt.

In each scenario the suspected conspiracy is roughly the same: condo association boards made up of developers and self-dealers who many residents accuse of looking to decrease property values and inflate repair costs for their own biddings. Indeed, many residents have already been forced to sell their units at a loss of their potential value.

Just as at Palm Bay Yacht Club, desperate owners at Palm Bay Towers hired an independent engineer to secure their own assessment…

Palm Bay’s Triple Trouble — Biscayne Times | March 7, 2023

The WBTV Investigates Team is uncovering the scope and impact of developer-controlled associations, called declarant control. It allows developers to profit off the sale of new homes while simultaneously appointing HOA board members to manage the homeowner fees.

There is no North Carolina law that limits how long declarant control can last.  Enforcement of the statutes that require open board meetings and financial transparency is virtually non-existent.  No state or local agency has the responsibility of investigating homeowner complaints.

That’s why homeowners at communities like The Palisades, Waterfront and Lake Walk have all reached out to WBTV for help…

Homeowners vs Developers: The fight for HOA control in North Carolina — David Hodges | WBTV 3 | February 16, 2023

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Issue #73 highlighted a task force established by Maine.  Hawaii is no stranger to task forces as its latest community association oversight task force was established in 2023 by HB1509 with recommendations due >=20 days prior to the 2025 legislative session. 

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