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The Condominium Form Of Ownership

In Alabama, contractors and subcontractors performing work involving common elements of the condominium at the request and direction of a condominium association should be aware of unique laws applicable to their lien rights...more

Appellate Court Opines On Propriety Of Communications Between Condominium Board Members

On the heels of the long-awaiting reversal of the Spanish Courts II appellate decision, condominium associations have been hit again with a First District Appellate Court ruling which has the potential to drastically impact...more

Illinois Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Condominium Associations Collecting Delinquent Assessments

On March 20, 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court published its court ruling in Spanish Court Two Condominium Association v. Lisa Carlson, 2014 IL 115342, which reversed a lower court’s opinion that a unit owner may raise as a...more

Illinois Supreme Court Reaffirms Forcible Entry Remedy, Reversing in Spanish Court Two Condominium

One of the two most anxiously awaited cases on the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil docket was handed down this morning, and it was a big win for Illinois condominium associations: a sharply divided Court reversed the...more

Spanish Court Two Condominium and Three Other Civil Opinions on Thursday

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that it expects to file opinions in four civil cases on Thursday morning, March 20. Among the new opinions will be one of the two most anxiously awaited cases on the court’s advisement...more

Lender Liability for Assessments in Florida

Foreclosing lenders in Florida frequently take title to properties that are subject to homeowners' and condominium association assessments. Just as frequently, the newly-titled lender is presented with a bill from the...more

Elizabeth White Quoted By Virginia Lawyers Weekly Regarding Virginia House Bill 791

Elizabeth L. White, the leader of LeClairRyan’s national Community Association Industry Team, was recently contacted by Virginia Lawyers Weekly and asked to weigh in on pending legislation in the form of Virginia House Bill...more

Statute Amended To Permit Late Fees

Section 55-79.83 of the Virginia Condominium Act was amended in the 2013 legislative session to permit condominium associations to impose late fees of up to 5 percent for assessments that are not paid within 60 days of the...more

How to Deal with Delinquent Condo Board Members [Video]

Chicago Tribune Condo Adviser columnist Howard Dakoff explains why you are out of luck if your condo board member doesn't pay up. Howard is a partner in the Community Associations Practice Group of Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC....more

Florida Appeals Court Holds “Your Product” Exclusion Bars Does Not Apply to Altered Products Not Transformed Into “New Products”

On September 4, 2013, a Florida appellate court reversed, in part, a final summary judgment ruling that Liberty Mutual has to pay its insured, MI Windows and Doors, Inc. for the $3.4 million that MI paid to settle several...more

Toronto Star Urges Faster Protection For Condominium Owners

As we reported last week, Ontario is working to introduce mandatory qualifications for condominium managers. ...more

Pennsylvania Amendments Give Condo Developers More Time To Finish Projects

In response to a challenging residential real estate market, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett recently signed an amendment to two state laws governing the development of condominiums and planned communities to give...more

Condo Adviser: Adjacent Development Rights and Objections [Video]

Chicago Tribune Condo Adviser columnist Howard Dakoff on how association and unit owners may address concerns over adjacent developments, and the likelihood they could object....more

Reserve Funds: Purposes and Common Mistakes  [Video]

Chicago Tribune Condo Adviser columnist Howard Dakoff breaks down assessments and reserves, and some crucial factors behind both. ...more

Court Of Appeal Makes Condominium Association Foreclosures More Costly

The Third District Court of Appeal recently issued an opinion that is a game changer for third-party purchasers of condominium units at foreclosure sales. The Third District’s opinion in Aventura Management, LLC v. Spiaggia...more

How to run a condominium meeting

Are you the Director of a Condo Association or Condo Board? Efficiently and effectively running a Board Meeting can be harder than it sounds. To ensure you are making the most of everyone’s time, follow these easy tips. As...more

Was Your Condo Reserve Fund Study Prepared By A Qualified Professional?

Can anyone do a Reserve Fund Study? Yes if you are a Strata Corporation in B.C. and no if you are a condominium corporation in Ontario....more

Ober|Kaler Obtains Confirmation of Significant Arbitration Award for Condo Unit Owner’s Claim

Ober|Kaler Construction Group principal Raymond D. Burke and associates Matthew T. Vocci and Jackson B. Boyd secured judicial confirmation last year in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City of a significant arbitration award...more

Illinois Supreme Court Grants Leave to Appeal Controversial Condominium Decision

May a condominium owner refuse to pay monthly and/or special assessments, in whole or in part, on the grounds that the condominium board had failed to maintain and repair the common elements of the condominium property? In...more

A Few Thoughts After “Frankenstorm”

The major impact that Hurricane Sandy had on the East Coast is a good reminder of the importance of the maintenance of sufficient insurance. All condominium projects in Texas (whether they operate under the current Uniform...more

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