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Homeowners Association (HOA)

Cleaning Up After The Storms

Building and Development Permits - While Florida was bracing for the impact of Hurricane Irma, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order No. 17-235, declaring a state of emergency for all 67 of Florida’s counties. Due to...more

Prevailing HOAs Not Entitled to Attorneys’ Fees in Enforcement Actions Brought Under Davis-Stirling

In Retzloff v. Moulton Parkway Residents’ Ass’n, (2017) Cal. App. LEXIS 727, the Fourth District Court of Appeal considered the novel question of whether attorneys’ fees can be included as part of the cost award to a...more

Big Win for Servicers and Lenders of Fannie and Freddie Owned Loans against Nevada HOA Foreclosures

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a significant decision in favor of lenders and mortgage servicers fighting off claims that their mortgage liens were extinguished by Nevada homeowners...more

Court Holds That Board Of Trustees Of A Nonprofit Do Not Owe The Same Duties As A Trustee Of A Trust

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In Young v. Heins, Young brought third-party claims against the board of trustees of a nonprofit home owner association for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, breach of contract,...more

U.S. District Court Allows Association’s Claims To Proceed For Actions During Period of Developer Control

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The United States District Court for the District of Maryland has denied a motion to dismiss filed on behalf of a developer, and allowed claims of a property owner’s association to proceed that concern actions taken while the...more

South Carolina Court of Appeals Rules on Jury Trials and Class Action Waivers in Master Deeds - Decision is a good development for...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

UPDATE: Based upon a settlement reached with Respondents, Petitioners filed a motion seeking dismissal of their petition for a writ of certiorari to the Court of Appeals. They also asked the Court to vacate the opinion of...more

Sanctions For False Pleadings

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In many cases, clients ask us if we can file a motion against the other party for filing a false or frivolous pleading. In a recent opinion, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania outlined the way in which a party must file a...more

Nevada Enacts Multiple Laws Affecting Consumer Finance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Nevada is rolling out a slate of legislation affecting consumer finance, including a measure to protect consumers’ privacy online and programs aimed at mitigating their risk of foreclosure. Here is a list of measures recently...more

California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute: A Potent, Yet Confounding, Weapon

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Lawsuits designed to chill the valid exercise of the constitutional right of free speech or the right to petition, denominated as “strategic lawsuits against public participation” (or “SLAPP” suits), have taken on increasing...more

Nevada HOA Super-Priority Litigation Update: Nevada Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Lenders on Standing Issue

The Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) and their servicers scored a significant victory last week in the Nevada Supreme Court. In Nationstar Mortgage, LLC v. SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC (Case No. 69400), the court held...more

Minnesota Legislature Revises Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In recent years, very few condominium projects have been developed in Minnesota despite strong demand from potential condominium homeowners. Many developers attribute their reluctance to build condominiums to litigation risk...more

2017 Community Association Legislation

by Roetzel & Andress on

The Florida Legislature has approved several bills affecting condominium, cooperative, and homeowners’ associations. House Bill 1237 and Senate Bill 1520 only amend Chapter 718, Florida Statutes (the Condominium Act). Senate...more

Changes to Financial Reporting Requirements for Associations

On June 23, 2017, Governor Scott approved House Bill 6027, which provides substantively identical changes to the annual financial reporting requirements for condominium, cooperative, and homeowners’ associations....more

2017 Legislative Update: New Laws Impacting Commercial Real Estate Clients

by Sands Anderson PC on

On July 1, 2017, new laws passed during the 2017 General Assembly session will go into effect in Virginia that may impact you as someone interested in commercial real estate. They run the gamut of issues touching on the real...more

Governor Hogan Signs Law to Require Notice to Homeowners of Sales of a Common Element or Common Area

by Baker Donelson on

Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan, has signed into law legislation passed in the General Assembly that requires a condominium council of unit owners or a homeowners association to provide at least 30-days notice to all owners of...more

Legislation Enacted To Permit HOAs To Collect Resale Inspection Fees

by Baker Donelson on

Beginning in October, Maryland homeowner associations will have the right to collect a fee relating to inspections during the resale process. What had been House Bill 34 in the 2017 session of the General Assembly, and has...more

New HOA Estoppel Requirements Signed into Law

Title insurance companies and closing agents handling transactions involving homeowners’ and condominium associations have long been frustrated by the timing and cost associated with obtaining estoppel letters from these...more

Client Alert Update: Community Associations’ Estoppel Certificates

On June 14, 2017, Governor Scott signed Senate Bill 398, enacting it into law. The law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2017, amends sections 718.116, 720.30851, and 719.108, Florida Statutes, regarding condominium,...more

Water Shortage Restrictions Override Deed Restrictions

Homeowners associations may not require lot owners to pressure wash their homes, or to water or replace their lawns while there are water shortage restrictions in effect....more

South Carolina Court of Appeals Rules on Jury Trials and Class Action Waivers in Master Deeds - Decision is a good development for...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

UPDATE: The Petitioners Motion for Rehearing was denied. While the Petition for Certiorari was pending, a settlement agreement was reached, part of which seeks for the Court to dismiss this matter and vacate this opinion....more

Construction Advisory: Governor Signs Construction Defects Reform

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On May 23, 2017, Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 17-1279 (“HB 1279”) into law, which applies to all construction defect actions filed on or after that date. With the adjournment of the 2017 Colorado General Assembly...more

Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege in Bad Faith Litigation

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The United States District Court has confirmed in a recent decision that in most circumstances, the attorney-client privilege will be waived in bad faith litigation in South Carolina. In Contravest, Inc. v. Mt. Hawley Ins....more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending May 19 & 26, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Real Property Update - Foreclosure/Standing/Lost Note: if plaintiff did not have right to enforce note when lost, plaintiff should present evidence of assignment from payee to plaintiff or affidavit of ownership - ...more

Governor Holds Final Bill Signing Session

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

On May 4th, Governor Larry Hogan conducted his last bill signing session for the 2017 Maryland General Assembly session. Although bill numbers are listed, once signed they become law, but the corresponding chapter numbers are...more

Colorado Construction Defect Action Reform: HB 17-1279 Approved by Colorado Legislature; Governor’s Approval Imminent

by Snell & Wilmer on

Colorado developers frequently cite Colorado’s Construction Defect Action Reform Act (CDARA) as an obstacle to building new condominiums in the state. Developers contend that the law makes it too easy for condo boards to sue...more

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