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Be Prepared: How to Avoid the Super-Priority Trap

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail.” Servicers can face significant obstacles in preservation of their rights vis a vis assessments by homeowners’ associations and condo associations (a...more

Hold that paintbrush! A glimpse into design-control in planned communities

By: Erica Stutman You are choosing a new paint color for the outside of your house, and you think, “Since all the other houses are beige, I’ll do mine purple.” Not so fast – you better check your community’s governing...more

Rhode Island Joins Lists of True Super-Priority Lien States for Condo Associations

In December 2015, the Rhode Island Supreme Court issued an opinion holding that Rhode Island’s Uniform Condominium Act provides a true “super-priority” lien to condominium owner associations (COAs) when a condominium owner is...more

Are A Breach Of Fiduciary Duty And A Breach Of Governing Documents “Non Bis In Idem”?

Last week, I discussed the Court of Appeal’s consideration of whether the business judgment rule protects a director from claims based on breach of the corporation’s governing documents. See Does The Business Judgment Rule...more

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Limits to its SFR Investments Decision

In September 2014, the Nevada Supreme Court, in SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC v. U.S. Bank, N.A., held that a portion of a homeowners’ association (HOA) lien for delinquent assessments has true super-priority status over a...more

Does The Business Judgment Rule Protect Directors Who Violate Governing Documents?

Under the business judgment rule, a director will not be liable for a mistake in business judgment provided that certain conditions are met. In the case of a California nonprofit mutual benefit corporation, a director who...more

Residential Planned Communities and Condominiums: Changing the Rules After the Game has Begun

As Americans, it is in our nature to always look for ways to improve anything and everything affecting our lives, including the cars we buy, the food we eat, and yes, even the organizations to which we belong. It's no wonder...more

Oregon Court of Appeals Holds that “Common Issue” Exception Applies to Permit Defendant Contractor to Recover Attorney’s Fees From...

In The Village at North Pointe Condominiums Association v. Bloedel Construction Co. et al., 278 Or App 354 (2016), the Oregon Court of Appeals held that defendant contractor could recover attorneys’ fees against a homeowners...more

Under Construction - June 2016

Welcome to the June 2016 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. Hope you are staying cool this summer. Are you legally operating your drone on the construction site? In our Winter 2015 Under Construction...more

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Extent of HOA Super-Liens

For the past several years, Nevada courts have been flooded with quiet title actions between mortgage lenders and buyers who acquired residential properties at homeowners association (HOA) super-lien foreclosures. Recently,...more

Can We Get Rid of All These References to the Declarant?

After members take control of the board of directors of their owners association, they often want to amend their declaration and other governing documents and one of the changes they typically propose is the removal of all...more

Restrictive Covenants: What Are They And Why Should You Care?

Restrictive covenants have a significant and substantial impact on the use and value of property; yet they are often ignored entirely or not considered until the end of the due diligence period before purchasing the property....more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - May 2016

Debt Collection Letters Now Have a Safe Harbor In The Second Circuit - Avila v. Riexinger & Associates, LLC, 15-1548, --- F.3d ---- , 2016 WL 1104776 (2d Cir. March 22, 2016) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Mortgage Industry Scores Big Nevada Supreme Court Win in Continued Battle over HOA Super-Priority Liens

The mortgage lending community was dealt a serious blow in September 2014, when the Nevada Supreme Court held that an HOA’s foreclosure of its nominal super-priority lien could extinguish a first lien interest in SFR...more

Developer Control of Homeowner Associations Could Diminish in South Carolina

State Committee at work; legislation pending - The South Carolina 2015-2016 Appropriation Act established the "South Carolina Committee on Homeowners Associations." Thirteen individuals, consisting of lawmakers,...more

Florida Appellate Court Bolsters Statutory HOA Safe Harbor

A significant opinion from the Florida Third District Court of Appeal further clarifies the extent of the Florida statutory homeowners association (HOA) “safe harbor.” In the end, entities that obtain title through judicial...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules On Lien Priority Between Condominium Associations and Mortgage Lenders

After nearly a decade of ongoing litigation, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) issued a decision in Drummer Boy Homes Association v. Carolyn P. Britton, No. 11969 slip op. (Mass. March 29, 2016) regarding the...more

Nevada Supreme Court Holds that Foreclosure Of HOA Lien Extinguishes Equal Priority HOA Lien.

In Nevada’s master-planned communities it is common for one home to be in multiple homeowners’ associations. In such cases there is generally a master association for the master-planned community and then sub-associations for...more

And in this corner: Judicial referees as alternatives to juries in California

More than 10 years ago, California’s highest court held that pre-dispute contractual jury waivers were not enforceable. However, the Court directed contract parties to two safe havens from juries: arbitration and judicial...more

Some, But Not All: How the North Carolina Planned Community Act affects Pre-1999 Planned Communities

In 1999, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the North Carolina Planned Community Act ("Act") as Chapter 47F of the North Carolina General Statutes. The Act was intended to establish certain rights for property...more

The New Texas Two-Step: Construction Defect Litigation by Condominium Owners’ Associations

On June 17, 2015, Texas adopted amendments to the Texas Uniform Condominium Act by requiring condominium unit owners’ associations (“Association”) to take specified procedural steps prior to initiating a construction defect...more

Intervention by Individual Homeowners Deemed Timely

Ziani Homeowners Association v. Brookfield Ziani LLC, et al. - Court Of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three - (December 22, 2015) - The Court of Appeal considered the issue of timeliness of a...more

Amendment to Illinois Mechanics Lien Act Authorizes Bonding Over of Mechanics Liens Claims

As of January 1, 2016, an amendment to the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act, 770 ILCS. 60/38.1, allows parties with an interest in real estate to substitute an eligible surety bond for a claim for mechanics lien as security for...more

Nevada State Court Ruling on Application of HERA to HOA Foreclosure Sales Holds Promise for Lenders and GSEs

The first Nevada state court ruling on the federal Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) holds that a deed of trust owned by a GSE cannot be extinguished by a homeowners’ association’s (HOA) foreclosure sale, a promising...more

The Historic Drought Has Killed Your Lawn, Will It Do The Same To The Construction Industry?

After three years of a historic drought, Californians are now subject to mandatory water rationing, bans on washing cars, and water “only on request” at restaurants. In 2015, California saw a number of new laws, regulations...more

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