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Court Upholds HOA’s Prohibition on Artificial Grass

By Ben Karb | May 1, 2020 | Comments Off on Court Upholds HOA’s Prohibition on Artificial Grass
Artificial grass being installed. It has been cut to size and rolled out and laid and is being nailed down along a fence. The installer has a hammer and nails.

Homeowners and HOAs appreciate lush grass, but some homeowners got their hands dirty when they put down artificial grass without…

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COVID-19 Update: The Community Association Institute Calls For Moratorium On HOA Foreclosures

By Mike Hunter | April 6, 2020 | Comments Off on COVID-19 Update: The Community Association Institute Calls For Moratorium On HOA Foreclosures

The Board of Trustees for the national Community Association Institute has issued a plea for a halt of HOA foreclosures…

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What Can Your HOA Do for You?

By Ben Karb | March 25, 2020 | Comments Off on What Can Your HOA Do for You?

The sky appears to be falling, Covid-19 is the topic of the day, all under the dark shadow of a…

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Coronavirus and Community Associations

By Mike Hunter | March 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus and Community Associations

and Ben Karb

Understandably, Offit Kurman attorneys have been getting a lot of inquiries from our community association clients and management companies on what to do about the Covid-19 virus, how they should respond and communicate to homeowners.  CAI (the Community Association Institute) has published some guidance on its website, along with a sample letter that can be adapted for use to your community associations.

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Association Answers: Is the Developer Running the HOA Correctly?

By Mike Hunter | March 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Association Answers: Is the Developer Running the HOA Correctly?

In my HOA law practice, I often hear complaints from homeowners in communities that are still being developed, that the…

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Is Your Association Required to Confront the Bully?

By Ben Karb | December 16, 2019 | Comments Off on Is Your Association Required to Confront the Bully?
A man and a woman pointing at a paper and confronting another individual about the contents.

These days, it seems like there’s no such thing as a minor disagreement.  Normally, owner-to-owner disagreements between neighbors in a…

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Who is Responsible for Maintenance on my Townhome?

By Mike Hunter | November 8, 2019 |

Q: I recently had water damage which my homeowners’ association (“HOA”) is repairing. During reconstruction, the contractor found termites. My HOA…

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What’s the difference between a proxy and a ballot?

By Offit Kurman | October 30, 2019 | Comments Off on What’s the difference between a proxy and a ballot?

Q:  I am on the board of directors for my homeowners’ association, and our annual meeting is coming up. There…

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Homeowner’s Drain Tile Trenches Wreak Havoc in Neighbors’ Yards

By Offit Kurman | October 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Homeowner’s Drain Tile Trenches Wreak Havoc in Neighbors’ Yards

Published in The Charlotte Observer, 10/11/12 Q: A member of our homeowners’ association believes he does not have to follow…

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Rules for Age-Restricted Communities

By Offit Kurman | October 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Rules for Age-Restricted Communities

Ed. note:  this month’s column was written by my associate Ben Karb. Q:  I live in a subdivision that was…

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“I SEE YOU”: Video Doorbells in Multifamily Buildings

By Mike Hunter | August 28, 2019 | Comments Off on “I SEE YOU”: Video Doorbells in Multifamily Buildings

Ed. note: This column was written by my colleague Donna Dimaggio Berger. Donna is a Shareholder in the Florida law…

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SHORT-TERM RENTALS – SHOULD YOUR HOA CONSIDER BANNING THEM?

By Mike Hunter | July 12, 2019 | Comments Off on SHORT-TERM RENTALS – SHOULD YOUR HOA CONSIDER BANNING THEM?

In early June, 2019 at an apartment in uptown Charlotte, gunfire erupted at a graduation party. One person was killed…

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Condominium Defects in the Carolinas

By Mike Hunter | June 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Condominium Defects in the Carolinas

This column was written by my law partner Greg Shelton. Condominium owners associations (COAs) are usually responsible for maintaining and…

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Rules of the Road for HOAs

By Ben Karb | May 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Rules of the Road for HOAs

We frequently are asked by our HOA (homeowners’ association) clients to review their rules and regulations. Boards are often granted…

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Who Pays?

By Mike Hunter | April 4, 2019 |

This column was written by Allen Norwood, a columnist with the Charlotte Observer.  It was published in the Observer’s “Home|Design”…

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