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North Carolina and South Carolina Homeowners' Association Law

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

By Offit Kurman | October 30, 2019 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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

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By Mike Hunter | July 12, 2019 |

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 |

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 |

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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What is “Fiduciary Duty”?

By Offit Kurman | January 28, 2019 |

The directors and officers of a homeowners’ association (HOA) are said to have a “fiduciary duty” to the members of…

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Major changes coming to SC HOA laws in January!

By Offit Kurman | December 20, 2018 |

This column was written by my law partner Cynthia Jones, who is licensed to practice in both North and South…

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Help Wanted!

By Offit Kurman | November 9, 2018 |

With the explosive growth of residential development over the last 20 years or so in the greater Charlotte region (and…

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To Serve or Not to Serve?

By Offit Kurman | October 2, 2018 |

This week’s column was written by my law partner Kimberly Sullivan, whose practice is focused on liability and insurance defense…

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Problems with Short-Term Rentals? Call a Town Hall Meeting.

By Offit Kurman | July 19, 2018 |

This column was authored by my colleague Allen Norwood.  Allen is a retired columnist and home editor for the Charlotte Observer. …

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Can my HOA charge me for copies of records?

By Offit Kurman | June 22, 2018 |

Q:  I asked permission to review my homeowners’ association’s financial records for the past three years. I literally had to…

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Developer Giving Homeowners the “Cold Shoulder”?

By Mike Hunter | May 18, 2018 |

Q: I live in an HOA-governed community in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, that is still under the developer’s control. It’s…

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