Thursday, May 21, 2015
"A St. Catharines man has been charged with defrauding 13 Hamilton and Burlington condominium corporations of $4.1 million. Police say Brett Mackenzie Leahey, 45, acted as the owner/operator of Integrated Condominium Management, a property management firm responsible for servicing and managing the finances of 10 condominium corporations in Burlington and three in Hamilton."
See the article below, in which I guess nobody knows whose drone is involved. But be aware that the CID industry, which is basically a whole lot of businesses who want to sell their services and products to HOAs and condo associations, is thinking about droning it up. Ward Lucas thinks so. See this article from HOA Institute, which I think is by attorney Clint Goodman:
"Since the spike in private ownership of remote-controlled drones, more of us are asking whether homeowners associations can (or should) be using drones to enforce HOA violations. There are mixed feelings about HOA drones. Some are worried about privacy. Others think their use will lead to abuse and “unreasonable enforcement” because it has too much of a “big brother” feel. Others believe that technology is supposed to make life easier and having drones for their HOA’s code enforcement will significantly reduce the time and expense traditional enforcement brings. Whatever your opinion is, when (not if) drone enforcement becomes a reality, associations need to be careful that the association uses them with prudence. Right now HOAs cannot use drones “commercially” without FAA approval. Whether enforcement drones in HOAs are considered “commercial use” depends on who is using them and how. For example, use of a drone is likely not “commercial” if it is privately owned by the President and used by the President or another director without pay. Conversely, hiring a company to use drones for code enforcement may cross the line, at least right now. If Amazon can get permission to do it, I have a feeling we will see the use of drones in the commercial context across the board very soon."
This nice Christian family started a volunteer project to collect and distribute household items to needy families, and eventually they incorporated it as a not-for-profit. That's when the HOA struck:
“We started, literally, out of our garage, collecting items. We got a P.O. box, we rented a storage unit which filled up rather quickly,” he said. They have storage space at their church, Vineyard, for linens, a food pantry at Turin United Methodist, and mattresses and beds in the storage unit.
Everything else went into their garage. But not anymore. The Novaks were recently cited by their homeowner’s association for conducting a business out of their home.
The citation, issued April 9, said, “Please do not conduct a business out of your home.”
"MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Imagine you’re in the privacy of your own home — possibly in a compromising position — and you turn around and see a drone just a few feet from you. A Brickell Key woman says that’s what happened to her while she was breastfeeding her child earlier this week inside the family’s 12th floor condo."
I guess with this technology available now we are going to need new laws to protect us, and that's what is happening in Florida:
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The message of this is obvious--HOAs and condo associations are fragile institutions that are totally dependent on the resources of their owners. By resources I mean money, time, loyalty, and expertise. With virtually no governmental oversight and most residents not paying attention, it is easy for associations to be taken over by groups of people who don't have the community's best interest in mind. Some are just petty neighborhood dictators, some are looking to engage in self-dealing to help themselves and their friends, and some are fraudsters.
HOA insurer not obligated to defend suit against HOA board absent underlying liabiltiy claim, court rules
That may be changing if a recent Kentucky case is any indication. A Kentucky federal district court ruled an insurer had no duty to defend a claim under an HOA policy's directors and officers coverage, reasoning that D&O coverage is intended to shield corporate directors and officers for personal liability and not to protect the corporate entity itself.
Click here for a summary of the ruling in State Auto Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Highland Terrace Counsel of Co-Owners, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59663 (W.D. Ky. May 7, 2015) by Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
I just listened to (Vice) Presidential candidate Marco Rubio make the argument that Big Government regulation is the reason ordinary people are getting screwed by banks. If you can believe that, you can believe the Republicans have your best interests in mind, mobile home owners:
"The House will vote Tuesday to repeal consumer protections for low-income borrowers in rural America who have seen the promise of affordable housing turned into a financial sinkhole by a mobile home industry that makes pre-manufactured houses far more expensive to buy than they need to be.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Lucia Sandoval says she put the flag up to remember her husband, who is currently deployed with the U.S Navy. But shortly after the flag went up, she received a notice stating it was out of conformity with neighborhood standards.
"In a recent review of the community, it was brought to our attention that you may not be aware of one or more of the rules for the community," the letter from the HOA reads. "Your front yard had a flag displayed not in accordance with the accepted standards. Please remove the flag ASAP."
In the letter, the HOA cites community guidelines, which read, "Flags and flagpoles shall be uniformly placed and consistent in size and shape and shall not interfere with on site utilities."
Sandoval says she didn't understand how her flag violated any of those policies and is refusing to take it down.
Another flag flap, this one in the Utah sector of Privatopia. Film at 10 on WTVC Channel 9.
Friday, April 10, 2015
"Nestled in eastern Long Island is a sleepy little town called Yaphank where the streets have cozy names like Oak and Park, names that hide a dark past: they once bore signs like Hitler and Goebbels Streets.Yaphank, in the 1930s, appeared as a haven for Americans--most of them of German heritage--who sympathized with the causes of the Third Reich.
In fact, it was largely founded as a Nazi camp, one of several scattered across the U.S., where the children in the German American Bund (AKA American Nazis) could fish, swim, hunt and learn about things like eugenics."
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3033153/The-town-fascism-built-Inside-New-York-hamlet-home-pro-Nazi-camp-street-named-Hitler.html#ixzz3Wtt5bosL
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