Category Archives: Community Associations

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What are the Negative Consequences of Hoarding in a Community Association?

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Hoarding is a psychological condition where: 1) individuals have difficulty getting rid of possessions that are no longer useful; and 2) efforts to discard these possessions and not acquire new items cause distress. Television shows such as Hoarding: Buried Alive and Hoarders display in alarming detail the negative emotional and physical impact of this condition… Continue Reading

Deadline to Comply with New Fire Inspection Requirements is Fast Approaching

Posted in Community Associations

The deadline to comply with the new inspection requirements mandated by the recent amendment to the Philadelphia fire code is fast approaching. In the wake of a fire escape collapse in Center City that caused one death and two very serious injuries, the City of Philadelphia reviewed whether to mandate the inspection of fire escapes…. Continue Reading

Handgun Regulation in Community Associations

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An entire textbook and law school class could be devoted to the topic of handgun regulation. This article will focus on two recent United States Supreme Court (“Court”) decisions, briefly discuss some of the ways in which the Court’s decisions could apply to community associations, and identify practical issues that a community association should consider… Continue Reading

Insufficient Insurance Coverage, Running With Play-Doh, and Other Risky Activities

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As someone who manages risk for a living and can find potential liability in even the most mundane and (seemingly) harmless activities, I don’t get invited to many parties. Statements such as “Are you crazy!?! Those kids shouldn’t be running with an open container of Play-Doh” and “You do realize that mistletoe is poisonous” tend… Continue Reading

Night of the Undead . . . Mortgages (Zombie Mortgages)

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Spoiler alert! The zombie apocalypse in this article was not caused by a top secret government experiment, well-intentioned vaccination protocol, or ancient (and very cold) magic. The zombies discussed in this article were created by men and women garbed in Brooks Brothers (ok, probably Joseph A. Banks) and Anne Taylor. The zombies in question were… Continue Reading

Are Homeowners Responsible for Sidewalk Condition During Transition?

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During the transition process from declarant to homeowner control of an association, one common area of dispute is the condition of the sidewalks. The new sidewalk surfaces may be scaling, cracking, spalling, discolored, holding water, or otherwise falling apart. The association attributes the condition of the sidewalks to defective construction and requests the declarant to… Continue Reading

Recovering Condominium and Homeowners Association Fees Due Prior to Sheriff’s Sale

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Under Pennsylvania statute, when real estate subject to homeowner’s association assessments or condominium association assessments is sold at sheriff’s sale, the homeowner’s association or condominium association is entitled to recover delinquent assessments/charges accruing in the six (6) months prior to the sheriff’s sale. All other assessments/charges accruing prior to the sheriff’s sale are ordinarily divested… Continue Reading

Stark & Stark’s Community Associations Group Announces Collaboration with J Brick Consulting, LLC

Posted in Community Associations, Stark News

Stark & Stark’s Community Associations Group has teamed up with Jennifer Brick of Jennifer Brick Consulting, LLC to help further develop business leads, market the group’s services to community association property managers and meet industry decision makers throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Prior to founding J Brick Consulting, LLC, Jennifer Brick served for 14… Continue Reading

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals Sends Shockwaves through Mortgage Lending Industry

Posted in Business & Corporate, Community Associations

A recent case decided by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals has sent shockwaves through the Mortgage Lending Industry and given hope to Condominium Associations and Homeowners Associations at the same time. The issue in Chase Plaza Condominium Association, Inc. v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., concerned the statutory “super-priority” lien established in the… Continue Reading

What Your Common Interest Community Needs To Know When Considering Requests By Disabled Owners For A “Reasonable Accommodation”

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The United States Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful for a residential common interest community to discriminate in the terms, conditions or privileges of the sale or rental of housing, or in the provision of services in connection with a dwelling, because of race, familial status, gender, religion or disability.