Tag Archives: civil

How Annoying?

When it comes to curtailing disruptive behavior inside and outside your community, don’t underestimate the power of state nuisance laws.

Imagine that your community is located in a quiet part of town, far off the highway and miles from traffic-heavy secondary roads. Then imagine that someone buys the undeveloped land down the street and builds a motocross track. From early morning until dark, bikes roar around the turns and over the jumps, filling your neighborhood—and your residents’ homes—with deafening noise. You assume that the track violates a city or county law, such as a noise or zoning ordinance—only to learn that your local municipality has no statutes that would stop the track. What do you do?

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Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Justice Release New Guidance on ‘Reasonable Modifications’ Under the Fair Housing Act

New guidance released  this week by the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Justice (DOJ) reinforced the right of persons with disabilities to make  “reasonable modifications” to their dwellings if a structural change to their dwelling or to a common area of the building or complex in which they  live is needed so that they can fully enjoy the premises. 
 
     The guidance is designed to help housing providers and homeowners’ associations better understand their obligations and help persons with disabilities better understand their rights regarding the “reasonable
modifications” provision of the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA). 

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Philippines: Condo still oozing with oil every day

News items of national interest regarding Condominium and Homeowner associations, compiled by the Community Associations Network

ABOUT 4,000 liters of petroleum products continue to leak into the basement of the West Tower Condominium in Makati daily, residents complained Monday as they vowed to file civil and criminal charges against Pilipinas Shell and Chevron Philippines and the owner of the leaking pipeline they use.
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NJ: Service dog at heart of civil rights action

News items of national interest regarding Condominium and Homeowner associations, compiled by the Community Associations Network

The state Division of Civil Rights has issued a finding of probable cause against the Moors Landing Homeowners Association for initially granting Laura Beckenstein the right to keep the service dog in 2007, and then reneging on the agreement in August 2009, two years after she got the dog.
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