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Our Clients Ask Us: Judgment Recovery Companies

Question:  Does it make sense for our Association to sell unpaid collection accounts to a third-party judgment recovery company for a cash lump sum?

Service Animal vs. Emotional Support Animal

At associations where pets are prohibited, or that have certain restrictions with regard to pets, many Boards are faced with requests from owners to have service animals or emotional support animals.  Often, Boards will ask: Do we have to allow this?  Is the animal allowed everywhere in our Association?  What kind of medical professional must certify that the animal is needed?

2015 Board of Revision Complaints

Most counties in Ohio begin accepting Board of Revision Complaints on January 1, 2016 and will continue through March 31, 2016.

Delinquent Owners: How Can a Board Suspend Privileges?

Dealing with delinquent owners can be trying for many associations.  Even with a proper collection policy, it is sometimes the case that the monthly late fees added to their account do not motivate delinquent owners to pay on time.

Pets Behaving Badly - Pet Restrictions in Community Associations: Part 2

Taking enforcement action against a neighbor is never pleasant; however, it can become particularly burdensome when pets are involved.  It is a Board member’s duty to enforce the governing documents, and some violations can be relatively easy to address (including failure to leash or clean up after a pet).

Our Clients Ask Us: Collection Policy/Late Fees

Question: Our association implemented a collection policy last month after several years of not having one in place.  The policy provides that we can charge monthly late fees.  If an owner has been delinquent for two years, but we have never charged a late fee, can we go back now and charge them retroactively?

CASE ALERT: Violation of the FDCPA Results in $600,000 Judgment

Earlier this year, a Nevada jury awarded a homeowner $614,091.04 in damages against a collection agency. This amount included over $460,000 in actual damages, and nearly $150,000 in attorney fees.

Eye In The Sky: Drone Usage and Rules in Community Associations

Over the past few years, federal, state, and local governments have grappled with the rocketing popularity of unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones. The issue has also become a point of concern for some associations as they deal with the challenges and potential benefits of private drone use.

"My Pets Are My Family" - Pet Restrictions in Community Associations: Part 1

Pets are, and likely always will be, one of the most controversial topics for community associations. Many people have pets, and those that do often treat the animals as members of their family. The next several newsletters will contain tips for rule making and enforcement for pets on the premises.

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