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Apr 26th 2013 12:06PM It happens all too frequently - it happened in my daughter's ex-husband's family. Oldest son got himself put on as co-owner of the house and then threw his mother out!
Thank goodness for my daughter's ex - he and his second wife took her in, otherwise my daughter would have done it and she can't afford it. There really are some rotten people in this world!
Apr 5th 2013 5:50PM I live under the thumb of an HOA, too. The condo complex consists of 32 buildings, each with 16 units, each building its own condo association but, by declaration, common and limited common elements are within the purview of the blanket HOA, subject to the rules and regulations thereof. Anyway, two ends of each of the building are shaded by a fire escape or are in the path of harsh direct sunlight (depending on the building's orientation), but grass doesn't grow very well in either case and it was just plain dirt and weeds. About 22 years ago the HOA voted to allow volunteers from each building to plant shade-loving or sun-loving plants as appropriate, care for them, pull the weeds, etc. Only five of the buildings decided not to do so. Anyway, two years later, the HOA changed the rule - things were looking scruffy, mostly due to overgrowth, so the landscaping company would now be in charge of the plantings and the unit owners would be fined if we were caught doing anything. Three years after that, we changed landscaping companies and they were going to charge much more for that addition to their contract to take care of the lawns only. So the rule changed to again allow the volunteers to take care of the plantings. But after another 5 years things were looking scruffy again as the volunteers kind of dried up. So it went back to the landscapers and, again, if we're caught doing anything we'll be fined because, after all, it is comment element and we're not allowed to plant in or remove anything from a common element. Talk about flip-flopping - but HOAs are notorious for that.
Feb 28th 2013 12:43PM If the flag is "attached" to the stairs, as the article states, it is probably in violation. :-(
However, if it is not "attached" to anything there is no reason that it cannot be displayed in, say, a flower pot filled with concrete. That's how we got around the rule in my condo association. If the soldier's condo rules and regs state he may have seasonal decorations (a flag is a four-season display, so that fits) and he is allowed to keep flowers in pots on his balcony or patio, he can do the same.
Jan 3rd 2013 11:39AM This is not a political article and your comment is totally out of place.
Dec 10th 2012 10:41AM They're not a scam, but they do come with responsibilities such as keeping up with the insurance and sending proof of same upon request. My children are aware that if I end up in a nursing home for a year or more or, of course, if I die, they are responsible for either paying off the mortgage within a certain period of time or letting the bank have the house. I discussed this with them before I opted to take the reverse mortgage and they're fine with it. So be sure to discuss the pros and cons with your heirs before opting for a reverse mortgage and, no matter what, make absolutely sure you comply with all of the mortgage company's requests for proof of insurance or whatever.
Jul 8th 2012 9:52AM What's next? Are they going to start raiding parties and holiday celebrations because the number of people gathered in someone's home exceeds the occupancy limits?
May 17th 2012 5:34PM In the word of that great philosopher, Walter, "Dumbasses."
Mar 29th 2012 6:05PM This is 100% discrimination. She will win if it goes to court and it'll cost the condo association a heck of a lot of money, including having to pay her attorney's fees and the court cost. The condo association allows crosses, crucifixes, etc. to be displayed but their placement is not adjudicated by the religion. The placement of a mezuzah is, however, adjudicated by the Jewish religion as follows: It must be placed on the right doorpost as one enters, in a slanted position with top pointed to the inside of the house/apartment/room, in the upper third of doorpost height (about shoulder high), and on the outer 3.2 inches of doorpost width. Simple and finite.
Feb 26th 2012 6:49PM Agree. My partner and I are both senior citizens with a lot of gray. We don't dye the hair on our heads, but my partner dyes his mustache with a product made for that purpose and there's enough left for me to dye my eyebrows.
Jan 13th 2012 1:52PM As I've said before and I'm sure I'll be saying again: Racism in this country is alive and just as sick as it ever was!