Nevada: HOA Fraud Investigation may last Months

HOA fraud investigation may last monthsPosted: Nov. 12, 2011 | 2:00 a.m. Updated: Nov. 12, 2011 | 8:43 a.m. Federal prosecutors are in no hurry to wrap up their far-reaching investigation into the unlawful takeover of Las Vegas Valley homeowners associations. In court this week, Mary Ann McCarthy, a trial attorney with the Justice Department’s Fraud Section in Washington, D.C., told U.S.

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Illinois: City to Condemn More than 100 Fireplaces

City to Condemn More Than 100 FireplacesThe City of Wheaton will condemn more than 100 fireplaces in the Briarcliffe Knolls condos after the defective equipment caused two fires there. According to an engineering report conducted after the fires in the 800 block of Farnham Lane and the 1400 block of Johnstown Court, the fireplaces in the Knolls condos were installed in violation of city code.

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Illinois: Condo talk – Dog and Tenant Restrictions

Condo talk: Dog and tenant restrictionsArticle posted: 11/19/2011 12:01 AM Almost every declaration for a homeowners association includes some sort of restriction on the use and occupancy of the units. These provisions provide for what “thou shall do,” and for what “thou shall not” do. The two most common use and occupancy issues that are brought to my attention concern dogs and leasing of units.

Virginia: Bar Association President Leading a Successful Practice in Community Law

Bar association president leading a successful practice in community lawWhen Pia Trigiani arrived at the University of Richmond law school, the resident of Big Stone Gap was looking for a part-time job to help pay the bills. So she took a position at the Virginia Real Estate Board, the state agency that regulates businesses and individuals who work on property transactions, including condominiums, cooperatives and time-shares.

Virginia: CMS Services, Inc. and Sentry Management, Inc. Announce Merger

Alexandria, Virginia – CMS Services, Inc., a condominium and homeowner association management company based in Northern Virginia and Sentry Management, Inc., a national leader in community association management, recently announced their merger.

In the 27th year of operating, CMS Services will continue to serve their clientele with the same superior customer service and association management and expand Sentry’s national presence to the Washington DC metropolitan region.

Sentry Management, with local offices spanning across nine states and servicing thousands of unit owners, provides additional resources to expand the innovative and efficient services on which CMS Services’ customers rely. Sentry has one of the highest operating and financial standards in the industry.

Both CMS Services and Sentry Management understand that personal attention and a committed focus create a long-term relationship that builds better communities.

“Together we plan to continue providing consistent management, innovative services and expertise value to the owners in the communities that we serve,” stated Thomas S. Patti, President of CMS Services, and Regional Vice President of Sentry Management. “Please continue to call the same local number and deal with our local staff. With this merger, we look forward to the continued opportunity to serve you and to supply all of your management and accounting needs.”

The Sentry Management office is located at 6395 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312. The phone number is 703-642-3246.

Sentry Management is a full-service community management company. Sentry’s business is the day-to-day operation of communities, homeowner associations and condominiums. Sentry is accredited as an AMO® (Accredited Management Organization) by the Institute of Real Estate Management, providing independent evaluation that Sentry has one of the highest operating and financial standards in the industry. Sentry operates in dozens of localities in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Nevada: Attorney Involved in HOA Scheme Found Beaten

Attorney Involved in HOA Scheme Found BeatenHENDERSON, Nev. — Inside a gated Henderson community early Wednesday morning, someone found attorney David Amesbury severely beaten on Dogwood Ranch Avenue near Eastern Avenue and Sunridge Heights Parkway. The FBI says the beating was not related to a federal probe into homeowners associations. Ten defendants have pleaded guilty in that investigation, including Amesbury.

DC: Columbia Heights Co-op still Recovering from Summer Quake

Columbia Heights co-op still recovering from summer quakeZein El-Amine, a poet and lecturer at the University of Maryland, was teaching when the Aug. 23 quake rocked the region. When he returned home, bricks from his rowhouse were scattered across the pavement, and the outside of the building was plastered with yellow tape.

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