Saturday, August 15, 2009

Update on Grills - Violations Continue

The below post originally appeared on the blog on May 14th when there were at least 12 grills outside units. Then warning letters went out and perhaps half complied and removed their grills.

On 8/12/09 a brief look at about half the complex revealed at least six grills still on the stoops and clearly being used. Most of the larger grills are gone but the smaller Hibachi types remain, for instance in front of units 701 and 711. So the 'crackdown' didn't accomplish what it should have.

We are suppose to have a 'fining committee' so why isn't that being used?
Photos 8/13 701 & 711

Illegal Grills Crackdown - a few already gone, others will be:

In the summer and fall of 2007 the management firm was 'Seagrove on the beach'', probably one of only 3 things they actually did was to clean up certain aspects of the complex. The major item was to entirely eliminate private outdoor grills. It wasn't easy and took a lot of huffing and puffing, but they did entirely disappear.

The primary reason for NOT allowing personal grills is simple, it is a major fire hazard and is totally banned by the condo documents. It also has a negative effect on how the complex looks, making NCC look like 1960's trailer park. The complex has a number of grills at authorized grill sites which are available on a first come first served basis.

As of May we now have at least 12 grills stored outside various units. Probably 3 are outside 'owned' units and 9 outside 'rented' units. I think that most owners got the message that there is a fire hazard to having individual grills and have complied with the requirements, the renters obviously have no stake in the complex and are quite pleased to use and store their grills outside their units. At least 3 have propane canisters attached.

Some residents have been spoken to about the grill matter and a few have been removed. 'Final Notices' are going out.

See additional grill photos at:

NCC Provides several areas for residents to safely use the provided grills and picnic tables:

Schedule "RR" - Rules and Regulations for Nautilus Cove, a Condominium, in Section A at #13 - "Use of barbecue grills will be allowed only in areas designated as safe and appropirate by the Board of Directors of the Association. No flammable, combustible or explosive fluids, chemicals or other substances shall be kept in any Unit or on the Common Elements."

Friday, August 7, 2009

Law Protects Renters From Foreclosure Eviction

Under the new foreclosure prevention bill President Barack Obama signed into law on May 20, renters scored a victory against foreclosure evictions.

Starting immediately, the "Helping Families Save Their Homes Act" allows tenants who pay their rent on time to remain in their foreclosed rentals through the end of their lease, unless the bank sells the property to someone who intends to make it their own residence, according to the Associated Press. If the home is sold to an investor or back to the lender, the new owner will have to allow the tenants to stay in the property for the full duration of the lease.

“These landmark pieces of legislation will protect hardworking Americans, crack down on those who seek to take advantage of them, and ensure that the problems that led us into this crisis never happen again,” said President Obama in a prepared statement.

Renters with no lease will be allowed to stay in their homes for 90 days after the foreclosure. The law is scheduled to expire in 2012. Before the new law, renters had little recourse because existing leases are terminated in a foreclosure sale. Now foreclosure buyers need to give the occupants a 90-day notice to leave. Tenants with a month-to-month lease are also entitled to a 90-day notice.
For Details see: