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Buildings

  • Calculating a Cover Charge (NY) February 7, 2017 Courts rule that co-ops and condos are entitled to fees for granting building access.  Construction workers at the building next door to your co-op want to gain access to your property. In the past, if you did not come to terms with the builder, he would just go to court and get a license requiring that you let his workers and equipment in.  That has changed, thanks to the decision in the landmark DDG Warren LLC v. Assouline Ritz 1, ...
  • Cardiac arrests in high-rise buildings February 7, 2017 Residents of high-rise buildings had better survival rates from cardiac arrests if they lived on the first few floors, and survival was negligible for people living above the 16th floor, according to a study.   Read the article…………….
  • Maintenance is Not Rectification and Band-Aiding is Not Maintenance February 6, 2017 The word maintenance is being deliberately distorted by the building industry.  ‘Maintenance’ is attending to normal wear and tear where the installation was properly done. It entails items such as adjusting doors and locks as the house settles, returning lifted carpet edges, attending to squeaky hinges, filling minor separations caused by shrinking framing. In the medium term, maintenance includes other normal wear and tear items such as tightening loosened door handles and freeing up door locks.    Read the article……………
  • The Expensive Surprises That Lurk Behind Walls (NY) February 1, 2017 Sometimes, maintaining the facade of a building can be a bit like peeling an onion. The deeper you go, the more you find. After workers removed the outer brick layer of the exterior walls at 700 Park Avenue, the co-op board was informed they had a dreaded problem: extensive water damage that was not visible to the naked eye.    Read the article………….
  • Handling Maintenance and Repairs: In-House, Or Outsource? January 28, 2017 In the wake of the recession and facing an uncertain economic climate on the heels of a tumultuous presidential election, condo, co-op, and HOA boards may instinctively want to pinch pennies where they can, especially when it comes to maintenance projects. If an association has a full-time, in-house maintenance staff – whether that be a super, multiple handymen, or a combination of the two—then that’s all the better when it comes time to doling out responsibility for fixing a creaky ...

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Grounds

  • HOA Housekeeping 101: Proper Waste Removal and Outdoor Neatness March 18, 2017 The word “housekeeping” may call up images of shower scrubbing, dusting and vacuuming; but the kind of housekeeping we’re talking about has to do with maintaining proper waste removal and outdoor neatness in your community.  When sidewalks are swept, poop is scooped, and loose garbage is picked up, your community will shine with pride of ownership. If, however, pet owners don’t clean up after their dogs, if someone lets junk pile up on their porch, or if someone leaves their ...
  • Five proven steps to landing your first HOA client (Landscapers) March 2, 2017 I was 14 years old working in my father’s landscape business over the summer when I saw them. I was impressed by the fully uniformed staff with the logoed trucks all working together. This company did everything in the fancy community.  They had a truck that did just irrigation. Another that did just trimming and detailing and another that did all the gorgeous seasonal flowers in front. There was even a shiny pick-up truck that went around just checking on ...
  • 5 marketing practices most landscaping contractors get wrong March 2, 2017 In a hyper-competitive industry like landscaping, marketing your business is critical. Even if you think you have enough customers now, people move all the time — more than 35 million people move every year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau — and they take their business with them.  To keep a steady flow of new customers calling, you need to make marketing your landscaping or lawn-care service as routine as maintaining your equipment.  Here’s the good news: It doesn’t have ...
  • Gardening In Your Association: The Basics February 28, 2017 As the bleak cold of winter finally breaks and signs of spring begin to pop up all around, thoughts of vibrant flowers and lush vegetables are on gardeners’ minds. For those green thumbs living in tiny quarters, an impressive garden may seem unattainable. However, many are turning toward urban gardening, bringing plant life into unique spaces and growing gardens in every nook and cranny.    Read the article…………..
  • Don’t Touch that Sidewalk! Doing Too Much Could Be as Problematic for Condo Associations as Doing Too Little February 27, 2017 We regularly advise condominium boards to be wary of taking on obligations beyond those state laws or their association’s governing documents require them to assume. A recent decision by a Massachusetts Appeals Court adds a judicial exclamation point to that advice.   Read the article…………

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Energy & Water Conservation

  • How climate change could affect maintenance fees March 14, 2017 Summer 2016 was one of the hottest on record in the Greater Toronto Area, with experts predicting summer temperatures could soar to 44 degrees Celsius by 2050. In this rapidly changing climate, the city’s high-rise buildings are also feeling the heat, with the provincial government tightening up the Ontario Building Code to meet new global imperatives.  Increasingly erratic weather has a direct impact on Ontario’s residential building stock. Condo maintenance fees are based on predictable historic norms, stable benchmarks and ...
  • Lawmakers pass bill limiting HOA control on solar (UT) March 10, 2017 A bill that limits the ability of homeowners associations to regulate rooftop solar installations made it through the Utah Legislature late Thursday.  Senate Bill 154, sponsored by South Jordan Republican Lincoln Fillmore, would prohibit rules against solar in most cases, potentially adding a new roll of homeowners to the list of potential buyers in one of the Utah’s hottest industries. It passed in the House 53-15 and in the Senate 26-2.     Read the article………….
  • Ocean Hills community considers water options (CA) March 9, 2017 The Ocean Hills housing community is considering more cost effective ways to water its greenbelts. Options on the table are connecting to city recycled water lines or digging a local well.  Residents are also looking at landscape changes to conserve water. The homeowners association (HOA) is in favor of re-landscaping common areas with low-water-use plants.  Some residents think reducing irrigation rates would go far enough to cut costs, and that lush landscaping should be maintained.     Read the article……………
  • My Position on the Pending Solar Legislation (UT) March 6, 2017 I surprised a few people at the Utah Legislature last week, by testifying against a bill that would arguably facilitate the installation of solar panels in Utah. Those who know me (and those who follow this blog) are well aware of my concern for the environment and my advocacy for legislation that will reduce air pollution and carbon emissions. The attached photo of me, with the solar panels on the Hobbs & Olson | Carpenter Hazlewood offices, appeared in the ...
  • Utah Op-ed: Let HOA residents join fully in the solar revolution March 4, 2017 As the manager of a Utah business, it’s very important to me that we do our part to help protect the health of our community. That’s one of the big reasons we at Mark Miller Subaru chose to invest in rooftop solar.  As our Legislature discusses legislative solutions to our state’s most pressing problems, I am pleased to see that solar is on the agenda so that more Utah families and businesses can make the choice we made to invest ...

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Fire Safety

  • Fire Safety Education for Your Neighborhood March 17, 2017 When it comes to having a safe and peaceful community, it is the responsibility of everyone in the community to do their part to keep themselves and others safe. That is why education is so important in a close environment.  In the area of fire safety, every little bit helps. Here are some tips for keeping the community educated and equipped for fire emergencies.     Read the article…………..
  • After Langley condo fire, sprinkler rules change March 15, 2017 The provincial government has tightened sprinkler regulations for four-storey wood-frame buildings in the wake of a fire that gutted a Langley condo.  The update to the BC Building Code will require fire sprinklers on balconies.  When the Paddington Station condo fire broke out in December, it began on a fourth-floor balcony.  The fire, suspected to have been started by a cigarette or other smoking materials, then spread up and into the attic, which also did not have sprinklers.   Read the ...
  • Condominiums May Still Need to Install Engineered Life Safety System After Opting Out of Fire Sprinkler Retrofit March 6, 2017 As our regular readers are aware from our previous posts on the subject, there are many questions Florida condominium associations face in determining whether their buildings must be retrofitted with a fire sprinkler system or Engineered Life Safety System (“ELSS”). While many Florida condominium associations voted to opt-out of installing fire sprinkler systems, there may still be an obligation for associations to install an ELSS. Despite well-intentioned attempts from the Florida Legislature, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, local fire ...
  • Fire chief: Sprinklers extinguished fire in Park Ridge condo trash chute (IL) February 17, 2017 Park Ridge Fire Chief Jeff Sorensen credits sprinklers with putting out a fire and minimizing damage inside an Uptown condominium building.  The fire occurred on the evening of Feb. 12 in a trash chute located inside the Residences of Uptown at 50 N. Northwest Highway, Sorensen said.  “Multiple sprinkler heads that activated not only extinguished the fire in the chute, but upon arrival we had the dumpster at the base of the trash chute overflowing with water,” he said.   Read ...
  • Promote fire safety, not substandard condo housing for the elderly February 17, 2017 Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff, a paid lobbyist of Florida condominium associations, in an op-ed on Feb. 14, advocated for a bill that “would allow older high-rises to opt out of an ELSS and, for those who do not or cannot, provides more time for installation of an ELSS beyond the current 2019 deadline.”  Bogdanoff is part of special interest lobbying aimed at preventing the same level of fire safety in high-rise condominium buildings for the elderly that ...

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Security

  • How Should Boards Handle the Reporting of a Crime? March 15, 2017 A burglar slipped into a Hudson Heights co-op as a shareholder was leaving the building, then proceeded to steal a laundry cart and some packages. The theft was reported to police, but it took the co-op board almost two weeks to notify shareholders, and the notice downplayed the event and failed to give a full accounting of it. What is a board’s responsibility in reporting security breaches and crimes in their building?    Read the article…………….
  • Is it legal for a condo owner to install a security camera? March 11, 2017 Q: Can an owner install a security camera to monitor his entrance area in a condo complex and can the board approve this as an agenda item    Read the Q&A……………
  • HOA buys personal alarms for kids following attempted abduction (FL) March 10, 2017 A community is coming together to protect their children, by providing personal alarms and self -defense courses.  Mike Metzger owns Championship Martial Arts, and he is now turning fear into action for little girls in the East Orange County neighborhood of Avalon Park.  “We’re going to teach them number one, common-sense before self-defense,” Metzger told FOX 35.     Read the article………….
  • Lawsuit underway after man beaten in his own condo by naked man on drugs (FL) March 9, 2017 …..He’s hired a lawyer to sue building managment for not doing enough to keep its residents safe.  “One failiure, after another failure, aafter another failure,” said Brevda of the fail-safes inside the building. “The residents pay a considerable amount of money in HOA maintenance fees in part which are to provide for advanced security measures.”  Legal analyst, Michelle Suskauer, said it could be a strong case.     Read the article………….
  • Lake Charleston (FL) homeowners ask HOA for security cameras in neighborhoods after attempted abductions March 9, 2017 The father of a 10-year-old who was almost abducted is asking his community’s HOA board for security cameras around the development.  There are nights when David Harman keeps replaying February 13th in his mind. The day his son was almost abducted.  “There’s no words really, just something that’s always in the back of your mind,” said Harman.  The boy, who we are not identifying says he didn’t notice when the white van pulled up near him on Zurich Circle in ...

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Amenities

  • Rio Bravo residents worried about country club closing (CA) March 24, 2017 When you buy a house on a golf course, the value of your property increases in proportion to your views of long sloping fairways, picturesque water features and well-manicured greens.  But what happens when the greens turn brown, the pond dries up and the fairways go to seed?  That’s a question that is worrying hundreds of residents surrounding Rio Bravo Country Club and golf course, which homeowners say will be closing down — going out of business — just when ...
  • Party On? Third Party Liability and a Condo’s Party Room March 20, 2017 For St. Patrick’s day weekend we have a post about alcohol! Daniel Brockenshire, a law student at Sutherland Kelly LLP, greatly assisted with the research and writing of this post. Thanks, Daniel!   Condominiums are required to have insurance coverage for liability claims related to property damage or bodily injury suffered by others on common elements. Some condominiums may even have purchased additional “loss assessment coverage” for major property damage or liability on the common elements.  But what about a ...
  • HOA breathes life into dying tennis courts (AZ) March 15, 2017 When a combination of environment and age give an HOA both a failing and failed tennis court, there is only one option.  Well, technically there are three — but only one that completely solves the problem.  That’s why the Villages of Green Valley spent nearly two years debating and saving more than $100,000 to repair one court and turn the other into four Pickleballs courts.    Read the article…………….
  • Leaders of move to buy Club West golf course abandon their effort (AZ) March 7, 2017 Save Club West has thrown in the towel.  Blaming apathy among Club West’s 2,550 households, the group’s leader told supporters in an email on Monday, March 6, that it has abandoned its effort to find homeowners who would invest between approximately $8,000 and $13,500 to buy the beleaguered course, restore it and operate it profitably.  “Although it is almost certain that the problem will get worse, the four of us are too disheartened to push on,” said Save Club West ...

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Maintenance – General Articles

  • Ensuring You Don’t Over Plan Condo Association Major Projects March 16, 2017 Planning for a major project in a Condo Association is a big deal. You have to bid out projects, work with vendors, educate Owners, and execute. You want the project to go as smoothly as possible, of course. And an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. However, there is such a thing as going too far when you are preparing. If you spend hours and hours trying to plan every possible permutation of every possible problem, you’re ...
  • Spring is Coming…Is Your Property Ready? March 1, 2017 Winter, even the mild one we are experiencing, can wreak havoc on your property! Between the snow, ice, wind and cold, lots of repairs are made in the winter that need to be readdressed in the spring. Why are we talking about spring already? Well, spring will be here before you know it and your favorite contractors are already filling their calendars! Regardless of what your needs are, it is never too early to get a scope of work.  Here ...
  • Don’t Touch that Sidewalk! Doing Too Much Could Be as Problematic for Condo Associations as Doing Too Little February 27, 2017 We regularly advise condominium boards to be wary of taking on obligations beyond those state laws or their association’s governing documents require them to assume. A recent decision by a Massachusetts Appeals Court adds a judicial exclamation point to that advice.   Read the article…………
  • Need a loan? Show lenders your association is a worthy investment February 21, 2017 As spring weather approaches, big-ticket construction and repairs are coming up at many community associations. So is taking out a loan to pay for them. If associations qualify, that is.  Associations will be denied if their finances are in disarray. Until they rectify the situation, the roofs will keep leaking and the sidewalks will keep crumbling.  Here’s how to show lenders your association is a worthy investment:    Read the article…………..

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Mold

  • Man asked to leave condo after mold found (NV) February 20, 2017 A Las Vegas family said they have nowhere to go after a crew started tearing open the walls of their condominium while they were still living there.  Thomas Torman said he noticed mold in his apartment near Lake Mead Boulevard and Buffalo Drive about a year after moving in.  He said everyone in the family was sick, so they had this inspection done and came back positive for mold. When Torman let his landlord know, he said the landlord sent ...
  • Debunking some toxic mold myths September 18, 2016 In 2000, a new “toxic mold” panic swept the country, and after 16 years of untold lawsuits and billions of dollars spent, major myths still plague and unnecessarily panic association boards, managers and homeowners. The myths all too often cause exaggerated repairs, unduly frightened residents, and conflict. In this and the next column, I will address thirteen pervasive toxic mold myths.     Read the article…………..
  • Mold at Marina del Rey Condo (CA) Complex Made Him Ill, Ex-State Senator Alleges July 2, 2016 Former state senator and Los Angeles City Councilman Nate Holden sued a Marina del Rey condominium complex Friday, alleging a water leak into his unit developed into mold that made him ill.   Read the article……………
  • HOA Horror: Toxic Stories About Mold Pt. 4 March 31, 2016 Mold is a fungus.To Some degree, it is always in the air- both inside and out. Mold is an equal-opportunity organism, and it doesn’t discriminate between new construction and older buildings, geographical locations or poverty and wealth. It can attack one unit at a time or infect an entire building through improperly maintained common elements, including HVAC systems.   Read the article………….

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