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  • Handling Construction in the Community October 12, 2017 Summer is the most popular season for construction work. With lower chances of rain and poor weather conditions, work can be completed with minimum rescheduling. However, despite these quicker completion times, many community construction projects can cause inconveniences to homeowners and create intensive planning and follow-up for board members.  To ease construction difficulties, we have put together a list of steps you can follow to make neighborhood construction as painless as possible:    Read the article……………..
  • Partial Building Collapse Prompts Inspection Law Concerns in Brookline (MA) September 20, 2017 According to Tam, a partial owner of the complex, Main Street Realty, is in charge of maintaining the property’s exterior. NBC Boston has reached out for Main Street for comment, but they have not yet responded.  “It’s their job. They handle the outside,” Tam said, “When you have a condominium association they’re supposed to handle everything on the exterior.”      Read the article……………
  • Assessing Your Building’s Energy Consumption: How Green Are You? September 16, 2017 Most folks know that turning off lights in unoccupied rooms, taking shorter showers, and turning down the thermostat a couple of degrees can help save energy – and by extension, money. However, helping an entire building or association cut costs and reduce its carbon footprint can be a little trickier, which is why many co-op and condo buildings hire professional energy consultants to assess their energy profile and make recommendations as to how it might be improved.    Read the ...
  • Green Cleaning: Keeping Your Condo or HOA Fresh – and Eco-Friendly September 16, 2017 Cleaning products should, ideally, have one primary function: to make things less dirty. But once one delves deeper into the overall goal, things get more complicated. What makes something really clean? Does it just look shinier? Smell better? Or is it healthier in a more objective sense; an antibacterial, net-positive sense? Cleanliness can be subjective, depending on an individual’s priorities and standards.    Read the article…………..
  • Improving Indoor Air Quality: What’s That Smell? September 16, 2017 In multifamily buildings that hundreds —maybe even thousands—of people call home, it comes as no surprise that unpleasant smells can become an absolute nuisance. The airways that run through the building, the chutes and areas that house the building’s garbage, and the habits of residents can all be likely culprits when it comes to a not-so-fresh indoor environment. Cooking, cleaning, dusting, or even simply breathing are common contributors to pervasive odor issues.     Read the article…………..

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Grounds

  • Homeowners Association Safety Tips for Winter Roads and Trips (CA) September 20, 2017 Do you live in a homeowners association where snowy weather leads to snow plowing your private roads during the winter months? Preparedness is paramount when it comes to being on the road. With an increased risk of potential driving hazards like sleet, snow, strong winds and frigid temperatures, it’s a good idea to think about ways to ensure you’ll travel safely.   Read the article…………….
  • Weeding Out Your Yard September 16, 2017 Nothing ruins a beautiful, well-manicured summer lawn like weeds. From those ugly ones that have thorn-like leaves to the tall, unsightly ones that demand to be seen, weeds are an equal opportunity annoyance. As an HOA board, it’s important to remember that one weed here or there isn’t going to hurt curb appeal, but if you have residents who allow weeds to grow freely, you’ll want to address it.   Read the article……………
  • 7 Simple Steps for Preserving Curb Appeal in Homeowner Associations August 16, 2017 Anyone who has ever served on the Board of Directors of a Homeowner Association has experienced the frustration of homeowners who fail to mow their lawn regularly or properly maintain their home. “How can they do that?” you may ask, “when they agreed to abide by their rules when they purchased their home in our community!” Even when owners are notified of rule infractions, it can be difficult to get everyone in the community on board. Over the years we ...
  • Preparing Your HOA Community For Fall August 9, 2017 As August progresses and summer draws to a close, many communities are entering into a crucial time of transition for their properties and residents. While temperatures may still be still be hovering comfortably in the 80s, August is a perfect time to assess your HOA and prepare it for the fall and early winter seasons.   Read the article…………..
  • Tips for Preparing HOA Landscaping for Fall August 8, 2017 As we move towards fall, many HOAs are starting to consider how to prepare their HOA landscaping and common areas for autumn and winter months. You want your landscaping to look its best, both throughout the fall and winter and when spring arrives again. As a board member of an HOA, there are several things you’ll want to make sure are taken care of before winter comes.    Read the article……………

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Energy & Water Conservation

  • Citizens seek assistance for west side water woes (AZ) October 3, 2017 Mayor Ernie Bunch issued a proclamation at the beginning of Monday night’s council meeting proclaiming Oct. 23-31, 2017 as Red Ribbon Week and encouraged citizens to participate in drug prevention education activities all year long to make a visible statement that the town is committed to being drug free.  During Call to the Public, George Everland, a New River resident and member of the New River/Desert Hills Community Association, explained a recent water dilemma relating to the many people living ...
  • Big water bills fuel meter mystery in Ahwatukee (AZ) September 24, 2017 Last month, Phoenix officials celebrated the city Water Services Department’s recognition as a “Utility of the Future Today” – one of 25 utilities across the country cited for “forward-thinking initiatives.”  Don’t tell that to some Ahwatukee customers who have seen bills for staggering increases in water consumption that no one can explain.  In recent weeks, customers have taken to social media to complain about meter readings that are significantly higher than normal.  Among them is the Foothills Gateway HOA, a ...
  • Big Buildings May Have to Undergo Costly Retrofits (NY) September 20, 2017 If Mayor Bill de Blasio has his way, owners of buildings larger than 25,000 square feet – including co-ops and condos – will be required to make costly retrofits to heating and cooling systems, roofs and windows in order to reach energy-efficiency targets by the year 2030, DNAinfo reports.  “This change to our buildings is equivalent to taking 900,000 cars off the road in this city each year,” de Blasio said at a news conference. “It’s clear that this is ...
  • Assessing Your Building’s Energy Consumption: How Green Are You? September 16, 2017 Most folks know that turning off lights in unoccupied rooms, taking shorter showers, and turning down the thermostat a couple of degrees can help save energy – and by extension, money. However, helping an entire building or association cut costs and reduce its carbon footprint can be a little trickier, which is why many co-op and condo buildings hire professional energy consultants to assess their energy profile and make recommendations as to how it might be improved.    Read the ...
  • A Look at Cogeneration: Is It for Your Building? September 16, 2017 Many residential properties obtain their power from a local energy supplier. But in recent years, boards and managing agents have investigated, and in some cases, installed “cogeneration ” systems that allow properties to produce a portion of the energy they use on-site. Like most technologies, there are both benefits and drawbacks to converting to a cogeneration system.     Read the article……………

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Fire Safety

  • White Mountain communities embrace Firewise (AZ) October 3, 2017 In 1997, the term “Firewise” was coined by the National Fire Protection Association in response to catastrophic wildfires like ones that claimed 1,400 homes in the United States.  Firewise means having a defensible space against fire.  But what exactly does that mean?  Two members of the Pinetop Community Association (a homeowners’ association) Firewise Committee, Webmaster Bob Stratman and President Gloria Mundy explained.  Firewise creates a defensible space around homes and structures. It is a mind set.    Read the article……………………
  • Fire safety concerns delay Milford Township condo plan (MI) September 27, 2017 The project received preliminary site plan approval from planning officials last month, then hit a snag at the township board meeting Sept. 20, when Fire Chief Thomas Moore said there wasn’t enough room allowed in the plans for fire trucks to turn around.  William Mazzara, trustee and board liaison to the planning commission, said it was “highly unusual” to receive site plan suggestions “this late in the game.”     Read the article…………..
  • Some Honolulu High Rises Don’t Need Sprinklers, Fire Safety Panel Says (HI) September 27, 2017 The Residential Fire Safety Advisory Committee, formed by the Honolulu City Council in August after the Marco Polo fire, is exploring ways to retrofit at least some residential high rises in Honolulu with sprinkler systems without breaking the bank for condo owners and associations.  The 15-member panel presented options that would exempt some high rises from a requirement to install sprinklers to the council’s Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee on Tuesday.     Read the article………….
  • Chalet Village seeks to rebuild Firewise (TN) September 20, 2017 One of the Gatlinburg neighborhoods hit hard by the November 2016 wildfires is trying to rebuild and landscape in a way that reduces the risk from flames in the future.  Pete Jucker’s home was one of hundreds incinerated in the Chalet Village area north of the Gatlinburg Bypass. He has kept a positive outlook knowing his loved ones escaped safely.    Read the article……………
  • 5 Ways Hawaii Condo Dwellers Can Protect Themselves September 19, 2017 When I accompanied our daughter in her search to buy a condominium in Honolulu a few years ago, we didn’t even think to ask the real estate agent if the unit we liked had a fire sprinkler system or how much fire insurance the building association had purchased or if there were regularly scheduled fire drills.    Read the article…………….

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Security

  • Attorney for woman shot by PBSO deputy to sue condo complex (FL) October 17, 2017 The Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy who shot his ex-girlfriend, then fatally shot himself Thursday, was on duty and used his service weapon, Boynton Beach police confirmed Monday.  Meanwhile, an attorney for the victim, Yuly Solano, said Monday night he’s planning lawsuits against the condominium association where the shooting took place and possibly the sheriff’s office.    Read the article…………….
  • Can You Afford NOT to Pay for Cyber Security? October 11, 2017 Last month, the credit-reporting agency Equifax announced that it had fallen victim to a data breach, in which cyber thieves stole the sensitive data of more than 140 million Americans. It was only the latest episode in a widespread cyber crime wave, and it’s pushing forward-thinking co-op and condo boards to implement protective measures.  “Ten years ago, everything was stored on a local hard disk,” says Steve Rosenstein, the co-op treasurer of 60 Pineapple Street in Brooklyn Heights. “That’s changing ...
  • Starting a Neighborhood Watch in Your Community October 11, 2017 Many of our communities have expressed an interest in forming a neighborhood watch in order to assist with preventing crime and building stronger relationships with law enforcement. Though forming a neighborhood can be a great way to achieve these goals, a neighborhood watch could result in liability to the community. To reduce liability to the community, we recommend the following safe guards:    Read the article…………….
  • Harvey victims fighting looters with private safety checkpoint in west Houston September 26, 2017 The Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 5 said a neighborhood checkpoint needs to be moved off the public road and onto private property.  The Ethan Glen’s Homeowners Association established it following Hurricane Harvey, just south of Litchfield Lane and Memorial Drive. Chip Smith with the association told us it’s temporary until repairs can be made to safeguard people’s belongings.   Read the article……………
  • Calgary condo break-ins underscore need to keep lockboxes secured: police September 26, 2017 Lockboxes are commonly used to give tradespersons and realtors access to large residential complexes. Under the city of Calgary’s fire code, buildings like the large condo towers in the Beltline are also required to have a lockbox so emergency services personnel can easily gain access to the building.   Read the article…………….

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Amenities

  • Homes could replace part of golf courses at The Meadows as country club struggles financially (FL) October 17, 2017 Golf swings at The Meadows Country Club could soon be paving the way for many more housing units. That’s something that doesn’t sit too well with Pamela Campbell. She has lived in her piece of paradise right next to the country club for 19 years.  “It’s extremely upsetting because I feel the changes that may come about in The Meadows may directly affect the values of our homes,” said Campbell.   Campbell says some of her big concerns include having many ...
  • Top Amenity Trends in New HOA Communities October 10, 2017 Home buyers are searching for more than a new home; they are searching for a place that offers a sense of community. Walking trails, resort-style pools, and quaint shopping and cafes top the list of amenities today’s home buyers desire. These type of amenities allow for interaction with others in the community. When it comes to the home itself, the following amenity trends in HOA communities are gaining popularity:    Read the article……………
  • Tips for Sharing Condo Association Amenities October 9, 2017 Amenities are a significant benefit of Condo life. Owners love a well-equipped weight room, a scenic pool, or a great sports court. Not every property has access to every amenity, and installation may be cost-prohibitive or impossible due to a lack of space. In areas with neighboring Condo Associations, you might consider Sharing Condo Association amenities. Your neighbor gets access to your pool, you get access to their tennis court. Alternatively, they might just pay you for access to your ...
  • Creekside Golf Club neighbors appeal loss; club owners want $524,860 in legal fees (OR) September 29, 2017 Creekside Golf Club’s neighbors are appealing a judge’s decision allowing the course to be turned into a residential subdivision.  The club’s owners, meanwhile, have asked the court to order the 588-member Creekside Homeowners Association to reimburse them more than a half-million dollars they spent fighting the HOA’s lawsuit.     Read the article…………….

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Maintenance – General Articles

  • Project Management: What Every Board Member And Manager Needs To Know October 17, 2017 Your association is gearing up for a large project. Maybe it’s time to re-do the clubhouse or plan for that $2M dollar concrete restoration project that was put off for far too long. Other large scale projects can include painting, concrete restoration, interior restoration, deck/paver repair or replacement, and foundation repairs, and so much more.  Too often, associations rely on untrained personnel to handle these projects such as a board member or manager. Doing so, is penny wise but pound ...
  • Common Pitfalls in Dealing with Major Repairs October 13, 2017 Recent experience as litigation and general counsel for numerous associations who are currently tackling significant repairs suggests a couple of common pitfalls.  First, don’t skimp on the consultant. While some associations decide that using an engineer or architect to develop a scope of repair and oversee its implementation is too time consuming or an unnecessary expense, there is often significant value. A consultant’s scope can help ensure that any bids you solicit can be compared on an “apples to apples” ...
  • Handling Construction in the Community October 12, 2017 Summer is the most popular season for construction work. With lower chances of rain and poor weather conditions, work can be completed with minimum rescheduling. However, despite these quicker completion times, many community construction projects can cause inconveniences to homeowners and create intensive planning and follow-up for board members.  To ease construction difficulties, we have put together a list of steps you can follow to make neighborhood construction as painless as possible:    Read the article……………..
  • The Roles of Building Staff: Working as a Team for the Good of All October 10, 2017 Supers, building managers, maintenance persons, custodial staff, groundskeeping personnel, porters, doormen, concierges—depending on the size of a community, the staff roster for a condo, co-op or HOA can be pretty long. The truth is, in the case of almost any building or association over five units, at least a few of these people are necessary to the effective management and maintenance of the property.  Traditionally in multifamily buildings, whether a high-rise elevator building or garden-style apartment complex, there was a ...

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Mold

  • Common Problems in Your HOA: Mold September 21, 2017 Whether the buildings in your HOA community are old or new, mold is a common problem in moist climates. This article contains answers to some of the most common questions regarding mold in an HOA community as well as suggestions on how to tackle the problem and prevent further breakouts.   Read the article……………
  • Eight months after Hurricane Matthew toxic mold discovered at the Ormond Heritage condos (FL) May 19, 2017 The Ormond Heritage’s claim to fame has always been that it sits on the land where the Ormond Hotel, built by John Anderson at 1 John Anderson Drive, once stood.  The 156-unit condominium was damaged during Hurricane Matthew nearly eight months ago and the board association still hasn’t been able to get their insurance agency, Ariel out of Atlanta, to start covering the damage.    Read the article……………
  • Altamonte Springs renters living in moldy condo offered new unit after Channel 9 report (FL) May 18, 2017 Renters in an Altamonte Springs apartment said they have been living in deteriorating conditions for a nearly a year, and management refused to help until they turned to Channel 9 to get answers.  Gilretta and Felice Mathieu said they’ve been doing everything right as tenants, and have reported the issues right away, but they feel they’ve gotten nothing except their health jeopardized.  The mold growing inside their unit at Waterside at Crane’s Roost tested positive for black mold.    Read ...
  • 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 ...

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