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Buildings

  • What is the Best Practice for Elevator Maintenance? December 7, 2017 People who live in tall buildings dread broken elevators. They cause delays – and repeatedly broken elevators can even cost you, residents, as people move out. Some residents, of course, are unable to use the stairs at all.  Condominium owners expect to be able to reliably access elevators at all times, but too many building managers and condominium associations forget about elevators until something goes wrong. That leaves you with residents complaining, the building taking a hit to its reputation ...
  • Water Leak? If you Live in a Condominium Association Who is Responsible? December 7, 2017 Plumbing problems can be the worst frustration experienced by any homeowner, particularly if you live somewhere prone to hurricanes and other violent storms. When you live in a condominium association there is the added complication of determining who is responsible – the owner, the condo association or even a neighbor. There is also the matter of leaks which happen while the owner is out of town.     Read the article…………………..
  • Controlled Building Access Planning November 28, 2017 Safety for every member of the community is a high priority for most condominium associations. You want everyone to feel secure in their own homes, especially if there has been recent upheaval in the community. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to increase the security of your building or buildings–especially if you institute a controlled access building that prevents access by unauthorized individuals.   Read the article………………
  • Winterization Tips for Condos November 17, 2017 The last week saw high winds, power outages, and colder temperatures sweep into the Pacific Northwest, announcing that winter is on its way. For condominium owners, cold weather brings a variety of risks that, if left unaddressed, can impact not just their own unit, but the units of their neighbors. Thankfully, there are a number of simple steps owners can take to avoid these risks and make in through winter unscathed.    Read the article………………..
  • Laundry Room Maintenance: It’s a Wash November 7, 2017 Can you imagine living in a condo or co-op that doesn’t have a laundry room? These days, having on-site laundry facilities for residents isn’t an amenity – it’s a necessity, and keeping yours functional and well-maintained is just as important as keeping the boiler or elevators running.  Nearly all multifamily laundry rooms are managed and maintained by outside laundry contractors – they take care of the machines, service them when necessary, and collect the money from the machines.    Read the ...

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Grounds

  • Cleaning Up Fall Lawns November 28, 2017 With winter right around the corner, it’s time to clean up as fall winds down. While the changing of leaves is beautiful, those vibrant leaves are likely scattered across your lawn, in your gutters, flowerbeds, or the street drains. The best way to protect your community this winter is to keep your lawn tidy, and your home and yard will thank you come spring.   Read the article………………
  • Winterization Tips for Condos November 17, 2017 The last week saw high winds, power outages, and colder temperatures sweep into the Pacific Northwest, announcing that winter is on its way. For condominium owners, cold weather brings a variety of risks that, if left unaddressed, can impact not just their own unit, but the units of their neighbors. Thankfully, there are a number of simple steps owners can take to avoid these risks and make in through winter unscathed.    Read the article………………..
  • HOA Landscape – Consult Experts Before Making a Decision October 27, 2017 When running a HOA, you often have to make a lot of decisions about how to upkeep the neighborhood – without building the kind of resentment that gives HOAs a bad name.  Overall landscaping of the neighborhood is something everyone notices. HOA landscape guidelines should balance the needs of the community between aesthetics and harmony. Landscaping common areas should be done in a professional way which looks good and supports your goals – goals such as guiding foot traffic away ...
  • 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……………

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Energy & Water Conservation

  • Homeowners in Solon not alone in clean water quandary (IA) December 9, 2017 The Solon City Council hopes to decide by the end of the year if it will allow a nearby housing development afflicted with too much arsenic in its drinking water to connect to the city’s clean water supply.  Some in the Johnson County community of about 2,500 people say they’re morally obligated to provide safe drinking water to Gallery Acres West’s roughly 40 residents, while others oppose the proposal to extend a 3-mile pipe to a housing development that isn’t ...
  • Phoenix ‘Re-Evaluating’ Year-End Shutoff of Rural Water Supply (AZ) December 9, 2017 The City of Phoenix is re-evaluating its Dec. 31 deadline to shut off the supply of hydrant water trucked to residents of New River and Desert Hills. No decision has been made, however.  The water utility EPCOR announced Dec. 5 that it will build a water-hauling station on the outskirts of Anthem to serve the rural residents, who have no wells or whose wells have gone dry. EPCOR has not yet announced a formal timeline to completion, though today the ...
  • HOA Homefront: Should boards shine more light on solar installations? December 2, 2017 Q: Last year, I volunteered to sit on the architectural committee for our homeowners association and it really opened my eyes to how an HOA operates. Applications for solar power installations are approved without hesitation. We do not require the owner to submit a copy of a building permit before work begins. It seems to me we are leaving ourselves unprotected in the event there is a mishap with the solar equipment that results in personal injury or loss of ...
  • Adding Solar Panels in an HOA Community November 7, 2017 Many homeowners are beginning to see the appeal of installing solar panels to their home. As an HOA it is important to consider the benefits and identify ways to work with homeowners so everyone is happy. What your board doesn’t want to do is forbid homeowners from installing solar panels, or end up in a legal nightmare that won’t end well.    Read the article……………..
  • Rain gardens take root as revitalized community tackles polluted runoff (MD) October 24, 2017 Miramar Landing’s new green face is the fruit of $150,000 in grants and the elbow grease of community residents. The goal is to offset some of the polluted stormwater runoff flowing to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries from an ever intensifying wave of development.  Stormwater is the only growing source of pollution in the Bay watershed, and the political backlash against fees and other mandatory efforts to control it remains strong.   Read the article…………….

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Fire Safety

  • Condo Residents Concerned About Flammable Panels (IL) November 23, 2017 River East Center homeowners speak to the 2 Investigators about flammable panels used to construct their Streeterville building.  Piya Mukherjee says she’s owned a condo there for 10 years, and did not know about the potential danger of the exterior building material.  It is called Reynobod PE, and it contains a Polyethylene core. It’s the same kind of exterior metal paneling blamed for helping fuel the Grenfell Tower fire in London this summer; 71 people perished.    Read the article…………….
  • No sprinklers: Could this condo fire death have been avoided? (FL) October 26, 2017 Nearly two months later, investigators have not determined the cause of the Sept. 7 blaze that killed Means, an Eckerd College graduate whom his professors call one of the most brilliant students they ever had. Whatever the eventual finding, a former Waterside condo owner thinks Means’ death could have been prevented.  “Sprinklers could have saved that boy’s life,” says David Lilling, a filmmaker.  There are no sprinklers at Waterside at Coquina Key, one Tampa Bay’s largest condo communities, because it ...
  • 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………….

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Security

  • Can condo board’s security cameras legally record audio and video? December 6, 2017 Q:  I live in a self-managed condominium association. The board installed three security cameras on the common elements that record audio and video. The board president controls the live feed and the recorded copy of video and audio footage. One of the cameras is mounted approximately 4 feet from my master bedroom window and about 20 feet from another bedroom window. We feel we have lost privacy in our home, especially because with our windows open, we can easily be ...
  • Controlled Building Access Planning November 28, 2017 Safety for every member of the community is a high priority for most condominium associations. You want everyone to feel secure in their own homes, especially if there has been recent upheaval in the community. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to increase the security of your building or buildings–especially if you institute a controlled access building that prevents access by unauthorized individuals.   Read the article………………
  • Blackhawk Homeowners Association: $25,000 Reward Offered in Burglaries (CA) November 7, 2017 The Blackhawk Homeowners Association is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the suspects involved in a string of burglaries in Blackhawk.    Read the article……………….
  • Columnist: Wake-up call for condo dwellers October 29, 2017 In this age of unwanted sexual advances why do we too often look away?  Why did the property management and board of directors at a swank Yorkville condominium not take immediate action to alert all residents to reports someone with a pass key was letting himself into womens’ units and, in at least one case, masturbating in the washroom?  The property manager points to the board of directors. The board of directors point to the property manager. Now, after the ...
  • Creepy Yorkville condo stalker terrifies women (ON) October 24, 2017 Women living in an upscale Yorkville condo fear a stalker is using a pass key to surreptitiously enter their homes and sexually gratify himself.  Adding to their terror, they have struggled with the building’s management to alert all residents at 35 Balmuto St.    Read the article………………

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Amenities

  • Wellington Village council to vote on controversial proposals for golf courses (FL) December 11, 2017 It’s going to be a late night for the Wellington Village Council. A large crowd is expected as they debate two controversial plans impacting two very large communities.  On one side, you have the developer of Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club and Polo West who is trying to expand the use of land for the golf courses on the properties and add public access roads to them.  On the other side, you have homeowner associations and neighbors worried ...
  • Court Rules No Mulligans for Golf Course Investors (FL) December 1, 2017 The struggles of the golf industry in the past decade are well chronicled, particularly in Florida where a large number of courses, built as amenities for or in conjunction with surrounding residential communities, has been negatively impacted by the economic downturn, playing habits, and perhaps an over saturation of the market. Couple those external factors with the significant cost of course maintenance and operations, and it is easy to see why overgrown fairways and closed clubhouses are an increasing sight ...
  • Here’s How To Make Amenities Management Easier November 30, 2017 One of the best selling points to HOA communities is their amenities, especially those who have taken into consideration the wants and needs of its residents.  Whether it’s a community pool and fitness center or neighborhood events and proximity to restaurants and grocery stores, amenities help resale and property values stay high. They also provide a strong sense of community and equality in your HOA neighborhood, as everyone is offered the same benefits.   Read the article……………
  • Lakewood’s Eagle Ridge Golf Club: Letters, money pile up against development (NJ) November 30, 2017 Just outside of Eve and John McNicholas’ living room window is a rolling green fairway and controversy.  It’s the 27-hole public Eagle Ridge Golf Club, an oasis of open space that has become ground zero in the battle over the township’s rapid growth. The township’s future.  “We loved it until about a year ago,” Eve McNicholas said. “Until all this nonsense started.”  That’s when it was publicly revealed the course had been sold. Months later, developer GDMS Holdings’ proposed a ...

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Maintenance – General Articles

  • Tips for Urgent Condo Association Repairs December 7, 2017 Things breaking is part of life in any home, and a Condo is no different. Even with the best preventative maintenance schedule, you may have unexpected part failures or have a system fail due to external factors, like weather. These can result in inconveniences you can live with until repairs are made – for example, losing one of six elevators. In other cases, you may have things that need to be repaired immediately, such as losing a hot water heater ...
  • What is the Best Practice for Elevator Maintenance? December 7, 2017 People who live in tall buildings dread broken elevators. They cause delays – and repeatedly broken elevators can even cost you, residents, as people move out. Some residents, of course, are unable to use the stairs at all.  Condominium owners expect to be able to reliably access elevators at all times, but too many building managers and condominium associations forget about elevators until something goes wrong. That leaves you with residents complaining, the building taking a hit to its reputation ...
  • Water Leak? If you Live in a Condominium Association Who is Responsible? December 7, 2017 Plumbing problems can be the worst frustration experienced by any homeowner, particularly if you live somewhere prone to hurricanes and other violent storms. When you live in a condominium association there is the added complication of determining who is responsible – the owner, the condo association or even a neighbor. There is also the matter of leaks which happen while the owner is out of town.     Read the article…………………..
  • Self-Managing Maintenance: Getting the Job Done On Your Own November 7, 2017 Whether because of convenience, the desire for autonomy, or a tight budget, some condo and HOA communities opt not to retain an outside management company or an agent to handle their respective day-to-day administrative and maintenance needs. Without proper oversight and experience however, the vitality of the building and property – along with the residents who call it home – can face jeopardy.    Read the article…………….

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Mold

  • Cleaning Up Mold in Your Community November 30, 2017 While the damaging weather seems to be behind us, the water damage can continue to plague communities for months. Don’t let your community be lured into a false sense of security just because the floodwaters have receded. Previously wet flooring, sheet-rock, and furniture may appear dry on the surface, but there is a good chance mold will be an issue. Don’t let it go unnoticed, because if you do, it could develop into a real problem that affects not only ...
  • Mother and daughter forced to vacate home due to mold at next door condo (KS) November 16, 2017 Their house isn’t a home.  In fact, homeowner Aimee Patton says the condo she shares with her 11-year-old daughter, Amelia, is making the two of them very sick. The Pattons say it’s a mold outbreak at the vacant condominium next door that’s caused their illnesses.  You can’t stay inside their condo, which sits near Nall Avenue, for long. Patton proved that with the documented results of a mold test on her home. Those two severe summertime storms that drenched parts ...
  • Three families sue Eugene condo complex, alleging mold, other contamination due to water leakage (OR) November 4, 2017 Three families that rented units at a condominium complex on Cal Young Road in north Eugene are seeking nearly $1.7 million from the owners and managers of the property, claiming extensive water leaks and mold damaged their health and possessions.  The three lawsuits filed in Lane County Circuit Court relate to The Farm on Cal Young, a 30-unit complex built by Eugene developers in 2008 as the nation was sinking into the Great Recession.     Read the article……………..
  • 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……………

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