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Buildings

  • Maintaining your Below Ground Infrastructure July 24, 2017 The British Columbia Housing Homeowner Protection Office has created a video explaining how to protect this space from damage. This is part of their series to help those responsible for the maintenance of multi-residential properties.       Watch the video…………….
  • Fixing a Leaking Roof July 12, 2017 This article discussing fixing a leaking roof has been supplied by Paul Evans, President – Australian Institute of Waterproofing (AIW).  Costly and extensive damage to buildings are often the end result of a leaking roof and associated structural water ingress.  As a Registered Building Practitioner who is also a specialist in waterproofing installation, I have witnessed the devastating consequences of not fixing a leaking roof in a timely manner.    Read the article…………
  • The future of cleaning (part 2): Condo Disruption Series June 22, 2017 Years ago in the early days of my professional life I was sharing a place with a friend. We knew each other well enough to know we needed a cleaning lady. Both of us were clean by nature, but as so often happens with housemates, we also knew that we weren’t going to dedicate part of our weekends to vacuuming carpets and washing toilets. So we did what most people do when they want a home cleaning person. We asked ...
  • The future of cleaning (part 1): Condo Disruption Series June 22, 2017 Cleaning services. Probably not the first subject that comes to mind when thinking about disruption in the condo world. But there is a lot in store for condos that will require serious thought from boards and management.   Read the article……………
  • Prepping Your Property for Warmer Weather May 11, 2017 With the end of winter comes relief. No more snow or sleet or slush or sludge; it’s sunshine and windbreaker season, baby! But the board of a condo, cooperative or homeowners association cannot be content with simply waiting for April showers to bring the long-awaited May flowers. A lot of work must be done to get a community ready to celebrate the spring in good standing, and certain projects need to be started well before even the first thaw. Amenities ...

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Grounds

  • 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……………
  • 5 No-Fail Ways To Rid Your Community Of Mosquitoes July 27, 2017 Almost everyone can agree that summer is the most enjoyable season of the year. The days are longer, you go on family vacation, and the weather is finally warm. This creates the perfect combination until the bug bites begin…  It starts with one then you’re scratching all over. Does bug spray even help?   Read the article……………
  • Should You Hire A Landscaping Company To Help Your Community? July 20, 2017 No one wants to be surrounded by boring or unappealing green areas, especially not homeowners. According to REALTOR® Magazine, quality landscaping can increase the value of your home by 12 percent.  One of the perks of living in a HOA community is knowing that you’ll never have to worry about your neighborhood’s appearance because your board has it covered.    Read the article…………..

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Energy & Water Conservation

  • Chandler residents petitioning HOA to allow artificial turf (AZ) August 11, 2017 Many people are switching from real grass landscapes to artificial turf because of lower water usage and less maintenance. But some Chandler residents can’t because their homeowners’ association won’t allow it.  “We couldn’t keep it green, our water bills were very high,” said Cathy Isenberg, citing some reasons why she switched    Read the article…………..
  • Can an HOA require you to keep your grass green? (FL) August 9, 2017 Here in Jacksonville, we have a lot of subdivisions. Most of those have a Homeowner’s Association that makes rules to help keep home values intact. Those rules can range from making sure your trash cans aren’t left on the street for a week to not allowing palm trees to be planted in the front yard. So can an HOA make you keep your grass green and watered?   Read the article…………….
  • Phoenix Shutting Off Supply of Trucked Water to New River & Desert Hills (AZ) August 7, 2017 The City of Phoenix will no longer allow commercial haulers to fill from city hydrants for delivery outside city limits, creating concern among Desert Hills and New River residents who rely on periodic delivery of potable water.  City officials say the water was never intended to be delivered for residential use outside city limits, and they were unaware commercial water haulers were using city hydrants as a supply source for non-city residents until about three years ago.     Read the ...
  • 6 Ways To “Go Green” in Your HOA or Condo Association August 3, 2017 There are more than 7 billion people on the Earth. We take up a lot of space and use a lot of resources. That makes implementing eco-friendly practices even more critical to preserve the environment and the resources that we do have. Trees can be cut down in the blink of an eye, but they take years to grow. HOAs and Condo Associations can do their part to protect the earth by going green and making more conscious decisions to ...
  • Lakewood Ranch HOA hopes to reign in unnecessary irrigation (FL) August 2, 2017 All around Steve Ayers’ yard there are hints of what some may consider an obsession with rainfall and irrigation.  In flower beds and under oak trees, yellow cups made for measuring rain dot the landscape. An irrigation pressure reader hides in a front yard bush, and he even has a weather station positioned at the corner of his lanai roof.  “I’m not the typical resident,” Ayers admits.     Read the article……………

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Fire Safety

  • Governor Vetoes House Bill 653 (FL) August 2, 2017 One of the most talked about community association legislative bills this session was House Bill 653 (HB 653), which proposed changes to the Condominium Act and the Homeowners Association Act. Gov. Rick Scott vetoed HB 653 at 7:55 p.m. on June 26. HB 653 had many changes, one of which was an amendment easing the fire-protection requirements for condominium buildings in Florida.    Read the article………….
  • HI Officials Discuss Sprinklers in Wake of Deadly Blaze July 26, 2017 Firefighters and condominium owners Tuesday met before a City Council committee for the first time since the July 14 Marco Polo fire left three people dead, discussing potential incentives for, as well as obstacles in the way of, retrofitting aging residential towers with sprinkler systems.  The Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee, meanwhile, moved out Resolution 17-195, calling on Mayor Kirk Caldwell to convene a residential fire safety advisory committee in hopes of avoiding a repeat of the Marco Polo ...
  • No Sprinkler Systems, More Costly Damage in Oahu high-rises July 24, 2017 While the actual damage amounts were relatively small, the dramatic difference in losses between the two types of buildings is likely to fuel the debate on whether the city should require old residential high-rises to install automatic sprinkler systems.   Read the article………….
  • Old Paradise Pines Golf Course now a fire hazard? (CA) July 23, 2017 The same residents who were once drawn to live near a lush green golf course in Magalia now look out their back windows in fear.  Dead grass and overgrown weeds have turned the former fairways of the Paradise Pines Golf Course into a 40-acre fire hazard.  Backing up to yards on either side of the course, the former nine-hole spread could pose an immediate threat to hundreds of residents as it stretches through the heavily wooded area.  Wildfires popping up ...
  • Caldwell proposes mandating sprinkler systems for older high-rise condo buildings (HI) July 18, 2017 Three days after a major fire killed three people at the Marco Polo condominium complex, Mayor Kirk Caldwell has sent the City Council a proposal to require high-rise residential buildings without automatic fire sprinklers to install them.

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Security

  • Wrongful death suit alleges lack of security in condo of murdered South Boston doctors (MA) August 7, 2017 The families of South Boston doctors Richard Field and Lina Bolanos have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a number of parties responsible for providing security in the upscale condominium building in which they were brutally murdered in May     Read the article……………
  • Watch programs popular in some neighborhoods (IL) August 5, 2017 In the last year, some Springfield residents have turned to restarting Neighborhood Watch programs to improve safety and a sense of community where they live.  The Trevi Gardens Homeowners Association appointed a watch program coordinator early this year, while Iles Park residents began bimonthly Neighborhood Watch meetings with the police officer assigned to their area last fall.     Read the article…………….
  • Safety versus privacy: the Sand Canyon HOA weighs the choices (CA) August 2, 2017 About 900 Sand Canyon residents, many whose homes were threatened by last year’s deadly and devastating Sand Fire, are on a list of emails compiled by their homeowners association to be notified in the event of a similar disaster.  But on Wednesday night, members of the Sand Canyon Homeowners Association were expected to vote on what has become a controversial issue for some – the sharing of the HOA email list with the local radio station KHTS.    Read the ...
  • Local HOAs Protect Members’ Information (CA) July 27, 2017 Sand Canyon Homeowners Association, or SCHOA, is not the only HOA approached by KHTS co-owner Carl Goldman. He is asking associations to give the emails of their homeowners to the radio station. The emails will become part of the station’s list of residents receiving email blasts six days per week.  At the last SCHOA board meeting, Goldman listed Friendly Valley, Tesoro Del Valle and Fair Oaks as the next communities targeted for his “campaign.” He has contacted one of the ...
  • HOAs Turned Police July 25, 2017 How far should a homeowners association go to enforce speeding, traffic violations and reckless driving within their community? What should a Board of Directors do when a homeowner or resident speeds or endangers the safety of others in the association with their driving? In some states around the United States, including Illinois and Florida, there is a growing trend among homeowners associations to issue traffic citations for speeding and reckless driving.    Read the article…………..

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Amenities

  • 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…………..
  • Georgetown residents get response on green pool (TX) August 3, 2017 The HOA management company, RealManage, tells us a vendor was hired in February with responsibilities including pool maintenance. They sent us a list of some of the issues going on since the spring: excessive trash, dirty restrooms, a broken pump and a crack in one of the chlorine tower hoses. The vendor was ultimately terminated after the management company says things were not resolved.    Read the article…………….
  • Green pool has Georgetown homeowners seeing red (TX) August 2, 2017 With temperatures as high as they are, a pool, might as well be a survival mechanism. But some homeowners in the Pinnacle neighborhood in Georgetown can’t use their own neighborhood pool despite paying hundreds in homeowners association dues.  The pool, which would normally be clear, looks like it’s been dyed for St. Patrick’s Day.     Read the article……………
  • Golf course ownership becoming a tough market in Las Vegas July 30, 2017 The list has been getting longer for the number of golf course owners in Las Vegas that have sold or entered bankruptcy in the past couple of years. Many of these courses have been attached to communities where residents feared things such as closure, redevelopment or long periods of uncertainty because of litigation.  Well-known courses such as Badlands, Legacy Golf Club and Silverstone Golf Club were just a few of the names that are set to see changes. There are ...

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Maintenance – General Articles

  • HOA Homefront: Failed plumbing? Who is responsible? August 5, 2017 Q: Recently our homeowners association called a meeting to let us know they want to change our CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions) specifically to have homeowners be responsible for the pipes inside our walls. They claim they are having problems with pipes breaking and leaks, and it is draining HOA funds. They also said that having homeowners responsible for their own pipes is a “trend” in HOAs and suggested we could go through our insurance company if we had a ...
  • Establishing Consistency in HOA Maintenance August 3, 2017 A way to be vastly more successful in managing a community association is consistency. Part of consistency is to communicate important details to the homeowners repeatedly. Unfortunately, many boards and management professionals believe that the average homeowner is not listening to/reading the communication from the association. Regardless, boards and managers have the obligation to communicate and the homeowners have the obligation to listen or read. A failure to communicate by either party leads to negative consequences.   Read the article…………….    ...
  • How to Create a HOA Maintenance Chart for Your Community August 3, 2017 Most people choose to live in HOA neighborhoods for the sense of community, the benefit of shared facilities, and assurance that if anything goes truly wrong there is a system to take care of it. The most common disruption of a happy neighborhood community is disputes about maintenance responsibility. In many cases, the question of who is responsible is apparent through common sense but the little details can cause surprisingly big problems. Who pays for pipes in shared walls, or ...
  • 6 Tips on Preparing HOA Vendor Bids and Evaluating Responses August 1, 2017 HOAs exist for the benefit of all the HOA’s homeowner members. The elected Board takes care of the day-to-day business of the HOA. Of course, the Board cannot complete every maintenance job or other work that the HOA needs. So, one of the Board’s duties is to hire the best people (or company) for the job at the best price available. One way that the Board can winnow out the wheat from the chaff is by putting projects out to ...

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Mold

  • 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 ...
  • 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…………..

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