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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

  • Slipping (and falling) in a Winter Wonderland February 9, 2017 The winter season is upon us, and (not surprisingly), with this time of the year comes rapidly falling temperatures. As Canadians, we are used to this weather – but our winters can nevertheless be treacherous.  In addition to hazards caused by poor visibility and winter driving conditions on our roads, icy driveways, sidewalks and parking lots become prime spots for slip and fall injuries. While some enjoy taking walks in a winter wonderland, the vision of residents struggling to make their ...
  • The Snow Removal Business Is a Mess February 9, 2017 As a blizzard threatened the Northeastern U.S. on Thursday morning, commercial landlords grappled with a problem that homeowners can relate to: Hiring someone to clear the snow is a slippery business.  There are plenty of good reasons to pay for snow removal services: to clear parking lots so employees can get to work and consumers can walk the aisles, to limit liability for slip-and-falls. Those imperatives helped snow plow services ring up $14.3 billion in U.S. sales last year, according ...
  • Condo boards, look ahead to landscaping needs February 7, 2017 While trees and plants may be dormant in winter, landscaping concerns never sleep. For community associations with trees and turf, the yearly landscaping contract starts around April 1, but outdoor environments shouldn’t be ignored until then.  “Many boards only think about snow removal in the winter, but landscaping requires year-round care,” said Charissa Ziobro, regional manager at Associa Chicagoland, a management company in Schaumburg.    Read the article…………..
  • Snow Removal Planning for Community Associations February 2, 2017 I was talking with a friend recently regarding the challenges that they have with snow removal, and how they were managing the record snowfall that they have had so far this year. In certain areas of our nation, the snowfall has been significant, and in some instances, welcome reprieve due to droughts. Snow removal for community associations is something that has to be planned for, knowing mother nature throws us curveballs all of the time. Snowfall like any other natural ...
  • Condo Co-owner Magician Failed to Impress in Icy Slip-Fall Case (MI) January 31, 2017 Although Michigan’s winter of 2016-2017 has been relatively mild so far, this is usually the season when attorneys see an increase in slip and fall accident claims due to snow and ice. However, Michigan case law that developed over the past few years makes it increasingly clear that individuals are generally responsible for their safety as pedestrians, and it is increasingly difficult to pursue damages from other parties that maintain areas across which pedestrians travel.  Of particular note for condominium ...

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Energy & Water Conservation

  • Utah homeowner associations may be forced to allow solar panels February 17, 2017 Lawmakers on Friday advanced a controversial bill to require, in most circumstances, homeowner associations (HOAs) to allow solar panels.  The Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously to endorse SB154, and sent it to the full Senate for consideration.  Its sponsor, Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan, said the bill is a significant compromise from previous efforts, and gives HOAs more power to potentially ban solar panels.    Read the article…………
  • Four Ideas for Water and Energy Savings for Condo Owners February 16, 2017 Electricity and water conservation should be a major priority for all Condo Associations. While things like solar panels and EV chargers are the provenance of Associations, there are many things that support water and energy savings for Condo Owners. These include a variety of water- and energy-saving devices which can help you in the long run.    Read the article…………
  • HOA Homefront: Are we STILL dealing with drought? (CA) February 11, 2017 Q:  Regarding water cutbacks and dead lawns, can an HOA require homeowners who stopped watering to replace their dead lawns with other types of ground cover such as drought tolerant landscaping, compost, artificial turf, etc? Or are we stuck with what we see?   Read the Q&A………….
  • Green Technology and Conserving Water in a Condo Association February 2, 2017 Electricity is usually one of the biggest expenses in a Condo Association, but not too far behind it is water. Some Condo Associations have individually metered units, but others do not. Irregardless of that disposition, conserving water in a Condo Association is the right thing to do, both environmentally and financially. Today’s article focuses on actions a Condo that does not sub-meter – meaning the Association is responsible for all water costs – should take to save water and money. ...
  • Lee’s Summit homeowner fights for right to install solar panels (MO) January 25, 2017 Tim Ely wants to do something to his Lee’s Summit home that he believes is every homeowner’s right: install solar panels.  But so far, Ely hasn’t been able to get his homeowners association — Arborwalk Community Association — to agree. His struggle is a common one all across Missouri.   For the last three years, Missouri Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, has fought to get a bill through the Legislature that would prevent cities or homeowners associations from banning solar ...

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Fire Safety

  • 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 ...
  • BBQ on the Deck? — You May Cook More Than Your Steak! January 26, 2017 Most insurance companies have a Loss Control Team that inspects communities periodically to assess potential threats. After the inspection they send a report to the board or manager with requirements and recommendations. One of the most common, and difficult items that come up in these inspections, are the BBQ grills on the decks or too close to the buildings.     Read the article………………..
  • Fire Planning Tips for Seniors January 26, 2017 A home fire is a terrifying moment for anyone, including seniors. If you are an older individual with limited mobility or impairments, it’s especially important you follow these four fire-planning tips because they could save your life.     Read the article…………..
  • Browder, Village honored for Firewise decade (AR) January 24, 2017 Participating in the Arkansas Firewise program brings benefits, Hot Springs Village Property Owners’ Association board of directors heard last Wednesday at its January board meeting.  Arkansas Forestry Commission’s Firewise information officer Sheila Doughty said helping prevent forest fires is the prime benefit of the Village’s participation in the program.   But reducing the fire risk should also help reduce the cost of building insurance for all Villagers.  Wildfire is inevitable, Doughty said, but homes need not burn if owners and ...

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Security

  • Saratoga: HOAs can operate neighborhood security cameras (CA) February 10, 2017 Neighborhood surveillance cameras operated by bona fide homeowners associations for security purposes can operate in public rights-of-way with an encroachment permit, city attorney Richard Taylor told the city council at a recent meeting.  Cameras, like the two already installed as part of a pilot project in Saratoga neighborhoods, are seen by city officials as a way to curb increasing neighborhood crime. The city’s Public Works Department will approve or deny the permit applications based on a specific set of criteria. ...
  • Burglars strike gated community in northwest Las Vegas (NV) February 7, 2017 “We’re going to look at how to make the entrance and exit gates more vandal proof so you can’t get in,” said Bill Sandeen, the president of the HOA which oversees the subdivision.    Read the article……….
  • Electronic Spying, Satellite Surveillance & Drones February 4, 2017 Science fiction! Actually not. Over the last several years, technology available to the homeowners association has exponentially grown. Drones have become the proverbial “Soup de Jour.” An increasing numbers of homeowners associations use drones to inspect common areas, architectural improvements, combustibles on balconies in high rises, etc. Is this good or bad? That depends on who you ask.  For associations with vast acreage, using drones to inspect the common area has become commonplace because it is less expensive and tends ...
  • Security guard shoots, kills man in Chesapeake’s River Walk neighborhood, police say (VA) January 27, 2017 A 60-year-old man died after he was shot last night half a mile away from his home in the River Walk neighborhood, according to police.  Officers found Jiansheng Chen, 60, with gunshot wounds just after 11 p.m. Thursday, according to a police news release. He died at the scene in the 700 block of River Walk Pkwy. off Great Bridge Boulevard.  Police say Chen was seated in his minivan in the River Walk clubhouse parking lot when a security guard ...
  • Jacksonville neighborhood’s anti-crime initiative shows thieves in the act (FL) January 26, 2017 One local neighborhood’s efforts to stop crime captured a car break-in as it happened.  A teenager appears to wave to a surveillance camera before he rummages through a car parked in a driveway. Three other teens can be seen keeping a lookout.   Read the article……………

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Amenities

  • Save Club West continues effort to raise $4 million for golf course purchase (AZ) February 16, 2017 Save Club West is a third of its way toward rounding up enough homeowners to invest in purchasing the community’s golf course.  But Jim Lindstrom, the group’s leader, has one eye on the calendar as he continues to see if he can obtain agreements from 300 people willing to invest $13,333 each. So far, 101 homeowners have committed, he said.    Read the article…………..
  • Public Wi-Fi Regulations Your HOA Should Consider February 15, 2017 Everyone loves being able to connect to Wi-Fi for free when they are out and about. For this reason, many associations offer free Wi-Fi in community areas, so residents can surf the web without using up any data. However, there are some risks involved with public Wi-Fi, so check out these five regulations your HOA should consider.     Read the article……………
  • Sawgrass Players Club residents give greenlight to golf course proposal (FL) February 9, 2017 Sawgrass Players Club residents voted overwhelmingly Monday to amend the community’s covenants and approve a proposed development agreement with Oak Bridge Club owner Alta Mar Holdings, clearing the way for Alta Mar to sell 40 acres of the golf course for development.   In the final vote tally confirmed by Marsh Landing Management following the Feb. 6 meeting held at the Sawgrass Marriott, residents voted 991 in favor of an agreement reached between the Sawgrass Players Club Homeowners’ Association and ...
  • Cape Royal homeowners purchase Royal Tee Golf Course (FL) January 27, 2017 Cape Royal Homeowners Association closed last week on a purchase of the Royal Tee Golf Course that was shuttered by course ownership last August.  “Our No. 1 priority was to control the land so that another developer could come in and take over,” said Homeowners Association president Ed Harrington. “We didn’t want our home values to go down, so the association purchased equipment to cut the grass and do basic maintenance on it.”  The purchase includes the 225 acres on ...

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Maintenance – General Articles

  • 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…………..
  • Hiring An Owner’s Rep: Save Time, Money and Peace of Mind February 17, 2017 When an Association’s Board of Directors begin exploring a new construction project, oftentimes the cost of the endeavor is at the forefront of their thought process. And rightly so; depending on the size and scope of the project, it could represent the biggest expense the Community has taken on in many years, and the biggest one it intends to incur for years to come. Therefore, Board members want to ensure that everything about the project goes smoothly, and that their ...
  • 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……………
  • 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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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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