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What’s the Deal With Ice Dams

If you’ve never seen an ice dam, it actually looks a lot like you would expect. It is an accumulation of ice on along the eave line of a sloped roof. The ice can build and build over the winter

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The Ups and Downs of Elevator Maintenance Contracts

Recent articles about the decrease in elevator service and the increase in entrapments in the GTA would normally concern us… but PSCC 888 has a solution… they have an Elevator Consultant!  During budget preparation in September 2015, PSCC 888 realized

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Wood-Destroying Pests: How to Protect Your Property

Whether interior or exterior, well-built, properly-maintained woodwork can last for centuries—but if wood-boring pests like beetles, termites, and carpenter ants find their way into the wood, they can wreak all kinds of havoc. Wood-destroying insects are more than a nuisance;

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Winterize Your Community

The winter can be a lot of fun, but it can also cause a lot of damage to your home and community. It’s important that before the winter weather hits, you get your neighborhood ready for bad weather. Check out

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How to make your old condo building more eco-friendly

Condos produce some of the highest levels of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States each year, experts say.  Of course, constructing a building using sustainable energy sources is probably the most sensible way to go to try to reduce

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Tesla New Solar Roof Tiles Are A Game Changer

Tesla’s new solar roof tiles are a game changer IMO and here’s why. Homeowner Associations have rules on installing solar panels. You need to get approval from the Architectural Committee, which works under guidance from the Board of Directors. The

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HOA Move In & Move Out Policy

When residents move in and move out, particularly in common wall homeowner associations, proper planning is called for. Below are elements of a Move In & Move Out Policy which can be adapted to your use.  Scheduling. All moves in

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Tips for Eco-Friendly High-Rise Living: Living Sustainably in the City

Many multifamily properties and high-rises want to implement “green” living practices and create eco-friendly communities, but not everyone knows where nor how to get started. Here are some effective and easy tips to help you be proactive and successful in

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How to Prepare and Respond to a Flood in Your High-Rise Building

A flood – one of the most common natural disasters – can also be the most detrimental for high-rise buildings. The nature of these buildings makes them particularly vulnerable to flooding caused by severe storms.  “Vulnerability doesn’t have to equate

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A Preventative Maintenance Plan for Your High-Rise Community

Creating and executing a comprehensive preventative maintenance plan for your high-rise community should be a top priority for your board, residents and property management company alike. The benefits of preventative maintenance are countless, from preventing the premature breakdown of mechanical

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Indoor Air Quality for Co-ops, Condos and HOAs

Few things in life are as precious yet underappreciated as clean air. We take it for granted. Breathe in, breathe out—we rarely even notice the action.  Ensuring that the air we breathe is clean, fresh and safe is one of

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The Challenges of Managing a High-Rise Building: What Every Property Manager Needs to Know

Nearly every Toronto property management company offers administrative services, condominium services, financial services and maintenance management services. While most multi-unit properties will have the same requirements, the action plan will differ depending on the type of building.    Read the

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Could defective pipes be the cause of unexplained water leaks in your building?

Unexplained water leaks are an unfortunate fact of life for far too many high-rise communities. While your board and members may feel there is nothing to be done other than regular repairs and perhaps a prayer for good luck, the

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Maintaining Balconies and Terraces: Safety Comes First

Before embarking on a real estate hunt, most prospective buyers craft lists. The “must have” list (square footage, operational plumbing, windows), the “would love list” (lots of natural light, Jacuzzi bathtub, doorman) and then the “probably just a dream” list

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The Future of Hot Water Management Has Arrived

In Hawaii, which has the highest costs in the nation for electricity and natural gas, the ability to effectively manage operational costs is critical in maintaining an AOAO’s financial stability. There are many energy-efficient methods to achieve lower costs and

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Over Your Head

When it’s time to maintain, repair or replace the roof on your home, it’s a good idea to get to know the wide variety of roofing materials that are available and what each has to offer.    Read the article………….

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HOA Horror: Roaches, Bedbugs, And Rats Pt. 1

Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but when your community is invaded by roaches, bedbugs, rats, maggots, and other vermin, it’s time for quick action.  Read the article………….

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Maintaining Roofs: Repairs, Replacement, and Responsibility

A building’s roof serves as the first line of defense against whatever the skies throw at its inhabitants—wind, rain and blazing sun, even snow and ice in some climates—so it’s crucial for that roof to be sound and well maintained.

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Managing a Major Project in a Condo Association: An Overview

It is inevitable that there will be a major project in your Condo Association. All major systems will degrade over time and eventually will need to be repaired or replaced. Examples include roofs, garages, facades, elevators, HVAC systems, fire alarms,

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Building official preps South End (FL) condo managers for renovation season

Bucklew led a course for South End condo managers and residents titled “Navigating your way through the permitting process.” The Palm Beach Community Managers Association and the Citizens’ Association of Palm Beach hosted the event at the South Fire Station.

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From Bland to Fab – How to get your Common Areas Improved

This article about how to carry out common areas improvement work in your building has been supplied by Catherine Lezer, Director SCA (NSW) and Strata Chairperson    Read the article………….

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Numbers Never Lie: The Future of Building Restoration

The increase in size, volume and complexity of buildings needing to be restored, the knowledge of business, the increase in non-site related personnel, the restraints to financing, and at the same time, the reduction in the number of restoration companies

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Intelligent Building Solutions

In my recent experiences with residential and commercial clients across the GTA, I find myself often stumbling upon new heights of concern when it comes to understanding the value of security and communication requirements for multi-dwelling units. Our city is

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Winter Pipe Safety Measures

So winter’s coming…and you’ve got a watchful eye on driveways, roofs and other essential areas. But don’t forget about one of the most freeze-sensitive parts of your buildings and systems: pipes.   Read the article………….

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Seven Ways to Fight Mold – And Win

It’s the scourge of households everywhere: the unsightly, unsanitary, unbecoming sight of mold. But waging war on mold means more than launching a full-scale assault when you see it (though that can be part of the battle plan). Instead, consider

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Maintenance vs. Capital Improvements – What’s the Difference?

Maintaining your buildings’ assets is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. The common areas require a broad range of routine maintenance and repairs to keep them looking good and operating smoothly. Maintenance activities can include simple lightbulb replacements, housekeeping and paint touch-ups

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HOA Appealing Paint

Painting is often one a homeowner association’s most frequent and expensive repairs. Paint has a relatively short life (depending on the surface, tree cover, exposure to sun and wind: 5-10 years) yet acts as a critical barrier of protection for

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Mold: Is there a fungus among us? Part 1 of Insurance: What you need to know

Welcome 2016! While the expression “out with the old and in with the new” comes to mind, remember, too, that this is a great time for review. Start off the new year by reviewing your association’s insurance policies to better

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Coping with Leak Legalities (NY)

Cooperative buildings often become embroiled in litigation involving leaks in apartments caused by defects in roofs, exterior façades, or other common areas that are the responsibility of the co-op corporation to maintain. The warranty of habitability is duty that is

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Condo Inspections: Check Yourself

Condominium associations, whether housed in a single building or in a sprawling development, provide a reliably cozy and comfortable community in which to live. But this comfort requires vigilance on the part of both board and management to ensure that

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Maintaining a Healthy Building: How’s the Air in There?

It was January 1977 when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) first identified and isolated a previously unknown strain of bacteria found breeding in the cooling tower of a hotel air conditioning system. The bacteria, subsequently named Legionella, caused an

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Five winter safety tips for condo managers

December has been seasonably mild to date, so winter safety tips may not be top of mind for condo managers just yet. Prepared property managers have already begun proactively reducing the risks and impacts of this late, but soon-to-arrive winter

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Water in Your Condominium Unit? What Every Co-owner and Assn. Should Know

From personal experience, water intrusion in a condominium unit can be one of the most frustrating and unpleasant experiences a Co-owner may ever experience. Often, a Co-owner does not know what to do, who to call, whether insurance will cover

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Five Preventative Maintenance Areas that can Save Your Condo Board from Emergency Repairs

The goal of any building’s maintenance processes should be preventative instead of reactive maintenance. The cost-savings in preventative maintenance can increase the lifespan of the particular item, whether it’s an elevator, drain, or roof. Yet another added benefit is eliminating

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Is Legionnaires’ Disease Lurking in Your Vertical Community?

If you have cooling towers at your community you might want make sure they are disease free. The Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia caused by “legionella” bacteria, named for a 1976 outbreak following an American Legion convention in

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Tips from an HOA Board: Protect Your Home Against Drainage Failure

The kids are back in school, the air is cooler, the leaves are falling – fall must be here. But, before you can enjoy those pumpkin spice lattes, you need to make sure that you’re prepared for the wetter months

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Elderly Woman Can’t Leave Her Condo In Orange County (CA)

An elderly woman said she is stuck at her condominium in Laguna Woods because of a broken elevator undergoing repairs.  Elizabeth Sherman said she cannot leave her Laguna Woods home. Sherman is 92-years-old and uses a walker to get around.

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Is Your Vertical Community Ready for El Nino? (CA)

We have a high probability of a powerful El Nino returning this fall with extreme rain, wind and flooding conditions.  Whether this will be a destructive El Nino or not, is not the question.  What is important is that mid/high-rise

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Delray (FL) Condo Associations Claim Defective Roofing Product

Attorney Ian Kravitz said applying another coat of a substandard product is useless: “The only good solution is to tear out the roofs and repair them,” he said.  The roofs aren’t on fire, but they might as well be after

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How To Get The Association To Pay And Repair Ice Damming (CT)

My farmer uncle, when stubborn people frustrated him, would say “Sometimes you have to hit a mule with a 2 x 4 to get his attention.” Unfortunately, the expression applies to some condominium boards and management companies.   Read the article……….

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The Challenges of Managing a High-Rise Building: What Every Property Manager Needs to Know

Nearly every Toronto property management company offers administrative services, condominium services, financial services and maintenance management services. While most multi-unit properties will have the same requirements, the action plan will differ depending on the type of building.    Read the

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Preventing HOA Paint Problems

Exterior painting can be an expensive and daunting task, especially if many homes in your community are in need of fresh coat. Unfortunately when a community reaches 7-10 years old, most of the homes likely need new paint, and every

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Leaking brick wall: The bane of new construction

DEAR TIM: My wife and I moved into a new condominium building in March 2009. When it rains and there’s heavy wind, we get water leaking through the brick. A gentle rain shower with the rain falling straight down causes

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Insuring Winter’s Woes: Dealing with the Problems of Ice Dams

The birds are chirping, the trees are plush and green, and the beaches are lined with people. The record-breaking winter of only a few months ago, when inch after inch of snow piled up in New England, causing trouble for

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Chimney Upkeep in Your Homeowner Association

Chimneys are a common component of homeowner associations. The chimney vents hot exhaust gasses from fireplaces or from central heating. While most chimneys used to be made of brick, many are now made of metal. Both present problems if not

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Property Managers Duck Questions, Culpability Over Legionella Deaths (NY)

When WNYC first aired an interview with HVAC specialist Matt Freije on the Legionnaires’ disease, four had already died. As this article is being composed, that was four days ago. The death toll reached ten, with the hospitalization count approaching

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Elevator Performance and Maintenance Go Hand in Hand

In any type of building vertical transportation services represents an important financial investment but also it is the part of the building responsible for seamless operation and movement of patrons. With an asset this valuable, it is good practice to

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The Hidden Cost of Hardwood Floors for HOAs

Hardwood floors can increase property values in condo units by improving the aesthetic value and helping to alleviate dust allergies. This may seem like a no brainer but many homeowners are shocked to find (often after it’s too late) that

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Dealing with Code Violations: Better Safe Than Sorry

Remember that “better to be safe than sorry” adage? It applies to condo associations with regard to building code violations. Not only does it apply, it’s an understatement.  No association wants to or intends to violate building codes. It’s the

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Berkeley (CA) Proposes Tougher Balcony Standards

Planning and Development Director Eric Angstadt proposes adding several sections to the city Building Code.  One would mandate cross-ventilation for enclosed assemblies of balconies, landings, decks and stairs.  Another would require naturally durable or preservative-treated wood, corrosion-resistant steel or similar

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