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12 Things My Board and I Do When We Want to Be Sued

It is well known that Association Board members (directors) have fiduciary duties to their unit owners and associations. It is almost as commonly known that the officers have the same fiduciary duties. Yet associations, directors and officers are often sued

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Establishing Consistency in HOA Maintenance

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

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10 Tips to Improve the Lives of Condo Owners… and of Condo Directors

Condo democracy has had a fair bit of bad press recently. Vote rigging, fraudulent proxies and director collusion made headlines in May. But is it really all gloom and doom in condos under Ontario skies? In this post, we provide

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The Ultimate Condo Checklist for Preventive Maintenance

As a board member and homeowner, one of your responsibilities is to help with maintaining the common elements of the association. Don’t worry, we aren’t here to convince you to put on a pair of work pants or pick up

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9 Essential Items Your HOA Board Should Review Each Year

Managers and boards should always maintain an annual calendar of important events that take place every year like tree trimming, fire inspections and insurance renewals However, with the new year upon us, we’ve provided a list of 9 other important

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HOAs, Contracts – A Checklist and Basic Guide

Samuel Goldwyn said that “an oral contract isn’t worth the paper it is written on.” Unfortunately, the same can be said for many written contracts. The purpose of this brief article is to identify key provisions that should be included

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A Condo Maintenance Checklist for New Condo Owners

Congratulations on your new home! There are some things you can’t control when it comes to condo living: the family with the aspiring young drummer, the lady with the high heels upstairs, and the garlic-loving chef who lives below you,

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Everything you need to know about balancing monthly HOA financials (Free Checklist)

Any discussion on accounting for condo associations and HOAs often starts with the end result – monthly financial reports. There’s all kinds of information for board members to help them understand the reports, but how can you head off questions

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Dealing with Graffiti

We’ve had several incidents of graffiti in the surrounding neighborhoods recently. The association monitors and immediately removes graffiti from common areas and encourages you to do the same with your property. The association recommends these steps for dealing with graffiti:

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New Board Member Handbook Checklist

Many community associations are now welcoming and orienting their new board members. The more information board members receive, the more effectively they can carry out their responsibilities. When given the right information in an easy-to-use format, most board members are

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