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Community Next: Homes of the Future

Community Next: Homes of the Future is the latest milestone in CAI’s Community Next series, which offers industry insight to empower community association volunteers, managers, and business partners with a strong understanding of how to preserve, protect, and enhance common-interest communities.  This Fall

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Battle over electric cars in condos rages on, despite upcoming policy shift (ON)

Condo residents across the province are locked in power struggles with their management boards over charging rights for electric vehicles, even though incoming regulations are supposed to simplify the process.  It’s a problem that an Ottawa woman is all too

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Electric Cars in Community Associations – An Emerging Trend

What is an “electric car”? “An electric car is an automobile with one or more electric motors that uses electrical energy stored in rechargeable batteries or another energy storage device. Electric cars are around three times as efficient as cars

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(Condo) complexes can apply for rebates on electric car chargers (OH)

Hoping to encourage the use of electric cars, Smart Columbus is offering to spend a total of $170,000 in rebates to owners and developers who install charging stations in apartment and condo developments.  “We’re curious to see what they want

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Condos and HOAs (CA)

Below is an article written by a client of mine. It is his perspective on a difficult and arduous process on trying to get an EVCS plugin in his condominium. The article is very informative. Since he felt he had

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Electric Cars and Charging Stations in Condominiums (ON)

Electric cars, and charging stations, are a hot topic this week! Britain has announced the eventual ban of gas and diesel powered vehicles, and an Ottawa condo is making national news (click on the video entitled: Ottawa Woman’s Power Struggle

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Woman’s power shut down by condo after charging electric car (ON)

Kimberly Hsiung listened to the pleasant hum of the engine as she drove home in her new electric car.  She parked in her assigned space at her Nepean condo, then plugged the Chevrolet Volt into the post to charge overnight.

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Is Your Community Ready for the Model 3 Launch? (Think Electric Vehicles)

Tesla will be live streaming the launch of 30 of its less-expensive, but-still-cool Model 3 vehicles at 8:45 p.m. EDT on July 28. Another 100 are to be rolled out in August followed by 1,500 in September. Total sales are

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It will cost $240 to charge electric vehicles and golf carts at Laguna Woods Village (CA)

Laguna Woods Village’s Third Mutual on Tuesday, July 18 passed a resolution to make amendments to its plug-in electric vehicle and golf cart policies and procedures, including fines for unpermitted use of common-area electricity.     Read the article…………..

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Condo owners reporting push-back over electric vehicles

Despite the rising popularity of electric cars, some condo owners say they’re facing push-back when they ask their condo boards for permission to install charging stations.  Cara Clairman, CEO of Plug’n Drive, a non-profit organization encouraging the use of electric

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Ontario Condo Act a roadblock for electric vehicle owners

Hoping to hit its ambitious goals for electric vehicle ownership, Ontario is looking to overhaul parts of the Condominium Act that have become an unexpected barrier to owning one.  Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is gathering electric vehicle

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: Keep your Condominium Association current!

Electric vehicles are increasing in popularity throughout the United States and create unique challenges for Michigan condominium associations, especially those that were created before electric vehicles were even contemplated. Experts project that by 2040, at least thirty-five percent of all

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Electric vehicles. Is your condo ready? Part 2 of Condo Disruption Series

Electric vehicles or EVs for short, are becoming more and more common on our roads with just about every car manufacturer offering a 100% electric vehicle or hybrid version. As more people purchase EVs, expectations that your condo parking lot

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Where do I plug my Tesla? Part 1 of Condo Disruption Series

If you think that disruption is only impacting taxi drivers and fast food workers, sorry folks, disruption is everywhere and that list includes changes that will impact the condo industry.  I recently worked for a ‘big-four’ accounting / consulting firm

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Electric Vehicles in Condos

Today, in celebration of Earth Day (yes I know I’m late), I thought that I would write about an environmental issue that is becoming more common in condominiums: electric vehicles. An electric vehicle is one powered by electricity stored in

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in HOAs – What Must Be Allowed? (CA)

According to many sources on the internet, the production of Electric Vehicles will show a surge of 67% this year, and one can only imagine where this is going over time into the future. C’mon, you (as an HOA) don’t

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What to Do With an Electric Car or Plug-In Hybrid When You Live In a Condo

While the green lifestyle is very appealing to prospective EV owners, the ever important challenge of charging a car is hard to ignore. It’s pretty easy if you have your own house with a garage, but if you live in

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Electric Cars and HOA Living

Electric cars are becoming more and more popular thanks to their environmental benefits and because electricity is so much cheaper than gas. While more and more charging stations are popping up in various public places, such as stores, most people

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Electric Vehicles Projected to be 35% of New Car Sales in 2040: What About the Electronic Charging Stations?

Governments from around the world, including, China, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, U.K. and the U.S. are taking steps to combat climate change by increasing access to clean energy technologies and reduce dependence on oil. One policy focus has been on

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Board asked to approve electric car charging station

Q. An owner in our condominium requests the board to grant this owner permission to install an electric vehicle charging station in his garage unit. This would require some infrastructure changes to the electrical system for the association. What sort

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Tesla is testing a new charging solution for people living in apartments

Since the vast majority of electric vehicle charging happens at home, we need a sensible way for apartment dwellers to have access to charging

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Electric Vehicles Are No Longer a Passing Fad (ON)

Electric Vehicles (EV) sales, particularly in Ontario, are poised for a big jump in the next couple of years.

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The latest condo amenity? A charging station for your Tesla (NY)

The latest amenity at high-end apartment buildings in the U.S.? Charging stations for electric vehicles.

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Electric car charging should be allowed if owner pays: Condo Law

Paying for meter and power used should mitigate the need for arbitration.

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Hook-up culture! Tesla courting condo developers to include car chargers

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is racing to fill Brooklyn with charging stations so borough drivers will buy its cars.

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How to Create an Effective Condo Association Electric Vehicle Policy

Electric Vehicles are gaining in popularity in the US. While still a small fraction of vehicles sold – about 1% – you’re starting to see more

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Condo owners hungry for electric vehicles

people who live in apartments and condos in Metro Vancouver are also showing their hunger for electric vehicles

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Condo Smarts: Strata won’t allow charging station for electric car

It would be easiest, though, if our strata would simply permit a change of parking allocations so that we could have stations installed

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Time For Your Building to Plug Into Electric Car Charging? (NY)

However, despite the lack of profit potential, electric vehicle charging can offer value for boards looking to attract high-quality tenants while doing the planet a favor.

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Bill Shock Still Keeping Electric Cars Out of Strata (Australia)

While it’s early days yet I hear more and more about arguments in strata over whether people should be allowed to charge their cars using common electricity, and if so, how to charge them for it

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Condo residents warned against purchasing electric cars

As with all older condos, the electricity bill covers the entire building, including private and common areas. The expense is apportioned among the units according to their floor area

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Maryland Bill To Encourage Installation of Electric Vehicle Chargers Now Available For Review

The text of Senate Bill 168, which would provide for the installation of electric vehicle chargers at condominiums and in homeowner associations, as well as at rental properties, is now available  Here is a link to the full text of

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Solution to Multifamily Electric Vehicle Charging

As technology continues to progress, multifamily buildings are faced with the challenge of meeting resident wants and needs. So far, only individuals who could conveniently work an Electric Vehicle (EV) into their current lifestyle made the switch. The main buyers

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HOA refuses to let woman charge electric car (CA)

A woman called the Team 10 Troubleshooter for help after she said her homeowners association would not let her plug in her electric car to charge it.    Read more……….

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Homeowners association pulls plug on Waterford (MI) woman’s Volt

Natalie Forte is eco-friendly and loves her Chevy Volt.  But, her homeowners association doesn’t share her enthusiasm. The resident owns a condo along Elizabeth Lake Road in Waterford and says the homeowners association doesn’t have rules against plug-in cars. But the

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3 Tips for Handling a Co-Owner’s request to install an Electric Vehicle Charging Station

1. Review the Condominium Documents. An Electric Vehicle Charging Station will likely need to be located on the common elements or be hooked up to common elements. The Condominium Documents almost always require Board approval before a Co-Owner can make

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Giving electric vehicle owners a charge (ON)

Electric vehicles have been on the market for three years in Canada. Enter Plug’n Drive, a not-for-profit whose mission is to accelerate the penetration of those vehicles into the consumer market.    Read more……..

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Challenges to Vehicle Electrification Come From Many Angles

Sales of electric vehicles are gradually growing in the US. In 2012, 52,000 EV’s and plug-in hybrids were sold. That number grew to over 95,000 in 2013 and sales during the first quarter of 2014 have outpaced the same period

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New law allows tenants and HOA unit owners to install electric vehicle charging stations

A new Colorado law took effect in 2013 that generally requires residential landlords and HOAs to allow their tenants and unit owners to install electric vehicle charging stations (EVCSs). This article discusses some of the details of the law.  

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Electric Vehicle Grant Bill Headed to Governor (CO)

In an effort to follow up on the Legislatures’ commitment to electric vehicles, the Legislature sent SB 14-028 to the Governor for signature. SB 14-028 is a bill that expands the eligibility of certain entities to receive grant funds to

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Will condo members pay to fill up their neighbor’s electric car?

They are starting to show up in parking spaces and garages in condominiums around town. The Volts, the Leafs, the Focuses, the Fits, the Teslas and more makes are on the way, such as the Sparks, the iQs, the ActiveEs

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Home Owner Associations & Electric Cars: How To Make It Work (Advice From A Pro)

Residents of condominiums and other multiple dwellings who drive plug-in electric cars are fast becoming a challenge for the managers and boards that run those buildings. Early this month, a $450 charging cable was destroyed by a vandal in a

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Chevy Volt Charging Cord Cut: Angry Neighbor, Electric-Car Hater? (FL)

Owning a plug-in electric car, as buyers learn, is a process of educating the public at large. Mostly, people are curious when they see a car plugged in to recharge. But occasionally, uglier emotions come into play.     Read more…….

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Progressive Condo Associations Working to Accommodate Electric Cars

With the spike in gasoline prices over the last five years, plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) are becoming increasingly popular, and auto industry analysts predict that Florida will be among the leading states in the country for PEVs. For those who

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Lakeville snowbird campaigns for right to drive electric car at condo

Lakeville resident and Florida snowbird Paul Least celebrated his 77th birthday in West Palm Beach on Dec. 8 with a party attended by 150 guests, and by buying himself a present: a new $50,000 Nissan all-electric powered Leaf. Now Paul

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Oregon Legal Update: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

On January 1, 2014, new laws will take effect in Oregon relating to Association requirements for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (“EVCS”). The laws will apply both to Planned Communities and Condominiums and will allow owners to install an EVCS for

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Can condo owner insist on having an electric vehicle charging station?

Question: Our 15-unit condo complex, built in 1982, has only one parking space assigned to each unit. One owner purchased an electric car and requested board permission to install an electric vehicle charging station in her assigned parking spot, costing

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Getting a charge out of your homeowners association

The state has turned to tax incentives, grants, and new laws to facilitate the development of the new charging system. And, while new laws and incentives are helping make the charging infrastructure a reality, legislation, like Civil Code section 1353.9

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Can condos and electric cars co-exist? (CA)

Electric cars and charging equipment are an easy fit for a single-family homeowner with a garage. For condo and apartment dwellers — not so much. More than one-third of San Diego County residents live in multi-family units, where overnight charging

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The Ins & Outs of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations under SB 13-126

In 1886, we were introduced to the first gasoline automobile powered by an internal combustion engine. Today, we fast forward to the first automobile powered partially or totally on electricity. Although electric vehicles (“EV”s) made a brief appearance at the

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