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Control the Negotiation Before It Begins

Countless books and articles offer advice that can help deal makers avoid missteps at the bargaining table. But some of the costliest mistakes take place before negotiators even sit down to discuss the substance of the deal. That’s because people

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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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Vendor Consolidations

Board members, community managers and homeowners are constantly hiring vendors for various reasons, such as landscaping, painting, fencing, roofing, etc. However, some vendors just do a better job than others, which is why some communities with HOAs have pre-approved vendor

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Vetting Contracts Before You Sign: What You’re Getting Into

Few things can raise one’s blood pressure like signing a big contract. That can be especially true for board members or managers signing sometimes mammoth contracts on behalf of a co-op or condo association, obligating their neighbors, friends and themselves

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Know what to look for when dealing with contractors

Community associations hire dozens of contractors to perform myriad maintenance and administrative tasks.  Some are major undertakings, like replacing roofs and decks. Others are smaller, like auditing the books or shampooing carpets.    Read more………

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Do It Yourself…Or Not? When To Call a Pro!

This country was founded with a heavy dose of independence and a strong “Do-It-Yourself” attitude. The DIY mindset, with roots in Europe and European culture, crossed the Atlantic Ocean with the earliest immigrants and became part of the American tradition

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The New Hidden Costs

It is not surprising to know that in the initial phases of every proposed construction project, it is the first task of the Construction Manager (CM), along with other trained professionals such as the Architect and/or Engineer of record, to

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Hiring a Maintenance Contractor

The purpose of common area improvements is to support your property values, plain and simple. Yes, it’s fun, and it’s cool to be green. It is even cooler when your property values are high and stable. Plantings represent a huge

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Watch Your Language: Carefully Drafting Contracts Protects Associations

The vast majority of both one-time projects and long-term service contracts involving vendors and service providers and their condominium or HOA clients go smoothly and either conclude or continue without incident. However, a small percentage of jobs do jump the

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The Importance of Hiring Licensed Contractors for Your Homeowners Association

One of the stated goals of a homeowners association is to oversee the upkeep of common areas in the community, such as clubhouses, pools, fitness rooms, and parks. When choosing contractors to maintain and repair community property it is imperative

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Inspections, Work Logs Imperative to Protect Condominium Associations Against Defective Concrete Restoration Projects

Concrete restoration projects are unavoidable during the lifespan of every concrete building in South Florida. They are among the most expensive construction renovation projects that associations will be required to take on, and as such many associations and their property

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What The Heck Is Flashing, Or A Fascia Board, Or A Joist Hanger? Do You Speak Contractor?

All too often, we hear from managers and board members who ask us to help interpret what the contractor was talking about when he referred to missing flashing, the damage to the fascia board and some dry rot that was

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5 Things You Need to Know About Hiring Contractors

Did you know that the IRS and the Department of Labor have teamed up to audit businesses? If that doesn’t make you shake in your boots, you either don’t employ any contractors or you are hopelessly naive about what a

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Essentials of Community Association Contracts

One of the sessions I attended at the CCAL Community Association Law Conference last week was the Essentials of Community Association Contracts. Entire sessions could surely be filled discussing each kind of contract that community associations commonly enter into, including

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Don’t Do This! How Not to Manage a Construction Project

“Don’t try this at home!” This warning, which scrolls under some television ads and programs, would be equally appropriate advice for the way one community association board managed a major construction project. (This is not actually one specific board but

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The Value of Pre-Construction Planning

The vendor / HOA manager relationship is a unique one in the world of real estate construction. Both parties face challenges and obstacles when it comes to processes, expectations and deliverables. Hiring a competent construction manager can effectively mitigate many

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Vendor Contracts That Protect You: An Attorney’s Three Simple Steps

Every condo or co-op board will at some point hire a vendor to perform certain tasks or furnish services — possibly exposing the building to liability brought about by vendor actions and/or the terms of the vendor contracts. Boards of

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Iowa: New law to allow for easier viewing of mechanic’s liens

Less than a week after Regency Homes LC went of business in 2008, contractors and suppliers filed mechanic’s liens in Polk County District Court saying they were owed more than $1 million by the company, once the state’s largest home

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What Is A Lien?

Lien. The word gets thrown around like a hot potato on a construction project. Here on the Lien Blog, I use the word constantly, and advocate to credit managers to “file a lien” to protect a company’s rights to payment.

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HOA Concerns in Contracting with Vendors

Every Homeowners Association (HOA) will at some point hire a vendor to perform certain tasks on behalf of the HOA, or to furnish services to the HOA and its members. In doing so, a HOA may be exposed to liability

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Who Gets Preliminary Notice When Working on A Condominium Complex in Washington?

Over the weekend, a reader sent in an interesting question about Washington’s preliminary notice requirements. The question relates to construction work and materials furnished to a condominium complex, specifically inquiring as to who must receive the preliminary notice on such

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Let’s See Your License: Board Members Should Bone Up on Contractor Law

People say “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” In the same vein, ignorance of contractor illegalities is no excuse—and no comfort—when something goes wrong. Association members are well-advised to bone up on what’s important before they sign their names

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