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Taunton condo trustee: Many fire victims had no insurance for belongings

Dearborn, who says she’s lived in Somerset Gardens since 2004, lamented the fact that many residents who lost their belongings in the fire didn’t have either a renter’s or homeowners insurance policy that would cover those losses.

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Fiduciary Duty and What it Means for Your HOA Board

As board members, your community has entrusted you with the “power” to make decisions on their behalf and in the best interest of the community.

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Condo celebrates raising of Old Glory

“We took up donations from the (Pier 81) owners to pay for the relocation, lighting and landscaping, We have some veterans living here who were moved by the whole idea, and they wanted a ceremony.”

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Neighbor Files Noise Complaint With HOA for Crying Baby (CT)

The conflict escalated when condo owners in Greensboro, CT, learned just how much impact their 1-year-old son’s bawling was having on their next-door neighbor

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6 Elements of a Successful Monthly Meeting

We’ve cut our meetings down to an average length of approximately 75 minutes and completed numerous small projects, and we are planning better for the larger, longer term needs

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How to Run Concise HOA Board Meetings

HOA board members have full time lives and jobs outside of the association, so it’s important to work towards efficient meetings

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Attorney Tip: Stop the Spread of Smoke Now (NY)

A recent court ruling on second-hand smoke should push boards to act.

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Conflict at Your Association – You Don’t Say (Webinar)

Remember that few boardmembers or business partners are truly experts in their field. Conflict is reduced when boardmembers come with a spirit of learning

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Are purchasers of condos responsible for past owners’ unpaid assessments? (NH)

Timely assessment payments help keep condo associations afloat. Those without a slew of delinquencies should consider themselves blessed

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Done by Dinner: How to Conduct a (Meaningful) Board Meeting in Under an Hour

When you consider that association board members are volunteers who have full lives and careers outside of their community, it’s easy to see why one of the most important things a board can do is run efficient board meetings.

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It’s the Seventh Inning Stretch……Let’s See Where We Are (CO)

Since the Assembly convened on January 13, 2016, eight bills have been introduced that mention or reference homeowners associations.

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The Drone Debate: Should Drones Take to the Skies at Your Co-op or Condo? (NY)

In addition to reducing safety concerns, Glen Oaks Village’s drone has proven to be cost-effective as well.

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Utilities attorney taking on ‘submeter’ companies after using service (OH)

Part of it is an imbalance of political power, as the advocates for maintaining the system are developers, a group that has much more influence than consumers

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Is Your HOA Reserve Fund Being Managed Properly?

The quality of the strategic planning of your homeowners association can actually make or break your community

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3 Tips to Dodge the Pitfalls of Poor HOA Security

there are a lot of pitfalls that can affect your neighborhood’s security, making it more vulnerable

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2-Alarm Condo Fire in Hidden Lakes Complex Wednesday Night

This is part of the same Hidden Lakes condo complex where a devastating fire occurred in November of last year

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Is Your Community Association Board Making Sound Decision on Your Behalf?

The elected and appointed directors of the association have a fiduciary relationship to the unit owners over which they serve.

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Avoid crying over a little burnt toast

Does the board have the right to notify all owners that their units can be inspected to test for properly functioning smoke detectors?

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HOA Involvement in Keeping the Community Safe

Important details for associations to consider when purchasing or updating security for the community.

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Was police dog sniff outside Connecticut condo door legal?

State prosecutors are appealing that ruling to the Supreme Court, saying there should be no expectation of privacy in a common hallway used by other condo residents.

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Former condo manager ordered to pay restitution, placed on probation (MA)

An apologetic Nicanor F. Bada Jr. admitted in Lowell District Court to sufficient facts to one count of an association officer embezzling more than $250.

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Was your condominium properly expanded under the Michigan Condominium Act?

This article will discuss the potential issues with an expansion of a condominium that adds units after the expiration of the six (6) year time period.

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Council May End Trash Pickup For Apartment, Condo Complexes (NC)

City officials are considering whether to eliminate trash collection for most apartment complexes, townhouses, and condominiums.

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Litigating Construction Defects in Community Association Property: Part IV

This article will discuss how to quantify damages and will discuss the mediation process

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A Co-owner Filed Bankruptcy, What Now?

There are instances where the Co-owner will not only be responsible for post-petition assessments, but also pre-petition assessments as well.

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HOA Repairs: Who Is Responsible?

Typically, the board is responsible for repairs and upkeep in all the common areas, such as clubhouses, pools, common walkways, common stairways and parking areas.

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The Condo Association Special Assessment Process: An Overview

This means that odds are you live in an Association where there is at least the threat of a Condo Association Special Assessment.

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The Importance of Mediation (OR)

For Oregon community associations, mediation may be required before filing a lawsuit. With a couple of exceptions, associations or owners must offer to use alternative dispute resolution

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Ontario looks to close loophole on energy standards for buildings

While new towers may meet present-day energy standards, Kesik says that those poorly insulated glass curtain walls, which are designed to last for half a century, will, over time, drag down the efficiency of those buildings.

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Condo boards should work smarter, not harder

It’s time for board members to work smarter, not harder. Here are a few strategies that will help associations save time and money, so board work won’t be such a chore

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Can Condo Associations Bar Political Signs in Common Areas?

To what extent can condo owners waive the First Amendment rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

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A Day in the Life of a Condo Manager

Anyone who has been in the Condo Industry in Ontario or anywhere in North America I am sure, can relate that the Condo industry can be both very difficult and challenging most of the time.

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Association Rules Specifying Children Can Spell Trouble!

Why is it such a problem for associations to specify children in their rules? Doing so subjects a board to a potential discrimination claim as families with children

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Condo Board Did Not Provide 10 Days’ Warning of No Smoking Rule (CT)

Connecticut General Statutes §47-261b(a) requires that a condominium board provide 10 days’ advance warning to unit owners of an intent to adopt a rule

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Drones in Community Associations

What can community associations do to limit or regulate drones? The answer is: not much

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Tenant looks for help after mold mess makes her home unlivable (CO)

Months after feeling ill a Denver woman discovered a big mold problem in the condo she was renting,

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Multiple South Florida condos under state investigation for election fraud

In 2015, Miami-Dade recorded the highest number of complaints of irregularities and fraud in the administration of condos of any county in Florida

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Hoarding in Your Condominium: What Every Michigan Association and Property Manager Should Know

At the extreme, hoarders may fill units and/or limited common elements with debris, combustible material, food or other unsanitary or unsafe materials

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HarborView Towers condo association seeks bankruptcy (MD)

The condominium owners association at the HarborView Towers has filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors after its bank accounts were frozen

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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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House bill could damage Florida’s real estate recovery

House Bill 1357 would result in placing new restrictions on an association’s ability to collect past-due assessments

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Maintaining Roofs: Repairs, Replacement, and Responsibility

“The two worst things for roofs are sun and people,” he says. “If you can keep people off your roof, you’ve added a lot of life to your roof; if you can keep the sun off your roof, you’ve added a lot of life to your roof.”

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Association Homeowners’ Protection Act clears Senate panel (NJ)

Legislation that would require homeowners associations to make available contact information for governing board members and other information was approved by a state Senate panel on Monday

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FHA Condo Approval Changes

If this new act passes, a lot will change, and it’s important for condo owners to understand these changes because they may make it easier for condos to become, and remain, FHA approved

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Fireplace Safety in Your Home and HOA Community

It’s important to remember a few tips for fireplace safety to make sure your home, and the surrounding homes in your HOA community, stays safe this winter

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Condo-monium over construction defect fable undone by real Colorado market statistics

It’s cockamamie construction bull crap that the home-builders have been using to blackmail Colorado into letting them off the hook when they build stuff that falls apart

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Massive sinkhole swallows up parking lot at blighted condo complex (GA)

It has been more than a month since DeKalb County announced that they were going to sue the condo association at Brannon Hill to gain access to the complex and clean it up

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No Rest for the Weary: Let’s Call It a Night on Night Board Meetings

Board members, managers and business partners all have to find some time to get together to discuss association operations and governance plans

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How to Prepare for a Condo Association Board Meeting

Every month, Board Members around the country – no, around the world – meet to discuss and govern their Condo Associations.

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Emotional Assistance Animal Bill Killed on Party Line Vote (CO)

HB 1201 would have regulated how licensed professionals in Colorado must approach providing recommendations for emotional support animals

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