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  • Video surveillance allowed in condo’s common areas April 27, 2017 Q: My condominium installed electronic locks with fobs on the building doors along with security cameras recording who is coming and going. I don’t like the idea of the board tracking my movements. What are my rights? —Read the Q&A…………..
  • How to Start a Technology Revolution in your Management Company April 27, 2017 Change is an important part of life, but keeping up with that change can be tough, especially in our current technological landscape. Every time an industry game-changer (like the smartphone!) arises, other industries are impacted by an unavoidable ripple effect, and forced to either keep up and thrive, or slow down and simply get by. Don’t get left behind in these techy times. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you work toward revolutionizing your community and ...
  • Is HOA Software Making Your Job Easier April 20, 2017 Many years ago when I started my HOA management company, we were using software that was designed for managing rental units. It was great software — adaptable, robust, and fairly cheap. But there were a lot of things that we wanted it to do that it just couldn’t.  Back then, options for HOA software were limited. Nowadays we have several great tools that make our lives easier. I began to see this a few years after we started, when I ...
  • Unit Owners Look To Block Condo Association’s Plans For Rooftop Cellphone Antennas (MD) March 30, 2017 The Worcester County Circuit Court has temporarily blocked actions on a lease agreement between an Ocean City condominium association and Verizon Wireless to install and operate cellphone antennas on the roof of a condo building.  The decision follows an ongoing civil case between Triton’s Trumpet Condominium Association and its subsequent Board of Directors and unit owners Lamont and Sandra McClure, whose condo sits directly below the proposed installation.     Read the article………….
  • Cyber Risk – Your Data is Safe, Until It’s Not… March 28, 2017 You’ve undoubtedly read about the high-profile hacks and data breaches that have occurred over the past few years – millions of accounts compromised and credit card numbers stolen from Target, Home Depot, TJX, Yahoo, and other large companies. While big companies make big headlines, no business or organization is too small to be hacked – and hackers often find smaller businesses to be easier prey. That means community associations, property management companies, association banks, payment processors, and other community support ...

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Internet Articles

  • Public Wi-Fi Regulations Your HOA Should Consider February 15, 2017 Everyone loves being able to connect to Wi-Fi for free when they are out and about. For this reason, many associations offer free Wi-Fi in community areas, so residents can surf the web without using up any data. However, there are some risks involved with public Wi-Fi, so check out these five regulations your HOA should consider.     Read the article……………
  • 5 Productivity Apps For HOA & Condo Managers February 8, 2017 Welcome to another Evercondo “tech tips” post, where we share some of the best apps and technology solutions out there for helping property managers, board members and residents get more done with less time.  We all want to be more productive in life. Fortunately we live in a time when helpful technology is plentiful and cheap—it’s never been easier to find web and phone apps that make it simple to stay organized at work and at home. Here are five ...
  • Could Your Personal Emails Be Exposed? January 25, 2017 Imagine the worst case scenario: you are on the board, the board is embroiled in litigation, and the opposing side wants to know what was said in an email. Suddenly you may find yourself facing the possibility of a third party rooting through your private email in search of information relative to the pending lawsuit. Clearly, this is not a position in which you want to be. Even worse, imagine you have been using your work email for association business. ...
  • Best Practices for Protecting Association Data January 18, 2017 Hacking can be defined as the breach of a computer system in an attempt to exploit weaknesses in a network. As online commerce continues to grow and individuals search for ways to make bill paying more convenient, security threats are inevitable. Monetary transactions, including association assessment payments, have become increasingly more susceptible to the risks of cyber threats.  Whether an Association allows members to make payments toward common area assessments online or an Association houses members’ personal information on a ...
  • Comcast extension costs tiny subdivision $27,565 (MD) January 13, 2017 After years of requests, Comcast finally gave a handful of families near New Baltimore the answer they wanted.  “Over the last 10 years, we called them about every couple of years,” Saints Hill subdivision homeowner Peter Popovich said. “The answer was always the same: ‘We don’t have services there’.”    Read the article…………….

Internet Article Archives

Web Sites

  • Public Wi-Fi Regulations Your HOA Should Consider February 15, 2017 Everyone loves being able to connect to Wi-Fi for free when they are out and about. For this reason, many associations offer free Wi-Fi in community areas, so residents can surf the web without using up any data. However, there are some risks involved with public Wi-Fi, so check out these five regulations your HOA should consider.     Read the article……………
  • 5 Productivity Apps For HOA & Condo Managers February 8, 2017 Welcome to another Evercondo “tech tips” post, where we share some of the best apps and technology solutions out there for helping property managers, board members and residents get more done with less time.  We all want to be more productive in life. Fortunately we live in a time when helpful technology is plentiful and cheap—it’s never been easier to find web and phone apps that make it simple to stay organized at work and at home. Here are five ...
  • Could Your Personal Emails Be Exposed? January 25, 2017 Imagine the worst case scenario: you are on the board, the board is embroiled in litigation, and the opposing side wants to know what was said in an email. Suddenly you may find yourself facing the possibility of a third party rooting through your private email in search of information relative to the pending lawsuit. Clearly, this is not a position in which you want to be. Even worse, imagine you have been using your work email for association business. ...
  • Best Practices for Protecting Association Data January 18, 2017 Hacking can be defined as the breach of a computer system in an attempt to exploit weaknesses in a network. As online commerce continues to grow and individuals search for ways to make bill paying more convenient, security threats are inevitable. Monetary transactions, including association assessment payments, have become increasingly more susceptible to the risks of cyber threats.  Whether an Association allows members to make payments toward common area assessments online or an Association houses members’ personal information on a ...
  • Comcast extension costs tiny subdivision $27,565 (MD) January 13, 2017 After years of requests, Comcast finally gave a handful of families near New Baltimore the answer they wanted.  “Over the last 10 years, we called them about every couple of years,” Saints Hill subdivision homeowner Peter Popovich said. “The answer was always the same: ‘We don’t have services there’.”    Read the article…………….

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Social Media Articles

  • Social Media and Community Associations April 28, 2017 If you live in a community association, serve on its board or manage a community association, you probably have to deal with social media. Gone, for the most part, are neighborhood newsletters sent out through the mail, or simple notifications of events on a bulletin board in the clubhouse. Most communities have a Facebook or similar social media platform where members can learn about pool parties, share items for sale and gather support for charitable activities.
  • Can Blogging Violate the Fair Housing Act?–Revock v. Cowpet Bay West Condo Ass’n April 1, 2017 This case is a collision between dogs as emotional support animals and a “no dogs” condominium association rule. The civil rights implications of a “no pets” rule are pretty obvious; such a rule can exclude the disabled. At the same time, we know that emotional support animals can be overclaimed, and we also know that the tiniest of disputes in condo/homeowners’ associations can easily mushroom into the Apocalypse.   Read the article…………
  • HOAs Gone Haywire Part V: How To Use… And Not Use… Social Media As A Part Of HOA Or COA Communications March 7, 2017 A homeowner in Nashville was threatened recently with legal action by her HOA for using the name of her subdivision on her personal Facebook neighborhood page.  A $15,000 suit was filed a few years ago by a vacation-condominium owner over negative social media comments made by a guest.  The online airing of New York City co-op residents’ internal dirty laundry has boiled over into lawsuits and even coverage in The New York Times.     Read the article…………..
  • Social Media and Your Community: What Works, What Doesn’t, and How to Choose February 6, 2017 Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat, oh my! Today, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t use some form of social media to communicate with friends, family, and colleagues. Whether they are posting updates on their daily life, sharing articles and pictures of interest to them, or just seeing what others are up to, social media has become a part of our daily lives.     Read the article……….
  • 7 Social Media Safety Tips for Your Homeowners Association June 20, 2016 Social media has many benefits. It allows you to maintain connections with friends and neighbors in your homeowners association, make new contacts, build support networks, express yourself, and share your interests. However, information should be shared with caution to protect yourself and your family. Learn more in the tips below.   Read the article…………

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Drones

  • Does Your Community Association Need a Drone Policy? April 10, 2017 As drone technology advances and the number of drones in the air increases, managers and board members in community associations are asking about drone policies. If drones are being used in your community or if there is a plan for their use, whether recreational or commercial, your board should adopt a drone policy.    Read the article………….
  • Residents of Florida HOA Speak Out Against Association’s Use of Drones April 5, 2017 The residents of the Concord Station community north of Tampa in Land O’Lakes, Fla. recently shared their complaints and confusion with a reporter from one of their local television stations over their HOA’s use of a drone equipped with a camera in their community.  The residents indicate in the station’s report that they received an online notice from their HOA alerting them that it would be flying the drone, which the association confirmed that it operated over the community in ...
  • How technology can save community associations time and effort March 22, 2017 When a community association manager needed to know how badly the property’s gutters were clogged, Nik Clark had a solution. He launched an unmanned aircraft system, otherwise known as a drone.  It flew above the building’s roofline, and Clark and the manager viewed aerial imagery on his smartphone.  Within minutes she had her answer.    Read the article………………..
  • Residents speak out against Pasco community HOA using drones March 17, 2017 Residents of a Pasco community are speaking out against the use of a drone by the community’s association, though they aren’t sure they have any real say in the matter.  Residents of the Concord Station community said they got a notice online alerting them that the homeowners’ association would be flying a test drone Tuesday. Officials with the community said a drone was used today at 200 feet instead 50 feet of because of the wind.    Read the article…………….
  • Florida Community Associations Responding to Soaring Popularity of Drones March 17, 2017 The growing use of drones by consumers across the U.S. is leading to the adoption of new rules and restrictions by the federal government, state governments and community associations. Questions regarding safety, property damage and privacy abound with drones, and associations are responding by establishing clear parameters for their use by unit owners.    Read the article…………..
  • Electronic Spying, Satellite Surveillance & Drones February 4, 2017 Science fiction! Actually not. Over the last several years, technology available to the homeowners association has exponentially grown. Drones have become the proverbial “Soup de Jour.” An increasing numbers of homeowners associations use drones to inspect common areas, architectural improvements, combustibles on balconies in high rises, etc. Is this good or bad? That depends on who you ask.  For associations with vast acreage, using drones to inspect the common area has become commonplace because it is less expensive and tends ...
  • TAKING FLIGHT – Drones in Our Community January 31, 2017 IF DRONES AREN’T ALREADY buzzing around your community, it’s highly likely they will be soon. Association board members, managers, attorneys, and insurance professionals, among others, need to get a handle on the new challenges and possibilities presented by drones.  An estimated 3 million drones were expected to fly off the shelves to hobbyists and businesses in 2016, according to the Consumer Technology Association. Roughly 550,000 have been registered by the federal government since last December, and an estimated 1.3 million ...
  • Tips to Handle Drones in Your Community January 23, 2017 Drone sales are on the rise. According to Business Insider, consumer drone shipments will quadruple in the next five years, as drones get easier to operate by beginners and competition causes prices to drop. In addition, big businesses like Amazon and Walmart are beginning to test pilot programs using delivery drones. This technology can cause a dilemma for communities. How can a community ensure safety? What about issues of privacy? Should damage to property occur, how is responsibility assigned?  All ...

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APPs for Apple and Android Devices

 

 Katzman Garfinkel & Berger       CondoHOALaw               Android version

Katzman Garfinkel & Berger, the leader in community association law, proudly presents the FREE CondoHoaLaw application. Our app puts resources such as KG&B’s comprehensive guidebook series and the common interest ownership statutes and codes for all 50 states right at your fingertips!
Our app makes navigating the sea of information available easier by combining all of the resources you need in one place, and utilizing a seamless interface that employs an all-inclusive search function, the ability to bookmark specific pages for future use and delete those bookmarks later, and the opportunity to submit questions directly to KG&B.

 Becker Poliakoff     Condominium, HOA, Cooperative Law      Apple App

If you serve on the Board of Directors of a Florida Condominium, Homeowners’ Association or Cooperative, or you manage one, you already know how difficult your job can be. Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. the leader in Condominium, Homeowners and Cooperative Association law for more than 40 years, has created this app to make running your association a little bit smoother.

This FREE App will allow you instant access to a wealth of information from the Firm’s community association practice group. Condominium and cooperative association Board members, managers, and unit owners, can now learn, with just the push of a button, exactly when the statutory notices must be sent for their annual meetings.

Richards, Kimble & Winn, P.C.                Utah HOA Law App

As part of Richards, Kimble and Winn’s commitment to provide real value to its clients and to help all community associations operate effectively and properly, RKW brings you a free app for your smartphone and tablet that provides quick reference to the laws that apply to your association.

Utah HOA Law for iPhone, iPod:

Utah HOA Law HD for iPad:

Utah HOA Law for Android:

Utah HOA Law for Kindle Fire: