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  • Electronic Signatures Can Now Be Used to Amend Restrictive Covenants (MI) October 17, 2017 The legislative history of MCL 450.835a demonstrates that Michigan House Bill 5591 (2016) was originally introduced to deal with an extremely large Michigan Homeowners Association that was having difficultly amending its documents. The Lakes of North Association in Northern Michigan that had approximately 4,700 members and was composed of 8,028 lots. The restrictive covenants required 2/3 of the owners to physically sign an amendment to a restrictive covenant in order for it to be effective. Given the practical problems in ...
  • Creating an Electronic Communication Policy for Your HOA September 26, 2017 Your HOA communicates through several different methods, both when you’re communicating with your members and when you’re communicating with homeowners within the association. In order to successfully govern electronic communication methods like emails and social media posts, it’s important that your HOA develop a strong policy for those methods of communication.    Read the article……………..
  • Artificial Intelligence: Boon or Bust for Property Managers? September 21, 2017 This summer, Tesla CEO Elon Musk made headlines when he called artificial intelligence (AI) an existential threat to mankind, predicting that robots will one day do everything better than people, thus taking away their jobs.  Building managers, be warned: you might be the first to go.  A few weeks ago MetaProp NYC, a real-estate technology accelerator, announced an investment in Travtus, an AI platform for property management. Travtus is part of MetaProp’s incoming class, earning themselves a boost of resources ...
  • Assessing Your Building’s Energy Consumption: How Green Are You? September 16, 2017 Most folks know that turning off lights in unoccupied rooms, taking shorter showers, and turning down the thermostat a couple of degrees can help save energy – and by extension, money. However, helping an entire building or association cut costs and reduce its carbon footprint can be a little trickier, which is why many co-op and condo buildings hire professional energy consultants to assess their energy profile and make recommendations as to how it might be improved.    Read the ...
  • Your Property Manager May Soon Be a Robot September 14, 2017 The Jetsons, the titular nuclear family of a popular 1960s cartoon show, lived in Orbit City and had a robot maid named Rosie, a slightly obsolete blue machine that did a lot of the household grunt work and even dispensed some tough love. What seemed like a fantastical gag half a century ago may soon be reality. Get ready for the robot property manager.     Read the article…………..

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Internet Articles

  • Can You Afford NOT to Pay for Cyber Security? October 11, 2017 Last month, the credit-reporting agency Equifax announced that it had fallen victim to a data breach, in which cyber thieves stole the sensitive data of more than 140 million Americans. It was only the latest episode in a widespread cyber crime wave, and it’s pushing forward-thinking co-op and condo boards to implement protective measures.  “Ten years ago, everything was stored on a local hard disk,” says Steve Rosenstein, the co-op treasurer of 60 Pineapple Street in Brooklyn Heights. “That’s changing ...
  • Case Alert: Emailed Notices of Foreclosure Under In Re Ackah (NC) September 28, 2017 In re Ackah: Must Planned Communities Now Serve Notices of Foreclosure Hearing Via Email?  The North Carolina Court of Appeals issued an opinion on September 5, 2017, that appears to add an additional requirement for foreclosure trustees regarding the due diligence necessary to properly serve the homeowner in an HOA foreclosure proceeding.   Read the article…………….
  • Anonymous Defamatory E-Mails About Condo Board Members Results in Successful Lawsuit Against E-Mail Provider September 19, 2017 In a recent case, CCC No. 282 v. Yahoo! Inc., a condominium corporation obtained a court order requiring Yahoo! Inc. and Yahoo! Canada Inc. (collectively “Yahoo”) to provide information to help identify the author of allegedly defamatory e-mails sent to condominium unit owners and occupants.  After the resignation of the condominium superintendent, a disgruntled unit owner sent an e-mail to the other owners and occupants of the condominium alleging that the board members turned a blind eye to a contractor ...
  • Commentary: New Florida law governs condo association websites (FL) August 1, 2017 In today’s digital world, the public’s view of an organization frequently comes with the click of a mouse, leading to a website. Thanks to a new bill governing the operations of condominium associations in Florida, these associations must abide by strict regulations regarding the characteristics of these online properties.    Read the article……………….
  • Email Security as a Board Concern: Two Views Once That Sensitive Info Gets Out There, You Can’t Take It Back July 13, 2017 As we’ve recently seen in the news–from the Democratic National Committee email leaks about Bernie Sanders from last year’s presidential election, to the latest in the Trump-Russia brouhaha–emails aren’t always the safest and securest method of communication. And once that sensitive information gets out there, you can’t take it back. So what does that mean for co-op and condo boards and their members? Here are two perspectives.    Read the article……………

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Web Sites

  • Can You Afford NOT to Pay for Cyber Security? October 11, 2017 Last month, the credit-reporting agency Equifax announced that it had fallen victim to a data breach, in which cyber thieves stole the sensitive data of more than 140 million Americans. It was only the latest episode in a widespread cyber crime wave, and it’s pushing forward-thinking co-op and condo boards to implement protective measures.  “Ten years ago, everything was stored on a local hard disk,” says Steve Rosenstein, the co-op treasurer of 60 Pineapple Street in Brooklyn Heights. “That’s changing ...
  • Case Alert: Emailed Notices of Foreclosure Under In Re Ackah (NC) September 28, 2017 In re Ackah: Must Planned Communities Now Serve Notices of Foreclosure Hearing Via Email?  The North Carolina Court of Appeals issued an opinion on September 5, 2017, that appears to add an additional requirement for foreclosure trustees regarding the due diligence necessary to properly serve the homeowner in an HOA foreclosure proceeding.   Read the article…………….
  • Anonymous Defamatory E-Mails About Condo Board Members Results in Successful Lawsuit Against E-Mail Provider September 19, 2017 In a recent case, CCC No. 282 v. Yahoo! Inc., a condominium corporation obtained a court order requiring Yahoo! Inc. and Yahoo! Canada Inc. (collectively “Yahoo”) to provide information to help identify the author of allegedly defamatory e-mails sent to condominium unit owners and occupants.  After the resignation of the condominium superintendent, a disgruntled unit owner sent an e-mail to the other owners and occupants of the condominium alleging that the board members turned a blind eye to a contractor ...
  • Commentary: New Florida law governs condo association websites (FL) August 1, 2017 In today’s digital world, the public’s view of an organization frequently comes with the click of a mouse, leading to a website. Thanks to a new bill governing the operations of condominium associations in Florida, these associations must abide by strict regulations regarding the characteristics of these online properties.    Read the article……………….
  • Email Security as a Board Concern: Two Views Once That Sensitive Info Gets Out There, You Can’t Take It Back July 13, 2017 As we’ve recently seen in the news–from the Democratic National Committee email leaks about Bernie Sanders from last year’s presidential election, to the latest in the Trump-Russia brouhaha–emails aren’t always the safest and securest method of communication. And once that sensitive information gets out there, you can’t take it back. So what does that mean for co-op and condo boards and their members? Here are two perspectives.    Read the article……………

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Social Media Articles

  • Online Communities Can Create Physical Neighborhoods October 4, 2017 Communities are like minds – the more connections, and the greater the flow of information, the better they function. The Internet, and more specifically, social media, is an excellent way to facilitate community building. Simply put, when people are aware of what’s going on where they live, they’re much more likely to become involved.     Read the article……………..
  • Facebook Vs. Nextdoor. Why Your HOA Board Needs to Know the Difference September 29, 2017 Did you know that almost 50% of Americans don’t know the names of their neighbors? (Reference: CAI – July 2017 Newsletter)  As an HOA management company, it’s our responsibility to support and encourage communication within the community association. We have always encouraged getting to know your neighbors.      Read the article…………….
  • Are HOA’s Liable for Online Comments? The Answer May Surprise You. September 29, 2017 Before you jump right in, please reference our Social Media in the HOA, Part 1, which is a quick lesson on different platforms HOA’s are typically using as online forums!  Are HOA’s liable for what’s posted in online community forums? Well, it depends. We have outlined 3 quick tips on protecting yourself, and your HOA from liability.    Read the article…………..
  • Social Media Best Practices for HOA’s August 25, 2017 With the growing use of social media and its unique ability to bring people together, most businesses, including HOAs, are using various platforms to more effectively do business. As an HOA, your board should explore the use of social media platforms to foster communication, establish neighborly connections, and strengthen the sense of community. But, before your HOA starts creating accounts, remember social media is only effective when it’s used strategically.    Read the article………………….
  • Choosing Condo Association Social Media Platforms August 10, 2017 Social Media can play a powerful role in expanding your communications strategy for your Condo Association. While there are certain well known sites, like Facebook and Twitter, there are also many others which could add value. However, your time is precious, and every site takes up either staff or volunteer time. You need to make sure you choose your Condo Association social media presence carefully.    Read the article……………

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Drones

  • Downtown San Diego high rise residents fear a peeping tom is using a drone October 16, 2017 A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said downtown San Diego high rise residents should contact police if they see a drone flying outside their window.  Dozens of people have posted on the Nextdoor App about seeing a drone spying inside their windows during the past two weeks.  “My wife started yelling about some drone blinking lights outside of our window and then we saw the drone move from window to window and back and forth,” said Adrian Reyes, the HOA President ...
  • New Federal Drone Restrictions July 28, 2017 Did you know that in April 2017 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established air space regulations over 133 military locations in the United States? Pursuant to 14 CFR 99.7, through an agreement with the Department of Defense, the FAA has the authority to establish special security instructions for the operation of drones in order to protect the nation’s security. The recent air space regulations prohibit drones up to 400 feet within the boundaries of 133 specific military facilities.    Read ...
  • What is that noise? Is that a drone? July 25, 2017 Drones are everywhere. The government uses drones, Amazon.com uses drones, weather forecasters use drones, and now even homeowners use drones. The question then becomes what, if anything, can an association do to regulate drones?   Read the article…………
  • Use of Drones by Homeowner Gets Tempers Soaring at Florida HOA Community July 14, 2017 The use of drones by owners and residents of units in HOA and condominium communities has created concerns across the country over potential privacy and safety issues for community association managers and their boards of directors. Sales of drones to consumers in the U.S. are expected to grow from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million in 2020, according to a report from the FAA. As the popularity of drones continues to soar, associations will need to come to terms ...
  • HOA Use of Drones Has Some Residents Alarmed June 17, 2017 Recently, the residents of the Concord Station community north of Tampa in Land O’Lakes, Fla. 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 ...
  • It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane….Actually, It’s a Drone June 16, 2017 Drones are everywhere. The government uses drones, Amazon.com uses drones, weather forecasters use drones, and, low and behold, homeowners use drones. The question then becomes what, if anything, can an association do to regulate drones.    Read the article…………….
  • FishHawk neighbors, HOA battle over drone use (FL) June 13, 2017 Drones are becoming more popular as a hobby, but many say regulations aren’t keeping up with the technology.  Right now, there’s a battle brewing in FishHawk Ranch: the right to fly drones versus neighbors rights to privacy.  When it comes to enforcement, there are a lot of gray areas about what can be done to keep the peace.  Frank Bragg has a fleet of a half dozen drones, just for fun.    Read the article……………
  • Drone use comes with flight risks for condos June 13, 2017 Anyone who has attended a condo trade show in the past few years has no doubt seen the wonderful new array of tech gadgets available for the condo community. They range from super high-resolution cameras to commercial drones that can quickly diagnose water penetration and other issues without ever leaving the ground. Tech nerd or not, the possibilities are exciting.    Read the article………….

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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: