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  • Security Cameras in Michigan Condominium Projects June 26, 2017 Whether inside a grocery store, at a gas station or even in your neighborhood, security cameras are everywhere in modern society. As technology evolves and cheaper and better cameras come onto the market each year, Michigan condominiums are experiencing an increase in surveillance and/or security camera usage. Security cameras raise significant legal questions that impact decisions made by the Board of Directors and co-owners. When considering the pros/cons of security cameras, some common questions arise:    Read the article……………..
  • Emails Are a Legal Minefield for Co-op and Condo Boards (NY) June 15, 2017 A recent decision by the state’s highest court drives home a lesson every co-op and condo board member needs to heed: if you use your employer’s computer, tablet, or smart phone to communicate board business, expect zero privacy. While the state Supreme Court had already ruled that employees have no reasonable expectation of privacy in the workplace, the recent Peerenboom v. Marvel case makes it clear that employer workplace email servers transmit discoverable information. Therefore, anyone who uses them forfeits ...
  • Cable TV, Internet, Phone Services Coax, Fiber Optics and More – There are New Opportunities for Community Associations! June 2, 2017 In the past, local telephone companies provided telephone services and local cable companies provided cable television services. That was it. For an association, selecting a service provider was relatively easy since quality choices were few. But in recent years, this scenario has changed dramatically for the benefit of community associations. Regulatory changes, Florida state-wide video franchising, new technologies and increased competition from cable, satellite and telephone companies have created new opportunities and confusion for community associations. Plus, with new Internet ...
  • Playing Technology Catch-Up in the CAM Industry May 23, 2017 It’s no secret that the technology landscape has been completely overhauled multiple times in the last decade alone. And I’m not just talking about the obvious suspects, like computers, computer software, cellphones, or cars. I’m talking about nearly every industry being touched by technological advancement.  Ten years ago, depositing a check meant a trip to the bank. Now, just take a picture on your phone.  Need a ride to the airport? No need to phone a taxi service, just get ...
  • Are Smart Homes Becoming A Reality in Florida? May 3, 2017 Technology has developed rapidly over the last couple of years. New and improved products with the aim to make daily activities easier for us are constantly hitting the marketplace. New “smart” technology is being incorporated into our everyday lives, so much so that houses are now being made with it. SMART stands for “Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology,” it monitors and analyzes hard drives and notifies you of any problem.     Read the article……………..

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Internet Articles

  • Singapore: Some condo laws prevail over data protection needs June 16, 2017 When it comes to protecting your personal data, there is a limit to what owners can do if their personal information is available to the public and the management at their private estate chooses to display it.  This emerged after unit owners at three private estates took issue with their individual management corporations (MCs) and managing agents displaying their personal information, including addresses, on notice boards and a website which can be accessed by many others.   Read the article………………
  • Emails Are a Legal Minefield for Co-op and Condo Boards (NY) June 15, 2017 A recent decision by the state’s highest court drives home a lesson every co-op and condo board member needs to heed: if you use your employer’s computer, tablet, or smart phone to communicate board business, expect zero privacy. While the state Supreme Court had already ruled that employees have no reasonable expectation of privacy in the workplace, the recent Peerenboom v. Marvel case makes it clear that employer workplace email servers transmit discoverable information. Therefore, anyone who uses them forfeits ...
  • Condo Boards Beware: Risks Outweigh Advantages of Using E-mail to Discuss Association Business May 29, 2017 It is a sign of technology’s fast and firm grip that few of us can remember a time when we communicated by mail (letters inserted in envelopes, affixed with stamps and delivered by the post office) rather than e-mail, delivered instantly to one recipient or dozens of them by pressing the “send” button on a computer.  E-mail has become the communication standard, used to communicate just about everything to just about everyone. It is easy, efficient, expected – and fraught ...
  • Cyber Security for your Community Association May 18, 2017 It is always a good idea to maintain security both as individuals and as HOA and condo associations. In this technological age, people are more vulnerable and susceptible to being hacked. Just as you would lock your doors and protect yourself in the real world, it is important to secure your belongings in the cyber world as well.    Read the article……………
  • Tips to Create an Internal Condo Association Website for Owners May 18, 2017 Communication is a key part of any Condo Association community. Whether it’s for social purposes, governance, or maintenance, you need to be able to communicate with your Owners. Once you’ve tackled an external website, you need to start thinking about what your internal website should look like. An internal website for your Owners serves as a focal point for your Association’s activities. It can include payment portals, reporting maintenance issues, and social events. Much like with an external website, you ...

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Web Sites

  • Singapore: Some condo laws prevail over data protection needs June 16, 2017 When it comes to protecting your personal data, there is a limit to what owners can do if their personal information is available to the public and the management at their private estate chooses to display it.  This emerged after unit owners at three private estates took issue with their individual management corporations (MCs) and managing agents displaying their personal information, including addresses, on notice boards and a website which can be accessed by many others.   Read the article………………
  • Emails Are a Legal Minefield for Co-op and Condo Boards (NY) June 15, 2017 A recent decision by the state’s highest court drives home a lesson every co-op and condo board member needs to heed: if you use your employer’s computer, tablet, or smart phone to communicate board business, expect zero privacy. While the state Supreme Court had already ruled that employees have no reasonable expectation of privacy in the workplace, the recent Peerenboom v. Marvel case makes it clear that employer workplace email servers transmit discoverable information. Therefore, anyone who uses them forfeits ...
  • Condo Boards Beware: Risks Outweigh Advantages of Using E-mail to Discuss Association Business May 29, 2017 It is a sign of technology’s fast and firm grip that few of us can remember a time when we communicated by mail (letters inserted in envelopes, affixed with stamps and delivered by the post office) rather than e-mail, delivered instantly to one recipient or dozens of them by pressing the “send” button on a computer.  E-mail has become the communication standard, used to communicate just about everything to just about everyone. It is easy, efficient, expected – and fraught ...
  • Cyber Security for your Community Association May 18, 2017 It is always a good idea to maintain security both as individuals and as HOA and condo associations. In this technological age, people are more vulnerable and susceptible to being hacked. Just as you would lock your doors and protect yourself in the real world, it is important to secure your belongings in the cyber world as well.    Read the article……………
  • Tips to Create an Internal Condo Association Website for Owners May 18, 2017 Communication is a key part of any Condo Association community. Whether it’s for social purposes, governance, or maintenance, you need to be able to communicate with your Owners. Once you’ve tackled an external website, you need to start thinking about what your internal website should look like. An internal website for your Owners serves as a focal point for your Association’s activities. It can include payment portals, reporting maintenance issues, and social events. Much like with an external website, you ...

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Social Media Articles

  • Social Media in Community Associations June 20, 2017 Time and time again, I have seen too many communities go “online” without really having a plan. The end result is usually a disorganized free-flow of ideas and information that serves no real purpose aside from being able to say that the community is online. Instead of simply throwing content on a website, the community’s leaders should determine exactly why they want the community to be online. Determining why the community is going to be online will then automatically serve ...
  • Maricopa HOA Facebook feud goes to court (AZ) May 17, 2017 A defamation lawsuit that accuses a homeowners association in Maricopa of slander and vandalism is being litigated in Superior Court.  Erin Meehan, a resident of Maricopa Meadows, filed a civil complaint last year after she claims to have been harassed by the board president of her homeowners association.    Read the article…………..
  • Communities Are for Sharing — The Sharing Economy and Your HOA May 3, 2017 Sharing helps foster a sense of community, online or in your neighborhood. Today’s economy is all about sharing. The Internet and social media have changed the way marketing, networking, and friendships happen. It’s actually a brave, new world of sharing out there.   Read the article…………….
  • 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…………

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Drones

  • 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………….
  • Can Community Associations Regulate the Use of Drones? (NJ) June 8, 2017 Drones are the latest craze to hit the market and chances are someone in your community has a drone, or your community deals with a vendor that uses drones. Drones are small, unmanned aircraft that respond to the commands of a remote operator or follow a pre-programmed trajectory. They are technically known as “unmanned aerial vehicles” or “UAVs”. Initially developed by the military, drones are now available to the general public and are used by many businesses and individuals alike. ...
  • 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………………..

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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: