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  • Autonomous Vehicles: Coming to a Condominium or HOA near you! March 22, 2017 An autonomous vehicle, also known as a driverless car, self-driving car, or robotic car is a vehicle that senses its environment and operates without human input. On December 9, 2016, Governor Rick Snyder signed 2016 PA 332 into law and amended the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code to make Michigan the first state that allows for autonomous vehicles to be operated on a public street or highway. Michigan Senate Bill 995 amended MCL 257.2b(2) and now defines an automated motor vehicle ...
  • 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………………..
  • Smart condo conundrum: Talk to appliances, or text them? March 15, 2017 In today’s so-called smart home, you can dim the lights, order more toothpaste or tell the kids to go to bed simply by talking to a small Wifi-connected speaker, such as Amazon’s (AMZN.O) Echo or Google’s (GOOGL.O) Home.  This voice-first market – combining voice with artificial intelligence (AI) – barely existed in 2014. This year, Voice Labs, a consultancy, expects 24.5 million appliances to be shipped.  Other big tech firms have their own plans: Apple (AAPL.O) is taking its Siri ...
  • E-mail Intelligence – Does Your Board Possess it? February 13, 2017 Today, I am discussing the pros and cons of homeowners’ association (HOA) board members and managers using email for community correspondence, and how to craft a sound email policy for your association.  Board members, managers and association residents are no different from everyone else you know inasmuch as they are all heavily reliant upon electronic means to communicate. Phone conversations and, even more rarely, in-person conversations do still occur but not nearly as frequently as emails and text messages. Whether ...
  • E-mail Intelligence – Does Your Board Possess it? February 11, 2017 Today, I am discussing the pros and cons of homeowners’ association (HOA) board members and managers using email for community correspondence, and how to craft a sound email policy for your association.  Board members, managers and association residents are no different from everyone else you know inasmuch as they are all heavily reliant upon electronic means to communicate.    Read the article…………..

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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…………….

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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

  • 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…………
  • Solving the Social Media Problem May 3, 2016 Why does social media so frequently go sour in HOAs when it works great in most non-HOA neighborhoods? Can the problem be solved? Or should community associations just avoid social media altogether?   Read the article…………
  • Residential Associations and Social Media: Legal Considerations April 19, 2016 The rapid development and availability of mass social communication tools that has occurred over the last dozen years or so has been transformative. Anyone from our grandmothers to the largest multinational corporations can have a social media presence, using platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, as well as more niche platforms, and can almost instantly communicate and have dialogue with audiences of up to millions of people.   Read the article………..

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Drones

  • 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 ...
  • Drone Delivery and Its Impact on HOAs November 16, 2016 As technology continues to move forward, many online companies – amazon at the forefront – are toying with the idea of using unmanned drones to deliver packages to customers. If you’re not familiar with drones, they’re essentially small, highly maneuverable helicopters that can be controlled remotely.    Read the article………….
  • The Future of Condos: Drones! November 2, 2016 The future is exciting, there’s no doubt about that. Between self-driving cars and increasingly intuitive home networks, a comfortable and sustainable lifestyle is within everybody’s reach.  Condominiums, especially, have an interesting road ahead. A road filled with the potential to take advantage of drone deliveries, the sharing economy, urban farming and so much more.   For fun, watch the video………….

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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:

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