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  • Sand Canyon HOA abandons “opt out” plan for email blast (CA) August 16, 2017 Plans by the Sand Canyon Homeowners Association to share an email list of its members with the local radio station as a way of alerting them to emergencies such as brush fires, have been abandoned due to privacy concerns.  Last week HOA members voted on what has become a controversial issue for some – the sharing of the HOA email list with the local radio station KHTS.    Read the article…………….
  • New Survey Exposes Payment Technology Surge in the CAM Industry August 3, 2017 Technology fun fact: Have you ever wondered why QWERTY keyboards are laid out the way they are?  When typewriters were the primary “word processor,” the QWERTY keyboard was implemented because it spaces out the most commonly used letters, slowing down the typist and hopefully eliminating the possibility of keys sticking together—if all of the letters in “the” were all placed right next to each other, someone typing quickly might not think to slow down, and all of the letters would ...
  • New Technology Means More Options For Community Association Billing And Payments August 2, 2017 Over the years, technology has dramatically changed the way community and condominium associations bill and receive payments for owner assessments, sometimes referred to as dues.  When I first started in the business in the late 80s, just about every community and condominium association – whether self-managed or managed by a professional management company – utilized coupon books for billing and received physical checks for assessment payments by snail mail.     Read the article……………
  • Local HOAs Protect Members’ Information (CA) July 27, 2017 Sand Canyon Homeowners Association, or SCHOA, is not the only HOA approached by KHTS co-owner Carl Goldman. He is asking associations to give the emails of their homeowners to the radio station. The emails will become part of the station’s list of residents receiving email blasts six days per week.  At the last SCHOA board meeting, Goldman listed Friendly Valley, Tesoro Del Valle and Fair Oaks as the next communities targeted for his “campaign.” He has contacted one of the ...
  • HOA Homefront: Addition of cameras in common areas needs research before board steps in July 8, 2017 Q: A new owner in our condo complex rented it to tenants who installed security cameras on the exterior of their unit, one on their front door and one on their balcony that pans all outside their doorway and mine, the interior of my patio, everybody’s balcony, and down the corridor. All residents are filmed going to the front gate entry.  Is there a law that would help me?    Read the Q&A…………..

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Internet Articles

  • 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……………
  • 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 ...

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Web Sites

  • 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……………
  • 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 ...

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Social Media Articles

  • 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……………
  • Social Media in Your Community Association July 25, 2017 It’s 2017, and it’s safe to say that there’s no avoiding social media use these days whether it is for personal use, commercial use or even for the benefit of a Community Association. So just how should your Association be handling social media?  In a nutshell, the Association should own its online presence. To begin, every Association should copyright its official, corporate name, as well as other names that may frequently be utilized. This may serve to prevent others from ...
  • Condo Association Social Media Tips July 10, 2017 In a digital age, a Condo Association cannot rely on the “old way” of doing business. Paper mailers – an email – while necessary, are not sufficient. If you want to have an effective and connected Association, you need a wide range of digital outreach techniques. Social media plays an important role in the combination of outreach tools. Like many digital engagement methods, there are a number of tricks and tips to be effective. These Condo Association social media tips ...
  • 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…………..

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Drones

  • 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………….
  • 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. ...

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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.

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