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  • The Importance of Using Technology In Condo Associations December 11, 2017 Technology has been transforming our society and an incredibly rapid pace. A smartphone has comparable computing power than all of the NASA computers that sent a man to the moon. And smart phones are now used by over 200 million people. Despite this rapid adoption in nearly every aspect of our life, for some reason community Associations struggle with technology. Oddly, you just don’t see much technology in Condo Associations.    Read the article………………
  • Can condo board’s security cameras legally record audio and video? December 6, 2017 Q:  I live in a self-managed condominium association. The board installed three security cameras on the common elements that record audio and video. The board president controls the live feed and the recorded copy of video and audio footage. One of the cameras is mounted approximately 4 feet from my master bedroom window and about 20 feet from another bedroom window. We feel we have lost privacy in our home, especially because with our windows open, we can easily be ...
  • Do You Know Where Your Electronic Records Are? November 22, 2017 A thousand dollars here, a thousand dollars there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money – as in, $1.35 billion. In the wake of massive data breaches at Equifax, Target and the National Security Agency, that’s how much money jittery Americans are spending annually on cyber insurance, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.  Fearing data breaches similar to those that have been grabbing headlines, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), including co-ops and condos, are fueling the accelerating ...
  • HOA Homefront: Reader asks why he can’t have his satellite dish? October 28, 2017 Q: Months ago, I requested permission to have a small satellite dish placed on the side of my home. I never received any reply. I ordered the service, and the dish was installed. The installer stated it had to be placed high up because a tree would block the signal if it was placed lower. The HOA now says it must be removed, or they will fine us per day. The HOA refuses to trim the tree so that we ...
  • 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 ...

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Internet Articles

  • Governor’s office examines broadband in Spring Creek (NV) December 7, 2017 Slow internet speeds affecting Spring Creek customers were brought to the attention of a team from Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office Wednesday, who are searching for ways to improve data service to the growing community.  At a meeting of business and government leaders Dec. 6, Jojo Myers Campos, broadband manager for the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology, and members of the E-Rate Central Nevada team discussed options for Spring Creek and Elko County residents to receive high-speed internet.    ...
  • Four More Condo Association Website Ideas November 30, 2017 In the current age, having good digital outreach is a must. One key way to improve Owner engagement is to have a strong website. Maintaining a website is easy, but ensuring that you have compelling and useful content is the challenge. Here are four Condo Association website ideas to help you take your content to the next level.    Read the article…………..
  • What are homeowners rights regarding internet service? (FL) November 26, 2017 Q: Our community is reviewing its current bulk cable agreement and there is a rumor that the Board will be adding internet to the contract. Some of us are very happy with our internet service and do not want the bulk provider. We are also skeptical of rumors that the provider is compensating the Association to enter into this transaction. Do we have to go along with this?    Read the Q&A…………….
  • Community Next: Homes of the Future November 13, 2017 Community Next: Homes of the Future is the latest milestone in CAI’s Community Next series, which offers industry insight to empower community association volunteers, managers, and business partners with a strong understanding of how to preserve, protect, and enhance common-interest communities.  This Fall 2017 report will provide you with a better understanding on topics like: Integrated technology Government partnerships Banking and internet security Global access to information The future of reserve studies Electric vehicles Read the PDF………………
  • Tackling the New Website Requirement for FL Condominium Associations November 8, 2017 Florida condominium associations with 150 or more units, which do not manage timeshare units, must have an independent website or web portal by July 1, 2018, according to Section 718.111, Florida Statutes. These websites or web portals can either be wholly owned and operated by the association, or operated by a third-party provider. It is important that associations that meet the 150+ unit prerequisite begin to take the necessary steps to ensure that they are in compliance with the new ...

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Web Sites

  • Governor’s office examines broadband in Spring Creek (NV) December 7, 2017 Slow internet speeds affecting Spring Creek customers were brought to the attention of a team from Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office Wednesday, who are searching for ways to improve data service to the growing community.  At a meeting of business and government leaders Dec. 6, Jojo Myers Campos, broadband manager for the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology, and members of the E-Rate Central Nevada team discussed options for Spring Creek and Elko County residents to receive high-speed internet.    ...
  • Four More Condo Association Website Ideas November 30, 2017 In the current age, having good digital outreach is a must. One key way to improve Owner engagement is to have a strong website. Maintaining a website is easy, but ensuring that you have compelling and useful content is the challenge. Here are four Condo Association website ideas to help you take your content to the next level.    Read the article…………..
  • What are homeowners rights regarding internet service? (FL) November 26, 2017 Q: Our community is reviewing its current bulk cable agreement and there is a rumor that the Board will be adding internet to the contract. Some of us are very happy with our internet service and do not want the bulk provider. We are also skeptical of rumors that the provider is compensating the Association to enter into this transaction. Do we have to go along with this?    Read the Q&A…………….
  • Community Next: Homes of the Future November 13, 2017 Community Next: Homes of the Future is the latest milestone in CAI’s Community Next series, which offers industry insight to empower community association volunteers, managers, and business partners with a strong understanding of how to preserve, protect, and enhance common-interest communities.  This Fall 2017 report will provide you with a better understanding on topics like: Integrated technology Government partnerships Banking and internet security Global access to information The future of reserve studies Electric vehicles Read the PDF………………
  • Tackling the New Website Requirement for FL Condominium Associations November 8, 2017 Florida condominium associations with 150 or more units, which do not manage timeshare units, must have an independent website or web portal by July 1, 2018, according to Section 718.111, Florida Statutes. These websites or web portals can either be wholly owned and operated by the association, or operated by a third-party provider. It is important that associations that meet the 150+ unit prerequisite begin to take the necessary steps to ensure that they are in compliance with the new ...

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Social Media Articles

  • The Condo conundrum: Social media at the association (NH) December 2, 2017 One would think social media, particularly the use of a website with, for instance, a space to post comments or blog, would be perfect for community association living, and it can be. But as with many other things in life, it is a double-edged sword.Social media provides an effective way to communicate directly with many residents. Boards can, for instance, post meeting minutes, financials, contracts, notices of meetings, and more.On the other hand, tight regulations about posting and screening  Read the ...
  • Four More Condo Association Website Ideas November 30, 2017 In the current age, having good digital outreach is a must. One key way to improve Owner engagement is to have a strong website. Maintaining a website is easy, but ensuring that you have compelling and useful content is the challenge. Here are four Condo Association website ideas to help you take your content to the next level.    Read the article…………..
  • Good Communication is All About Timing, Platform, and Relevancy October 21, 2017 The modern medium(s) available to transact information in the digital age doesn’t change the need to communicate, they only change the how; and, of course, the speed at which information is distributed and consumed.    Read the article…………….
  • 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…………….

Social Media Articles Archive

Drones

  • Jones Creek homeowners to use drone footage to fight proposed subdivision (LA) December 7, 2017 Representatives from several subdivisions near Jones Creek hope drone footage, which shows the impact flooding had on their neighborhood last August, is enough to convince the Planning and Zoning Commission to reject plans for a new subdivision.  The video was taken on August 14, 2016, over the Country Manor subdivision off Stumberg Lane and Coursey Boulevard, shows the streets covered by water that came in from Jones Creek. Some 40 homes flooded.  What appears to be a large pond just ...
  • 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 Archives

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:

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