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Working With Managers and Management Firms

  • Tips for Managing Condo Association Employee Annual Reviews November 9, 2017 The end of the year often brings one of many challenges for Condo Association Boards, which is Condo Association employee annual reviews. Your involvement in this process will depend on your community. Some Condo Associations can have half a dozen employees or more. Beyond your property manager, you might have assistant managers, concierges, office staff, chief engineers, and maintenance staff. Some communities fully delegate the performance review process of subordinates to the property manager. Other Boards may want to be ...
  • 4 Ways Ignoring Experts Are Detrimental to HOA Boards October 26, 2017 We’re thinking that failing to seek experts’ opinions before the Board issues its decisions (attorneys, CPAs, landscapers) could prove quite the bad idea. Read on for examples in which doing so would inure to the HOA’s detriment — and to the Board members personally.   Read the article……………..
  • Four Ways to Identify Condo Association Consultants September 25, 2017 Today’s post was inspired by a reader’s email seeking advice on how to identify good vendors and technical representation. This is a great question, particularly on the technical representation side. Technical representation is a key resource that your Condo Association needs to have to be successful. Your Condo likely has numerous major systems – roofs, facade, concrete, elevators, maybe even solar panels and electric car chargers. Your Board is likely not made up of experts in these things – and ...
  • 5 Things That Make an Exceptional Community Association Manager August 9, 2017 Community association managers who have been in the business for a few years know what is takes to be a good manager. Problem solving, analytical thinking, good communication skills are the foundation, perhaps even having an “A” type personality.    Read the article……………

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Working With Attorneys

  • Defending Unit Owner Lawsuits in Community Associations: A Step by Step Process November 28, 2017 While being named as a defendant in a lawsuit is never ideal, community associations have a number of defense tactics available to prepare for the possibility of litigation. These defense measures may enable an association to avoid costly litigation and defer additional liability when faced with an action filed by an owner or resident in the association. The following is a general overview of the actions that should be taken when a lawsuit is filed, or when an association, through ...
  • 4 Ways Ignoring Experts Are Detrimental to HOA Boards October 26, 2017 We’re thinking that failing to seek experts’ opinions before the Board issues its decisions (attorneys, CPAs, landscapers) could prove quite the bad idea. Read on for examples in which doing so would inure to the HOA’s detriment — and to the Board members personally.   Read the article……………..
  • Aggressive Collection Strategies: Using Proceedings Supplementary to Get Paid (FL) October 11, 2017 In Florida, Proceedings Supplementary are begun utilizing the procedure found in Fla. Stat. 56.29. The Proceedings Supplementary statute was enacted prior the adoption of the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure. In the recent past this created a lot of confusion with lawyers and the Judiciary as the procedure set forth in the initial Proceedings Supplementary statute was so bare and so different from the process in the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure for initiating litigation that many attorneys and Judges ...
  • Florida Bar clears Poinciana attorney of complaint filed by arbitrator October 5, 2017 Tom Slaten, an attorney who represents the Association of Poinciana Villages, has been cleared by the Florida Bar of a complaint lodged by a state arbitrator.  The August complaint was by Terri Leigh Jones, an arbitrator for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, who said she had an “ethical duty” to report Slaten.  Her complaint stated Slaten should have told her about a suit filed in Polk Circuit Court that created conflicting rulings with a decision Jones made in ...

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Working With Accountants

  • 4 Ways Ignoring Experts Are Detrimental to HOA Boards October 26, 2017 We’re thinking that failing to seek experts’ opinions before the Board issues its decisions (attorneys, CPAs, landscapers) could prove quite the bad idea. Read on for examples in which doing so would inure to the HOA’s detriment — and to the Board members personally.   Read the article……………..
  • Four Ways to Identify Condo Association Consultants September 25, 2017 Today’s post was inspired by a reader’s email seeking advice on how to identify good vendors and technical representation. This is a great question, particularly on the technical representation side. Technical representation is a key resource that your Condo Association needs to have to be successful. Your Condo likely has numerous major systems – roofs, facade, concrete, elevators, maybe even solar panels and electric car chargers. Your Board is likely not made up of experts in these things – and ...
  • The Condo Association Board Accountant Profile July 20, 2017 This week’s Condo Association Board personality is on the Condo Association Board Accountant. The Accountant loves numbers and money, specifically making sure your Association has plenty of it. This is an important consideration for most Associations, as money makes the world go ‘round! Having an Accountant will make sure you’ve got the green, but don’t let them forget about the human element of your community.    Read the article……………….
  • What is the role of a CPA in a Homeowners Association (HOA) ? July 6, 2017 Both board members and homeowners have an interest in the money end of an HOA’s business. After all, it’s the owners who have to pay higher fees when the homeowners association goes over budget. And it’s the Board who is responsible for hiring the right people to run the HOA’s financial business. The good news is that when to understanding the role of an HOA CPA, you don’t have to go it alone. Read on for tips for handling it. ...

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Working With Insurance Agents

  • 4 Ways Ignoring Experts Are Detrimental to HOA Boards October 26, 2017 We’re thinking that failing to seek experts’ opinions before the Board issues its decisions (attorneys, CPAs, landscapers) could prove quite the bad idea. Read on for examples in which doing so would inure to the HOA’s detriment — and to the Board members personally.   Read the article……………..
  • The Importance of Condo Association Good Will April 4, 2017 Much of Condo Association planning and strategizing is based on maximizing resources. How do you make the most of Condo Association assessments? Does your community budget well? How do you maintain reserves? The answers to these questions are vital to a Condo Association’s survival. But there is another resource that’s important – one that is not given nearly the same level of respect or planning – good will. The importance of Condo Association good will often goes unnoticed and unappreciated, ...
  • The Need for Professional Liability Insurance for Architects, Engineers and Construction Managers April 7, 2016 There are numerous insurance risks associated with every construction project, however, one of the most important policies is all too often overlooked by architects, engineers and construction managers. While many construction firms will do what they can to ensure they have coverage for builders risk, general and excess liability and workers compensation, owners fail to take into account professional liability insurance.   Read the article………….
  • When To Call In The Professionals To Advise Your Board February 9, 2016 Common areas of a community are vitally important. Not only do they ensure a better quality of life for residents, they also help the resale value of properties. So it makes sense that two of the most important duties of any community’s volunteer board of directors are to manage the affairs of the association and maintain the common areas. For some condominium and community associations, this also applies to the limited common elements.   Read the article……….

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Working With Vendors

  • Laundry Room Maintenance: It’s a Wash November 7, 2017 Can you imagine living in a condo or co-op that doesn’t have a laundry room? These days, having on-site laundry facilities for residents isn’t an amenity – it’s a necessity, and keeping yours functional and well-maintained is just as important as keeping the boiler or elevators running.  Nearly all multifamily laundry rooms are managed and maintained by outside laundry contractors – they take care of the machines, service them when necessary, and collect the money from the machines.    Read the ...
  • Construction Contract Tips for Owners — Part 1 November 3, 2017 A remodel of your home can be a substantial investment. Nonetheless, it oftentimes shocks me to see the contracts that parties enter into regarding construction. This article is intended to highlight some of the issues that homeowners should look out for in these contracts.    Read the article……………..
  • HOA Landscape – Consult Experts Before Making a Decision October 27, 2017 When running a HOA, you often have to make a lot of decisions about how to upkeep the neighborhood – without building the kind of resentment that gives HOAs a bad name.  Overall landscaping of the neighborhood is something everyone notices. HOA landscape guidelines should balance the needs of the community between aesthetics and harmony. Landscaping common areas should be done in a professional way which looks good and supports your goals – goals such as guiding foot traffic away ...
  • 4 Ways Ignoring Experts Are Detrimental to HOA Boards October 26, 2017 We’re thinking that failing to seek experts’ opinions before the Board issues its decisions (attorneys, CPAs, landscapers) could prove quite the bad idea. Read on for examples in which doing so would inure to the HOA’s detriment — and to the Board members personally.   Read the article……………..

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Working With the Media

  • When Things Go Bad – Dealing With the Press October 31, 2017 In Associations sometimes things go bad. Despite all of the very best intentions and efforts someone gets hurt or is rightfully offended. Worse yet, at times the press because of either the newsworthiness of the story or a relationship between the reporter and the allegedly aggrieved party, decides to become involved. In those instances you need to know how to handle yourself. Here are some basics of what you need to know:      Read the article…………….
  • Always the same old HOA news October 15, 2017 When there’s news about HOAs on TV or in newspapers, it’s mostly the same old news over and over again. Someone puts up a flag, changes something on their home, has hens, roosters or pigs on their property, maybe playground equipment. Things like that. If reporters happen to call, what happens? Lots of scrambling around, probably. An OMG! moment. There’s a reporter calling, emailing or knocking on the door! What are we going to do?    Read the article…………….
  • Rehabilitating the HOA Image One Person, One Deed, and One Community at a Time August 1, 2017 So last month I was at the doctor’s office, and as I was making small talk with the nurse she asked “So what do you do?” I responded “I’m an HOA attorney.”  She actually grimaced. It was a clear knee-jerk reaction. And then she laughed, said sorry, and made some comment about her friend’s trash can being left out for too long.    Read the article……………
  • Speed Busters: Group wants action taken on speeding problem in Seminole Heights neighborhood (FL) March 16, 2017 The Hampton Terrace Community Association is nestled in the Seminole Heights area. They believe there is power in numbers. 65 people showed up when the city of Tampa and the Tampa Police Department joined them in support of their speeding concerns. But without solid answers to the problem, they decided to form their own Traffic Calming Committee and contacted Leslee Lacey to Speed Bust in Seminole Heights.    Read the article…………..

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Dealing With Governments

  • 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.    ...
  • Holliston condo owners feel they’re being trashed in fight over garbage collection (MA) December 4, 2017 About a year ago, Larry Dennin spotted an item in the local newspaper that really ticked him off: The Board of Selectmen in the town of Holliston appeared ready to halt free trash pickup for his condominium development.  Dennin had led the successful effort only a year earlier to get the town to treat owners of condos the same as owners of single-family homes, who have always had their trash and recyclables collected by the town.    Read the article…………….
  • Warrington homeowners, township working on water main dispute (PA) December 1, 2017 Lost paperwork for a water main dedication 30 years ago for the 64-unit Fairways Homeowners Association puts infrastructure ownership in the air and homeowners concerned on future maintenance issues.  Missing paperwork from more than 30 years ago has 64 Warrington homeowners and township officials unsure of who is responsible for the water infrastructure in the area.    Read the article…………….
  • Property owners attempt to save Lone Lake (WA) November 25, 2017 The past few years haven’t been the best for Lone Lake.  A favorite for outdoor enthusiasts ranging from anglers to sailors, Lone Lake’s has continually deteriorating water quality due to toxic algae blooms. In the past year, things have gotten so bad it’s caused user groups to take their activities elsewhere.  Luckily for them, a group of homeowners are stringing together a coordinated attempt to save Lone Lake.    Read the article…………….

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