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Working With Managers and Management Firms

  • 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……………
  • 5 Tips For Hiring A Good HOA Community Manager July 19, 2017 Choosing a community manager is one of the most important decisions that a HOA and condo board will make. Talk about pressure! You need to be careful in your selection because the people who work on your community’s management team—especially those on-site—will affect quality of life for residents. So it’s important to make a smart choice.    Read the article…………….
  • 4 Things to Expect From Your Property Manager May 26, 2017 Much of a property management company’s success with your HOA is influenced by the relationship between the manager and your board of directors. We often hear from prospective clients who want to know if the service they are receiving from their current property management company is standard practice or if they can expect more from their manager.  Keep in mind that your property manager’s goal is always to increase your property values and help your HOA board run your association ...

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Working With Attorneys

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Will You Have Your Legal Fees Paid For? August 21, 2017 A lot of the phone calls I get have someone looking to sue, but hoping that the other side will have to pay for their legal fees. That rarely happens unless it’s a consumer fraud type of case or an exception. I also get calls from me who are being sued and want the person suing them to pay their legal fees because they feel the lawsuit is b.s. This is also unlikely, but it does happen on occasion.  In ...

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Working With Accountants

  • 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. ...
  • Tips for Understanding the Role of an HOA CPA May 31, 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 it comes to understanding the role of an HOA CPA, you don’t have to go it alone. Read on for tips for ...

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Working With Insurance Agents

  • 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……….
  • Does your community’s relationship with your insurance agent qualify as a “special relationship”? August 24, 2015 Does your board consider itself “special” in the eyes of your insurance agent? Do you believe your agent has a duty to advise you whether or not the coverage you are purchasing and the limits you are seeking are sufficient?    Read the article……….

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Working With Vendors

  • The Critical Importance Of Properly Serving A Construction Lien Claim (NJ) October 17, 2017 So, you properly file your construction lien claim within the time allowed by the New Jersey Construction Lien Law (“CLL”), and then timely send out a copy of the lien by certified and ordinary mail to the address of the condominium building where you performed your work. All set, right? Not so fast, according to a New Jersey appellate panel.   In the newly-issued, unpublished decision, Santander Condominium Assoc., Inc. v. AA Construction 1 Corp., Docket No. A-0525-15T3 (N.J. App. Div., ...
  • 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 ...
  • What Happened When a Texas Homeowner Association Opted to Sign with a Single Hauler September 6, 2017 Ever think that your homeowners or condo association is plowing ahead with an ill-considered project? Ignoring its own rules? Now and then, here and there, many people feel this way, but at the same time they are daunted by the time and effort to take on the governing board. To cheer one’s hopes, here’s a tale from Texas where an uprising of owners and residents got them results.    Read the article…………….
  • 6 Steps to Create a Vendor Management Process August 31, 2017 A business manager can create strategies for improvement to various internal processes, but the strategy is only as good as the implementation. Many managers are recognizing the need for a comprehensive vendor management process to improve efficiency along with other goals to increase the bottom line. Here, we’ll go through a step by step process that will help inform your vendor management process.     Read the article……………

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Working With the Media

  • 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…………..
  • Local flag fight gets national attention (FL) June 25, 2014 Despite Mr. Murphree’s claims to the contrary, the Tides Condominium Association is not pursuing legal action against him for his disrespectful flag display. We seek the monies due to the Association from Mr. Murphree and other owners whose accounts are delinquent. The Board of Directors has a fiduciary responsibility to the Association and all its residents. This includes ensuring that all monies due to the Association are collected. We prefer such payments to be made voluntarily, but when they are ...

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Dealing With Governments

  • ‘Services rebate’ sought for Brandon condo owners (MB) October 17, 2017 A local property management company says condominium owners continue to be taxed unfairly, and urges the City of Brandon to consider a “services rebate.”  Two representatives of Brydges Property Management appeared before city council on Monday night: company president Brenda Brydges and Ron Funk, general manager of the Brandon office.  “All the condo units are asking for is to be treated equally,” Funk said. “It’s basically a matter of bringing it back to (city council’s) attention again, to bring it ...
  • Speeding drivers on private road cause safety concerns for parents (NC) October 5, 2017 Unless she’s holding her kids, Julie Fay won’t let them play in their own front yard.  “I’ve got four children and everyone in this neighborhood has kids and our kids can’t even play out here,” she said.  Fay told Channel 9 that hundreds of drivers speed past her home on Natalie Commons Drive every week, running stop signs.     Read the article…………..
  • County to remove storm debris on private property; may be funded from reserves (FL) October 4, 2017 At the Sept. 26, 2017 Board of County Commissioners regular meeting, Chairman Wayne Dukes moved the agenda item regarding storm debris to the first topic of discussion. Mr. Dukes explained the reason for the agenda modification was to save time, and to “get this thing moving right now.”  The intent was to vote on the county using money from the reserve fund, and to contact managers of Homeowner’s Associations (HOAs) as quickly as possible, since they will need to sign ...
  • Curb appeal or city violation? Makakilo residents confused over community rules (HI) September 27, 2017 Like Griggs, hundreds of people in Makakilo have plants, bricks, bushes, even trees in their planting strips because they believe the homeowners association requires them to.  But Griggs says only certain residents on his street were given violation notices.  “At the very most, maybe 10 people got it. I asked why we were the only ones being ticketed and she said because it’s a complaint and nobody complained about the others. I don’t want to stir up a mess, but ...

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