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Buildings

  • Effective Strategies to Keep Your Condo Building Cool in the Summer (IL) July 13, 2024
    As temperatures rise in Chicago during the summer months, keeping buildings cool becomes a top priority for both comfort and energy efficiency.  This post will explore various methods to maintain a pleasant indoor environment while also conserving energy.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Surfside Beach condo building closes after officials find ‘structural deficiencies’ (SC) July 5, 2024
    Surfside Beach officials closed an oceanfront condo building after they determined it was unsafe because of “structural deficiencies.”  Fire Marshal Keith Williams on July 1 announced the Sandfiddler at 813 S. Ocean Blvd., had been shuttered after his office, the town building inspector and an outside engineer found “inadequate means of egress and structural deficiencies.”     Read the article…………………………….
  • 4 changes Fannie and Freddie have made on condo building policy July 3, 2024
    Three years after a condominium building collapsed in Surfside, Florida, killing 98 people, policies have changed regarding the safety of condo buildings — as well as mortgage lending for residents within these buildings. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have both updated policies, especially as condo living is on the rise due to a recent lack of housing inventory.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Charlotte County now requiring condo and co-op inspections for building 25-years or older (FL) June 26, 2024
    On the 3-year anniversary of the Champlain Towers South building collapse in Surfside, FL, many look to remember those lost and continue to learn from the tragedy.  “The milestone inspection legislation,” said Shawn McNulty, building official and floodplain administrator with Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners. “This was legislation put in 2 years ago, mandating condominiums and co-op to get these inspections at 30 years of age and every ten years after that. we amended the rule to include ...
  • ADUs: Strategic Solution to California’s Housing Shortage June 25, 2024
    Recent California laws enacted in 2023 and 2024, make it easier for homeowners to obtain permits for building accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on their lots. An ADU is an additional residential structure built on the same lot as a primary structure. These new California laws were enacted to increase the housing supply across the state, which, by doing so, significantly amends California state laws in favor of homeowners who want to build ADUs on their properties.   Read the article…………………………….

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Grounds

  • People and Plants: To weed or not to weed July 7, 2024
    To weed or not to weed. Is that the question? Perhaps it was for Shakespeare’s gardener. It is also the question when you have a strict homeowners’ association.   Our last house was on a couple of acres and the only plants that would grow in the pasture were salsify and mullein, which the HOA vehemently despised. I attended the HOA meeting and plead our case, which was basically stating the plants were helping to control soil erosion, as well as ...
  • HOA leaders tell how they transformed neighborhood with water-saving landscaping — and secured rebates for the projects June 20, 2024
    While many homeowners associations in America stand between residents and eco-friendly, water-wise updates, one HOA has gone the opposite direction by making money-saving and environmentally conscious upgrades to common areas.  For Paul Morsen and Richard Theisen, the president and the treasurer of the Hampton Bay Homeowners Association, converting to water-wise plants was “a no-brainer.” As Theisen told The Cool Down in an interview: “The concern over the adverse economic and environmental impact of the drought as well as the continually ...
  • Tree Care & Maintenance: Keeping Your Biggest Landscaping Elements Healthy May 30, 2024
    Trees provide us with many benefits, from the obvious to the not-so-obvious. Whether your community is an urban high-rise surrounded by hundreds of others, or a sprawling suburban development with acres of grounds, its trees are an integral part of the landscape—one that we often take for granted, but which requires specific, dedicated care and maintenance in order to stay healthy and lush for decades to come.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Construction underway to fix sinkholes that have plagued Phoenix condo complex (AZ) May 8, 2024
    Most people don’t like to hear the sound of construction but for people who live at a north Phoenix condo complex, it’s music to their ears.  People who live at the Parkside Condominiums at Bell and Cave Creek roads sent us photos of construction being done to fill a handful of sinkholes in the area.    Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘We want the ticks gone’: Organizers calling for action against state parks “no mow” policy (NY) May 7, 2024
    The West River Homeowners Association called for action against the New York State Parks “no mow” policy to prevent ticks from latching onto children and dogs along the West River Greenway Trail.  Chris Russell, a member of the organization, wants the grass along the trail in Grand Island to be completely cut down.   Read the article…………………………….

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Energy & Water Conservation

  • New Rooftop Exhaust Fans Save Future Condominium $24,000 Annually in Energy Costs (NY) July 11, 2024
    Ultra-efficient rooftop exhaust fans at The Future Condominium are helping the 165-unit building in Kips Bay save $24,000 in annual energy costs. Replacing the building’s decade-old exhaust fans with more than a dozen newer models was a no-brainer for the board, especially as Con Edison incentives covered 70% of the $120,000 project cost. “This money is not going to be available for ever,” says AKAM resident manager, Marat Olfir. The subsidy lowered the price tag for the building to $38,000.  ...
  • Going Solar in a Condo Association (MA) July 10, 2024
    More and more Americans are going solar every year. The economic and environmental benefits are hard to ignore. Let’s take a closer look at how going solar within an association differs from individual homeowners and how these solar projects can work.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Michigan’s New Renewable Energy Siting Law and its Implications on Municipalities July 10, 2024
    Governor Gretchen Whitmer previously signed House Bill 5120 (now Public Act 233 of 2023) into law in November 2023. The regulations, which specifically affect municipalities and developers, create a new siting path for utility-scale wind, solar, and energy storage facilities with the Michigan Public Service Commission (“MPSC”) and become effective on November 29, 2024. Once effective, it is critical that clean energy developers and municipalities become familiar with this new siting process.    Read the article…………………………….
  • New Homeowners’ Energy Policy Act Impacts All Community Associations In Michigan July 9, 2024
    The State of Michigan adopted Public Act 68 of 2024, known as the “Homeowners’ Energy Policy Act” (the “Act”). Although it was signed by the Governor on July 8, 2024, it is not yet in effect, and is scheduled to go into effect in early 2025. This Act impairs the ability of condominium and subdivision associations (referred to in this article as “community associations”) to restrict energy-saving improvements and solar energy systems.    Read the article…………………………….
  • HOAs in Michigan lose veto power over rooftop solar, home EV charging and more July 9, 2024
    Homeowners’ associations across Michigan just lost the right to block energy efficiency elements in their neighborhoods like rooftop solar panels.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation today, July 8, 2024, that was previously adopted by both the state House and Senate to invalidate any HOA provisions against a litany of energy efficiency home improvements.    Read the article…………………………….

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Fire Safety

  • Liability, Responsibility…and Lint: Who’s in Charge of Your Laundry Room? July 11, 2024
    On the long list of building-related issues that multifamily boards and residents have to be concerned about, dryer lint is not likely uppermost. A leaky roof? Definitely. A boiler on the fritz in mid-January? Absolutely. But dryer lint, not so much – and that’s actually a problem, because when allowed to accumulate in heavily-used machines, it can cause fires, and the resulting liability creates a potentially dangerous situation.    Read the article…………………………….
  • It’s a perfect storm for fire insurance June 29, 2024
    Westerners have begun looking at their homes differently these days. Are those trees too close? Should I move all that firewood stacked up next to the deck?  Meanwhile, in California, some fire insurers have lost so much money they’ve pulled out of the state. Overall, fire insurance is becoming as expensive and unpredictable as the natural disasters — not just wildfires but also hail and windstorms — that are driving up rate increases. In some places, increases are as much ...
  • Nuns Fire inspires student’s award-winning fire-safe landscape design (CA) June 21, 2024
    In 2017, Grace Diebel’s parents nearly lost their Glen Ellen home in the Nuns Fire, which tore through the upper Sonoma Valley on the same night as the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, destroying 1,355 structures in the valley and killing three people.  While it can’t be known for certain, the lack of big trees within 30 feet of the house and a well-irrigated yard may have helped their home escape destruction when all the other homes around it burned.  ...
  • It’s a perfect storm for fire insurance (CO) June 11, 2024
    Westerners have begun looking at their homes differently these days. Are those trees too close? Should I move all that firewood stacked up next to the deck?    In Colorado, Tiffany Lockwood said she was dropped twice by fire insurance carriers over the 10 years she’s lived in Evergreen, a heavily forested exurb of Denver.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Q&A: Regulating Risk May 30, 2024
    Q. During the warmer months, owners in our condominium building have noticed a few e-bikes/scooters with lithium batteries around our community. At night these e- bikes/scooters seem to be housed in owners’ or renters’ dwellings. Based on some news stories we’ve seen (although I’m sure they are pretty isolated incidents), we have concerns that these vehicles could explode and cause a fire.    Read the Q&A………………………………..



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Security

  • Condo owner sues HOA over Ring camera, loses, has to pay $73K (NC) July 5, 2024
    Teywonia Byrd lives inside Fat City Condos in NoDa. She’s a single woman who lives alone.  “I was drugged unbeknownst to me and then sexually assaulted,” she told Action 9?s Jason Stoogenke.  She says she’s been living on edge even since so she put a Ring camera on her door. She found out she needed homeowners association approval, so she submitted a request, but the HOA said no.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Oak Cliff Neighborhood Hiring Off-Duty Officers to Patrol Fourth of July (TX) July 4, 2024
    A neighborhood in Oak Cliff is once again taking security into its own hands for the Fourth of July.  The Marsalis Park Homeowners Association president says shelling out money for officers to patrol their neighborhood is worth every penny.    Read the article…………………………….
  • SE Houston neighbors say mailboxes have been busted up for 3 months (TX) May 7, 2024
    A resident told KHOU 11 News the cluster box units in the Bay Knoll subdivision of Clear Lake were broken into three months ago and still haven’t been fixed.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Neighbors watching neighbors? HOA vehicle surveillance irks some in NC neighborhood May 2, 2024
    By all accounts, the controversy over surveillance at Princeton Manor began at a pool party last summer.  “Personally frustrated” by a string of car break-ins and a recent burglary in the Knightdale subdivision, a member of the homeowners association board struck up a conversation with a Knightdale police officer at the event, asking what else the neighborhood could do to fight crime.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Thief arrested after being caught on camera stealing mail from Cobb County neighborhood (GA) April 23, 2024
    Police say they found 70 pieces of stolen mail in a man’s car. Video from a security camera shows the suspect in action.  It’s just before 2 a.m. on Atwater Drive in Smyrna. A security camera was positioned perfectly to catch the man’s every move.  He opens a mailbox, pulls out an envelope, places it in his pocket, looks directly into the camera, then walk he walks off.    Read the article…………………………….

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Amenities

  • Condominium Community Pools: What To Check Before Opening July 4, 2024
    As warmer weather sets in, condominium communities across Ontario are preparing their outdoor amenities for use, sprucing up, repairing, and renewing some of the community’s most-loved features. Providing cool relief and a fun and healthy escape from the heat, a community pool might be one of the condominiums top amenities.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Red Barn Golf Course reportedly suggests homeowners pay for its $187,000 driving range net (IL) July 3, 2024
    A yellow golf ball rests in grass a few meters from a Summit Condos home in Rockton. Ahead of it, an orange construction fence separates the backyard from the Red Barn Golf Course driving range.  “It possibly could give someone a heart attack at an age like that,” says Paul Grossen – president of the Summit Condos Association – on his largely retiree neighborhood. “And you have a projectile coming into your home.”  For over 20 years, those along Williamson ...
  • Kids, Pools and Problematic Rules – a Fair Housing Reminder (MN) July 2, 2024
    As the weather gets warmer, pools open, children get out of school for the summer and people spend more time outdoors and engaging in recreational activities. Associations want to make sure that everyone is safe and has access to common area amenities, but too often we see rules adopted by boards that violate fair housing laws by discriminating against one or more of the protected classes.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Tip to Manage Large-Scale Amenities June 28, 2024
    We sat down with Aimee Winegar, CMCA, LSM, PCAM, general manager, Worman’s Mill Community Conservancy & Urbana Commercial Conservancy, in Frederick, Md., to discuss the challenges large-scale managers face, from navigating large swimming pools with water slides to fitness centers. Winegar, who has more than 30 years of experience managing large-scale communities, shares her tips for making sure amenities operate effectively and efficiency so residents can enjoy them.     Watch the video………………………….

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Maintenance – General Articles

  • The Essential Summer Maintenance Strategy for Condo Buildings (IL) July 13, 2024
    As the season changes, so do the needs of your property. By ensuring proper upkeep, you’re not just maintaining the property’s safety, functionality, and attractiveness for residents, but also preserving property values and enhancing the living experience for everyone.  A well-thought-out maintenance strategy covering both indoor and outdoor building areas is essential. This approach will address immediate concerns and prevent potential issues from arising in the future, saving you time, money, and stress.    Read the article…………………………….
  • State and Federal Condominium Association Repair and Maintenance Funding Initiatives July 10, 2024
    CAI continues to emphasize the importance of building safety through proactive maintenance measures, financial sustainability, and funding for repairs and maintenance in condominiums, cooperatives, and homeowners associations.  Reflecting on the enduring lessons from the devastating Surfside tragedy and the lives lost, CAI remains dedicated to ensuring the safety and resilience of community associations nationwide through advocacy efforts at the federal, state, and local levels.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo Maintenance and Upkeep: A Comprehensive Guide June 21, 2024
    Maintaining a condo involves regular care and timely repairs. This ensures a comfortable, safe living environment and preserves property value.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Structural maintenance: Fla. condominium prioritizes prevention June 20, 2024
    When the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Fla., partially collapsed three years ago this month, Daniel Gonzalez knew he had work to do at The Admiral’s Walk, the 18-story condominium in Boca Raton where he has served as manager since 2009.  Gonzalez called Howard Somers, the condominium’s board president, to develop a plan to commission a structural inspection on their nearly 50-year-old building. They were two months ahead of a city ordinance that would mandate such inspections and nearly ...

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Mold

  • HOA Homefront: Myths mold consultants use to scare residents, homeowners (pt 2) (CA) March 30, 2024
    Although mold trade organizations have created their own credentials and extensive and expensive cleanup protocols, the EPA recommendation to clean up a moldy area of up to 10 square feet is to wipe it with a cloth dampened with a diluted bleach solution.  Misleading and self-serving statements by the “toxic mold” industry continue to grab attention.   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Homefront: Why ‘toxic mold’ myths continue to panic residents (CA) March 22, 2024
    In 2000, a new panic swept the country — “toxic mold.”  Twenty-four years of lawsuits and untold billions of dollars later, major mold myths continue to frighten residents and cause exaggerated repairs and unnecessary conflict. On one side of the debate is the mold industry: testers, consultants and mold clean-up contractors. On the other side are the federal and state governmental health agencies.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Tenant says mold grew for 3 years in Downtown condo while condo board stalled repairs (FL) February 8, 2024
    It’s one of the premier luxury condos in downtown Jacksonville, however a resident at Berkman Plaza says his experience has been anything but luxurious.  Nearly 3 years ago a pipe burst on the 10th floor of Berkman Plaza and created massive damage in Nick Rosado’s 8th floor condo. Rosado is still trying to get his condo repaired and says the condo board is standing in the way of the repairs.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo owners frustrated with leaking, possible mold in Prince George’s Co. building (MD) June 2, 2023
    Some condominium owners in a Prince George’s County building said they are dealing with leaks and living with mold.  The owners said the issue is starting outside of their unit, which means the “condo” association should be taking care of it, and owners say they’re not handling it properly.   Read the article………………………..

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