Tips for Setting A Fair and Safe HOA Drone Policy

Crafting a fair and safe HOA drone policy requires careful consideration of the challenges and opportunities presented by this evolving technology. Balancing the concerns of privacy, noise, and safety while harnessing the potential benefits of drones can be a complex task for HOA boards.  Read the article………………………..

Using Drones for Inspections (CA)

Drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems, are nearly everywhere. Advances in technology have made drones smaller, cheaper, and easier to use, and therefore more accessible to average users. As drones become more accessible, community associations may wonder whether drones may be used to help conduct inspections of common area components.   Read the article………………………..

Drone Surveillance in Community Associations

Ah, spring. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the sound of power saws, stone cutters and earth moving equipment fills the air. This country is in the midst of a construction boom, and more homeowners than ever before are undertaking home improvement projects. In community associations, these improvements usually require some type of architectural […]

Drones in Community Associations: Five Considerations (IL)

With companies such as Amazon, Google and UPS ramping up testing of drone delivery technology, it is certain that community associations will feel the impact of this new technology in the relatively near future.  Read the entire article……………………………….

Drones In Your Community (FL)

The growing use of drones across the United States is leading to the adoption of new rules and restrictions by the federal government, state governments and community associations. Questions regarding safety, property damage and privacy are forcing community associations to establish clear parameters for their use by unit owners.    Read the article……………………………….

Drones and 3D Property Reconstructions for Homeowners Associations (CO)

For HOA’s, it can be very useful to have a tool to document a house or property to view later. Often, this would entail just taking photographs of anything relevant or particularly specific on a property. However, photos can only get you so far. Say perhaps you want to have a measurement on a wall […]

Is It Legal To Fly Drones In HOA Communities?

Drones in HOA communities are becoming more and more common, but these unmanned aircraft can pose serious concerns among residents. The first step in managing drones in your HOA is to know what the law says about them.   Read the article…………………………….

Condo board can restrict drones on property (IL)

Q: Drones seem to be everywhere these days. However, our association has only recently had to deal with a resident who flies one at the association, often close to people and units. This has resulted in numerous complaints from other residents. Can the board restrict these drones on our property?   Read the Q&A………………………….

Keeping drones from being a nuisance in your community (FL)

Q: We keep hearing that delivery companies will soon be delivering packages to our doorsteps by drones. Developers and realtors are using drone footage as marketing tools. Hobbyist and kids are flying them around in their spare time.  How should your Condominium or Homeowners’ Association handle the growing number of drone use from becoming a […]

Drone Technology Can Help Manage Maintenance of Your Association

The days of dangerously balancing yourself on a ladder to capture a picture of a roof are long gone. Drone technology is changing the way we detect future building needs, from chipped paint to roof damage. As drones become more affordable, people enjoy using them as a hobby. Balancing the usefulness of a drone for […]

Droning On and On…Should Associations Use Them to Catch Violators in the Act? (CA)

Serial dog poop litterers, unauthorized parking of vehicles, architectural violations, smoking nuisance—the list goes on and on when it comes to common “repeat violations” that a homeowners association (“HOA”) encounters on a day-to-day basis. With the increasing number of repeat violations and limited number of HOA board members and property managers, questions have surfaced whether […]

Should your HOA use drones to catch violators in the act? (CA)

Serial dog poop litterers, unauthorized parking of vehicles, architectural violations, smoking nuisance — the list goes on and on when it comes to common “repeat violations” that a homeowners’ association encounters on a day-to-day basis.

Taking flight: What to consider when deploying drones in your community

Drones have rapidly become useful tools for commercial and recreational purposes, including search and rescue operations, surveying damage after natural disasters, and aerial photography. Community associations, whether in a high-rise condominium or a community of single-family homes stretched over dozens of acres, also could benefit from the visual advantages offered by drones.    Read the article………………………….

Pleasant Pastime or Privacy Peril? Piloting Drones in HOA Communities

Within the past decade or so, millions of Americans have purchased and piloted unmanned aircraft – better known as “drones.” Though initially only used by the military, drones are now enjoyed by amateur enthusiasts around the country. And new commercial applications seem to emerge every day. Indeed, an FAA license to operate drones in commercial […]

Brace Yourself: Drones Are Coming to a Community Near You (MI)

Aerial photography, weather tracking, search and rescues – these are just a few things drones are being used for as they slowly integrate into our daily lives. Drones for recreational use can be purchased for as little as $30, and in June 2019, Amazon announced that within a matter of months it will begin using […]

South African residential estates are now using drones to boost security

South African residential estates are now using drones to keep their perimeters secure, according to Kim James, director of Drone Guards – a company which has been contracted to provide drone security services to a number of residential estates in the country.    Read the article………………………….

Drones in an Association (IL)

The Federal Aviation Administration estimated that over 2 million drones would be sold in the United States during 2019. The proliferation of these unmanned aircrafts has created unique concerns involving privacy, access, and safety.  Below are five considerations involving drone use in condominium, homeowner, and townhome associations.    Read the article……………………….

Considerations For Community Association’s Use Of Drones For Covenant Enforcement And Maintenance Inspections

There are benefits to community associations using drones for issues such as covenant enforcement and common area maintenance. The biggest of which is the cost effectiveness and efficiency of using drones instead of individuals to perform these inspections. However, there are significant risks as well. There are a number of considerations that community associations must […]

Rules on Drones All Community Associations Should Consider (FL)

Drones have become extremely popular for those who yearn for the latest gadgets and gizmos. Many associations have already adopted rules to address the use of drones in their communities, and those that have not done so should give it serious thought and consideration.   Read the article………………….

When They Won’t Stop Droning On: Responding to Drone Use in Your HOA

When authorities arrested a Kentucky man in 2015 for shooting down a drone he believed was hovering over his property line and filming his sunbathing sixteen-year-old daughter, it ignited a controversy about the appropriate use of drones in associations that is still simmering today. While a court ultimately acquitted him of all charges, concerns about […]

The Drones Are Coming!

In addition to rappellers on ropes and bucket trucks on telescoping arms, there’s a third alternative to conventional scaffold drops when performing a mandatory building facade inspections: drones.    Read the article………………….

Three new headaches for homeowner associations

What do drones, copyrights and mold have in common?  According to USI Insurance Services, a national insurer with more than 50 offices throughout the country, these are some of the emerging trends that homeowner associations are — or will be — facing in the coming years. They all affect the financial well-being and the investments […]

Drone Crashes Inspecting Cracked Window At Sinking Millennium Tower (CA)

The aerial inspection of a cracked window at San Francisco’s tilting Millennium Tower came to a crashing halt when the drone dropped from the sky, nearly missing pedestrians below.  Building managers were conducting the aerial survey of the structure while KPIX 5 cameras were rolling.     Read the article………………

Drone Use in Community Associations (GA)

Whether we like it or not, drones are a reality today. Just like all exciting new technology –whether iPhones or robots –many worry foremost that their privacy is at risk. As drones become more commonplace, will we be vulnerable to unwanted surveillance or stalking? Will neighbors, strangers, the government or big companies use drones to […]

Singapore: Condos move to ban drones to protect residents’ privacy

Condominiums here have been banning the use of drones on their premises.  A check with 10 condos across the island showed that seven did not allow the flying of drones on their grounds.  Parc Palais, located in Hume Avenue, even sent a circular to residents, warning that the flying gadgets may be confiscated.    Read the […]

Jones Creek homeowners to use drone footage to fight proposed subdivision (LA)

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 […]

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane….Actually, It’s a Drone

Drones are everywhere. The government uses drones, 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…………….

Drone use comes with flight risks for condos

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 […]

Drones: Regulation Under State and Federal Law, and Controlling Via a Community’s Governing Documents (MI)

Unmanned aircrafts, commonly known as drones, are becoming increasingly popular both for recreational and business uses. Technological advancements have increased those potential uses and brought the costs down. Given the popularity, constant technological advancements and the potential risks and dangers, it is important for community associations to be proactive in addressing potential issues before they […]

Tips to Handle Drones in Your Community

Drone sales are on the rise. According to Business Insider, consumer drone shipments will quadruple in the next five years, as drones get easier to operate by beginners and competition causes prices to drop. In addition, big businesses like Amazon and Walmart are beginning to test pilot programs using delivery drones. This technology can cause […]

Drone Delivery and Its Impact on HOAs

As technology continues to move forward, many online companies – amazon at the forefront – are toying with the idea of using unmanned drones to deliver packages to customers. If you’re not familiar with drones, they’re essentially small, highly maneuverable helicopters that can be controlled remotely.    Read the article………….

The Future of Condos: Drones!

The future is exciting, there’s no doubt about that. Between self-driving cars and increasingly intuitive home networks, a comfortable and sustainable lifestyle is within everybody’s reach.  Condominiums, especially, have an interesting road ahead. A road filled with the potential to take advantage of drone deliveries, the sharing economy, urban farming and so much more.   For […]

Three Tips to Get Your HOA’s Drone Rules Off the Ground

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane…no, it’s a drone! And it could cause a potential conflict in your homeowner’s association (HOA).  While some HOAs and property management companies use the drones as a tool to conduct property inspections, these unmanned, remote-piloted flying vehicles raise important questions on safety and privacy, […]

‘Peeping Tom’ concern over drones (Australia)

LEADERS of Queensland’s $100 billion strata property sector have come out in support of drones being used to inspect high rise residential apartment buildings across the Sunshine Coast.  But they have called on government authorities to lay out a plan to ensure regular drone use doesn’t open the door for “peeping Toms” and aerial accidents. […]

Drones in Your Neighborhood

Once used exclusively by the military, drones are now becoming more and more common in private use. While they do have some benefits, such as Amazon’s promise to deliver products via drones, there are also some drawbacks to drones, especially if they enter your private property. If you would like to know more about drones […]

Condominiums And HOAs In A Growing Tech World: Drones (FL)

There is a growing sense of concern among community associations regarding the legal ramifications as the popularity and availability of drones rises. This begs the question of whether there are limitations condominiums and HOAs can impose on the ability of residents to use drones within the community and how to minimize potential liability to community […]

Drone Regulation in Florida Community Associations – Part Two

QUESTION: The drone has a camera on it, and we are feeling like our privacy is being invaded. What can we do? ANSWER: Florida drone regulation law does address the use of a drone camera in any area in which a person has an expectation of privacy. Section 934.50, Florida Statutes was amended in 2015 […]

Can my neighbor fly his drone over my home?

Q. I live in a single-family homeowners’ association in North Carolina and recently saw one of my neighbors flying a drone with a camera attached above my property. Can’t my HOA regulate this?     Read the Q&A…………

Drone On – May I See Your Flight Registration Please?

On Monday, December 14, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) announced new rules impacting users of any small unmanned aircraft (“UAS”) (i.e., drones or unmanned aerial vehicles) ranging in weight between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds.  Read the article…………..

Invasion of the Drones

Yeah, you read that right: drones. Call it a sign of the times, but the rising popularity of remote-controlled drones means you’re likely to see this issue in your community in the future — if you haven’t already.    Read the article…………..

What to Know About Using Private Drones in Your Homeowners Association (CA)

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a drone! Camera-mounted private drones are becoming increasing popular. However, the technology and problems that come with them are still new, and enforcing this violation in your homeowners association will bring unique challenges, as well as the ability to locate the operator.      Read the article……………

Eye In The Sky: Drone Usage and Rules in Community Associations

Over the past few years, federal, state, and local governments have grappled with the rocketing popularity of unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones. The issue has also become a point of concern for some associations as they deal with the challenges and potential benefits of private drone use.    Read the article…………..

Drones and Community Associations

With the rapid increase of technology in today’s world, there are many new gadgets and devices that offer people the ability to do things they previously weren’t able to do. Lately, there has been a growing trend where consumers are purchasing and using drones throughout the United States, as well as abroad   Read the article…………..