Erosion causes concern for beachfront condominiums in Palm Beach (FL)

Concerned residents of Palm Beach oceanfront condominiums told the Town Council this week that erosion is a growing concern — and Palm Beach staff say help is on the way, though not before hurricane season.  Representatives from two condominiums spoke to the council during Tuesday’s meeting, saying properties on the town’s South End were hit […]

3 Ways to Maximize Sustainability in Your Community (MA)

As climate change continues to take a toll on the planet, it’s important to understand how industries like property management and development can and should adapt in order to cease contributing to the ongoing crises.   Read the article…………………………….

Op-ed: The better path to environmental sustainability for co-op, condo owners (NY)

Climate change is real and we must take aggressive proactive steps to address it, but we can’t bankrupt working and middle class co-op and condo homeowners in our efforts to make change. The proposed New York City Local Law 97, with its unforgiving timelines and heavy fines endanger the housing security of working and middle-class […]

Emergency Preparedness in the Era of Climate Change: Preparing for the Unpredictable

The acceleration of global warming and the accompanying climate crisis is affecting shared-interest residential communities all over the United States and around the world. This past September was the wettest ever recorded in the eastern United States, with nine times the normal rainfall. Scientists warn that excessive rain and wind, extreme heat and cold, as […]

Embracing Sustainability: The Power of HOA Community Recycling Programs (CA)

In an era where environmental consciousness is paramount, Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) play a pivotal role in fostering sustainable practices within their communities. Furthermore, one such initiative gaining momentum is the HOA Community Recycling Program. This comprehensive guide explores HOA recycling programs’ benefits, implementation, and key considerations.    Read the article………………………………

Green infrastructure a mystery for many homeowners associations (MN)

“We have a lot of wet backyards,” said Jean, a Woodbury resident who lives in a homeowners association built in 1998. “It is all either water, weeds, or grass. Nothing else.”  “Part of the problem was that we didn’t know what we had when we moved in,” added husband Steve. Their HOA paid $15,000 to […]

Green Renovation For Condos: Canadian Trends And Innovations

As the world becomes more “green,” Canadians are staying on top of the trends in housing to make their condos as energy-efficient as possible. This goes especially for condos, where builders are able to create systems that affect multiple owners simultaneously.    Read the article…………………………….

Zoning Changes Will Help Co-op and Condo Boards Install Green Retrofits (NY)

Co-op and condo boards struggling to reduce their buildings’ carbon emissions just got some good news. The City Planning Commission (CPC) advanced a sweeping rewrite of New York’s zoning law Monday that would eliminate bureaucratic barriers to climate-friendly building projects. The zoning changes will now be aired at a public hearing, Crain’s reports, then voted […]

What Is Meadowscaping and Can Your Neighbors Handle It?

America’s love affair with the lawn is fading. For generations, the manicured emerald patches that graced front yards were a symbol of the American dream and pride of homeownership. But now many homeowners are ditching their turfgrass for a more natural, eco-friendly greenspace: the meadowscape.     Read the article………………………..

Does Everybody Need Flood Insurance Now?

It has been an intense year for flooding, with no relief in sight.  Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration now say they’re expecting an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year. The updated forecast calls for 14 to 21 named storms, including as many as 11 hurricanes. Of those, up to five could become […]

Las Sendas neighbors split on overgrowth (AZ)

Overgrown mesquite trees and other desert shrubs and bushes are blocking city light views for Las Sendas residents who paid a premium for their lots.  Read the article………………………..

Why Homeowners Need To Prepare For The Costs Of Climate Change

Climate change is not a distant threat, but a present danger that is already wreaking havoc on our lives and homes. From devastating floods to scorching heat waves to raging wildfires, homeowners need to prepare for the consequences of our warming planet.   Read the article………………………..

Condo Gardening Tips: How to Grow Your Garden in a Condo

Those with a garden or an indoor garden are familiar with the advantages of having plants in a condo.  Choose plants that grow well in low light, or install rail planters if your condo doesn’t get much natural light.  Start an aquatic garden if your condo has no balcony and little to no natural light.  […]

A popular Hawaii resort has lost its beach

A high seawall is all that separates the ocean from the Kahana Sunset’s beachfront condominium complex in Hawaii. Located in West Maui, the popular vacation rental resort has been battling erosion and sea level rise for decades, and some residents think it’s time for the condo association to stop fighting it.   Read the article………………………..

The Future of Condominiums: Innovative Designs and Smart Technologies

The future of condominiums is evolving rapidly, with innovative designs and smart technologies at the forefront of this transformation. As urban populations continue to grow and the demand for sustainable, efficient, and comfortable living spaces increases, architects and developers are reimagining the way condominiums are designed and built. From energy-efficient materials to advanced home automation […]

Understanding Local Law 97 (NY)

Local Law 97, part of New York City’s ambitious Climate Mobilization Act, is set to revolutionize the way buildings in the city approach energy consumption and carbon emissions. Co-op and condo owners, as well as their building’s boards, need to familiarize themselves with the critical dates and fine structure outlined by the law.  Read the article………………………..

Peter Rabbit’s Paradise: Senate Bill 23-178 Signed Into Law (CO)

Thanks to Senate Bill 23-178, community associations throughout the state will see a significant increase in the presence of mischievous young rabbits in the coming years. Senate Bill 178 requires planned communities with detached structures – single family home communities – to permit the installation of vegetable gardens (which include flowers, fruit, herbs, and other […]

Wildlife gardening in HOA communities (FL)

If you live in a community with a homeowners association (HOA), there may be restrictions on landscaping, or processes to have landscaping plans approved. Getting approvals for your desired garden does not have to be difficult.   Read the article………………………..

How to Prepare Your Community’s Landscape for The Heat of Summer

As a community association board member, you are tasked with ensuring your community is a pleasant place for its residents. A major part of this is staying on top of landscaping maintenance so that the neighborhood is beautiful and inviting.    Read the article………………………..

Clean Condo Life: Adapting Existing Buildings To A Changing Climate

Multi-unit residential buildings (infelicitously acronymed as MURBs), in the forms of rental, condo, and public housing buildings, are where the vast majority of people on the world live, and they were mostly built before climate change impacts became regular realities.   Read the article………………………..

How Will Chicago’s Decarbonization Strategy Affect Condominiums? (IL)

In the 21st century, global climate change is an increasingly important issue that concerns individuals, businesses, and governments. To help address this issue and limit activities that could accelerate climate change, governments at the national, state, and local levels are taking steps to implement new policies that are meant to reduce carbon emissions and improve […]

Approaching a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) To Build A Garden

I sat down and thought through plan that was rooted in mutual benefit. All deals in life should be win-win, and this was no exception. We had a very successful garden build and long-term relationship with the HOA as well as our neighbors as a result of the garden. Overall, it was a total success, […]

Preparing for Local Law 97 (NY)

New York City’s Local Law 97 is set to go into effect in 2024 and is aimed at reducing carbon emissions from buildings over 25,000 square feet. To comply with the new emissions standards, building owners and operators need to start preparing now. Here are the top 5 tips on how to get your building […]

Drought-resistant HOA Guidelines (TX)

What I often ask clients is, “What would someone think is reasonable after hearing the facts and not being involved in the emotion of the decision? Also, what would the neighbors think?” The best thing to do is to have guidelines as to what is appropriate and what is not. Having town meetings to discuss […]

Colorado legislature OKs forcing HOAs to approve water-saving landscaping

Around 60% of Coloradans live under a homeowner association. If signed into law, Senate Bill 178 would allow those homeowners to swap their grass lawns for landscaping that needs less water to maintain, forcing HOAs to accept the alternative landscaping.  The bill passed its final legislative vote on Wednesday, now only needing the governor’s signature […]

Left Holding the (Sand) Bag (CA)

Who Will Pay for the Damage Caused by Flooding and Rising Sea Levels? It Could Be Your Homeowners Association!   Read the article………………………..

Maryland Protects Homeowners who want to Protect their Environment

A recent change in Maryland law has made this old saying true for lawns and gardens within HOAs. Section 2-125 of the Maryland Real Property Article now prohibits homeowners associations from imposing their standard of “beauty” on the lawn of an owner or resident.   Read the article………………………..