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/ Owner - June 28, 2012
  • Why Condo, Cooperative, and HOA Boards Need a Legal Eye on Their Documents February 28, 2024
    As a board member or property manager for a condominium, cooperative or HOA, you shoulder significant responsibility. You make decisions impacting the finances, safety, and quality of life for a whole community. Your actions are, of course, guided by your entity’s governing documents – but were these documents designed to protect the association and its members in the best way possible?      Read the article…………………………….
  • Are HOAs required to ensure ADA compliance? (CT) February 23, 2024
    Per ADA stipulations, every public facility is required to provide reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities. The ADA applies to “public accommodations.” Homes are generally private. However, there are ways in which the usage of spaces like common areas can transform certain areas into “public spaces” that are subject to ADA compliance requirements.  Read the article…………………………….
  • How do HOAs enforce rules? February 10, 2024
    A homeowners association, or an HOA, does have the right to create rules for residents of the community. They do have to follow these rules, even though the rules are not technically laws. For instance, there are often rules governing where to park vehicles, how to do home renovations, how to handle holiday decorations and things of this nature.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Can a HOA evict a resident in Connecticut? January 30, 2024
    When an individual purchases a property within a homeowner association’s jurisdiction, they automatically become members. A homeowner association (HOA) is responsible for ensuring that the community is functioning smoothly and looks its best. Read the article…………………………….
  • Pet ownership and homeowner’s associations in Connecticut December 15, 2023
    Homeowner’s associations play a crucial role in managing community living. This often includes setting guidelines for pet ownership. Establishing transparent and fair pet policies is essential for maintaining harmony and ensuring the well-being of residents and pets within the HOA community.    Read the article…………………………
  • What is The Open Meeting Act? (CT) December 4, 2023
    The Open Meeting Act, also known as the Sunshine Law, aims to enhance accountability and transparency in governing bodies. It mandates that all meetings of homeowners associations, including board and yearly meetings, must be accessible to all members.   Read the article……………………………
  • Condos and Coops are Impacted by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Changes November 28, 2023
    Government backed mortgage lenders, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, issued temporary project review requirements relating to significant deferred maintenance in condominiums, co-ops, and similar developments. To assess a project’s eligibility, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac each promulgated a standardized “Condo Project Questionnaire Form” to obtain information related to significant deferred maintenance, the plan for addressing same, and the corresponding financial burden on condos and unit owners.   Read the article………………………………..
  • Common reasons residents may sue an HOA (CT) October 21, 2023
    Being on a Homeowners’ Association (HOA) board can sometimes feel thankless. Never more so than when you face a lawsuit from one of the residents for whose benefit you are trying to manage the place.    Read the article…………………………………….
  • Can an HOA impose fines on homeowners? (CT) October 4, 2023
    One of the key responsibilities of HOAs is to enforce rules and regulations that ensure a harmonious living environment for all residents. Typically, these rules are outlined in the association’s governing documents.   Read the article……………………….
  • Weighing the pros and cons of HOAs taking out loans (CT) September 7, 2023
    In every homeowners association (HOA) community, unexpected expenses such as large repairs or renovations can arise. When these situations occur, it may be necessary for the HOA to look for outside financing to cover the costs.   Read the article………………………..
  • Transparency in HOA’s architectural review process August 15, 2023
    Homeowners Associations (HOAs) play a crucial role in maintaining a neighborhood’s aesthetic and structural integrity. When homeowners want to make changes to the exterior of their homes, such as adding a new fence or changing its paint color, they often need approval from the HOA.    Read the article………………………..
  • A guide to condo owners’ assessments and collection policies (CT) July 20, 2023
    Moving into your dream condominium can get you all excited to enjoy all the perks it has to offer. However, receiving a letter from the homeowners association (HOA) mentioning assessments and fee collections may not be very welcoming. The jargon-filled letter may leave you wondering what it all means for you.   Read the article………………………..
  • Bank Loans for Capital Improvements (CT) July 11, 2023
    More often than not, it seems community associations find that, despite their best efforts, they are often short on funds when it comes to tackling major repairs and capital improvements. An entire division of the banking industry has now entered the business of lending money to community associations so that they can complete these needed repairs and improvements without having to issue costly and often controversial special assessments.   Read the article………………………..
  • Board Votes (CT) July 11, 2023
    Every day, all across our great state of Connecticut, condominium Boards of Directors hold votes. Items as important as hiring a contractor or seemingly simple as selecting the type of flowers to plant alongside the pool may be subject to a vote. In an ideal situation, all votes of the Board of Directors are held at a regularly scheduled and duly noticed meeting of the Board.  Read the article………………………..
  • How Maintenance Standards Protect the Association (CT) July 11, 2023
    Recent revisions to the Common Interest Ownership Act (also known as the CIOA) offer an opportunity to defer some insurance expense liability to unit owners who do not adhere to maintenance standards for certain wear items that may fail in the interior of a condominium unit. Specifically, properly adopted maintenance standards may allow the Association to assess short falls in insurance, such as deductibles, to violating unit owners.    Read the article………………………..
  • Contracts and Community Associations (CT) July 11, 2023
    One of the items our office is often asked about is entering into contracts. Contracts are generally simple enough to understand. Party A agrees to provide a good or service to Party B. Party B agrees to pay Party A for said good or service. Seems like a simple proposition, so why do so many questions arise about contracts and community associations?   Read the article………………………..
  • Board Members, and Owners, have to Watch Each Other March 27, 2023
    A condo owner who served 15 years on the board was arrested and accused of stealing millions of dollars of monthly maintenance fees and diverting them for personal use. The accused served as President for some years, and even President and Treasurer during other years. At one point, he was the only signer on the association’s bank account and the holder of the only checking card linked to another bank account for the condo. The second association account actually had the person’s name on it. He made almost $19,000 in ATM withdrawals on the account.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Boards have to be Careful in Giving Licenses December 17, 2022
    Condominiums that want to give exclusive use of common space to a particular unit owner, often use a license agreement to do so. Selling common space requires approval by unit owners and sometimes all of them voting in favor of a sale because all unit owners in a condominium owns a percentage of the common elements.  Read the article………………………..
  • Conducting Better Meetings: Tips for Saving Time & Staying On Track September 1, 2022
    Residents in condo and HOA communities are frequently quite busy. Boards generally consist of elected volunteers who nearly always have other jobs and lives outside their duties as trustees. So while a professional management company can handle much of the day-to-day operations of a multifamily community, no decision can be made without those board members coming together to represent the interests of their neighbors.   Read the article………………………..
  • Maintaining Aging Buildings: Older Structures Have Special Concerns January 8, 2022
    Nothing lasts forever, even with good maintenance—including most building components. Exterior elements are perhaps most subject to wear and tear in any climate. Their construction and material type dictate their maintenance needs and repair schedules; masonry façades clearly have different needs than wood or clapboard fronts. But with a good care program and a bit of attention to detail, façades, roofs, and other crucial parts of multifamily buildings can live out—and perhaps even surpass—their useful life, regardless of what they’re made of.   Read the article………………………..
  • Burden of Association Insurance Companies (CT) March 8, 2021
    Occasionally, insurance carriers for common interest communities elect to cancel or refuse to renew the policy. The tension created after a loss when the manager or board finds that the policy has been cancelled can drive a person to drink. Through incompetence, negligence or just plain mistake, the board may find that the association is no longer covered for losses. Failing to complete the renewal process or paying the premiums can and usually will result in insurance cancellation.    Read the article………………………………….
  • What’s a Condo, Coop or HOA Board to do regarding Ongoing or New Contracts in light of COVID-19? April 1, 2020
    The social and business impacts of Covid-19 were largely unexpected. When community associations entered into agreements that are still ongoing, they didn’t have delay or termination provisions for things like Covid-19. So, what’s a board to do regarding these contracts where the board or the vendor or contract can’t perform because of the impacts of Covid-19? For future contracts, provisions can be added to address concerns with Covid-19. Your counsel should make sure that new contracts protect your association in this new world in which we are living.   Read the article…………………………..
  • Pets that Bite – What’s a Board and Management to Do? (NY) March 30, 2020
    Pets are fantastic but when they demonstrate the propensity to bite, action has to be taken. If a board and management do not do so and follow up relentlessly, they can end up in protracted lawsuits when people are injured. This happened to the Element Condominium board on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and its managing agent.    Read the article…………………………
  • Guest Bans or Restrictions – What’s a board to do in light of COVID-19? March 25, 2020
    Guests and invitees to a community may create a higher risk that the COVID-19 virus will be spread throughout the community. While some guests, such as caregivers or health care workers, are likely essential to a resident to whom they are visiting, other persons, such as social guests, contractors or non-essential repair persons, may not be essential to the health and welfare of the owners.  Read the article…………………………
  • Coronavirus – What can condo, coop and HOA Boards and Management Do? March 13, 2020
    On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak (“COVID-19”) a pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control has detailed recommendations for individual preparation and response to the outbreak of COVID-19. The President just declared a National State of Emergency and many states including New York declared a State of Emergency. This is a scary time throughout the world and we have to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.   Read the article………………………………..
  • “Excessive Clutter” – Dealing with Hoarding at your Common Interest Community (CT) May 17, 2019
    All of us at times are messy people – we save too many things, or do just a bit too much shopping online, and pretty soon our homes are “cluttered” and full of junk. We get “joy” from all we own and will not get rid of anything! Does this mean we are hoarders?   Read the article………………………
  • Landscapers: the good, the bad and the troublemakers (CT) May 10, 2019
    It’s that time of year…finally!!! It’s been a long winter and the residents are tired of being indoors. With the snow gone, the lawn and gardens are on full display. Are you happy with the landscaper? Many times, things do not go as planned with a landscaper. Promises are made to get you to sign that contract, but once signatures are obtained, it’s as if your 15 year old nephew could do a better job for $50.00. You feel trapped. You are in the middle of a long term contract and it is clear that things are not going to work, but you have no idea how to move on. Here are some tips and things to consider:     Read ...
  • Common Sense Rules Regarding Children at Play May Violate Federal Fair Housing Law May 2, 2019
    It is getting warmer out (slowly) and your association may be reviewing your recreation and pool rules, especially those regarding children, to get ready for the summer season. In the summer there are children out of school playing around and about the complex, and everyone swimming in the pool. Be careful in making rules specifically aimed at children. In the old days (before the 1988 Federal Fair Housing Laws) associations typically had several rules regarding children which just seemed to “make sense” and were made with the intent of protecting health and safety.   Read the article………………………………
  • Removing a Board Member (CT) April 12, 2019
    Sometimes board members act in a way that is contrary to the best interests of the association, or they may appear to be engaging in self-dealing, favoritism toward their friends, not showing up for board meetings, or not paying their monthly common fees or otherwise flouting expected behavior. The board or unit owners could try asking the board member to resign, but if that does not work, Connecticut law and most bylaws provide a mechanism whereby board members can be removed.  Read the article……………………..
  • Unit Owners and Interference with Association Vendors March 29, 2019
    Every so often we receive calls from Board members or property managers exasperated by the actions of a meddling, “helping” or interfering unit owner who has taken it upon themselves to instruct Association vendors on the proper manner to do their job. These vendors range from landscapers, snow plowing contractors, carpenters, roofers and even insurance companies. They “remind” these vendors that they, the vendor, work for them as much as the Association since it is they that pay the bills. That lament is often pointed at the attorney during usually heated unit owner/board meetings.    Read the article…………………..
  • Condominium Foreclosures and the Banking Industry (CT) March 23, 2019
    Many times, our clients will rely on the foreclosure process when unit owners are not paying their common charges. On occasion the unit owners will have a mortgage on their unit. When this is the case, the Association has to list the mortgage in its foreclosure action to ensure that the Bank has notice of the foreclosure and obtain clear title should the foreclosure process be completed.  In recent years, the banking industry has seen highs and lows, with some of the lows causing various entities to file Bankruptcy. Most recently, Ditech Holding Corporation and all of its acting entities have filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in the Southern New York District Bankruptcy Court.   Read the article………………………
  • General Collection Procedures and Tips (CT) March 15, 2019
    One of the most important functions of boards and property managers is to make sure common fees are collected and accounted for every month. This stream of income is vital to the successful operation of the association. When accounts become delinquent and are forwarded to our office for collection, our goal is to collect the delinquency as quickly and efficiently as possible. The best results come when associations understand our procedures and work with us toward this goal. Therefore, below are some pointers and reminders that can assist us in helping your association to recover delinquencies.   Read the article………………….
  • A Board Member’s Highest Loyalty: It’s Not What You Think! (CT) March 8, 2019
    In your life as a Board member you have probably heard something like this from an unhappy unit owner: “You work for me! You owe me a duty to do what is best for me!” Well, no. None of that is true and here’s why.  As a Board member, your first duty is a duty of ordinary care and loyalty to the Association. Although the Association is “made up” of unit owners, it is not the same thing to say your duty is to individual unit owners. In fact, Connecticut courts have confirmed that Board members do not generally have a duty to the individual unit owners. Your loyalty and ordinary care duties are to the Association as a whole. ...
  • Condominium Association Insurance Coverage (CT) March 1, 2019
    Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Section 47-255, associations are obligated to maintain the following insurance coverage:   Read the article……………………..
  • Taking out an Association Loan: Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish! (CT) February 22, 2019
    Many older associations are finding they need to borrow money for major upgrade or replacement projects, such as for roofs, windows, and paving. The Board of Directors will usually start this by speaking with a banker, which is the logical first step. However, problems may occur if a unit owner vote is taken on a loan without first contacting your attorneys, to be sure the statutory requirements regarding loans are followed.    Read the article………………………
  • Be Aware Of Cheapest Contractor February 20, 2019
    Everyone, including condominium associations and unit owners, want to save money. One way to save money is to hire the cheapest contractor. The cheapest contractor, unfortunately, can be unlicensed and/or uninsured. If the contractor causes property damage or someone is injured, the Association or unit owner could be liable. Even if the Association and unit owner are insured, there may be a deductible and too many claims increase insurance premiums.    Read the article……………………
  • The Importance of D&O Coverage February 8, 2019
    Personal liability for board members is always a concern. The CIOA requires associations to purchase property insurance, flood insurance (when applicable), commercial general liability insurance and fidelity insurance, but it is silent on the issue of Directors’ & Officers’ coverage. Even the Non-Stock Corporation Act does not mandate the coverage. Frankly, it’s one of the main reasons unit owners shy away from taking a spot on boards     Read the article…………………….
  • Emotional Support Animals January 18, 2019
    With the growing popularity of emotional support animals, condominium associations are increasing forced to confront the issue of whether or not to permit emotional support animals to reside in units at associations that do not allow pets. Emotional support animals differ from service animals in that service animals are specially trained animals that assist people for a specific purpose, such as guiding a blind person or alerting to an epileptic seizure. Emotional support animals, on the other hand, are not specially trained, but merely provide comfort to a person.    Read the article……………………
  • The Finer Points of Fining a Unit Owner- Part 2 of 2: The Hearing, this is not Law and Order or Judge Judy (CT) January 11, 2019
    The hearing date is set. Felix has been notified and the Board has done everything right. What’s next? The hearing. Many board members are not fond of the hearing. It is unknown what is going to be said, what evidence is going to be presented and, quite frankly, the idea of sitting in a small room with people yelling at you is not appealing. I’m here to help.   Read the article…………………
  • The Finer Points of Fining a Unit Owner- Part 1 of 2 (CT) January 4, 2019
    The Association has the power to fine a unit owner for violating the rules. So, it’s okay to send a note telling them and adding the fine to their account? NO. NO. NO. To quote a phrase from the movie, Mr. Mom, “You’re doing it Wrong”. Doing it wrong can cause a great deal of strife for a Board of Directors, and can cost the Association lots of money. So, let’s go over the procedure that must be followed to issue a fine properly, according to the Common Interest Ownership Act.
  • Community Embezzlement Case Studies – Connecticut August 29, 2018
    In our series of blog posts titled: “Association Greed – Board Members, Managers & Missing Money” we highlight wrongdoing by community association managers and board members. In this first installment: Community Embezzlement Case Studies – Connecticut – we go over the facts of the crime and how you can prevent it at your community.  The following cases are examples of what can happen when a condo board chooses the wrong management firm or when it does not have a specialist condo bookkeeper help with the financial management which can result in one of its own officers abusing his or her responsibilities.    Read the article………………
  • Financial Best Practices and Transparency – The Latest Tools to Help Communities Safeguard their Funds June 27, 2018
    Protecting community finances key assets such as bank accounts and reserve accounts is one of the board’s top jobs. Your associa-tion’s financial soundness affects every member of the community through the ability to pay for services, maintain your property and overall unit values. This article will provide an overview of several financial best practices and the latest technologies that help communities follow them     Read the PDF……………
  • How To Write Up Board Meeting Minutes June 27, 2018
    The regular monthly meeting of the board of directors of Peaceful Community Association was called to order at 7:06 p.m. at the Boxwood Recreation Center, Tuesday, March 2, 200X, by the president, Mr. Matthew Dunford. The secretary was present.A quorum was present with the following directors in attendance: Mr. Matthew Dunford, Ms. Hailey Applegate, Mr. Michael Falvo, Mr. Caleb Robinson, Mr. Ashton Smith, and Mrs. Elizabeth Neill. Association manager, Dylan Bush, also was present    Read the PDF………………
  • Self Management: Investigating the Hybrid Management Option June 27, 2018
    Self managing your community can be a good way to save money. However, sometimes the size or complexity of a property or the projects at hand may become too much for a volunteer board to handle on its own. If your community is having difficulty dealing with issues you may want to consider a “Hybrid Management,” solution.   Read the PDF…………………
  • Rules For Board Members To Act Without Meeting May 10, 2018
    This will address the queries CCOC has received regarding two-thirds consent voting. We believe this should clarify your questions.  In 2009, the Connecticut legislature required condominium executive board meetings to be open to unit owners and gave unit owners an opportunity to comment at executive board meetings. A board could act outside of a meeting only with unanimous consent of the board members. The trend was to make condominium operations more transparent.  In 2015, the Connecticut legislature reversed the trend. In Public Act 15-211, the legislature changed the unanimous consent to a 2/3 consent of board members. In other words, boards can now act by “not less than two-thirds consent” without holding a meeting, no matter what the topic.   Read ...
  • Connecticut Laws on Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals September 25, 2017
    Under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Connecticut’s public accommodations law, people with disabilities have the right to be accompanied by their service animals in restaurants, hotels, stores, theaters, and other places that are open to the public. Connecticut’s law is more limited than the ADA, because it covers only dogs that assist those who are blind, deaf, or mobility-impaired; it doesn’t cover psychiatric service animals and service animals that assist those with other types of disabilities, as the ADA does. However, public accommodations in Connecticut must follow both state and federal law.   Read the article……………..
  • Harassment in Associations – Boards Must Act May 6, 2017
    It has been illegal for a condominium board to discriminate against a unit owner on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, and disability. What if a resident complains that other residents or even board members are the resident because of membership in one of these groups? In the past, a board could do nothing or just tell the resident to “work it out.” The resident had no protections.     Read the article…………..
  • Condominium Owners Whose Homes Have Foreclosure Action Maybe Helped By Supreme Court Ruling (CT) November 4, 2016
    Many condominium associations have found that their foreclosures are defective because the association failed to adopt a foreclosure rule, if no rule, failed to vote that a foreclosure be started against the unit.  The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that these defective foreclosures are void because state laws make voting to foreclose or enacting a foreclosure policy is required.  Those unit owners who are in foreclosure now or have had their units foreclosed need to check the records to see if they were done properly. If they weren’t the owners can have the foreclosure reopened, possibly helping them short term. It is not yet known what long term impact the Supreme Court ruling will have.    Read the article…………….
  • Connecticut Supreme Court Clarifies Condition Precedent for HOA Foreclosure Actions August 16, 2016
    On April 26, 2016 the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a decision in The Neighborhood Association, Inc. v. Jill M Limberger, et al, 321 Conn. 29, which held that pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. §47-258(m)(1)(C), prior to any foreclosure action of an homeowners’ association (HOA) commenced on or after July 1, 2010, the HOA must have either (1) had a vote to authorize the individual foreclosure; or (2) had a collection policy adopted as a rule, with notice to unit owners and a minimum ten day comment period as required under the Conn. Gen. Stat. §47-261(b). If neither one of these two criteria are met, the HOA lacks subject matter jurisdiction in its foreclosure action.    Read the article…………….
  • What To Do When Boards and Property Managers Abuse A Law Allowing Decisions By Consent Without A Meeting (CT) December 15, 2015
    It is CCOC’s hope that this article will answer questions you may have regarding the ability of a board of directors to vote without conducting a board meeting .    Read the article………….
  • Moving Management Companies Can Result In Lost Files: How To Prevent October 5, 2015
    The new management company cannot seem to find all our files – what can we do?”  A recent complaint received by CCOC is but one of many echoing the same cry for help.  This is a major problem for Associations, but where does the onus lie: the management company or the Association. The answer, unfortunately, is both.    Read the article…………
  • How To Get The Association To Pay And Repair Ice Damming (CT) September 15, 2015
    My farmer uncle, when stubborn people frustrated him, would say “Sometimes you have to hit a mule with a 2 x 4 to get his attention.” Unfortunately, the expression applies to some condominium boards and management companies.   Read the article……….
  • The Condo as a Legal Entity: A Primer on Condo Law June 17, 2015
    Despite a long history and presence in cities and towns around the globe, condominiums are, too often, misunderstood by prospective buyers—which can translate to a source of conflict after buyers become owners. Regardless of its location around the world, a condominium is generally defined as a form of housing and other real estate that is individually owned among a collective.    Read the article…………
  • Ask Atty Pat: How To Deal With Bedbug Issues In Condos May 28, 2015
    The tenant or unit owner may complain to the landlord or the condominium association. If the occupant complains to public health authorities, bedbug infestations are a violation of health codes so the Health Department will contact the Association and the landlord for correction. The position of the Connecticut Health Departments is that the “owner” of the building is responsible for extermination. Usually, the infestation is not treated as an emergency and two weeks will be allowed for mitigation. Criminal penalties may be pursued if extermination is not completed.   Read the article………..
  • Contractor Who Broke Ankle at Condo Walks Away With $112,000 (CT) February 22, 2015
    Angelo Lisi v. Beach Partners LLC: A general contractor who broke his ankle while walking around at a condominium complex won a $149,000 verdict following a bench trial. However, the contractor was judged to be 25 percent at fault, leaving him with $112,000.      Read more……..
  • Policies Association Must Have February 8, 2015
    Many of the standard rules that are included in the condominium documents are insufficient. Policies may not have the same force as rules and may not be adopted in the same manner. If the Association wants to fine for violation, the items should be adopted as rules. Policies are for guidance.   Read more……..
  • Many Foreclosures By Associations May Be Done Illegally February 3, 2015
    Unit owners may feel powerless when the Condominium Association forecloses on units. Associations may be complacent about their foreclosures. Lenders may be paying Associations a higher priority than necessary. Why? Statutory condominium foreclosure requirements that became effective on October 1, 2013 have been consistently ignored.   Read more………..
  • The 2014 Legislative Agenda in New England June 19, 2014
    The old saying that the only sure things in life are death and taxes leaves out a third certainty: legislation. Across New England each year, thousands of bills get filed in state legislatures, many of them as mundane as the naming of a bridge or a new state “something”—like designating the Fluffernutter as Massachusetts’ official sandwich.     Read more……….
  • Transition January 27, 2014
    Transition
  • Strategic Planning January 27, 2014
    Strategic Planning
  • Reserve Studies/Management January 27, 2014
    Reserve Studies/Management
  • Green Communities January 27, 2014
    Green Communities
  • Governance January 27, 2014
    Governance
  • Community Security January 27, 2014
    Community Security
  • Financial Operations January 27, 2014
    Financial Operations
  • Energy Efficiency January 27, 2014
    Energy Efficiency
  • Community Harmony & Spirit January 27, 2014
    Community Harmony & Spirit
  • From Good to Great: Principles for Community Association Success November 2, 2013
    Every community has its own history, personality, attributes and challenges, but all associations share common characteristics and core  principles. Good associations  preserve the character of  their communities, protect  property values and meet  the established expectations of homeowners. Great  associations also cultivate  a true sense of community,  promote active homeowner  involvement and create a  culture of informed consensus.
  • General Assembly Passes Three Important Condo Bills In Connecticut June 7, 2013
    The Legislature passed three condominium-related bills during its 2013 Regular Session that ended at midnight on June 5th (PA 13-156, sHB 6662; HB 6477; and HB 6513)  Read More……
  • Capital Reserves and the Future of Your Community April 12, 2013
    I went to see a fortune teller recently. She took me into her reading room and asked me to gaze into her crystal ball. She then predicted my future. “I see wear and tear on your buildings. I see a new roof will be needed. I see aging windows that need replacing. I see… a depleted reserve fund!” Silliness aside, it really doesn’t take a fortune teller to predict that common elements in any community are going to age and need replacing.  Read More……
  • New Condo Laws Scheduled For Monday Public Hearing In Hartford March 23, 2013
    A public hearing has been scheduled for Monday on several proposed bills involving Connecticut condominium laws, including legislation that would require banks to reimburse associations for up to 12 months of maintenance fees in case of foreclosures.  Read more……
  • Introduction to Community Association Living April 28, 2011
    Community Volunteer Leadership Development Program Community volunteer leaders and members can maximize the benefits of community association living by better understanding the history, purpose, and function of community associations. One way to do so is by participating in the Center for Community Association Volunteers’ (CCAV) Community Volunteer Leadership Development Program – offered online or by local CAI chapters.    Read more…….
  • So Now You’re On the Board March 28, 2011
    The first steps to superior board performance are clarifying your board’s job and then following through with appropriate plans, actions and evaluation of results. The checklists presented here are intended to assist you in those tasks. They cover a significant number of your responsibilities. The checklists will apply to virtually any association. To use them, simply modify or delete items as appropriate. http://communityassociations.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/so_now_youre_on_the_board.pdf  
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