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Disaster Planning & Management for Condominium & Homeowner Associations

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  • The State of HOA Reserve Funding: Are Associations Nationwide Meeting the 70% Benchmark?
    Homeowners associations (HOAs) play a critical role in managing and maintaining the common areas and amenities that enhance the quality of life for residents in communities across the United States. One of the key responsibilities of an HOA board is to ensure the association has adequate reserve funds to cover the future repair and replacement ...
  • The dust won’t settle! (AB)
    Big Lakes County has denied a request from Hilliard’s Bay Estates for council to provide dust control on the main gravel road leading to the residential community.  At its regular meeting May 22, council approved a recommendation by administration to reject the request to provide dust control on Township Rd. 752A between the turnoff to ...
  • Energy bill affecting HOA’s on Governor’s desk (MI)
    A bill to invalidate certain provisions in homeowners’ association agreements that prohibit the replacement, maintenance, installation, or operation of certain energy-saving improvements or modifications or the installation of solar energy systems; to provide for the adoption of certain policy statements; to prescribe penalties and remedies; and to provide for the powers and duties of certain ...
  • Common Sources of Water Damage in Condominiums After a Hurricane (FL)
    Hurricanes are a significant threat to Florida’s condominiums since they can cause severe water damage that can lead to costly repairs and long-term structural issues.      Read the article…………………………….
  • 765 ILCS 1085: What Community Associations need to know about the Illinois Electric Vehicle Charging Act
    Requests to install electric vehicle charging stations have become commonplace in Illinois community associations. By 2040, experts project at least 35% of all new vehicles will be hybrids or fully electric vehicles. The increasing number of requests to install electric vehicle charging stations by those who live in condominiums or homeowners associations has resulted in ...
  • Poolside Etiquette: How to Enjoy Your Community Pool Responsibly
    As summer heats up, so does the activity at community pools. A community pool offers residents a great way to cool off, relax, and socialize with their neighbors. Still, it’s important to remember that a neighborhood pool is not the same as a private pool. While a backyard pool is only subject to a homeowner’s ...
  • HOA leaders tell how they transformed neighborhood with water-saving landscaping — and secured rebates for the projects
    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 ...
  • Structural maintenance: Fla. condominium prioritizes prevention
    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 ...
  • Condo Column: The misplaced transparency (NH)
    So, this could be a problem.  In 2021 the federal government amended the Anti-Terrorism Act in 2020 by adding to it the Corporate Transparency Act, also known as the CTA. The intent was and is to stop money laundering. But its effect has spread to condominium associations, a strange place to think money launderers might ...
  • B.C. strata ordered to reduce heat pump fines
    B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal has ordered a Richmond strata to remove most of the fines it levied against an owner after he installed a heat pump.  The case came down to whether there had been an agreement that the heat pump had been approved and a lack of quorum at a meeting of the council ...
  • Deferring Maintenance In Your HOA
    Deferring maintenance in a homeowner association has negative and lasting effects. While postponing maintenance may seem to be a money-saving technique, the consequences are usually a much higher cost over time.   Read the article…………………………….
  • How to Combat Elevated Costs with Property Management (MA)
    Navigating property maintenance can be complex. However, it’s even more difficult when money and finances get involved, especially when inflation is causing rising costs. Yet, there are ways to make sure your property is getting the necessary care while preventing you from breaking the bank. Here are four ways to combat elevated costs with property ...
  • County: Legacy can be emergency housing (WY)
    In addition to the county’s allowance, landowners still need approval from the homeowners’ association, said Chief Deputy County Attorney Keith Gingery. Should that happen, leases would be prioritized for employees of critical service providers like St. John’s Health or licensed child care and senior centers. If there is still availability after five days, leases can ...
  • United States Files Fair Housing Act Lawsuit Against Toll Brothers And Related Entities
    Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that the United States has filed a federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) lawsuit against TOLL BROTHERS, INC. and TOLL BROTHERS REALTY TRUST (collectively, “TOLL BROTHERS”), relating to their failure to design and construct new apartment buildings so as to be ...
  • Impending Changes to Condo Act Require Action Regarding Parking for Disabled Owners (IL)
    The Illinois General Assembly has passed legislation that will add a new Section 18.12 to the Illinois Condominium Property Act that will require all condominiums with parking to adopt policies regarding accessible parking access for disabled owners. The legislation will take effect ninety (90) days after Governor Pritzker signs it, which is expected soon.    Read ...
  • Condo reserves a growing issue (Part 2)
    A few weeks ago, we wrote about condo and co-op reserves and the new Florida State law. This new law, passed in the wake of the Surfside collapse in 2021, mandates condo and co-op buildings at least 30 years old do milestone structural inspections by Dec. 31, 2024. They must do additional milestone structural inspections ...
  • 7News On Your Side helps Beltsville condo community get AC back on during heat wave (MD)
    7News On Your Side is getting results for a Beltsville condo community.  Residents at Cherry Glen Condominiums said they haven’t had air conditioning in months, and after we stepped in last week, management installed a temporary system.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Richmond Hill neighbors battle HOA over melting homes (GA)
    Many people in Richmond Hill housing subdivisions say they’re dealing with siding on their homes melting in the sunlight.  One woman says her homeowners association is stopping her from making a change to prevent it from happening again.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Ask a real estate pro: Can HOA change rules about paint color for our house? (FL)
    Q: Two years ago, we filled out the appropriate form with paint samples for the house, trim, and a new roof and submitted it to our community association, which the board approved. Recently, the new board president sent us a letter telling us that although we were approved in April 2022, it was incorrect, and ...
  • Somersett residents outraged at developer over subdivision construction (NV)
    Residents said they have been trying to raise awareness about what they called Toll Brothers’ poor workmanship, “deviation from architectural plans” and unsafe, incomplete hillside landscaping. They said the City of Reno has failed to enforce its own codes and requirements, which puts their homes at risk because of what they said was poor erosion ...
  • Australia: Building Defects: How do You Prove Systemic Defects?
    It is an unfortunate reality that many strata apartment buildings contain defects. Many of those defects are widespread or systemic defects that affect most or all of the lots. But how far does an owners corporation have to go to prove the existence of systemic defects? Does the owners corporation have to organise for its ...
  • Condo Owners Vote To Pay Full Water Debt (CT)
    The members of a Fair Haven Heights condo association have voted to pay their entire $138,000-plus overdue water bill?—?and will now try to collect from the complex’s former property manager, whom they accuse of failing to promptly address the leak that left them in such a financial mess.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Landmark Florida Court Ruling Shakes Up Condo Termination Landscape
    In a significant decision with far-reaching implications, the Florida Third District Court of Appeal in May ruled in favor of condo owners, challenging the long-standing practice of developer-led condo terminations.  The ruling, stemming from a case involving Biscayne 21 Condominium in Miami, has sent ripples through the real estate industry and raised questions about the ...
  • Placida condo complex undergoing hurricane repairs (FL)
    Repairs are underway at Boca Vista Harbor’s five condominium buildings in Placida damaged by Hurricane Ian about 20 months ago.  The five-story complex built in 2005 was ravaged by the storm’s high winds that damaged the buildings’ stucco, soffit, fascia, gutters, standing seam roof, deco shutters, vents, paint and caulking.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Homeowners in this Pinellas County HOA shocked by $60K special assessment request (FL)
    A letter in the mail brought some sticker shock for homeowners in a Pinellas County HOA, saying they’d have to choose how to a handle special assessment that could cost them upward of $60,000 by October.  “I was in shock, I immediately started texting other neighbors,” said Tammy Rodeffer, a homeowner in The Villas of ...
  • Feeding Wild and Feral Animals in HOAs
    As development continues to crowd out open space previously occupied by wild animals, North Carolina community associations find themselves increasingly close neighbors with deer, racoons, foxes, and other “wild” animals. These animals come into yards and happily munch on gardens, landscaping and occasionally someone’s beloved cat or dog. Combine development issues, poor control of domestic ...
  • Preventing Another Tragedy: New Resort Safety Measures Unveiled
    Following the devastating collapse of the Champlain Tower South condominium in Florida three years ago, the resort industry has faced a critical call to action regarding building safety. This article explores the importance of proactive measures in safeguarding resort structures and guests.   Read the article…………………………….
  • New Hawaii bills aim to ease financial strain for condominium communities
    What if your condominium’s insurance premium increased from $400,000 to $3.3 million in one year?  That’s what happened to the Peninsula at Hawaii Kai. The Hawaii community, consisting of 630 single and multifamily apartment homes and condominiums, was shocked, to say the least.    Read the article…………………………….
  • New 2024 Florida Legislation Impacting Community Associations
    Florida has introduced new legislation and implemented changes to various regulations impacting community associations, many of which have either gone into effect or will go into effect beginning July 1, 2024.  This session, there are four main bills that impact community associations: HB 59, HB 1203, HB 1029, and HB 1021.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Managing Disruptive Residents in Your Condominium Association
    Living in a co-op, condo, or HOA often involves dealing with disruptive residents who create problems ranging from noise disturbances to more serious conflicts. Industry professionals note two main types of troublemakers: those who inadvertently break rules and those who deliberately disregard them, with the latter often proving more challenging. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated tensions, ...
  • HOAs and golf courses
    Imagine living 10 minutes away from your favorite golf course. Not only could you sleep in a little bit later if you have an early tee time, but you could probably play multiple rounds in a single day. Plus, there won’t be any debate about who will be hosting weekend get-togethers. Your friends will happily ...
  • Homeowner Only Achieving Marginal Success, But Not Removing Quorum Requirements Or Board Member Removals, Was Not A Pragmatic Prevailing Party (CA)
    In Mays v. Oakview Homeowners Assn., Case Nos. D083707 et al. (4th Dist., Div. 1 June 17, 2024) (unpublished), homeowner received a fairly limited mandate win to direct the HOA to conduct an election to replace board directors whose terms had expired.     Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘Are we going to end up homeless?’ Chelmsford condo complex facing condemnation (MA)
    Thirty families could soon end up without a home after the town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, found concerning structural damages at Milestone Condo.  Many of the residents of the building on Chelmsford Street are low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities. They now face a seemingly impossible task: find over a million dollars for the repairs ...
  • New bill could pose problems for East County homeowners associations
    Michael Miller worries that the passage of House Bill 1203 could have “unintended consequences” in his Country Club neighborhood and the East County community as a whole.   The bulk of the 44-page bill, signed into law on May 31 by Gov. Ron DeSantis, pertains to the administration of homeowners associations — education requirements for directors ...
  • How should association handle money owed to former owners? (IL)
    Q. As manager for a condominium association, the board asked me to clean up some of the association’s financial records. There are many former unit owner accounts with small credits, going back as far as about 2010. These credits range from pennies to hundreds of dollars. Many of these former owners have been sent refund ...
  • Is condo living becoming a thing of the past? Insurance costs, HOA fees taking a toll (FL)
    Condo living has been a popular lifestyle in Florida for decades, but with rising insurance costs and HOA fees could this lifestyle be coming to an end?  In the nearly two years since Hurricane Ian left a path of destruction through southwest Florida, Fox 4 has documented recovery efforts and battles with insurance providers.    Read ...
  • Charlotte HOA failing to fix massive hole in parking lot (NC)
    Townhome owners in a University City neighborhood are questioning why their HOA can’t afford to fix a massive hole in their parking lot that’s only grown larger in the two years since it first formed.  WBTV’s investigation revealed that the management company hired by the Homeowner’s Association has a history of hiring employees convicted of ...
  • Colorado Supreme Court shoots down condo association’s lawsuit against Aspen for construction defects
    The Colorado Supreme Court clarified on Monday that litigants may not use a judicial doctrine focused on breaches of contract to sue municipalities for negligently constructed housing, effectively sidestepping the broad immunity state law provides to government entities.  The Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, with limited exceptions, shields public entities from lawsuits over injuries they cause. ...
  • Jersey City Man Charged in Theft from Union City Homeowners Association (NJ)
    Authorities have charged a Jersey City man in connection with the theft of funds from a Union City homeowners association.  According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Unit arrested 39-year-old Eric Li yesterday at the prosecutor’s office in Secaucus.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Florida Governor Signs Senate Bill 382 Into Law
    After a very active legislative session, we report another legislative update impacting community association managers. Florida’s Governor signed Senate Bill 382, which deals with continuing education requirements and becomes effective on July 1, 2024. Our summary of the changes    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condominium Associations Need to Check Their Insurance Policies (PA)
    Section 3312(c)(2) of the Pennsylvania Uniform Condominium Act requires that the Association’s insurer “waives its right to subrogation under the policy against any unit owner of the condominium or members of his household.” This means when the Association’s policy pays for damages to the Unit or Common Elements, the insurance company cannot try to get ...
  • New bill could pose problems for East County homeowners associations (FL)
    Michael Miller worries that the passage of House Bill 1203 could have “unintended consequences” in his Country Club neighborhood and the East County community as a whole.  The bulk of the 44-page bill, signed into law on May 31 by Gov. Ron DeSantis, pertains to the administration of homeowners associations — education requirements for directors ...
  • Vertical Subdivisions Receive Recognition in 2024 Amendments to the Condominium Act (FL)
    This year’s extensive condominium bill CS/CS/CS/HB 1021 (“HB 1021”) containing amendments to the Condominium Act created a new Section 718.407 entitled “Condominiums created within a portion of a building or within a multiple parcel building.” It provides for, among other things, statutory recognition of what is known in the industry as a “vertical subdivision,” a ...
  • Australia: Strata debt: What happens when strata levies are not paid?
    Almost one in five people in New South Wales and 16 per cent of Australians live in strata housing, according to the Australasian Strata Insights 2022 report & infographics, released by the University of New South Wales City Futures Research Centre.  So it’s probably not surprising that issues relating to strata living have been in ...
  • 2024 Public Policy Legislation (CO)
    It has been quite some time since the HOA industry in Colorado has seen as much legislation as we saw this year! Of the 13 bills signed by the Governor, three pertain to public policy, which is a clear trend in legislative goals: HB24-1091 – Fire-hardened building materials, HB24-1152 – ADUs (accessory dwelling units), and ...
  • Is condo living becoming a thing of the past? Insurance costs, HOA fees taking a toll (FL)
    Condo living has been a popular lifestyle in Florida for decades, but with rising insurance costs and HOA fees could this lifestyle be coming to an end?  In the nearly two years since Hurricane Ian left a path of destruction through southwest Florida, Fox 4 has documented recovery efforts and battles with insurance providers.    ...
  • What to do When One of Your Board Members Violates the Rules
    Many associations have at least one or two homeowners that think that they can do whatever they want and/or act as if the rules do not apply to them. It can be difficult enough to deal with someone who refuses to follow the rules, but what if that person is on the board? Despite what ...
  • Homeowners should have say in proposed new laws (NV)
    Now that the 2011 Nevada Legislature has convened, the Community Associations Institute of Nevada and its legislative action committee are very involved in identifying those bills of concern to common-interest communities and working to make sure our legislators understand how those bills will affect homeowners and associations.    Read the article…………………………….
  • California appellate court upholds ruling on debt collection practices
    Recently, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District upheld a ruling against a defendant and its related entities. Plaintiff had filed a class action lawsuit against the defendants, alleging that they had violated the FDCPA and California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL) in their debt collection practices related to homeowners’ association (HOA) assessments.    ...
  • NJ Supreme Court Applies Law Against Discrimination to Emotional Support Animal Use in Housing
    Requests by a resident to have an emotional support animal that would violate a housing unit’s occupancy agreement must be analyzed under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled.   As is often the case in the employer-employee context, the Court’s decision in Players Place II Condominium Association, Inc. v. ...




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