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- April 19, 2016
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Just try saying that five times fast. Not only is it a serious mouthful, it also carries serious legal obligations and potential consequences. As board members, your community has entrusted you with the “power” to make decisions on their behalf and in the best interest of the community. It is your obligation to remove your […]

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- April 9, 2016
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Being on a homeowners association board means volunteering your time for best of your whole community. It can be an incredibly fulfilling role, but it involves dealing with differences in opinion and finding times to get everyone together.   Read the article…………

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- April 7, 2016
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Earlier this year, state Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron awarded a co-op shareholder named Susan Reinhard the staggering sum of $120,000 in back maintenance, plus interest and attorney’s fees. Reinhard claimed in a lawsuit that the co-op board at Connaught Tower at 300 E. 54th Street did nothing to prevent second-hand smoke from wafting into […]

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- April 4, 2016
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Drones. Everyone has heard of them. No one is sure what to make of them. Are they destined to be the scourge of the skies? Or are they simply a brilliant convenience that will allow regular folks to complete everyday tasks from the comfort of their computers? While the jury is still out, and will […]

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- April 2, 2016
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How you handle your HOA reserve funds really makes a difference in the successful running of your association. The quality of the strategic planning of your homeowners association can actually make or break your community. It’s also really important to the longevity and future investments of your association.       Read the article…………….

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- April 1, 2016
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Neighborhoods with HOAs are often very secure places in which to live. However, there are a lot of pitfalls that can affect your neighborhood’s security, making it more vulnerable. Check out these four tips to help keep your neighborhood safe.   Read the article……………

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- March 31, 2016
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The directors of Florida community association are obligated to discharge their responsibilities to the community in good faith. Board decisions are generally protected by the “business judgment rule” and the theory behind the business judgment rule is that Courts should not substitute their judgment for the judgment of the elected or appointed board members.

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- March 29, 2016
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In Michigan, when a developer creates a condominium, the developer is required to record a master deed. Pursuant to MCL 559.108, the master deed and condominium subdivision plan must identify the total number of units in the project and assign a percentage of value to each unit. However, the initial configuration of the condominium is […]

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- March 22, 2016
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Once all of the necessary parties have been added to the proceeding and some basic discovery has been conducted, the Board will need to prepare for significant settlement discussions.  Up to this point, the Board likely knows there are significant defects but likely doesn’t have a real concrete understanding of what is causing the problem […]

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- March 21, 2016
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Condominium associations are solely dependent upon the collection of assessments from its members for their survival and to purchase and provide the goods and services necessary for the maintenance of the project for the benefit of its members. Thus, when a Co-owner files bankruptcy, there is an understandable feeling that all is lost.    Read […]

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- March 21, 2016
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Repairs and maintenance are part of owning any property. However, for homeowners who live in a neighborhood with an HOA, knowing who is responsible for those repairs may become a little confusing.  Read the article………….

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- March 21, 2016
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According to one study, approximately 70% of all Associations are underfunded. This means that odds are you live in an Association where there is at least the threat of a Condo Association Special Assessment. If that’s the case, hopefully your Association is taking proactive steps to get control of your financial situation to stave off […]

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- March 16, 2016
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They’ve become impossible to miss in cities such as Toronto and Vancouver: giant condo towers that soar higher than even Bay Street’s bank towers. But the building industry’s fixation with glass-walled apartments is a looming energy efficiency nightmare, says one of Canada’s leading building-code experts.   Read the article…………..

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- March 15, 2016
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A tiny political sign triggered a giant-sized dispute in a Colorado condominium, when the association manager said the sign violated an association rule governing common area displays and told the residents to remove it.  Read the article…………

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- March 15, 2016
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A number of years ago (2005) I wrote and article for the CCI Vancouver newsletter called….A Day in the Life…..which laid out a similar timetable but 11 years later I can say that things have not changed much. I have personally been working in the Condos Industry since May 1990 and became an RCM (Registered […]

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- March 11, 2016
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As the weather becomes warmer here in Michigan, many homeowners or co-owners undergo the yearly “Spring Cleaning.” Unfortunately, many condominium associations in Michigan face co-owners, tenants or residents who do not maintain the same sanitary living space as their neighbors. At the extreme, hoarders may fill units and/or limited common elements with debris, combustible material, […]

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- March 9, 2016
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In 2014, more than 10,000 plug-in cars were on the road in New York State. That number is projected to triple by 2018 and reach 1 million by 2025. It would be natural for an enterprising co-op or condo board to sense an opportunity. After all, someone has to charge all those cars.   Read the […]

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- March 8, 2016
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A building’s roof serves as the first line of defense against whatever the skies throw at its inhabitants—wind, rain and blazing sun, even snow and ice in some climates—so it’s crucial for that roof to be sound and well maintained. All it takes is one small crack or hole for the rainwater to get in […]

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- March 8, 2016
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FHA loans are government-insured housing loans that make it easier for people with low credit, low income or a high debt-to-income ratio to get a home loan. The Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act of 2015 is an act that suggests making changes to these FHA rules in regards to condos. Check out these three important […]

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- March 8, 2016
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For many, the essence of winter is curling up next to the warmth of a crackling fireplace while enjoying the sights of the snow-dusted scenery outside. Unless of course you live in a Arizona or Texas, in which case it’s much less likely that your home will have a fireplace. If you do have a […]

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- March 8, 2016
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There’s only one thing left to do in the controversy over whether Colorado should back off requiring homebuilders to stand behind the condos they build and end so-called construction defect laws: Call it the total bull crap that it is.    Read the article…………

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- March 7, 2016
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Every month, Board Members around the country – no, around the world – meet to discuss and govern their Condo Associations. For most outsiders (and insiders), this is not exactly the most exciting thing that happens in a given month. However, with major budgets at stake, committee reports, and safety and security concerns – these […]

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- March 6, 2016
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Board members come together from vastly different backgrounds to focus on the common goal of serving their community. Some are inclined to research the smallest decision while others make decisions based on experience. This diversity helps bring different perspectives to the table for better decision-making. Regardless of their approach, Board members should share some core […]

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- March 6, 2016
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The 1,000 or so residents of Mayfair on the Green responded to skyrocketing waste fees with a multi-pronged diversion campaign. They turned the garbage chute into an organics collector, tapped city educational tools including multilingual signs and cut trash output to one dumpster every two months from one dumpster every week.   Read the article…………

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- March 5, 2016
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When it comes to excuses and denial, pet owners can be even worse than doting parents. It’s never the dog or cat’s fault – there’s always some factor other than the bleeding obvious.  “I am being slowly driven out by my neighbour’s dog’s barking,” writes Dog Dodger on the Flat Chat forum. “I live in […]

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- March 4, 2016
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A well-run condominium can be thought of as having two components: (1) physical assets, which are the buildings, structures, and grounds on which the condominium is located; and (2) financial assets, which are the funds necessary to maintain the condominium’s physical assets. So long as the financial assets are adequate to meet the maintenance needs […]

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- March 4, 2016
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We are often asked whether a condominium association may prohibit cigarette smoking in common areas, or in units or single family homes. Now that using marijuana is legal in Oregon and Washington, some associations are wondering if they can or should specifically ban marijuana usage too. There are several things to consider. Here are a […]

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- March 3, 2016
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Social media can be a great tool for any association, but only when used correctly. If you never post anything or only post basic information about HOAs in general, your homeowners won’t be interested. You need to make your accounts more personal and fun. Check out these three tips that can boost homeowner interest and […]

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- March 3, 2016
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Condo Association security is a tough topic – as I’ve covered here and here. Although my Association is in a nice neighborhood, we’ve had our share of incidents, and each time it’s a bit jarring. Today I’ll be covering the fundamentals of how to build a Condo Association security plan.  Read the article…………..

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- March 2, 2016
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Commotion in the night, clomping of feet and chatter of strangers in the hallways due to a “revolving door” of Airbnb tenants has become cause for concern among Edmonton’s condo-dwellers, according to lawyer Robert Noce.     Read the article…………..

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- March 2, 2016
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In a decision that’s sure to fuel the smoking debate in every co-op in the city, a state Supreme Court judge has awarded more than $120,000 in back maintenance, interest and attorney fees to a co-op shareholder who claimed that smoke from other apartments had permeated her unit and rendered it uninhabitable.    Read the […]

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- March 1, 2016
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A quandry that homeowner associations face is how implement security measures when a known violent resident exists. The board has a conundrum: Fail to inform residents about a violent resident who subsequently injures someone and the board is held responsible. Inform residents of a violent resident who subsequently files suit against the HOA for libel […]

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- March 1, 2016
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Your association board is planning for the big project on the horizon, and is currently reviewing how to finance it. For several reasons, you don’t believe you’ll have enough funds in the association’s operating budget or reserves to cover the project’s entire bill. What should you do? Split the project up over several years, levy […]

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- March 1, 2016
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Some may think of condo budget review as a yawn fest; however, others may spend hours working out the smallest of details. That’s because a budget is basically a financial plan — not sexy, but extremely important in the condominium industry. Budgeting is so important that the Condominium Act requires all corporations to maintain an […]

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- February 27, 2016
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When you own a house, you are responsible for everything, and everything is on your schedule. You make the rules, you make the repairs and you mow the lawn. You decide when to paint the house or change the filters, and you decide where to park your bike.  But when you own a condo, someone […]

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- February 26, 2016
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In a recent Ontario case, TSCC No. 2032 v. Boudair, tenants of a condominium unit were held responsible for their violation of the condominium corporation’s rules regarding smoking.   Read the article…………

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- February 26, 2016
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Can snakes, the animal commonly known for instilling panic upon sight, actually help to ease anxiety? According to snake owner Darla McGinnis, they can.  WCVB-Channel 5 (ABC) in Boston recently covered a story about McGinnis and her fight with the City of Council Bluffs, Iowa, which currently has a ban on its residents having snakes […]

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- February 26, 2016
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In 2003, the Florida Legislature enacted 718.112(2)(l) as a statutory scheme to require the retrofitting of fire sprinklers for residential condominiums. The statute first began specified that the condominium association may not vote to forego such retrofitting with a fire sprinkler system of common areas in “high-rise building” which was defined as “greater than 75 […]

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- February 26, 2016
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Crime is a concern and a risk in any homeowners association. But incorporating certain trusted systems, such as a neighborhood watch, can ensure that your community stays collectively alert and focused on safety. To both deter crime and increase safety, your association should consider setting up a neighborhood watch program. Here are some tips for […]

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- February 25, 2016
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This week, we discuss how to react if you do not bulletproof your HOA against embezzlement and discover your HOA is the victim of fraud. Finding the proper authority to investigate allegations of fraud can prove to be extremely difficult. If your association has been a victim of the “condo confidence game,” gather as much […]

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- February 25, 2016
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It seems that every co-op and condo building has at least one: the bad apple, the shareholder or unit-owner who turns life sour for everyone else. Co-op boards have a powerful weapon in the battle against problem shareholders – eviction for objectionable conduct – but before going nuclear, boards should take three simple steps: study […]

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- February 25, 2016
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Many HOA Board members don’t fully understand the legal obligations that come with serving their community. You rarely see one document that completely lists all responsibilities. State law may determine some. Governing documents outline others. And other regulations can further complicate the question. It’s little wonder that a lot of confusion surrounds legal obligations. Here’s […]

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- February 25, 2016
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It is inevitable that there will be a major project in your Condo Association. All major systems will degrade over time and eventually will need to be repaired or replaced. Examples include roofs, garages, facades, elevators, HVAC systems, fire alarms, etc. Read the article………….

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- February 25, 2016
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There’s a nasty little turf war going on in the Shining Valley. It’s all about power and control issues, jurisdictional disputes, and of course, squabbles about errant deposits of doggie doo-doo. Welcome to the Squamish condo scene, folks    Read the article………

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- February 24, 2016
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Condominium associations and homeowner associations (HOA) are abundant in Florida. These types of associations are typically governed by declarations/covenants and restrictions, as well as bylaws and articles of incorporation (collectively referred to in this post as the governing documents). These associations are also governed by detailed provisions of the Florida Statutes. Chapter 718 (condominiums) and […]

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- February 23, 2016
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The bylaws of many condominiums authorize the board of managers to impose fines for violations of the rules and regula­tions, and also authorize the collection of late fees for failure to pay the common charges on time. However, recent court cases have set limits on the amount of these fines and late fees, even refusing […]

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- February 23, 2016
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Even the most beautiful home in the most serene town can become a nightmare if you live next door to the wrong kind of people. And dealing with nasty neighbors can be enough to drive even the most peaceable person to distraction.    Read the article………..

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- February 23, 2016
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The first thing to remember when living in an association is that you are a neighbor to someone. If nothing else, your neighbors all likely share at least one common desire: to live in your community. Owners may have bought in the community for its location to certain schools, the layout of the homes, its […]

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- February 23, 2016
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As a member of a volunteer homeowner association board, it’s important to codify the goals and behaviors an effective director should strive for. It not only serves as a constant reminder for those that are serving but can also help screen out director candidates with hidden agendas. Consider adopting something like this:   Read the article……….

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- February 22, 2016
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Every property management company has strengths and weaknesses. Some have a national presence but little understanding of local challenges. Some offer more boutique-style service but simply don’t have the resources and manpower to provide consistently high service levels and tools your community requires, resulting in burnout and high manager turnover. And some are the perfect […]

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