Category: On The Board

Law & Legislation
2018 June Advocating for Residents

Successfully running a condominium, cooperative, or homeowners’ association is no small task. A board and/or management must consider the interests of its residents when making sweeping decisions to benefit the property and those who call i…

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Law & Legislation
2018 June Alternative Dispute Resolution

Lawsuits are both expensive and time consuming. It might be said that the only real winners in a civil suit are the lawyers. They get paid by the hour, and often in  cases of negligence, they receive a substantial portion of the award or se…

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Law & Legislation
2018 June Responding to a Lawsuit

In today’s litigious society, lawsuits are an unpleasant fact of life. Everyone has a gripe – and that gripe can often result in legal action. The questions are, how is your cooperative corporation, condominium association or HOA protected,…

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Law & Legislation
2018 June Legislative Update

Whether it’s pending Airbnb legislation in various markets; homeowners winning the ability to sue condominium developers for faulty practices; or changes to how boards and managers can transmit meeting minutes to residents, condos and HOAs …

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Board Operations
2018 May Avoiding Conflicts of Interest

Successful association or cooperative living requires buy-in from all parties involved, from management to staff to board to residents. Should one of these groups put their own self-interests above the common good, the wheels can come off q…

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Board Operations
2018 May Encouraging Board Participation

With so many people leading busy, sometimes hectic, lives that revolve around work, kids, social functions, and other obligations, it’s often very difficult for HOA administrators to find residents willing and able to serve their community …

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Board Operations
2018 February ‘Problem’ Board Members

There’s an old adage that goes along the lines of, “You can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your relatives.” That’s true of the people you serve with on your co-op or condo board. Board politics, like all politics, can get uncomfortab…

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Board Operations
2018 February Diversifying Your Board

A democracy fares best when it is proportionally representative of its constituents. For all intents and purposes, the board of a condominium, cooperative or homeowners’ association is a democratically-elected entity, and as such, one could…

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Board Operations
2018 February Ensuring Good Communication

The key to any healthy relationship is good communication. That holds especially true for the sometimes-delicate dialogues that take place among residents, shareholders, board members, and managers in co-ops and condos of all sizes and conf…

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Board Operations
2017 October Appropriate Use of Common Funds

Here’s a scenario:  It’s mid-December.  The board has assembled for their last meeting of the year.  The managing agent brings great news: due to several unforeseen factors, including the past year’s mild winter and savings resulting from c…

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