Category: On The Board

Board Operations Difficult Choices
2010 Oct Difficult Choices

 Decisions, decisions, decisions. Board members have to make them all the time,  from how money should be spent on repairs to what contractors should be hired.    Making decisions might seem easy, but deciding between two courses of…

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Board Operations Everybody Out!
2010 Oct Everybody Out!

 At a Planning Board meeting in a small Massachusetts town, the members reached  an agenda item pertaining to a rather complicated land deal that involved the  purchase of hundreds of acres of lakefront property.    The Planning Boa…

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Board Operations Put it in Writing
2010 Oct Put it in Writing

The sitting president of a board of directors of a homeowners association in Connecticut recently approached management with a proposition. If he awarded her boyfriend job contracts, the property manager would receive a kickba…

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Law & Legislation Pretty as a Picture
2010 June Pretty as a Picture

First dubbed “Eden” by settlers at the end of the eighteenth century, Bar Harbor, Maine has always sounded like the quintessential place to vacation. Even the original inhabitants, the Wabanaki Indians, called the area Ah-bays'auk or the…

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Law & Legislation Feeling the Squeeze
2010 June Feeling the Squeeze

Even while faced with massive deficits, the governors of each of the New England states have pledged not to raise taxes in their proposed fiscal year 2011 budgets. While this is good news for taxpayers in the short run, no new taxes in…

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Law & Legislation Your Condo's Attorney
2010 June Your Condo's Attorney

While it’s generally understood how to employ the first two people – to call the accountant when bills are due and at tax time and the property manager pretty much all the time – rules for engaging the condo’s lawyer remain somewhat vagu…

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Law & Legislation New England  2010 Legislative Roundup
2010 June New England 2010 Legislative Roundup

With New England condominiums still grappling with the recent economic downturn, it’s no accident that most new state condo legislation deals with money matters. From a proposed superlien law in New Hampshire that would put condos first…

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Law & Legislation A Burning Issue
2010 June A Burning Issue

The late 1990s saw a surge of nationwide smoking restrictions put into effect. State by state, smoking ban legislation was proposed, put to a vote and passed into law. No public dwelling seemed untouched, including the workplace, shops,…

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Law & Legislation The New England Condo Expo
2010 June The New England Condo Expo

 They came to learn, to network, and to discover new solutions for managing their  community associations. And they went home with stacks of information and minds  brimming with ideas.    Over a thousand board members, homeowners an…

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Owner Relations Portland, Maine
2010 Feb Portland, Maine

 Four million people visit Portland, Maine each year. But don’t picture lobster bibs and sunburned summer tourists. The largest city in Maine  is not known for its fish shacks, candy stores or beaches. The center of both  commerce and cult…

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