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Category: On The Board

Board Operations Advice for New Board Members
2008 Oct Advice for New Board Members

Almost every condo owner, from time to time, has thought about running for the board. Most quickly discount the notion, but a fair number throw their hats into the ring, and some of these even get elected. But what does it mean to be ele…

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Board Operations No Stone Unturned
2008 Oct No Stone Unturned

This winter, when the cold winds of winter whip down from Canada or Nor'easters swirl up the coast bringing tons of snow, condominium residents will head to that thermostat and crank up the heat. Unfortunately, each twist of the thermost…

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Board Operations "You're Fired"
2008 Oct "You're Fired"

Although rare, there are instances where a community association has to dismiss its manager — like a recent case in Florida where the manager admitted to writing himself checks from his condominium to the tune of over $40,000. Condo…

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Board Operations Avoiding Burnout
2008 Oct Avoiding Burnout

With only so many hours in the day, balancing the demands of work, family and outside obligations can become a struggle for anyone, and community association board members are no different. They volunteer countless hours guiding their …

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Law & Legislation Legal Issues
2008 June Legal Issues

A cracked sidewalk, a leaking pipe, or broken light bulbs are all conditions frequently encountered in the condominium common areas. They are also conditions which, if not quickly and appropriately fixed, can easily result in injuri…

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Law & Legislation Providence Rising Again
2008 June Providence Rising Again

Providence is developing a reputation. After decades of depression and a certain ignominy, the city is once again finding its feet. In spite of a struggling national economy, overall this up-and-comer is capitalizing on housing, business…

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Law & Legislation Legal Issues
2008 June Legal Issues

As the population ages, homeowner association boards and property managers are more frequently dealing with requests from condominium and cooperative owners and residents to accommodate a handicap or disability by adding to or changing t…

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Law & Legislation Community Perspectives
2008 June Community Perspectives

All condominium lawyers have “war stories” that they relish telling. In fact, when attorneys gather, you can hear a veritable festival of such war stories. While most community associations operate in an environment that is rather uneven…

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Law & Legislation Community Law in the News
2008 June Community Law in the News

Clothesline legislation is not the only community association issue in the news these days. A look around New England and the US finds action on a variety of community association legal concerns. Colorado Clothesline Law The Co…

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Law & Legislation Conservation on the Line
2008 June Conservation on the Line

From Connecticut to California, homeowners—including condominium-dwellers—are looking for ways to cut energy expenses. And, increasingly, their attention has focused on an appliance recognized as an energy hog: the clothes dryer. Th…

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