2014 October
Focus on... Board Operations

Board Operations Fiduciary Duty
2014 October Fiduciary Duty

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you: It’s the golden rule taught to children, but it bears repeating for adults considering board positions with condominium associations. Anyone in a board position is bound by fiduciary…

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Board Operations Called to Serve
2014 October Called to Serve

Speak to any volunteer-run organization, whether it is a town board, the soccer association, a church’s childcare program or the school PTO, and the same complaint resounds: “We don’t have enough people stepping up to serve.” Condominium h…

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Board Operations When Boards Don’t Play by the Rules
2014 October When Boards Don’t Play by the Rules

Many if not most boards of trustees get along famously. There are boards that have had the same members for decades and run their communities without a hitch. But sometimes boards don’t get along so well. We frequently get calls from…

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Board Operations The Dream Team
2014 October The Dream Team

Ideally, building or HOA boards and their managing agents or property managers work as a team, collaborating to carry out the administrative duties and make the decisions that keep their communities running from day to day. Management cont…

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Law & Legislation Dishes & Towers
2014 October Dishes & Towers

With the advent of relatively cheap and accessible television source options such as Verizon’s FiOS TV, Cablevision’s Optimum and Comcast’s Xfinity, it might surprise some to hear that the seemingly antiquated satellite dish is still a mai…

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Neighborhoods Laconia, New Hampshire
2014 October Laconia, New Hampshire

Just south of the White Mountains in New Hampshire, one will find the city of Laconia, a popular resort town known in the winter for its skiing, snow tubing and ziplining and in the summer for its extensive beachfront, teeming rivers and c…

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Q&A Q&A: Finding the Leak?
2014 October Q&A: Finding the Leak?

Q I am the president of a condominium association, and we are very certain that a tenant is maliciously running up the water bills. The problem is that we don’t have definitive proof. Our water bills have gone up from about $2,000 a quart…

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Q&A Q&A: Dealing with a Damaged Walkway
2014 October Q&A: Dealing with a Damaged Walkway

After this winter, a concrete walkway in our condo property was completely ruined. Several unit owners contend the property manager used rock salt instead of the usual calcium chloride. If we can establish that rock salt was indeed used as …

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