2016 December
Focus on... Safety & Security

Security Neighborhood Watch
2016 December Neighborhood Watch

Everyone is right to be concerned with the safety of their communities, whether they live in an area highly susceptible to crime or a sleepy Mayberry-esque hamlet. Condominiums, cooperatives, and homeowners’ associations are no exception; i…

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Security Emergency Preparation
2016 December Emergency Preparation

Some days it rains, some days it pours—and some days, there’s a Category 4 hurricane. And while the latter is relatively rare, it can be a true disaster, and any condominium, co-op or homeowner’s association worth its salt should be prepare…

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Security Surveillance and the Law
2016 December Surveillance and the Law

Secure.  The word has many meanings.  According to Google definitions it can mean “to fix or attach something to something else.  It can mean to protect against threats or make safe.  Or it can mean to feel free from fear or anxiety.”  Perh…

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Management Snow Removal
2016 December Snow Removal

Time will tell whether global warming and climate change eventually make winter – and its attendant snow, ice, sleet, and other challenging weather issues – extinct, but for now at least, the colder months can take a seasonal toll on buildi…

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Q&A Q&A: Are Video Meetings Allowed?
2016 December Q&A: Are Video Meetings Allowed?

Q. With all of today’s technology available, and with video/audio conferencing by Skype or other means more popular today, I’m thinking that more associations would like to hold their meetings via the Internet or telephone conferencing. I…

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Q&A Q&A: To Assess or Not?
2016 December Q&A: To Assess or Not?

Q. I’m currently trying to get information on or determine what specifically a board cannot assess owners for. Our bylaws are extremely clear on what we can assess for—largely major improvements for the building. However, what can’t or sh…

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Q&A Q&A: Staying in Bounds
2016 December Q&A: Staying in Bounds

Q. What if any are the limits to what the board of trustees are required to do under Massachusetts General Statutes 183A? What happens if they overstep their bounds?                — Unauthorized in Auburn A. “The mandatory provision…

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