2019 August
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Insurance
2019 August Board Transition

Community associations are microcosms of democracy, run by an elected board of volunteers trusted to make good decisions on behalf of the community as a whole. Boards make the call on every large and small issue for their constituency. So i…

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Insurance
2019 August Why Managers Quit

Co-op, condo and HOA communities are a property manager’s bread and butter.  Ensuring that their client buildings and associations run smoothly everyday provides managers with both purpose and pay. Therefore, it stands to reason that a dedi…

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Insurance
2019 August Combatting Kickbacks

Running a community association can be – and often is – stressful enough without the added issue of people in a position of power in the community using that position for personal gain in the form of kickbacks. Whether the offender is a sup…

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Q&A
2019 August Q&A: When a Neighbor Has an Emotional Support Animal

Q. Our condo building has a no-pets amendment for nearly 40 years. So when a new owner joins our community, he or she is supposed to sign disclosure forms that indicate “no pets, no renters.” However, a new owner has been seen with a dog …

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Q&A
2019 August Q&A: Communicating With the Board

Q. The way our trustees operate seems a little unusual to me. They won’t allow us condo owners to speak or communicate with them or the accountants directly unless it’s through an employee of the trust. Additionally, there is an escrow ac…

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Q&A
2019 August Q&A: Maintenance Increases and Common Spaces

Q. My condo board notified us that we will be subjected to a maintenance increase for this year after a five-year assessment. What if, say, an owner has several combined units and utilizes the common hallway for personal us? Will the hall…

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