2019 September
Focus on... Energy & the Environment

Board Operations
2019 September Removing a Condominium Owner

Removing a disruptive, abusive, non-paying, or otherwise problematic tenant from a rental building is relatively easy. Doing the same thing in a co-op is also possible, though substantially harder. But removing a condo owner from the premis…

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Board Operations
2019 September 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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Board Operations
2019 September Fines and Penalties

Community living comes with lots of rules and regulations – many of which are codified in largely static, hard-to-amend governing documents like proprietary leases and condominium declarations.  Others are laid out in the more flexible cont…

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Board Operations
2019 September Directors and Officers Insurance

At the heart of volunteerism is the notion of doing something for the common good. For many, choosing to live in a co-op or condo community is also choosing volunteerism – specifically, volunteering for board service. But within that sense …

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Board Operations
2019 September Condominium Board Authority

When making the choice to purchase a condo or a co-op apartment, many buyers choose a condominium to reduce the board’s involvement in the decisions they will make regarding their home. Condo boards’ authority over certain decisions and asp…

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Q&A
2019 September Q&A: Kept in the Dark

Q. Our association recently hired a new management company, and an announcement was sent to the homeowners announcing the change. A new board initiated this action with no input from homeowners and no discussion. I have specifically reque…

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Q&A
2019 September Q&A: When the Board Changes the Meeting Time

Q. Most of the members of our condo board are retired, and recently voted to hold board meetings at 1 p.m. instead of our traditional 7 p.m. because afternoons are convenient for them.  The other two board members — and the majority of un…

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