Feature

Use Caution When Considering Leasing Unused Common Space

April 6, 2018    
By Andrea Brescia With the rise of mixed-use spaces, the convenience—and financial benefit—of having a popular bakery or a national bank locked in for a 10-year, income-generating lease may seem like an attractive option for a common area that’s going largely unused in your...
Risk Management

Find the Right Commercial Tenant for Your Association

April 6, 2018    
By Andrea Brescia For associations that have designated commercial space, finding the right tenant is critical. While there are a lot of retail stores that provide convenience, not every commercial tenant is necessarily a good fit for your community.
Recent Court Rulings

Recent Settlements Illustrate the High Cost of Fair Housing Complaints

April 6, 2018    
Recent cases from California and New York—involving families with children and reasonable accommodation requests, respectively—highlight the importance of staff training in fair housing law in order to avoid discrimination complaints. Families with children. A California condominium...
Feature

How to Avoid Liability for 'Practice of Law' and Debt Collection

March 15, 2018    
As a community association manager, a large part of your time can be taken up with questions from directors and members that require a response. While you might want to provide as much helpful information as you can, be aware that this area can be fraught with risk for you and your management...
Repairs & Maintenance

Gear Up for Summer with Air Conditioning System Inspections

March 15, 2018    
Depending upon where the community you manage is located, hot weather is a year-round issue you must manage or summer is around the corner faster than you think. One sure way you can beat the heat, no matter where your association is, is to be certain that your community’s central air...
Q & A

Preserving Right to Enforce Restrictions

March 15, 2018    
Q: A homeowner in the planned community I manage has installed a shed in his backyard. Under the association’s declaration of restrictions, the homeowner is required to get written permission to install this type of structure, but didn’t. He refuses to remove it, saying that multiple...
In the News

Homeowners Concerned After $20M Jury Verdict for Playground Tragedy

March 15, 2018    
A homeowners association in Las Vegas is facing not just a staggering jury verdict in favor of the family of a teenager who was injured by playground equipment in the community, but also questions from confused members, some of whom feel misled. In 2015, a swing set crossbar in the community’...
Recent Court Rulings

Unit Owner Had No 'Actual Controversy' with Condominium Association

March 15, 2018    
Facts: A condominium unit owner alleged that a board of directors election for the community had been improperly conducted. He claimed that there were statutory violations. He asked a trial court for declaratory relief—that is, a judgment of a court that determines the rights of the parties...
Risk Management

Minimize Risks Posed by Members Who Use Building Rooftop

February 12, 2018    
Spring is here and with it will come warm weather that brings out homeowners and condominium owners to enjoy it. Especially in city areas, which tend to have many condominium buildings, there’s limited outdoor space, so members and their guests might try to create some recreational space on...