Month: October 2010

Association Not Liable for Contractor’s Full Invoice Amount

Facts: A member operates a landscaping company. The association distributed a request for estimates for lawn care services on the community's common areas for the following spring, summer, and fall seasons. In response, the member submitted an estimate of $5,180. Although the member and the association never executed a formal written contract, the member performed certain lawn care services for the association.

Association Not Liable for Member’s Drowning

Facts: A 73-year-old member died while swimming in a circular pattern at the community's indoor pool, which ranged in depth from three to five feet. At the midpoint of the pool, she began to struggle and went completely underwater and drowned. The incident was documented on the association's surveillance camera footage.

Association Not Liable to Investor-Member for Water Damage

Facts: In 2006, an association contracted with a roofing company to replace all the condominium building roofs in its community. The roofs had sustained hail damage and were leaking. The company performed the work, addressing the problem not by replacing the existing roofs, but by building metal roofs directly over the existing ones. However, the newly installed roofs began to leak, causing interior water damage.

Illinois Governor Signs New Solar Energy Law

Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn recently signed into law two bills designed to dramatically increase the state's solar energy. House Bill 6202, referred to as the “Solar Ramp-Up Bill,” passed the Illinois General Assembly on May 27. House Bill 5429, sponsored by Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) and Sen. Michael Noland (D-Elgin), initiates the Homeowners’ Solar Energy Act to protect the rights of individual homeowners to install solar energy panels on their personal property.

Use Employee Referral Program to Find Good Candidates

Finding good management employees can be tough. Especially, in today's job market, you may find yourself wading through piles of applications from unqualified candidates if you advertise a job opening using traditional recruiting methods.

But there's one recruiting resource that many management companies overlook—their own employees. You can turn your employees into a recruiting team by implementing an employee referral program that pays them for referring job candidates whom you hire, says Patricia Anderson, a Colorado-based human resources consultant.

Avoid Common Space Storage Room Hassles with License Agreement

Many condominium associations provide storage rooms or lockers for their members for a fee. This is one way for an association to generate additional monthly income and provide a nice amenity for members living in smaller units.