Dealing with Contractors

How to Negotiate a Favorable Laundry-Room Service Contract

August 15, 2017    

Some condominium buildings have a shared, central laundry room for members, instead of washing and drying appliances in units. Even in planned communities with freestanding homes, the association may decide to use a common laundry room. But it’s not as easy as buying washers and dryers and...

Ensure Right to Collect Legal Expenses from Contractor

July 15, 2016    

Resorting to litigation if a contractor violates your agreement with it is an unfortunate situation for many reasons. Lawsuits take up valuable time that the association could be using in a positive way to better the community. And a lawsuit might ultimately end up costing even more than the...

Ensure Work Is Up to Par Before Final Payment

March 10, 2016    

Paying a contractor up front to do work for your association isn’t a good idea. If it does a shoddy job, your only recourse would be to sue the contractor for not living up to the agreement. But this can be costly. And it’s avoidable—if you protect yourself from subpar...

Avoid Tax Trouble When Using Third-Party Workers

June 13, 2014    

It may seem like tax season—and the paperwork that accompanies it—has just passed, but remember that as you manage your community year-round, you need to be aware of tax issues that could arise in the future. A common issue to keep your eye on is the use of outside, third-party...

Get Seven Key Protections When Hiring Snow Removal Contractor

September 21, 2011    

If your community is in a region of the country that gets snow, hiring a snow removal contractor may be inevitable. Typically, snow removal contractors provide associations with a form contract to sign. But a form contract may not always work to your benefit—for example, it may not have a...

Safeguard Association's Right to End Service Contracts

October 31, 2010    

Sometimes the contractors your association hires for such jobs as snow plowing, painting, or providing security do not perform up to the standards you expect, and you will want to terminate the association's contract with them. If you do not terminate the contract and you let the company...

Important Points to Include in Your Repointing Contract

August 29, 2010    

In last month's issue (Aug. 2010), the Insider explained how to identify when the brick fa├žade on your building needs repointing work. Repointing work is the chiseling out of old, worn mortar between bricks and having it replaced with fresh mortar.

Protect Community from Fair Housing Violations by Outside Contractors

March 25, 2009    

Communities often rely on a variety of outside contractors or vendors to perform services on their behalf ranging from landscaping to plumbing. If one of your members complains about harassment or discrimination by one of these contractors, it's not enough for you to apologize and explain...