Dos & Don'ts

Dos & Don'ts

Use Landscaping to Boost Security, Reduce Liability

October 30, 2011    

To eliminate potential hiding spots for criminals on community property and reduce the potential for crime, consider assessing and possibly changing your community's landscaping. Doing so could also help reduce your liability for any crimes that do occur, says attorney and security expert...

Consider Four Options for Addressing Budgetary Shortfalls

June 30, 2011    

If your association is facing a budget shortfall, you can suggest options for the board to consider. Although each association's specific circumstances are unique, using one or more of the following four options may close the gap:

  • Utilize the prior year's accumulated...

Spread Association Deposits Over $250K Across Several FDIC-Insured Institutions

August 29, 2010    

On July 21, 2010, basic FDIC insurance coverage was permanently increased to $250,000 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insures the safety of checking and savings deposits in member banks. The standard...

Pass Leasing Restrictions Bylaw for Legitimate, Nondiscriminatory Reasons

August 29, 2010    

If your association is considering amending or passing a lease restriction bylaw, be sure that there's no possible discriminatory reason for the passage of the bylaw. A valid reason can include concerns about property values, since members tend to take better care of their units and common...

Don't Retaliate Against Employees Who Help Alleged Discrimination Victims

August 29, 2010    

The Fair Housing Act's ban on retaliation applies not only to prospective members who claim to be victims of housing discrimination, but also to anyone who helps or encourages alleged discrimination victims to pursue their rights under fair housing law. Those provisions protect employees...

Require Contractors, Maintenance Staff to Follow New Lead Paint Rule

February 26, 2010    

New Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules are set to take effect in April 2010. If you manage a condo building that was built before 1978 and has not been certified as...

Survey Members, Investigate Options Before Acting on Secondhand Smoke Complaints

February 1, 2010    

Many condo associations face an increased number of complaints from nonsmokers about their smoking neighbors and are being asked to take action. Oftentimes, associations are put in the awkward position of resolving the conflict between smoking and nonsmoking members. The emotions involved are...

Review Terms of Insurance Policies after Purchasing Them

October 31, 2009    

Be sure to review the terms of your association's insurance policies after purchasing them. Somewhere in the purchasing process, an agent may have entered a wrong number, and your association may be getting less coverage than it expected.

This happened in a recent case in which a...

Share Space Heater Safety Tips with Members

October 31, 2009    

The cold weather has arrived in many parts of the country, bringing with it the increased threat of fires due to the improper use of electric space heaters. According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters account for one-third (32 percent) of home-heating fires and three-...

Don't Debit Different Amount from Member's Account Without Advance Notice

August 31, 2008    

If a member pays his regular association assessments using automated electronic payments, don't transfer additional fees from his bank account without giving the member advance notice. Overstepping your bounds on automatic payments violates the Federal Consumer Credit Protection Act (FCRA...