Premises Liability

Premises Liability

Avoid Injury Liability by Documenting Common Area Inspections

January 31, 2019    

You and your staff should have a risk management strategy set up that covers all of the issues that could lead to liability for the association you manage. One of the big ticket items in terms of liability that your strategy should address is safety hazards in the community. That’s because...

Tell Members How to Interact Appropriately with Service Animals

February 11, 2013    

Last month’s feature touched on the changing face of service animals—that is, nontraditional breeds being used as service dogs, and the ways that associations should handle responsibility and liability if a service dog of any kind happens to bite somebody (see “Keep Restricted...

Six Tips to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Liability

September 5, 2012    

If your condominium community uses a fuel-burning appliance such as a gas or oil furnace to heat your building or pool, you need to worry about carbon monoxide (CO), a hazardous material that your members cannot see or smell. Many people die and many more become seriously ill from CO poisoning...

Four Tips to Minimize Winter Slip-and-Fall Liability

November 24, 2010    

At the beginning of every winter season, many associations begin to worry about the possibility of being hit with slip-and-fall lawsuits filed by members or guests. Although it's inevitable that accidents will occur, the association can try to make the community as safe as possible for...

Set Playground Rules to Minimize Risk of Injuries and Lawsuits

October 31, 2010    

A playground is a great amenity that may increase property values in your community. Members with small children appreciate the role an outdoor playground plays in children's growth. Playgrounds promote an active, healthy lifestyle and provide a complex social network for kids to learn...

Conduct Legal Checkup of Swimming Pools to Avoid Liability

May 31, 2010    

With summer here, it's time to make sure that your community swimming pools are ready for action by checking their safety, insurance coverage, and legal compliance. Many associations do not conduct legal checkups, which is risky considering the number of lawsuits and regulations that exist...

Responsibilities When Appliances Cause Flooding in Condos

July 31, 2007    

Q A member's washing machine hose burst in the middle of the night, flooding the neighbor's unit and the unit below. Does the condo association have a duty to get involved in a situation like this?