Risk Management

Protect Association When Determining Disclosure of Records

September 8, 2017    

Privacy issues have always been taken into consideration when it comes to issues like medical information, but it might not occur to community members that seemingly more casual items are protected from general knowledge. So community members who want to inspect the records of their association...

Avoid Fair Housing Trouble Over Assistance Animals

July 7, 2017    

Pets can enrich the lives of their owners, and many associations understand this and do allow members to have pets. However, dealing with pets in condominium communities requires balancing the freedoms pet-owning members enjoy on their privately owned property with the rights neighboring members...

Compare Insurance Professionals to Fit Association's Needs, Budget

May 8, 2017    

Having the right kind of insurance and enough coverage under an insurance policy is key to operating an association. After all, insurance can protect the association from liability that might financially sink the community if costs for repairs, lawsuits, and accidents had to come out of pocket....

Tread Carefully When Faced with Sex Offender in Community

March 9, 2017    

The safety and security of the community you manage should be a top priority. You’re faced with many challenges when trying to keep your community safe and secure. You can take care of many cut-and-dried problems on your own or with help from your staff, if you can get the association to...

Tread Carefully When Revealing Information About Former Employees

January 17, 2017    

It’s typical for the prospective new employer of one of your former employees to call for a reference. If the employee in question was a stellar part of your management team, it’s a no-brainer. A glowing report will most likely be appreciated by the former employee. But what should...

Carefully Consider Warning Signs for Wild Animals in Community

October 7, 2016    

A recent tragic accident at a Florida theme park has raised questions about the use of warning signs in communities where alligators are a known threat. The state’s gated communities often have golf courses, lakes, and ponds that attract alligators. Florida is one of many states that face...

Use Bylaw to Ensure Funds Are Ready for Repairs, Replacements

September 14, 2016    

A well-funded reserve account is a clear indication of how prepared a community association is to deal with its long-range maintenance needs. Without a well-funded reserve account, most associations’ only option to pay for repair needs that arise is to impose a special assessment on their...

Help Member Enforce Restraining Order in Community

August 15, 2016    

Sadly, domestic violence incidents have become a regular presence on the news. And, chances are, a member in your community has experienced domestic violence, threats of violence, stalking, or harassment of some sort. As a manager, you have many roles; keeping residents safe is within your...

Keep Conference Call Meetings Efficient and Confidential

July 15, 2016    

If your community association has a hard time getting enough board members to attend monthly board meetings to form a quorum, consider meeting by telephone conference call. Meeting by conference call makes it easier for directors to attend, increasing the likelihood that they will. This is...

Ensure You Won't Be on the Hook for Violence in Community

June 27, 2016    

Unfortunately, sometimes annoying behavior by a member in your community can provoke a violent reaction from another member. Badly behaved pets, loud music, or acting inappropriately in common areas can lead to arguments that escalate. You and your staff should act quickly to avoid liability for...

Set Rules to Minimize Hot Tub Risks

May 10, 2016    

Despite some recent concerns over the safety of hot tubs, this amenity continues to be popular in many communities. The high temperatures that hot tub water can reach pose risks to some members, namely, pregnant women or people with high blood pressure. And hot tubs are unsafe for children both...

Hold Community Events without Risking Liquor Liability

April 12, 2016    

This spring, you and your association are probably planning summer events that will give members a chance to have fun in the community and get to know their neighbors. Organizing events can also be a team-building experience for your staff and create goodwill between management and residents. It...

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