Communications

Community Association Communications, including newsletters, email, notices, meetings, websites

Stop Overwhelming New Owners – How To Streamline Your Welcome Packets

Welcome packets for new owners in community associations are going through a makeover in more and more communities. The trend can be summed up succinctly: Less is more. The welcome packet should be more than a cursory administrative task. Done right, it can generate positive feelings toward the community, the association, and the manager. It…

What the Pandemic Has Taught Us About Working Remotely

The COVID-19 pandemic has worn everyone down — but the people who’ve been leading during a year of remote community association management say there are lessons all managers can take from this experience: The first is that work-from-home is here to stay. “Being into this now just under a year, remote working has actually worked…

A Welcome Change: Managers Slim Down Their New-Owner Packets

Welcome packets for new owners in community associations are going through a makeover in more and more communities. The trend can be summed up succinctly: Less is more. A Necessary Nuisance The welcome packet should be more than a cursory administrative task. Done right, it can generate positive feelings toward the community, the association, and…

Failing To Satisfy Notice Requirements Can Have Big Consequences

A Maryland condo association recently was reminded of the importance of strictly adhering to the applicable notice requirements for meetings. The 815-unit condo building had a 50-year-old fire alarm that had to be updated to comply with the county code. After a series of consultations and site visits by engineers, the board was set to…

Marketing Strategies From Successful Managers

It’s the year 2021, when your kids’ babysitters are on LinkedIn, and the teenager who cuts your lawn has a branding plan. But many community association management firms are still in denial about the need to market their businesses. “We have a bad habit in this industry of thinking we don’t have to market ourselves…

4 Lessons from Remote Property Management

The COVID-19 pandemic has worn everyone down — but the people who’ve been leading during a year of remote community association management say there are lessons all managers can take from this experience: 1. Work-from-Home Is Here to Stay “Being into this now just under a year, remote working has actually worked out well for…

How Successful Managers Are Marketing Themselves Today

It’s the year 2021, when your kids’ babysitters are on LinkedIn, and the teenager who cuts your lawn has a branding plan. But many community association management firms are still in denial about the need to market their businesses. “We have a bad habit in this industry of thinking we don’t have to market ourselves…

Notice Matters: Court Invalidates Board’s Approval of $1.2 Million Fire Alarm Contract

A Maryland condo association recently was reminded of the importance of strictly adhering to the applicable notice requirements for meetings. A court ruled that, because insufficient notice of a board meeting was provided to owners, the board's action at the meeting was invalid — even though neither the state condo act nor the association bylaws…

What Happens When an Owner Accuses a Board Member or Manager of Defamation?

We recently wrote about community association board members’ attempts to rein in “bad owners” by filing defamation lawsuits against them. But what about when the tables turn, and an owner pursues defamation allegations against board members or managers? The Michigan Court of Appeals recently upheld a lower court’s dismissal of just such an action, finding…

Qualified Privilege Protects Board Member, Manager from Defamation Claims

We recently wrote about community association board members’ attempts to rein in “bad owners” by filing defamation lawsuits against them. But what about when the tables turn, and an owner pursues defamation allegations against board members or managers? The Michigan Court of Appeals recently upheld a lower court’s dismissal of just such an action, finding…