Repairs & Maintenance

Encountering Wildlife in Your Community? Tactics to Mitigate the Issue

It’s not only Florida associations with alligators or California communities with mountain lions that can run into wildlife issues. Suburbs across the country are seeing coyotes and other unwelcome visitors. Managers have been recently reporting more wildlife sightings and episodes than in the past. “We live near the forest, so we normally deal with deer…

Where the Wild Things Are (Increasingly, in HOAs!)

It’s not only Florida associations with alligators or California communities with mountain lions that can run into wildlife issues. Suburbs across the country are seeing coyotes and other unwelcome visitors. What can your clients do about it? Increasing Interaction with Animals Managers have been recently reporting more wildlife sightings and episodes than in the past.…

Deferred Condo Maintenance: New Chicago Program Brings Hope of Financial Assistance

The City of Chicago has established a $15 million financial assistance program to help owner-occupants and associations in one particular neighborhood pay for overdue repairs and maintenance. The South Shore neighborhood of Chicago is one of the city’s most densely populated. Located along Lake Michigan, it’s home to the University of Chicago, the Museum of…

Chicago Launches Condo Preservation Program — Could Other Help Be on the Way?

The City of Chicago has established a $15 million financial assistance program to help owner-occupants and associations in one particular neighborhood pay for overdue repairs and maintenance. The South Shore Condo/Co-op Preservation Fund Pilot is intended to help condo owners at risk of losing their homes to deconversion because of their inability to pay for…

Proposed Federal Condo Law Would Make it Easier for Associations to Finance Repairs

A new bill has been proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives that would make it easier for condo associations to obtain financing to make critical repairs and replacements. The “Rapid Financing for Critical Condo Repairs Act of 2022” (H.R. 8304) follows the introduction earlier this year of the Securing Access to Finance Exterior Repairs…

Congress Considers More Legislation to Help Finance Condo Repairs

A new bill has been proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives that would make it easier for condo associations to obtain financing to make critical repairs and replacements. The “Rapid Financing for Critical Condo Repairs Act of 2022” (H.R. 8304) follows the introduction earlier this year of the Securing Access to Finance Exterior Repairs…

Surfside Aftermath: New Florida Law Puts Managers Under the Gun

Florida condo and co-op associations are facing a new law aimed at ensuring the structural integrity of high-rise buildings in the wake of the Champlain Towers South collapse in Surfside. The law imposes several new requirements that are raising concerns. “It was a hurried, not well-thought-out bill that’s going to have really significant consequences,” says…

Florida Tackles Condo Repairs Reform — Will Other States Follow?

Florida condo and co-op associations are facing a new law aimed at ensuring the structural integrity of high-rise buildings in the wake of the Champlain Towers South collapse in Surfside. The law imposes several new requirements that are raising concerns. “It was a hurried, not well-thought-out bill that’s going to have really significant consequences,” says…

Proposed Legislation Could Provide Funding for Special Assessments

U.S. Representatives Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) recently introduced the Securing Access to Finance Exterior Repairs (SAFER) in Condos Act of 2022 (H.R. 7532). The legislation would allow condo owners to finance special assessments with loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). But, if enacted, the law might not provide the…

How To Stretch Sustainable Landscaping Dollars

We recently explained how associations ready to convert to sustainable landscaping can determine the degree of change their communities can stomach, as well as some of the initial issues to consider once that determination is made. Now, we’ll look at some of the ways that associations can make meaningful investments upfront and help offset their…