Feature

How to Establish a Waste Reduction & Recycling Program

June 11, 2018    
By Carolyn Zezima, Esq.
Repairs & Maintenance

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

June 10, 2018    
Feature

Get Association Ready for Management Transition

May 15, 2018    
Buying a home in a community association is a serious investment, so many homeowners and members live in their units for an extended period of time. Although it sometimes seems like an on-site association manager is part of the community because she’s on the property continually, this is a...
Risk Management

Require Employees to Get Authorization Before Commenting About Accidents, Incidents

May 15, 2018    
A large part of the day-to-day management of a community is providing service, in a friendly and polite manner that comports with a major point of living in an association—being part of a pleasant environment. You’ve probably trained your staff to make homeowners and their guests feel...
Recent Court Rulings

Association Obligated to Provide Flood Insurance

May 15, 2018    
Facts: An association maintained flood insurance for five of the buildings in its multi-building property. All five buildings were in flood zones as designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The association later decided not to renew the flood insurance policy, citing concerns...
Feature

Use Caution When Considering Leasing Unused Common Space

April 6, 2018    
By Andrea Brescia With the rise of mixed-use spaces, the convenience—and financial benefit—of having a popular bakery or a national bank locked in for a 10-year, income-generating lease may seem like an attractive option for a common area that’s going largely unused in your...
Risk Management

Find the Right Commercial Tenant for Your Association

April 6, 2018    
By Andrea Brescia For associations that have designated commercial space, finding the right tenant is critical. While there are a lot of retail stores that provide convenience, not every commercial tenant is necessarily a good fit for your community.
Recent Court Rulings

Recent Settlements Illustrate the High Cost of Fair Housing Complaints

April 6, 2018    
Recent cases from California and New York—involving families with children and reasonable accommodation requests, respectively—highlight the importance of staff training in fair housing law in order to avoid discrimination complaints. Families with children. A California condominium...
Feature

How to Avoid Liability for 'Practice of Law' and Debt Collection

March 15, 2018    
As a community association manager, a large part of your time can be taken up with questions from directors and members that require a response. While you might want to provide as much helpful information as you can, be aware that this area can be fraught with risk for you and your management...
Repairs & Maintenance

Gear Up for Summer with Air Conditioning System Inspections

March 15, 2018    
Depending upon where the community you manage is located, hot weather is a year-round issue you must manage or summer is around the corner faster than you think. One sure way you can beat the heat, no matter where your association is, is to be certain that your community’s central air...
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