Dealing With...

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Take Four Steps to Minimize Heat Complaints from Members This Winter

November 30, 2018    

Winter weather can make community managers’ jobs more challenging if they’re managing associations that are located in cold-weather climates. You’ll typically field an influx of heating complaints. Often, these complaints are unfounded or result from easily correctable problems...

Defining Board Officers’ Duties

November 30, 2018    

While serving on the board of a community association is a volunteer position, board members can get very invested in it. It’s not uncommon to hear about board members who overstep boundaries. That’s why it’s important to be able to gently—or in some cases, more firmly...

Reduce Assessment Delinquencies with 'Acceleration' Policy

October 29, 2018    

The financial health of an association depends in large part on monthly payments from members. Those payments are integral because they pay for the services and amenities the members expect and are entitled to. Unfortunately, whether it’s because of financial difficulties or a dispute,...

How Business Judgment Rule Can Protect Association from Lawsuits

July 10, 2018    

Typically, if decisions made by the board turn out well, members are happy. But if the decisions lead to unforeseen costly expenses to the community, some members might sue, regardless of the board members’ good intentions. That’s why it’s more important than ever that your...

Help New Board Member Transition into Role

November 13, 2017    

When a board member gives up her position, your association will have the sometimes difficult task of replacing the outgoing member. But the challenging part of replacing a member comes after the new member is found and elected to the board. That’s because, depending upon the new member...

Bring Out the Best from Members Campaigning for Board Seat

August 15, 2017    

The 2016 presidential election involved an unprecedented level of negative campaigning for office, including vitriol and attacks on candidates and their political parties. Campaigns aren’t limited to just political office, though. Association boards are comprised of elected members—...

How to Negotiate a Favorable Laundry-Room Service Contract

August 15, 2017    

Some condominium buildings have a shared, central laundry room for members, instead of washing and drying appliances in units. Even in planned communities with freestanding homes, the association may decide to use a common laundry room. But it’s not as easy as buying washers and dryers and...

How to Conduct an Association Membership Survey

June 13, 2017    

Especially in major cities and the surrounding areas, “luxury” buildings seem to be going up left and right. As these properties are developed, you might have to get competitive to keep members from selling their home or condo unit in your community, and to entice new members to buy...

Address Member's Maintenance Problem Immediately

May 8, 2017    

The draw to residential communities for most owners is that there are rules that keep homes looking nice, and when their neighbors neglect their properties, it can not only conflict with the community’s aesthetic, but also cause damage. For example, an unresolved plumbing leak can cause...

Use Social Media to Reach—and Listen to—Your Community

April 13, 2017    

By Andrea Brescia

More and more Americans are getting—and sending—their information through social media in real time: from politics and breaking news to sharing family photos and learning about events. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter are the favored community...

Keep Grip on Meeting Where You Allow Members to Speak

November 14, 2016    

To encourage member participation in community affairs, many boards permit association members to attend and speak at board meetings, even when the bylaws do not give the members that right. But if a member speaks too long, rambles off topic, or intentionally antagonizes the board or other...

Don't Leave Annual Member Meeting Details for the Last Minute

October 27, 2016    

Managing a condominium building or planned community is undeniably challenging; balancing the needs of members, the board of directors, your own staff, and contractors or third-party vendors can be like a juggling routine. You might feel as though each day you’re interviewing for your own...