Feature Articles

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...

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.

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...

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...

Minimize Risks Posed by Members Who Use Building Rooftop

February 12, 2018    

Spring is here and with it will come warm weather that brings out homeowners and condominium owners to enjoy it. Especially in city areas, which tend to have many condominium buildings, there’s limited outdoor space, so members and their guests might try to create some recreational space...

Spring into Action After Community Experiences Crime

February 12, 2018    

It’s important for members in your community to feel safe. After all, one of the draws of many associations is security. It’s common for communities to have security personnel or, at the least, take practical measures to mitigate crime like installing adequate lighting in common...

Motivate Member to Pay Delinquent Association Fees

January 12, 2018    

Association fees are an integral part of keeping a planned community or condominium building running smoothly. They’re key to paying bills for routine services and amenities and, in some communities, can contribute to additional bonuses for members, like social events. But when members don...

Avoid Liability by Using Well-Drafted Architectural Application

January 12, 2018    

One of the draws of living in a planned community is aesthetics—uniformity in the design and appearance of homes, rules and regulations that prevent homeowners from putting up decorations that are eyesores, and specific paint themes and landscaping that are in good taste all make for a...

Take Four Steps to Put End to Member-on-Member Harassment

December 12, 2017    

Living in close proximity in a condo building or sharing amenities year after year in more spread out planned communities can throw together members with different points of view—some of them controversial. The past year has created divisiveness in political conversations and discussions...

Prepare Disaster Plan for Three Events That Could Hit Community Hard

November 13, 2017    

The day-to-day management of a planned community or condominium building can be a heavy workload, filled with tasks that are crucial for keeping the association running smoothly. When you’re busy with the daily duties, however, planning for an event that has only the potential to occur is...

Reevaluate Home Business Ban to Foster Community’s Marketability

October 25, 2017    

Telecommuting has become commonplace in many industries, with workers being encouraged to work from locations other than their company’s office. Small business owners might try to save money initially by finding a solution to running their operation other than leasing commercial space that...