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Get Board Authority Over Members’ Unit Maintenance

July 26, 2018    

Proper and timely maintenance of every feature in a planned community or condominium is key to keeping things running smoothly. But members will inevitably have a wide range of attitudes toward their own maintenance obligations. On one end of the spectrum will be members who understand that,...

Complying with Insurance Requirements for Association

July 26, 2018    

Q: The board of the association I manage is trying to reduce costs for operating the community. One way to do this would be to drop an insurance policy for specific risks, like flooding. What is the risk for the association of not providing...

New York Association Sued for Discrimination Against Religious Members

July 26, 2018    

A New York community association is facing a discrimination lawsuit brought in federal court by Jewish members of the community who say that the association is hostile to their religious practices. According to the members, the association has adopted rules that are “expressly designed to...

Help Association Go Green with Environmental Initiatives

June 21, 2018    

Reducing the waste that a community association and its residents create is one of the most important aspects of responsible and sustainable property management.

Determining Who Will Do Elevator Maintenance

June 21, 2018    

Q: The maintenance staff for the community I manage handles nearly every aspect of taking care of the property including landscaping, ensuring there’s tight security, and even cleaning the pool. Recently, one of the elevators has been...

Don’t Selectively Enforce Restrictions

June 21, 2018    

From time to time, a homeowner in the community you manage will want to install—or will install without permission—some item that isn’t allowable under the association’s declaration of restrictions. While this seems cut and dried because governing documents set out what...

Take Stress Out of Change in Management

May 17, 2018    

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 job and, at some point, the manager or the management company will inevitably leave. The question that concerns owners and the board of directors at...

$20M Jury Verdict Raises Alarming Questions for Homeowners

May 17, 2018    

A homeowners association in Las Vegas is facing not just a staggering jury verdict in favor of the family of a teenager who was injured by playground equipment in the community, but also questions from confused members, some of whom feel misled.

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Awarding Legal Fees in Association Lawsuit

May 17, 2018    

Q: A homeowner in the community I manage is suing the association. We’re concerned not only about the cost of litigation, but also that we might be on the hook for the homeowner’s attorney’s fees, not just our own. If the...

Consider Hurdles to Leasing Unused Common Areas to Businesses

April 26, 2018    

If your association is looking for new and creative ways to generate more revenue, can it lease underappreciated common area space to a commercial tenant as a way to add convenience to your members and income for your association? With the rise of mixed-use spaces, the convenience—and...

Dealing with Items Not Mentioned in Guidelines

April 26, 2018    

While it saves a lot of hassle—and potentially litigation—when association guidelines are detailed, occasionally you’ll come across a member with a request to install an item that hasn’t been addressed. But does that mean that it’s permissible for an owner to do...

Member Can't Prove Nonmembers Were Voting at Meetings

April 26, 2018    

Unfortunately, sometimes a member of the community you manage might make accusations that you’ll have to deal with. And it could lead to litigation. But before you panic, remember that to prevail, the member has to be able to back up her argument with evidence. A Florida case highlights...