Regardless of where you’re located, or how long you’ve been in the business, the same types of problems tend to crop up over and over, don’t they?
It’s not the big emergencies that make you pull your hair out, but the everyday hassles that start to grate when you get lots of people living together in the same community. Things like pet issues. And smoking. And the other chronic niggling nuisances that, over time, become a real pain in the neck.
Which is why we’ve pulled together this Special Report specifically about managing these sorts of challenges.Download now »
More than 60 percent of American states have legalized some form of marijuana since 1996, and the legislatures in many of the holdouts have recently considered doing so. Those states with legal marijuana have seen it rapidly commoditized, with new businesses such as delivery services cropping up and becoming a part of homeowners’ daily lives.
Not surprisingly, the proliferation of pot has begun to have repercussions for community association managers, both as property managers and employers. Whether you live in a state where marijuana is fully legal, partially legal, or on the cusp of some degree of legalization, you need to know what that means on the ground.
This Special Report takes an in-depth look at some of the most pressing marijuana-related issues for community association managers and their clients and provides expert guidance on how to mitigate the associated risks.Download now »
As time goes on, even more information emerges about how dangerous smoking is not only for smokers, but also for those exposed to secondhand smoke. Secondhand tobacco smoke—Environmental Tobacco Smoke or ETS—has been classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a “Group A” carcinogen, a known cause of cancer. Smoking is also a fire hazard, leading to possible property damage; cigarettes or cigars that haven’t been completely extinguished can spark flames.
Despite widespread warnings about the dangers of cigarettes, you’ll no doubt have at least some smokers in the community you manage. This is especially problematic in condominium buildings, where smoke from one unit can permeate other units and common areas—leading to bitter complaints or damage that you’ll have to deal with. Some cigarette smoke complaints might even purport that the smoke is causing health issues for other members.
Q: Several unit owners in the condominium building I manage are longtime cigarette smokers. I’ve fielded an increasing number of complaints from nonsmoker unit owners, some of whom are claiming the cigarette smoke is affecting their health. The board has been working with our attorney on whether and how to create a smoking ban inside the building. In the meantime, one of the unit owners has moved out and is planning to sue the association because she can’t live in her unit while it’s filled with secondhand smoke.