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Dealing with Condo Association Noise Issues

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“Quiet enjoyment” is a phrase that is common to real estate.  The concept is that an Owner will be able to live in a home in a peaceful manner.  As most Condo Owners know, quiet enjoyment can be elusive. There may be environmental issues, such as a nearby train or major roadway.  You might have noisy neighbors. In yet other situations, a noisy common element – such as an HVAC unit or water...

2018 Condo Association Marijuana News Roundup

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April 20th, a sacred day for weed smokers everywhere, is just around the corner. This year is a particularly special year as Canada is on the verge of legalizing marijuana across the country.  Marijuana users are rejoicing, but Condo Associations are cringing. Smoke smells are the bane of Associations, as one Owner’s enjoyment is another’s nightmare. To celebrate 4/20 here is the 2018 Condo...

Ways to Reinvigorate an Apathetic Condo Association Board

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Fighting apathy is one of the hardest parts of being on a Condo Association Board.  Whether it’s the grind of the pace of Condo leadership, or bad Board members getting their way, Boards can fall into a rut.  This can be incredibly stressful and discouraging, and lead to Board burnout. A telling sign of these ruts is when the majority of work is done by a minority of Board members.  This becomes...

Condo Association Issues Condo Owners Cannot Control

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One of the premises of Better Condo Life is that apathy is a detriment to Condo Associations, and informed and involved Owners can control their Condo destiny.  In general, this is true. You may choose not to invest the time to be informed and involved, but the option is always there. However, there are certain Condo Association issues Condo Owners cannot control, no matter what the circumstances...

Causes of Condo Association Board Burnout

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Serving on a Condo Association Board is both a privilege and a duty.  There are numerous reasons why serving on a Condo Board is good for you personally as well as your community.  Over time, it is inevitable that you will start to feel the impact of burnout, which has recognizable symptoms that diminish your capability in the position.  There are numerous causes of Condo Association Board...

Three Odd Condo Association Issues

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There are numerous challenges of being on a Condo Association Board.  You are expected to be a leader, adjudicate rules, and manage large budgets.  What you don’t get prepared for is the weird and frustrating stuff. Some things are zombie issues that just won’t die.  During my lengthy tenure on a Condo Association Board, here are some odd Condo Association issues I never thought I’d deal with...

March 2018 Condo Association News Roundup

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March has gone out like a lamb, and spring is in the air.  As we shake off winter, there’s lots to cover in the March 2018 Condo Association news roundup.  An article from Donna DiMaggio Berger talks about how community Associations can handle the construction of neighboring buildings.  An article from Canada talks about the impacts of widespread marijuana legalization on Condo communities and...

Five Condo Association Management Bad Behaviors

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Our next installment of the bad behaviors focuses on Condo Association Management.  Management has a tough job – they deal with rude Owners, crazy situations, and more.  They also are the only true professionals in the Condo Association world. They get paid, where committees and Boards do not.  As great as Management can be, there are several Condo Association Management bad behaviors that...

Condo Association Problem Solving Strategies

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One of the worst habits of Condo Boards is the desire to bicker and debate issues which the Board is wholly unqualified to answer.  Nothing is more eye roll-inducing from Board meeting attendees than hearing people who have no idea about a technical subject – say, concrete – debate for a half hour.  This is not efficient or productive. This is the age of the internet, and there are numerous ways...

Primary Condo Association Board Duties

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Being on a Condo Board entails numerous tasks.  Some include intense planning, such as a major project or special assessment.  Other tasks must be more oriented towards being a leader within your community. There are certain Condo Association Board duties which make up the bread and butter of your activities.  No matter what else you work on, you can expect that these three activities are part of...

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