ArchiveMay 2016

May 2016 Condo Association News Roundup


Lots to cover in May 2016 Condo Association News.  A big verdict on the DR Horton Case I covered last month, drones crashing into building, proposed HOA tax credits and more.  For even more news, you can get an exclusive bonus update by signing up for the Better Condo Life mailing list. DR Horton negligent in Jax condo case, jury awards $9.6 million  Anne Schindler, First Coast News, May 20, 2016...

How to Create an Effective Condo Association Electric Vehicle Policy


Electric Vehicles are gaining in popularity in the US.  While still a small fraction of vehicles sold – about 1% – you’re starting to see more and more Teslas, Volts, Leafs, and others.  And while there may not be a lot of them, it only takes two or three Owners in your Association who have an EV or want to buy an EV for your Board to receive an inquiry about how you’re...

Communicating Major Condo Association Projects to Condo Owners


You’ve got your technical representation.  You’ve designed and bid out your project.  The next step in managing a major project is one of the most important – communicating major Condo Association projects to your Owners.  This is a task that is both simultaneously easy and hard.  It is relatively easy to do, but it isn’t always a fun experience for the Board.  That said, you need to be a...

How to Secure your Condo Association’s Wireless Networks


Many Condo Associations offer free wireless internet access (wifi) for Owners in common areas as an amenity.  It might be in your gym, your lobby, your pool – wherever.  In today’s day and age where everyone is connected 24/7, this is amenity is typically well received and quite popular in a Condo Association.  Unfortunately, it is also an amenity that can be ripe for abuse by unscrupulous...

Fighting Apathy #5: Four Reasons Serving on Your Condo Association Board is Good for You


Serving on a Condo Association Board is a tough job – sometimes it’s hard to see why serving on your condo association board is good for you.  You’ve got the responsibility to govern anywhere from a handful of units to hundreds that might house thousands of Owners.  At times it will seem you’re spending literally hours on things as shallow as the shade of blinds.  You’ll pull off...

Conducting a Police Safety Walkthrough in a Condo Association


Part of ensuring a safe community includes having a good understanding your Association’s physical layout.  A walkthrough is key to devising an effective security plan.   There are a few ways you can perform a walkthrough – on your own, through a professional company, or with the help of your local police jurisdiction.  Many local police precincts have police liaison programs.  These...

Financing a Condo Association Special Assessment


Now that you’ve got an idea of what condition your Condo is in, you need to figure out how you are going to handle the “Assessment” part of the Special Assessment process.  This is the step where you figure out how you’re financing a Condo Association Special Assessment.   How Much Do You Need? Typically you want to assume the cost of the project, plus enough to cover any delinquency, plus...

How to Assign Work in a Condo Association


As a Condo Association Board, your job is to set the policy and direction for your Association.  You are the executive board for the Condo, and that means you need to assign out work to be done – whether it is to Management for the operations of the Condo, to each other for specific tasks, or to Committees.  Managing people is always a challenge, and a Condo Association presents a few...

The Types of Board Members in a Condo Association


Board members in a Condo Association come in many varieties, but at the end of the day, they’re either bad at their job, good at their job, or great at their job.  Today we’ll cover the major archetypes of Board members, what their behaviors are, and how they fit into the Association.  If you’re a Board member and wondering how you fit in, this article will be great for a little self-reflection...

Follow Me


Recent Posts