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January 2017 Condo Association News Roundup


Happy New Year!  We’re into 2017, and there’s quite a bit going on in the world.  But don’t let that distract you, because there’s just as much going on in the Condo world, too!  In the January 2017 Condo Association News roundup, we’ve got a number of interesting stories.  Hostile Condo takeovers, more Airbnb drama, and surveys about Condo owner happiness. Whatever...

Four Signs of a Well-Run Condo Association


For legitimate reasons, much of Association life is dealing with bad Boards and Association challenges.  While bad headlines often dominate the news, the reality is that there are a number of very well-run Condo Associations that are creating great quality of life for Owners.  You may be wondering if you live in one of them – or even better, maybe you are a Board member wondering if...

How to Hold a Condo Association Hearing


Once you’ve prepared for a Condo Association hearing, you’ll have done all of the necessary legwork to minimize conflict and maximize the outcome.  While preparation makes things easier, you will still need to go through with the hearing itself.  These tips will help you hold a Condo Association hearing in the most effective way possible.   Explain the Process and Be Courteous Hearing proceedings...

Putting Bad Condo Association News in Perspective


One of the most frustrating parts of Condo Association and HOA life is all of the terrible things that seem to be happening in the news.  There are all sorts of horror stories that detail what can happen.  Homes seized, embezzlement, sinking buildings – you name it.  It can be very easy to assume that all Condo Associations are full of evil, incompetent idiots.  While there are many bad...

Green Technology and Electricity Savings in a Condo Association


Electricity is one of the biggest expenses for a Condo Association.  As such, green technologies or other ways to promote electricity savings in a Condo Association is definitely something you’ll want to look into.  Improvements to and investments in your Condo’s power consumption can make a big difference towards the bottom line and preserving the environment.  But where do you start?  There are...

When do you need a Condo Association Code of Conduct?


Codes of Conduct have been springing up in many private companies.  The idea behind them is setting clear expectations of positive and negative behaviors.  Those who do not follow the Code of Conduct are disciplined, and thus you have a more harmonious organization.  There is some evidence in favor of this, and some evidence against it.  It is no surprise that some Boards implement a Condo...

Effectively Befriending Neighboring Condo Associations


All of life is about neighbors.  In a Condo Association, it is important that within your building you are building networks of like-minded Owners and generally being a good neighbor.  In our urban and suburban world, even buildings have neighbors.  Just as it is important to be a good neighbor within your building, you want to be a good neighbor outside of your building, as well.  One of the...

How to Prepare for a Condo Association Hearing


Hearings are a necessary evil for any large Association.  Condo Associations create rules – sometimes lots of them.  Generally, a cease and desist deters most Owners from breaking the rules.  Every now and then, however, you need to hold a formal hearing.  This usually occurs when you have to issue a fine because an Owner has refused to follow the cease and desist.  The first step in being...

Three Condo Association Predictions for 2017


Happy 2017!  2016 is behind us with all of its craziness – Surprise election results, various Condo Association policy changes, Pokemon Go, Hatchimals – there was something for everyone.  One of the most interesting things in 2016 has been the impact of technology and public policy on Condo Associations.  There have been many changes that Associations will need to think about going...

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