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May 2017 Condo Association News Roundup

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Spring is in full bloom, and so is the May 2017 Condo Association news roundup!  This month features another highlight in the never-ending short-term rental war – two big stories related to the never-ending battle between Owners, neighbors, and community Associations.  In San Francisco, a major lawsuit between Airbnb and the city was settled, further enabling rental services.  However, in...

Tips for Entering Owners’ Units in Condo Associations

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Living in a Condo Association means that you are subject to a wide variety of Bylaws, rules, and other conditions.  One of the interesting – and often frustrating – issues results from entering Owners’ units in Condo Associations.  This can be necessitated by a variety of factors.  The most common occurs when there is work that affects common elements, or shared space, that must be...

Three Condo Association Special Assessment Questions To Determine Project Timing

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An informed and involved Owner will often attend monthly Condo Association meetings.  If your Board has been discussing big projects during meetings, you might start to wonder if things are going well or not.  Sometimes work is routine, but other times there might be a rough road ahead.  When a Condo Association Special Assessment is looming, there are several things you need to do as an Owner...

Tips to Create an Internal Condo Association Website for Owners

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Communication is a key part of any Condo Association community.  Whether it’s for social purposes, governance, or maintenance, you need to be able to communicate with your Owners.  Once you’ve tackled an external website, you need to start thinking about what your internal website should look like.  An internal website for your Owners serves as a focal point for your Association’s activities.  It...

Tips for Asking Good Questions at Condo Association Meetings

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The monthly Condo Association meeting is one of the most important – yet ignored – aspects Condo life.  Often these meetings are about as exciting as watching paint dry or grass grow.  However, they also offer deep insights as to how your Association is being governed and how your money is being spent.  You might learn about an impending major project or get a leg up on planning for a...

Three Condo Association Project Red Flags

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When you’re carrying out a major project, you’re bound to encounter issues.  Unhappy Owners, unexpected “surprises” during the project, and other challenges are to be expected.  A challenging issue is figuring out what problems are part of the normal lifecycle of a project and which ones are signs of a bad performer.   Here are three Condo Association project red flags that Boards and Management...

Basic Condo Association Cybersecurity

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Hackers and malware are everywhere.  Whether you’re a small business being taken advantage of with ransomware, or even the U.S. government sitting on sensitive information of staff with security clearances, you’re at risk.  Condo Associations and Homeowners Associations are potentially juicy targets for hackers for a number of reasons.  First, you have valuable information that...

Tips to Create an External Condo Association Website

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Communication is one of the key elements of a Condo Association.  In today’s day and age, an online presence is becoming mandatory for most entities, and Condo Associations are no exception.  Web expertise is highly commoditized, and you can easily hire someone or find a volunteer from within your Association to help you carry out the actual act of building the website.  The part that a Board and...

Three Condo Association Board Bad Habits to Break Right Now

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Sometimes you pick up bad habits.  Maybe it’s because you have a bad influence, maybe a bad upbringing.  It could be because you’re lazy.  Condo Association Boards operate the same way.  You’re carrying out your work, generally being a good Association.  But over time, the bad habits start to creep in.  Maybe it’s because of a boorish personality on the Board or a culture of apathy with your...

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