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June 2017 Condo Association News Roundup

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The Summer Solstice has passed, and we’re just about at the halfway mark for 2017.  This month has included a number of major news stories that impact Condo life.  In June, we saw Airbnb back in the news as they reached a major deal with the Michigan government.  The Colorado Supreme Court ruled on developer liability, and a major lawsuit in Florida was resolved.  Enjoy the June 2017 Condo...

The Condo Association Board Advocate Profile

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The Condo Association Board Advocate is the first of the Condo Association Board personality series.  The Condo Association Board Advocate is a valuable member of your Condo Board.  In short, they’re looking out for the little guy.  This is usually a great thing for the Owners.  But is it great for the Association?   The Condo Association Board Advocate’s Mantra: “How can we minimize the impact...

The Most Important Condo Association Documents You’re Not Reading

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Most Condo Association business is as exciting as watching paint dry.  Unfortunately, this further extends to most Condo Association documents, as well.  The fact that these documents are boring and often intimidating leads most Owners to ignore them.  These same Owners who ignore documents find themselves shocked and upset when suddenly they are on the hook for thousands of dollars or find...

How to Record Actionable Condo Association Meeting Notes

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Every month, your Condo Association holds a monthly meeting.  While at times this meeting may be as exciting as watching paint dry, typically there are important decisions being made.  You might be deciding on finances or maintenance, helping monitor committees, and more.  While you will have official minutes taken, these are often somewhat formulaic and won’t capture the full scope of what is...

New Series: Condo Association Board Personalities

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Condo Boards are made up of all sorts of people.  They come from different backgrounds and may be great at their jobs – or really bad.  Board members tend to have several different types of personalities, which strongly influence how they govern.  These styles are typically influenced by their personal backgrounds, professional backgrounds, and life experiences.  This new series will focus...

How to Avoid Condo Association Lawsuits

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Every Condo Owner – and Board – seeks to live in a harmonious community – one where people have great parties and other events, special assessments don’t happen, and things are great.  Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in.  Sometimes, despite the best of intentions, things go south.  In today’s litigious society, when things go south, lawyers get involved.  But no...

Three Condo Association Communications Committee Project Ideas

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Condo Association Committees are an excellent way for a Community Association to increase engagement and offer more value for Owners.  Different Committees have different roles.  Typically a Communications Committee will be responsible for increasing outreach and engagement within a community.  They function best in larger communities where the Association has a bigger budget and there’s more...

Four Condo Association Special Assessment Questions To Determine Project Cost

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Having determined the timing of a Special Assessment through your incredible detective skills (powered by ), the next logical question you’ll want to ask is how much will the Special Assessment cost.  Knowing it’s coming is one thing, but its cost is quite another.  Similar to the previous article, these are Condo Association Special Assessment questions you have a right to ask.  Whether or not...

Four Tips for a Productive Condo Association Committee

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Condo Association Committees can be a powerful force within a Condo Association.  As Associations are volunteer entities, they are only as strong (or weak) as the level of Owner engagement.  Boards typically have their hands full with things like major projects , Special Assessments  and hearings.  When you add in jobs, kids, and school, this leaves most Boards with little bandwidth.  This is...

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