ArchiveMarch 2018

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...

Three Actions to Get Your Condo Association Finances in Order

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Without money, your Condo Association is in deep trouble.  Fiduciary duty is the only codified duty of a Board member, and thus finances is your top priority.  An Association’s financial house can fall into disarray for a variety of reasons.  It might be an apathetic Board, a bad Board, or simply a new Association that doesn’t know what to do.  No matter what your situation, these actions will...

Four Traits of the Apathetic Condo Association Board Member

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Board members come in all shapes and sizes, from all walks of life.  Some are good, and others are bad.  But there’s another flavor that often isn’t talked about – the apathetic Condo Association Board member.  Neither good nor bad, the apathetic Board member chugs along.  While they are not actively selfish or subversive, they’re also not particularly useful.  Here are four traits you can expect...

Three Signs of Condo Association Board Member Burnout

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Burnout is inevitable.  Even the most disciplined, hardest-working individuals will find themselves growing fatigued over time.  Too much fatigue – whether from an apathetic Board or a broken Board – will in turn develop into burnout.  This is why new blood on a Board is so important.  Nonetheless, you may find yourself falling into the ultimate burnout stage.  Here are three signs of Condo...

Three More Condo Association Facilities Committee Projects

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Condo Association committees can have a tremendously positive impact upon your community.  When they are managed correctly, their ability to contribute and make your community a better place to live is significant.  In the last edition, we covered several important ideas for Condo Association facilities Committee projects.  These included an environmental review, landscape review, and security...

Writing an Elegant Condo Association Request Denial Letter

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Owner requests are one of the many issues that a Board needs to deal with.  These can range from simple things like parking policy exemptions to more challenging requests like substantial unit modifications.  Unfortunately, as a Board must look out for the Association’s fiduciary duty and other considerations, sometimes the answer is no.  While “no” isn’t an Owner’s ideal outcome, you can avoid...

February 2018 Condo Association News

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February may be a short month, but it wasn’t lacking for interesting Condo and HOA news.  In the February 2018 Condo Association news roundup, we’ve got several topics of interest.  First, Maryland is considering a law that would limit the ability for developers to force Owners to waive their right to sue.  Second, a cautionary tale about why you should always pay late fees from your HOA –...

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