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Fighting Apathy: New Members on Condo Association Boards

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The goal of every Association is to provide a safe, secure, and financially solvent community for its Owners.  The vast majority of Associations succeed in this endeavor.  This makes it all the more disappointing when Boards break bad and you end up with horror stories in the news.  There are many drivers of what makes Boards break bad, and today we’ll touch on one of the greatest remedies: new...

Four Tips for Condo Association Budgets

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Fall is typically the time for developing Condo Association budgets.  This is because most Condo Associations run on a calendar year fiscal cycle and most Bylaws require a 30-day Owner comment period.  Budgeting is an extremely personal exercise – every community is different, with different amenities, costs, and tolerance for Condo fees.  Nonetheless, there are several tips that are...

Five Personalities at Condo Association Meetings

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Monthly Condo Association meetings are critical for the operations and maintenance of an Association.  This is where the vast majority of real work gets done.  Involved Owners show up to see the sausage made, or at least read the minutes.  From a Board’s perspective, you’re typically thrilled to see ANYONE show up.  Nothing is more disheartening than a monthly meeting with no attendees.  When...

The Five Types of Community Associations

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Community Associations – such as Homeowners Associations, Condo Associations, and the like, come in a variety of different flavors.  Although they tend to be similar in many ways – most notably that they have substantial control over homes within their jurisdiction and they are able to collect dues – they can also differ substantially.  In some cases, a single property might be...

September 2016 Condo Association News Roundup

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Short-term rentals are the focus of the September 2016 Condo Association News.  A government commission in California is throwing grenades by demanding beachfront Home Owner’s Associations in the region allow short terms.  This demonstrates at least one government’s interest in directly dictating policy in this space.  Finally, the Washington Post covers the issue of more and more...

Digital Outreach and Collaboration in a Condo Association

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The year is 2016.  The world is full of incredible technology – small drones that can deliver burritos or crash into Condos, smart devices which allow us to send selfies to the entire world, and self-driving and electric cars.  With such incredible technological capabilities, it is crazy that many Condo Associations and HOAs are still stuck using paper or only email to communicate with...

How to Start a Condo Association Committee

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Next to the Board of Directors, Condo Association Committees have a significant impact on an Association.  They are extremely valuable for both the Board and Owners.  For the Board, they serve as a mechanism to pursue important, but lower priority projects.  For Owners, they are a way to directly contribute to the Association without the pressure and stress of being on the Board.  Committees are...

Late Fees and Delinquency in a Condo Association

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One constant challenge in Condo Associations is the issue of delinquency and debt collection.  Homeowner’s Association or Condo Association fees, also called “general assessments,” are the financial lifeblood of your Association.  While you may have alternate revenue streams, general assessments make up the bulk of your cash flow in.  Without money, you can’t invest in...

Creating Condo Association Policies for Short-Term Rentals

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Short-term rentals, powered by technology companies like Airbnb and VRBO, are shaking up the Condo Association industry.  Their easy to use platform is making it such that Owners can easily – and often illegally – rent out their property to short-term vacationers for big dollars, despite most Association Bylaws prohibiting short-term rentals.  This is causing havoc in a number of...

Understanding Short-Term Rentals in a Condo Association

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Short-term rentals – typically fueled by companies like Airbnb or VRBO – have been a hot topic among Condo Associations for the past few years.  This is a complicated issue because you have multiple forces battling each other, with different interest groups coming down on different sides.  As a result, it makes dealing with short-term rentals in a Condo Association a real headache for...

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