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Three Ways to Calm Hostile Owners in a Condo Association


As a Board in a Condo Association, there are times that you’re going to have to do some unpopular things.  You may fire a popular but ineffective staff member, issue a Special Assessment, get rid of a popular amenity, or maybe just plain screw up.  The net result is that you may find yourself facing a large group of frustrated and hostile Owners in a Condo Association.  Worse yet, they...

Effective policies for Managing Emergency Situations in a Condo Association


I recently wrote about how important it is to protect the powers of the Condo Board.  To ensure you run a transparent and open Condo Association, you must protect your Board powers.  But the reality is that life is messy.  Sometimes crazy stuff happens and you don’t have the luxury of the usual slow pace of a Condo Board.  How can you ensure transparency in a Condo Association in these...

How to Conduct a Condo Association Special Assessment Vote


For many Special Assessments, you need your Owners to vote with a two thirds majority in order to raise the funds you need to repair your decaying infrastructure.  Now that you’ve got your plan and your communications strategy, you now need to develop your “ground game” for your Condo Association Special Assessment vote.  You can find a great outline of activities for communicating...

How to Communicate a Condo Association Special Assessment


Now that you’ve figured out your plan for your Special Assessment, you need to communicate it to your Owners, and in some cases, you may also need to hold a Condo Association Special Assessment vote.  This guide is focused on how you communicate a Condo Association Special Assessment to your Owners.  This is one of the trickiest parts of a Special Assessment.  To effectively make your case...

Fighting Apathy #6: Protecting Board Powers in a Condo Association


One of the themes I reiterate is that being in a Condo Association is about compromise and knowing when to back down.  But I also have mentioned that there are times where you need to lay down on the tracks.   Today’s Fighting Apathy will tell you when that’s OK and the right thing to do so that you are protecting Board Powers in a Condo Association.   One of the biggest slides an...

The Three Key Relationships that Strengthen your Condo Association


There is a saying that you make your own luck.  As anyone who has help run an Association knows, you will run into a lot of challenges.  Some things – like the maintenance of major systems – are to be expected.  Other times you’ll experience wacky things you can’t imagine.  The key to navigating issues is building these three key relationships that strengthen your Condo...

The Types of Owners in a Condo Association


Just as there are different types of Board Members, there are also different types of Owners in a Condo Association.  While each category is not a perfect indicator of the types of Owners in a Condo Association, they generally will share several of the characteristics.  Learning the differences is helpful in effectively managing your Condo Association.   The Indifferent Owner An Indifferent Owner...

May 2016 Condo Association News Roundup


Lots to cover in May 2016 Condo Association News.  A big verdict on the DR Horton Case I covered last month, drones crashing into building, proposed HOA tax credits and more.  For even more news, you can get an exclusive bonus update by signing up for the Better Condo Life mailing list. DR Horton negligent in Jax condo case, jury awards $9.6 million  Anne Schindler, First Coast News, May 20, 2016...

How to Create an Effective Condo Association Electric Vehicle Policy


Electric Vehicles are gaining in popularity in the US.  While still a small fraction of vehicles sold – about 1% – you’re starting to see more and more Teslas, Volts, Leafs, and others.  And while there may not be a lot of them, it only takes two or three Owners in your Association who have an EV or want to buy an EV for your Board to receive an inquiry about how you’re...

Communicating Major Condo Association Projects to Condo Owners


You’ve got your technical representation.  You’ve designed and bid out your project.  The next step in managing a major project is one of the most important – communicating major Condo Association projects to your Owners.  This is a task that is both simultaneously easy and hard.  It is relatively easy to do, but it isn’t always a fun experience for the Board.  That said, you need to be a...

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