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Evaluating your Condo Association’s Condition before a Special Assessment

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A correctly performed Condo Association Special Assessment is one that is not done in haste, but rather after thorough and exhaustive research that demonstrates a Special Assessment is the best path forward.  One of the most critical steps in this process is having a firm grasp of the condition of the major systems within your Condo Association.  For many established Associations, you already...

Handling Election Events in a Condo Association

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As many of you may have noticed, it is election season, and a big one at that.  Because Condo Associations are in the thick of Owner life, that means that you’re going to be in the thick of elections whether you like it or not.  Today we’ll cover how to handle political events in a Condo Association. Many communities have private preservable areas – maybe a clubhouse, rec room, party...

Shared Cost Delusion in a Condo Association

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One bad habit I see in Condo Associations – whether it is from Board members or Owners – is what I called the Shared Cost Delusion in a Condo Association.  This is the idea that if you shift the cost on a fee from an Owner to the Association, the cost magically goes away.  This can cause all sorts of strange behaviors which are detrimental to the interests of your Condo Association...

Managing a Major Project in a Condo Association: Hiring Technical Representation

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Managing a major project in a Condo Association is one of the more grueling parts of Condo life – whether you’re an Owner, Board Member or Management.  The costs, disruption, and constant oversight will impact you no matter who you are.  If you haven’t already checked out the overview, learn about the full life cycle here. The first part of nearly any project is to ensure you have proper...

Creating Effective Condo Association Policies

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The job of a Condo Association is to govern, a key part of which involves creating effective Condo Association policies.  Policies run the gamut – everything from how the Association deals with pets, the behavior of Owners, and even employee management.  While not the sexy stuff that gets people excited (then again, what is sexy in an Association?), creating consistent and effective...

New Guide: The Condo Association Special Assessment Process

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According to one study, approximately 70% of all Associations are underfunded.  This means that odds are you live in an Association where there is at least the threat of a Condo Association Special Assessment.  If that’s the case, hopefully your Association is taking proactive steps to get control of your financial situation to stave off a Special Assessment.  The reality is that sometimes you’ve...

Fighting Apathy #3: Managing Respect in a Condo Association

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – community association managers – your Association’s Management – are the glue that hold an Association together.  Management is in the thick of every issue and challenge an Association has, working to resolve issues so that everyone has a happy and safe community.  This means they have the challenge of dealing with Owners, who...

How to Prepare for a Condo Association Board Meeting

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Every month, Board Members around the country – no, around the world – meet to discuss and govern their Condo Associations.  For most outsiders (and insiders), this is not exactly the most exciting thing that happens in a given month.  However, with major budgets at stake, committee reports, and safety and security concerns – these meetings are quite important.  Being an...

Condo Association Security Plans

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Condo Association security is a tough topic – as I’ve covered here and here.  Although my Association is in a nice neighborhood, we’ve had our share of incidents, and each time it’s a bit jarring.  Today I’ll be covering the fundamentals of how to build a Condo Association security plan.   I will preface this by saying you should always work with a qualified security consultant who can...

New Guide: Managing a Major Project in a Condo Association

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It is inevitable that there will be a major project in your Condo Association.  All major systems will degrade over time and eventually will need to be repaired or replaced.  Examples include roofs, garages, facades, elevators, HVAC systems, fire alarms, etc.  For our purposes, a “major” project will be defined as one that is paid for out of reserves and is around 10% or more of the Association’s...

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