CategoryTips for Management

Tips for Entering Owners’ Units in Condo Associations


Living in a Condo Association means that you are subject to a wide variety of Bylaws, rules, and other conditions.  One of the interesting – and often frustrating – issues results from entering Owners’ units in Condo Associations.  This can be necessitated by a variety of factors.  The most common occurs when there is work that affects common elements, or shared space, that must be...

Tips to Create an Internal Condo Association Website for Owners


Communication is a key part of any Condo Association community.  Whether it’s for social purposes, governance, or maintenance, you need to be able to communicate with your Owners.  Once you’ve tackled an external website, you need to start thinking about what your internal website should look like.  An internal website for your Owners serves as a focal point for your Association’s activities.  It...

Three Condo Association Project Red Flags


When you’re carrying out a major project, you’re bound to encounter issues.  Unhappy Owners, unexpected “surprises” during the project, and other challenges are to be expected.  A challenging issue is figuring out what problems are part of the normal lifecycle of a project and which ones are signs of a bad performer.   Here are three Condo Association project red flags that Boards and Management...

Tips to Create an External Condo Association Website


Communication is one of the key elements of a Condo Association.  In today’s day and age, an online presence is becoming mandatory for most entities, and Condo Associations are no exception.  Web expertise is highly commoditized, and you can easily hire someone or find a volunteer from within your Association to help you carry out the actual act of building the website.  The part that a Board and...

Five Common Emails from Condo Owners


A big part of leading a Condo Association is communicating with Owners.  Unfortunately, as many veterans know, most interactions are not Owners telling you how awesome you are and what a great job you’re doing.  Typically their engagement with the Board will be based around two things – Owners wanting something, or Owners providing feedback on current policies.  Here are some typical types...

Green Technology and Conserving Water in a Condo Association


Electricity is usually one of the biggest expenses in a Condo Association, but not too far behind it is water.  Some Condo Associations have individually metered units, but others do not.  Irregardless of that disposition, conserving water in a Condo Association is the right thing to do, both environmentally and financially.  Today’s article focuses on actions a Condo that does not sub-meter...

Green Technology and Electricity Savings in a Condo Association


Electricity is one of the biggest expenses for a Condo Association.  As such, green technologies or other ways to promote electricity savings in a Condo Association is definitely something you’ll want to look into.  Improvements to and investments in your Condo’s power consumption can make a big difference towards the bottom line and preserving the environment.  But where do you start?  There are...

Four Tips for Condo Association Budgets


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...

Late Fees and Delinquency in a Condo Association


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


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...

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