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What Keeps Better Condo Life Going


Over two years of Better Condo Life.  It is hard to believe that it has been that long already.  The first post went out into the world off a Twitter account with no followers.  Since then, this blog has built a solid following.  More importantly, it has kept being a Board member interesting for me.  I have been a Board member for a very long time.  I have considered quitting on two separate...

December 2017 Condo Association News Roundup


Happy New Year!  Hopefully you weren’t too hungover after New Year’s Eve.  2017 is behind us, and 2018 is ready to rock and roll.  2017 was a busy year, and the Condo and Homeowners Association world did not slow down in December.  In the December 2017 Condo Association news roundup, we revisit the D.R. Horton case, cover an interesting court case analysis by Kevin Hirzel in Michigan, and get an...

Grading Condo Association Predictions for 2017


Here at Better Condo Life, we take integrity and honesty seriously.  In keeping with that spirit, it is time to bring up the Condo Association Predictions for 2017 and see how we did.  Several bold predictions were made.  As we close out the year, let’s take a look at which ones we nailed, and which ones… we flopped. Prediction #1: Drones will be more of a nuisance… and also a benefit...

Top Better Condo Life Articles of 2017


Happy Holidays!  Hopefully you’re enjoying your holiday festivities and not working too hard.  As 2017 comes to a close, we wanted to share the most popular articles of the year.  These three were the top Better Condo Life articles of 2017.  Enjoy! Three Ways to Annoy Condo Association Boards It seems that Condo Boards are often finding ways to annoy Owners.  However, this can be a two-way street...

Second Half 2017 Condo Association Short-Term Rentals News Roundup


If there’s a topic that is guaranteed to make the blood boil, it is the issue of Condo Association short-term rentals.  The battles over Airbnb, VRBO, and others have continued in community Associations throughout the year.  Considered a nuisance by many Owners and a profit center for others, this topic has raged throughout the year.  Here is a Condo Association short-term rentals roundup for the...

Highlight on the Involved Condo Association Owner


Being involved and invested in your Condo Association is something that every Owner should strive for. Whether big or small, Condo Associations thrive from the contributions of the involved Condo Association Owner.  You do not need to be a Board member (link reasons to join a Board) to make a difference.  The involved Condo Association Owner is someone who finds a way to contribute some of their...

Second Half 2017 Condo Association Horror Stories


Can you believe it?  2017 is heading to the finish line.  Holiday decorations are up, and New Year’s plans are being made.  As we look toward the end of 2017, it is important to carry out a retrospective of 2017 Condo Association horror stories for the latter half of the year.  You should always keep bad news in perspective, but it is important for Owners to make sure they know what signs of...

The Importance of Using Technology In Condo Associations


Technology has been transforming our society and an incredibly rapid pace.  A smartphone has comparable computing power than all of the NASA computers that sent a man to the moon.  And smart phones are now used by over 200 million people.  Despite this rapid adoption in nearly every aspect of our life, for some reason community Associations struggle with technology.  Oddly, you just don’t...

Tips for Urgent Condo Association Repairs


Things breaking is part of life in any home, and a Condo is no different.  Even with the best preventative maintenance schedule, you may have unexpected part failures or have a system fail due to external factors, like weather.  These can result in inconveniences you can live with until repairs are made – for example, losing one of six elevators.  In other cases, you may have things that need to...

November 2017 Condo Association News Roundup


Happy Belated Thanksgiving!  2017 is fast coming to a close.  In the November 2017 Condo Association news, you’ve got some interesting stories about Condo Association life.  One examples is what happens when a Condo resists a Special Assessment – and it’s not all good news.  Eviction of a habitual rulemaker and of course an Airbnb story round out the rest.  Enjoy the November...

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