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Three Common Situations Where a Condo Board Will Waive Fees

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Life is messy.  There are many things that can unexpectedly happen which impact your life.  You might run into unexpected financial hardship, be relocated unexpectedly for your job, or suffer personal tragedy.  These issues can end up being overwhelmingly consuming.  While Condo Boards can be difficult and there are things that annoy them, they can also be compassionate.  Here are the three most...

May 2017 Condo Association News Roundup

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Spring is in full bloom, and so is the May 2017 Condo Association news roundup!  This month features another highlight in the never-ending short-term rental war – two big stories related to the never-ending battle between Owners, neighbors, and community Associations.  In San Francisco, a major lawsuit between Airbnb and the city was settled, further enabling rental services.  However, in...

How to Closeout a Condo Association Major Project

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You’ve come so far on your project – you designed it, you bid it out, you informed Owners, and you executed the work.  After months – maybe years – of work and disruptions, you can finally begin to rest easy.  However, now is not the time to slack.  Completing the project is a major milestone, but there is – of course – more work to be done.  This article will cover...

How to Secure your Condo Association’s Wireless Networks

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Many Condo Associations offer free wireless internet access (wifi) for Owners in common areas as an amenity.  It might be in your gym, your lobby, your pool – wherever.  In today’s day and age where everyone is connected 24/7, this is amenity is typically well received and quite popular in a Condo Association.  Unfortunately, it is also an amenity that can be ripe for abuse by unscrupulous...

Managing a Major Project in a Condo Association: The Design and Bid Phase

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Today in the Managing a Major Project in a Condo Association series, we’ll be covering the design and bid phase.  By now you’ve hired your technical experts, and now it’s time to get down and dirty and figure out what the project will look like and bid the project out to qualified performers.   Before unleashing the technical representation on the project, you need to come together as a Board and...

March 2016 Condo Association News Roundup

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Every month, I wonder if it’ll be a slow news month.  March continues 2016’s trend of both interesting and depressing condo association news.  Let’s get to the March 2016 Condo Association News!   New Illinois Condominium & HOA Report Reveals 50,000 Associations Community Contributor, Chicago Tribune, March 3 2016   This article has me super geeked out because it...

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...

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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