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Tips for Managing Condo Association Employee Annual Reviews

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The end of the year often brings one of many challenges for Condo Association Boards, which is Condo Association employee annual reviews.  Your involvement in this process will depend on your community.  Some Condo Associations can have half a dozen employees or more.  Beyond your property manager, you might have assistant managers, concierges, office staff, chief engineers, and maintenance staff...

Establishing Effective Condo Association Parking Policies

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Parking is one of the hottest and most contentious topics in a Condo Association.  Issues like more cars than parking spaces, improperly recorded deeds, and handicap parking can make for a complicated situation for Boards and Management.  In today’s post, Better Condo Life is teaming up with Kevin Hirzel of Cummings, McClorey, Davis and Acho, PLC to help you tackle the complicated issues related...

Condo Association Employee Performance Management

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Performance management is a leadership job for all organizations, and Condo Associations are no different.  Your Condo Association might just have one property manager.  Or you might have a dozen when you count maintenance staff and front desk staff.  The key to effective Condo Association employee performance management is to ensure that you build an effective management framework up front...

Tips for Sharing Condo Association Amenities

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Amenities are a significant benefit of Condo life.  Owners love a well-equipped weight room, a scenic pool, or a great sports court.  Not every property has access to every amenity, and installation may be cost-prohibitive or impossible due to a lack of space.  In areas with neighboring Condo Associations, you might consider Sharing Condo Association amenities.  Your neighbor gets access to your...

A Practical Overview of the Condo Association Reserve Study

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The Condo Association reserve study is perhaps the most boring document you can imagine.  It is also one of the most important for your community.  It is a foundational document for all of your financial planning as a community, and the difference between smooth sailing and a special assessment.  Here is an overview of the Condo Association reserve study. What are Condo Association Reserves? As a...

Prioritizing Condo Association Major Projects

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Today’s article was inspired by a reader email.  In a perfect world, your Condo Association has perfect financial forecasting.  Whenever a major project is due, you have the reserves ready to initiate without any problems.  Unfortunately, very few of us live in a perfect world.  Often you will be forced into making trade-offs and prioritizing projects due to a lack of financial resources.  In...

Tips for Maintaining Condo Environmental Systems

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There are many things that a Condo Association must look to provide for its Owners.  At the highest level, they boil down to the big three: safety, security, and transparency.  In pursuit of this goal, there are certain key building systems that are critical to maintain.  Of particular importance is maintaining Condo environmental systems, such as your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air...

Three Condo Association Project Red Flags

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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...

Basic Condo Association Cybersecurity

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Hackers and malware are everywhere.  Whether you’re a small business being taken advantage of with ransomware, or even the U.S. government sitting on sensitive information of staff with security clearances, you’re at risk.  Condo Associations and Homeowners Associations are potentially juicy targets for hackers for a number of reasons.  First, you have valuable information that...

Three Condo Association Board Bad Habits to Break Right Now

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Sometimes you pick up bad habits.  Maybe it’s because you have a bad influence, maybe a bad upbringing.  It could be because you’re lazy.  Condo Association Boards operate the same way.  You’re carrying out your work, generally being a good Association.  But over time, the bad habits start to creep in.  Maybe it’s because of a boorish personality on the Board or a culture of apathy with your...

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