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August 2017 Condo Association News Roundup

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The dog days of August are coming to an end.  The August 2017 Condo Association News caps off a hot month in the Association world.  There were so many good stories, it was hard to pick what to run with.  This month hit three of the most controversial topics in both society and Community associations.  Service animals, legalized marijuana, and short term rentals. Your condo association prohibits...

First Half 2017 Airbnb Condo News Roundup

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At the start of the year, one of the Better Condo Life predictions was that the controversies surrounding short-term rentals like Airbnb and VRBO would start to get settled by the end of 2017.  A little more than halfway through the year, there has been a substantial amount of activity in a number of different cities and states.  To catch you up, here your first half 2017 Airbnb Condo news...

First Half 2017 Condo Association Horror Stories

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Better Condo Life is dedicated to helping Condo Owners, Board members, and Management have the best Condo experience possible.  Informed and involved Owners, good Board members and engaged Management will lead a great community.  Sometimes, however, Condo Associations face tough times.  These might be anything from construction defects or issues due to negligence or corruption.  Here are the...

June 2017 Condo Association News Roundup

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The Summer Solstice has passed, and we’re just about at the halfway mark for 2017.  This month has included a number of major news stories that impact Condo life.  In June, we saw Airbnb back in the news as they reached a major deal with the Michigan government.  The Colorado Supreme Court ruled on developer liability, and a major lawsuit in Florida was resolved.  Enjoy the June 2017 Condo...

April 2017 Condo Association News Roundup

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April has been extremely busy in the Condo Association world.  New legislation in Florida that aims to crack down on their Condo shenanigans, but the legislation may not be the panacea everyone is hoping for.  To further illustrate the craziness of Florida, one Condo Association there is currently battling an Owner of 40 units over competing valet services.  Finally, Los Angeles Condo buyers...

March 2017 Condo Association News

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Happy March!  In like a lion, out like a lamb is what they say for the weather.  The March 2017 Condo Association News was similar, with some very interesting articles earlier in the month.  The hottest news item of the month is related to legislation in Miami-Dade that is aimed to crack down on the notorious issues Florida has in their Condo Associations.  Up north, Boston tries a Condo with no...

Putting Bad Condo Association News in Perspective

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One of the most frustrating parts of Condo Association and HOA life is all of the terrible things that seem to be happening in the news.  There are all sorts of horror stories that detail what can happen.  Homes seized, embezzlement, sinking buildings – you name it.  It can be very easy to assume that all Condo Associations are full of evil, incompetent idiots.  While there are many bad...

December 2016 Condo Association News

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2016 may be coming to an end, but relevant news for Condo Associations hasn’t stopped.  December has been just as interesting as the rest of the year, with the short term rental battle continuing, and some interesting legislature in New Jersey around community associations.   Here is the December 2016 Condo Association News for your enjoyment. Airbnb Backs Off Fight With Governments, Offers...

Second Half 2016 Condo Association Horror Stories

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2016 is coming to an end.  There’s been all sorts of interesting news over the second half – both in the “real world” as well as the Condo world.  As with the first half stories, there was plenty of horror to go around.  Let’s recap the second half 2016 Condo Association horror stories so we can learn from other Associations’ mistakes and look out for your own. Solvent Owners Covering...

November 2016 Condo Association News Roundup

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While 2016 is starting to wind down, there’s still plenty going on in the Condo Association news.  The November 2016 Condo Association News stories include the latest on FHA, making building more eco-friendly, and dealing with pet allergies. FHA Pulls Housing Head Fake on Condo Communities Kenneth R. Harney, Chicago Tribune, November 1, 2016 This is a fantastic op-ed on the recent Federal...

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