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How to Record Actionable Condo Association Meeting Notes

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Every month, your Condo Association holds a monthly meeting.  While at times this meeting may be as exciting as watching paint dry, typically there are important decisions being made.  You might be deciding on finances or maintenance, helping monitor committees, and more.  While you will have official minutes taken, these are often somewhat formulaic and won’t capture the full scope of what is...

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...

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...

Tips to Create an External Condo Association Website

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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...

Four Ideas for Water and Energy Savings for Condo Owners

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Electricity and water conservation should be a major priority for all Condo Associations.  While things like solar panels and EV chargers are the provenance of Associations, there are many things that support water and energy savings for Condo Owners.  These include a variety of water- and energy-saving devices which can help you in the long run. *Note – this article includes links via the...

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...

October 2016 Condo Association News Roundup

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October brings a number of interesting articles.  First, we have a big throwdown between New York State and Airbnb related to short term rentals.  On the opposite side of the spectrum, Arizona signed a law that encourage Airbnb use.  There’s also a depressing but important article on what happens when Condo Associations do not handle late fees and delinquency.  Here is the October 2016 Condo...

Digital Outreach and Collaboration in a Condo Association

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The year is 2016.  The world is full of incredible technology – small drones that can deliver burritos or crash into Condos, smart devices which allow us to send selfies to the entire world, and self-driving and electric cars.  With such incredible technological capabilities, it is crazy that many Condo Associations and HOAs are still stuck using paper or only email to communicate with...

Creating Condo Association Policies for Short-Term Rentals

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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...

Understanding Short-Term Rentals in a Condo Association

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Short-term rentals – typically fueled by companies like Airbnb or VRBO – have been a hot topic among Condo Associations for the past few years.  This is a complicated issue because you have multiple forces battling each other, with different interest groups coming down on different sides.  As a result, it makes dealing with short-term rentals in a Condo Association a real headache for...

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