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April 2018 Condo Association News Roundup

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April showers bring May flowers… and May flowers bring Condo debates over landscaping.  Hopefully your May will have everyone agreeing on what colors and types of plants your community wants to plant.  The April 2018 Condo Association news is more contentious.  Drones, weed, and big changes in Canada – articulately captured by Ontario lawyer Michelle Kelly – make the headlines...

2018 Condo Association Marijuana News Roundup

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April 20th, a sacred day for weed smokers everywhere, is just around the corner. This year is a particularly special year as Canada is on the verge of legalizing marijuana across the country.  Marijuana users are rejoicing, but Condo Associations are cringing. Smoke smells are the bane of Associations, as one Owner’s enjoyment is another’s nightmare. To celebrate 4/20 here is the 2018 Condo...

March 2018 Condo Association News Roundup

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March has gone out like a lamb, and spring is in the air.  As we shake off winter, there’s lots to cover in the March 2018 Condo Association news roundup.  An article from Donna DiMaggio Berger talks about how community Associations can handle the construction of neighboring buildings.  An article from Canada talks about the impacts of widespread marijuana legalization on Condo communities and...

Grading Condo Association Predictions for 2017

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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...

Second Half 2017 Condo Association Horror Stories

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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...

October 2017 Condo Association News Roundup

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October has come and gone.  While trick-or-treaters might be done for the year, the October 2017 Condo Association news roundup has signs that marijuana and Airbnb might just be here to stay.  Whether your community considers these tricks – or treats – is up to you.  Enjoy the articles in the October 2017 Condo Association news roundup! Condo boards will face uphill battle in banning marijuana...

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...

2017 Condo Association Marijuana Roundup

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Today is 4/20, a famous day for all marijuana smokers.  Marijuana legalization continues to spread in the US – there are now 28 states and the District of Columbia where some form of marijuana is legal.  While a pleasing habit for some, the smoke can be unpleasant for others.  In a Condo Association, this of course creates natural tensions, similar to those that arise related to regular...

July 2016 Condo Association News Roundup

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The July 2016 Condo Association news brings good tidings for Associations, positive real estate industry news, and some questions about marijuana and Associations in Colorado. U.S. Senate Sends FHA Condominium Approval Legislation to the President Dawn Bauman, Community Associations Institute, July 18, 2016 Continued great news for this piece of legislation, which I covered in February.  This...

The Most Highly Amusing 2016 Association Prediction You’ll Read

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Although this blog is young, I want to get on the bandwagon of predictions for 2016.  If nothing else, it will be good for a laugh in a year when it turns out I was incredibly wrong.   My prediction for 2016 – this will be the year that the tensions between legalized medical marijuana and Condo Associations and HOAs starts to come to a head.   I believe about 23 states now have legalized...

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