Roof Inspections & Preventative Maintenance – Article by Tony Angelo

The primary reason for establishing a program for regular roof inspections and maintenance is to protect the owner’s roofing investment. A properly executed maintenance program will not only add years to the life of the roof, it will detect minor problems before Excessive Moisture (leaks), Fungus, Dryrot and Termite damage becomes wide spread. Preventative maintenance … Continue reading

HOAs and Pests – Who is Responsible for Eradication? Broken Screens? – Article by Beth A. Grimm

Here’s a good quandary sent by a reader: “Recently, wasps entered my unit via a broken screen on our kitchen exhaust vent outside the unit. The exhaust vent is on the second floor. The HOA manager hired an exterminator to repair the screen and kill the nest but stuck me with the bill. She says … Continue reading

Are You Contributing Too Much to Your Co-op / Condo Reserve Fund? – Article by By Robert M. Nordlund, P.E., R.S

You don’t want to make reserve-fund contributions that are too little, which may lead your co-op board or condo association toward borrowing, making a special assessment or even incurring the higher costs that come with deferred maintenance. But you shouldn’t put away too much, either. As a professional engineer and the president of a company … Continue reading

Emergency leak protocol for the Community Manager – Article by Charles Antis

For most community managers, reduced hours during the Christmas holiday is an opportunity to spend more time with family. HOA board meetings are even canceled. This annual time-off tradition is vulnerable to one dramatic event that can dampen your holiday cheer: severe weather! The intention of this article is to add a sense of ease … Continue reading

Myths and Facts about Mold – Article by Moldremovalsolution.com

Myths and Facts about Mold: There is a lot of hysteria and hype due to the misinformation regarding mold. Most of this information is given to sell a company’s product or service regarding the clean-up of mold. The information given is not to go over every aspect of mold remediation or a DIY class, but … Continue reading

To Far or Not Far Enough – Take the Poll

Please read the article below and take our poll. The Associated Press JUPITER, Fla. — A Florida condominium association hopes dog DNA samples will help them determine which pet owners aren’t picking up after their pooches. The Village of Abacoa Condominium Association says cleaning up after dog owners who don’t clean up after their dogs … Continue reading

CC&R Enforcement: The Five Most Important “Don’ts” You Need To Know – Article By Steven S. Weil, Esq.

Association directors have many responsibilities. These include adopting a budget, authorizing year-end disclosures, pursuing delinquent assessments, conducting proper elections and enforcing the governing documents, especially the CC&Rs (“CC&Rs”) and Operating Rules. The majority of homeowner association residents – owners and tenants alike – follow the CC&Rs. Usually, most of those who don’t are unaware of … Continue reading

Is my house poisoning my family? – Article by www.homeownerqna.com

The life threatening consequnces of excesive carbon monoxide exposure has been widely documented and a nuber of detection devises have flooded the market in the past decade. Although the popularity of carbon monoxide sensors is growing, it has been estimated that less than 20% of homes in the U.S. are are equipted with the proper sensors. Ironicaly, most homes … Continue reading

AMENDING GOVERNING DOCUMENTS – IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PAINFUL!! – Article by Beth Grimm

Were your governing documents drafted before 1995? Is the Developer out of the project? Do your documents seem to relate to some other association? Are some of the provisions absurd, obsolete or unenforceable? Are your CC&Rs impossible to understand? To interpret? Are you baffled by your Bylaws? Are there conflicting provisions in your documents? Discriminatory … Continue reading

Contract Negotiation Strategies – Article By James Bucki

The final stage in the vendor selection process is developing a contract negotiation strategy. The worst contract negotiation objective is to bleed every last cent out of the vendor for the lowest price. Remember, you want to “partner” with your vendor so that both of you will meet your corporate goals and objectives by signing … Continue reading

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