2017 March
Focus on... Exterior Maintenance

Exterior
2017 March Vendor Relationships

If you’re a co-op, condo or HOA board member or manager, you have to deal with vendors and service providers constantly; it’s a routine part of the day-to-day running of any building or association. There are always inspections to be done, …

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Finance
2017 March Making Special Assessments Work

For residents on fixed incomes, or those who are already struggling to make ends meet because of a job loss, illness or divorce, any hit to their already-stretched-to-the-max budget can be devastating. So when a board levels an assessment o…

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Maintenance
2017 March Finding and Fixing Leaks

Back in the late ‘80s, pop stars Milli Vanilli once had a hit song called  “Blame It on the Rain.” And while ‘it’ for the singing duo was about heartache and lost love, the rain can bring a very different kind of pain to the board and resid…

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Maintenance
2017 March Getting Rid of Bedbugs

If you live in a big city, more than likely you’ll eventually cross paths with urban vermin. Rats, mice, cockroaches—these unsavory annoyances have been icking humans out ever since large groups of people began congregating and putting down…

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Management
2017 March Care and Maintenance of Skylights

No matter what time of year, the addition of natural light into a living space can do more to boost the spirits of its occupants than just about anything else. For a dark kitchen, a gloomy study or a bedroom that lacks that special somethin…

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Management
2017 March Dealing With Clutter and Hoarding Issues

Thanks to several popular cable TV shows, an economy-driven emphasis on downsizing and minimalism, and a politically-driven discussion of the effects of untreated mental health conditions on the greater community, the issue of pathological …

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Q&A
2017 March Q&A: Can the board remove a playground?

Q.  I purchased my condo unit in 2005 with amenities, including 24-hour security, two pools, a parking lot, and a children’s playground. This past summer, our board destroyed the children’s playground and made their additional parking spac…

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Q&A
2017 March Q&A: The Right to Rent Out a Condo

Q. Can an association change the owner’s right to rent out his condo?                —Tenant Who Needs a Briefing A. “Typically, a condominium board has a right of first refusal on a sale or lease of a condominium unit,” says attorney…

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Q&A
2017 March Q&A: Sex Offender in the Building

Q. I was recently made aware that a sex offender moved into my building. He moved into his girlfriend’s apartment. I made the board aware of this—even gave them a printout from criminal justice. We have a lot of children living in our com…

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