Along with the warm weather comes some unwanted guests, or should we say pests? Mosquitoes present not just an annoying aspect of spring and summer, but pose potential health risks as well. As residents and managers, how can our communities strike a balance between harmful pests and potentially harmful control solutions? [Read more…] about Mosquitoes? Don’t Spray — Get Some Dragonflies!
Doggone it. Everything is perfect in your new condo. You love everything about it. Except the fact that your neighbors are giving you dirty looks in the elevator. What did you do? You didn’t do anything. However, your furry roommate is a different story. You see, every time you head out the door, Fido barks. There are many reasons dogs bark when they are alone. But whether it is separation anxiety or just plain boredom, ignoring the noise pollution the situation is causing is a surefire way to not get you invited to the next potluck. Below are four ways to keep your dog quiet and your neighbors happy.
[Read more…] about When Quiet Enjoyment Goes to the Dogs — Four Ways to Control Your Dog’s Barking
Well, spring has sprung. It’s time to shuck those sweaters and break out the swimsuits. Warm weather also gets residents thinking about hitting the gym to shed some of the extra LB’s they packed on over the winter holidays.
[Read more…] about Simple Steps to HOA Gyms Working out for Everyone
I recently discovered the money-saving option of booking a vacation rental directly from the owner of a condo on an online market place. It was a fantastic experience. I had a more personal experience than if I had stayed in a hotel. Most importantly, I saved a bunch of money. But one thing I didn’t consider as an end-user was “What will the neighbors think?” I honestly didn’t give them a second thought. But I can assume it’s not fun for community members who are now dealing with strangers — safety issues, noise and extra traffic — all because their neighbor has decided to make some extra money at home…well really, with their home.
[Read more…] about Maintaining Community Law and Order Amid Homegrown B&Bs
If you read this job listing in your local paper, would you take it?
Looking for strong, self-starters to manage and guard multi-million-dollar investment and residential property. Duties include, but not limited to: attending meetings, liaison between employees, contractors, residents and legal counsel, compose monthly publication, attend city council meetings, plan community events and balance annual budget. Compensation – zero.
[Read more…] about Motivating Co-Owners to Volunteer for Committees and the Board
The Rolling Stones probably didn’t have the community association industry on their minds when they recorded this famous tune. However, there is a common theme between the song’s lyrics and the daily life of property managers – complaints. In the song, Mick Jagger complains about useless information on the radio, TV commercials and his bad luck with love just as unit owners complain about leaky roofs, noisy neighbors and potholes. So, with that being said, is there any way to stay satisfied when all one hears are complaints? We spoke to Thomas Engblom, Vice President/Regional Account Executive of Mutual of Omaha’s Midwest region, to find out. [Read more…] about “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”…or Can I? – Uncovering the Key to Keeping Managers Satisfied
Lodging websites are popping up all over the place, and many associations are finding their units and homes advertised on them, many times against the association’s bylaws which may restrict short-term rentals. Residents may ask why they can’t do this, and “what’s the big deal?,” but from an insurance perspective, they are putting the both association and themselves at risk.
[Read more…] about Issues with Short-Term Rentals and Lodging Websites in Associations — From an Insurance Perspective
When I was the activities director at a campground, it was always a challenge to come up with new and exciting events to bring the summer community together. You can’t just have some hot dogs on July 4th and a luau in August and call it a summer.
With the busy lives of HOA residents, it can be difficult for the board to keep reinventing the wheel of social time too. Although not the primary responsibility for the board, events are necessary to engage residents through fellowship. Knowing your neighbors builds trust, safety and just plain old joy. So below are some unique ideas to spark your board’s imagination for upcoming parties and events.
[Read more…] about Three Unique Home Owner Association Party Ideas
Sometimes an association is owed an amount of money, that is significant to the association. However, despite the amount, a board may decide the collection actions may generate amounts in attorneys’ fees that are greater than the underlying arrearage. That board then votes to ignore the balance and take action. [Read more…] about To Sue, or Not to Sue a Delinquent Owner? That is the Question
It’s never fun when winter weather causes damage to the interior or exterior of your home or condo unit. Coming home to water leaking into your comfy space can send you into a panic. What do you do first? To discuss the best course of action, I spoke with Gregg Gerelli, president of Gerelli Insurance Agency, Inc. of Cold Spring, New York.