Whether it’s due to a failure to work within their designated role, a pattern of inappropriate behavior, or a tendency of micromanaging, board members may overstep the boundaries that are expected of them. In the case where a board member’s malpractices interfere with the job of a manager, what authority does the manager have? Which actions may he or she take?
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Whether it’s for a planned project or an unexpected repair, it has become increasingly popular for associations to borrow money to pay for capital repairs within a community. Associations fund their reserve accounts on an annual basis for future repairs based on reserve reports conducted by engineers. Reality, though, has a way of intruding into perfect scenarios, and many association boards and managers find themselves scrambling to find palatable funding options for capital projects and emergencies that arise from leaking pipes or extreme weather related events.
Summer is way behind us. So goes the way water plays a role in our lives. Instead of longing to get to the beach, lake or pool, us folks in the Northeast have to bundle up and prepare for the icy battle to protect our homes against snow drifts, slippery sidewalks and ice damming.
Whether it’s showing favoritism to a homeowner, being forceful in an unnecessary situation, or causing a disruption during a meeting, board members may create potentially inappropriate or unethical situations within a community association. In a situation where a board member is causing friction within a community, does the manager have an obligation to take action?
It’s your home. You want it to reflect you and your personality. You have the freedom to do that on the inside walls of your dwelling. But what about when your religion, holiday practices or general aesthetics compel you to decorate the outside of your home seasonally?
For some, one of the downsides of living in a condominium or homeowner association has always been close proximity to your neighbors. This can especially become a problem when your neighbors are loud and inconsiderate. But what if the rowdy family “next door” is a feral cat colony? What are your options when feline squatters settle in your community?
Annual board elections are an important part of every condominium and community association. We spoke with Stefan Richter, Esq. of Clemons Richter & Reiss, P.C. in Doylestown, Pennsylvania to learn more about the procedures an association should follow when holding an election.
As the seasons change, there is more to think about than how early is too early to hang holiday lights on your roof. In fact, while you’re up there untangling them or digging through the attic for extra bulbs, you should also be checking your roof for ice dams. The forming of icicles on your gutters or roof may look pretty, but it could be an indication of a bigger problem.
Whether prompted by a slip and fall injury or the result of property damage, community associations often face dealing with insurance claims. In some cases, these claims cannot be avoided and therefore, associations should be prepared to properly handle such situations. We spoke with Stephannie Ciantro, Property Claims Manager at Mackoul Risk Solutions, to learn about the best practices for handling insurance claims.
All of us community association managers have attended a board or annual meeting where a homeowner stands up and questions the board or the manager with, “Why have you not started the landscaping project?” or “Why is it taking so long to get the paving project started?” The list of complaints grows, as questions go on and on.