What gets us up and moving when the dreaded alarm clock rings on Monday morning? A salary? Benefits? Or maybe, if you are lucky, it’s that sweet, sweet company car in your driveway. If you aren’t that fortunate, maybe you are at least hoping for free bagels in the break room when you arrive at your chosen profession. That being said, how can condos find competent, available and motivated team players to volunteer for boards and committees when HOAs can’t promise any of that? Well, maybe there are free bagels now and then. To give us some tips on securing a good roster of helpful residents, we spoke with Denise Becker, Senior Vice President of Community Management from Homestead Management Services, Inc.
Discrimination is a prominent issue in today’s society. Instances of discrimination must be handled properly, not only in the workplace, but also within community associations. But what exactly constitutes as a discriminatory action, and how can associations ensure they are taking the right steps to rectify such situations? We spoke to A. Christopher Florio, Shareholder at Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law in Lawrenceville, New Jersey to answer these questions and more. [Read more…] about Recognizing and Preventing Discriminatory Acts in Community Associations
In today’s ever-changing world of technology, it can be hard to select a security system for your community. With so many options, how can an association be sure to find the right fit? Scott Roether, Principal of TEM Systems LLC in Murrells Inlet, SC, shared his knowledge on the subject and offered some suggestions to streamline the process.
From raising chinchillas and giving guitar lessons, to running a small online store, home-based businesses can often become a detriment to community associations. Whether it’s causing extensive noise, overcrowding the parking lot or creating safety hazards, home-based businesses often disturb members within a community. This has led many community associations to create and enforce rules surrounding home-based businesses.
We probably all became painfully aware of the effect of drafts on our homes in the same way; we innocently left a door open and heard our mother scream, “stop heating the outside!”
It all makes sense now because we are the ones paying the bills. Some days, opening the mail can make you want to seal your house up tighter than a drum. But there is also a belief that houses have to breathe. So how much is too much when it comes to air flow? How can we protect our homes and our wallets from Old Man Winter? AssociationHelpNow decided to “shoot the breeze” with Alan Jalon from The Falcon Group, to get an expert’s opinion on the subject.
With the potential for a data breach or security incident growing exponentially, cyber insurance now serves as the foundational component of a modern risk management strategy. This critical coverage is designed as a formidable barrier that protects businesses such as community associations and their community management companies from a wide range of technology-related risks. [Read more…] about Cyber Risk: Five Cyber Insurance Facts Every Community Association Should Know
As a Registered Architect (R.A.) and building envelope specialist, it is my duty to educate my clients so that they can make informed decisions. Part of my job is presenting facts and information that in some cases may make me unpopular. One of the biggest push backs that I often receive from my clients has to do with my recommendation that they remove their attic fans and replace it with a properly-designed, passive ventilation system. [Read more…] about Debunking The Myths About Attic Fans
When it comes to saving energy, everybody does the basics. The lights are off in rooms you are not in. You buy Energy Star appliances. And of course you adhere to your mother’s cackling voice that still rings in your head spouting “stop cooling the outside!” But could you be doing more to ensure that you are not terrified of opening that next utility bill? Here is a list of tips you may not have thought of to keep your money in your pocket instead of stuffing it in those white envelopes with the little plastic windows. [Read more…] about Blinded by the Light Bill – Ways to Keep Your Energy Costs Down
Being a community manager comes with many responsibilities, some of which are not outlined in the management agreement. One of the most difficult responsibilities that is typically not noted in the management agreement is making sure that the board members are adhering to their fiduciary duties. [Read more…] about Dealing with Boards Who Do Not Adhere to Their Fiduciary Duty
As the days get longer and the temperatures rise, people want to spend more time outdoors and less time indoors. That includes property managers, board members and homeowners, who especially don’t want to find themselves part of a board meeting that’s going on for way too long. However, with a wide variety of spring and summer projects underway, how can boards keep their meetings running efficiently? [Read more…] about Manager’s Perspective: Tips for Keeping Board Meetings from Going on Too Long