2018 February
Focus on... Board Relationships

Board Operations Ensuring Good Communication
2018 February Ensuring Good Communication

The key to any healthy relationship is good communication. That holds especially true for the sometimes-delicate dialogues that take place among residents, shareholders, board members, and managers in co-ops and condos of all sizes and conf…

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Board Operations Diversifying Your Board
2018 February Diversifying Your Board

A democracy fares best when it is proportionally representative of its constituents. For all intents and purposes, the board of a condominium, cooperative, or homeowners’ association is a democratically-elected entity, and as such, one coul…

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Board Operations ‘Problem’ Board Members
2018 February ‘Problem’ Board Members

There’s an old adage that goes along the lines of, “You can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your relatives.” That’s true of the people you serve with on your co-op or condo board. Board politics, like all politics, can get uncomfortab…

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Board Operations What Makes Great Boards Great
2018 February What Makes Great Boards Great

One of the most unforgettable events of 2012 was the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, which, according to the National Hurricane Center, resulted in approximately 147 deaths in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Canada, and at least $50 billion in pro…

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Management Hiring Staff
2018 February Hiring Staff

Working for any sort of multifamily community–whether it’s a condo, co-op, HOA or rental–requires a certain amount of skill and training. After all, staffers carry out many duties, and often have access to residents’ property and personal i…

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Q&A Q&A: What If a Board Member Is  Involved in a Lawsuit?
2018 February Q&A: What If a Board Member Is Involved in a Lawsuit?

Q. Can a homeowner who is in a lawsuit with his condo legally be an executive board member of that condo? Wouldn’t that annul his fiduciary duty? The story: One of our homeowners was elected to the board of managers last November; his fe…

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Q&A Q&A: Capital Assessments
2018 February Q&A: Capital Assessments

Q. I reside in a residential co-op in which the board elected to pass on the capital assessment to its shareholders based on the their respective shares. My question is does the board of directors need to use the outstanding shares or aut…

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Q&A Q&A: Resolving a Handicapped Parking Issue
2018 February Q&A: Resolving a Handicapped Parking Issue

Q. Whom would I need to contact on behalf of my senior and disabled mother, who owns a co-op in Westchester, regarding private parking and handicapped parking? She received notification from the managing company that she has four business…

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