2018 November
Focus on... Building Maintenance

Maintenance Building Inspections
2018 November Building Inspections

Real estate lore has its share of stories about merciless, if not downright unscrupulous, city inspectors popping in on unaware building owners, conducting unscheduled examinations of all types, and sometimes even demanding payoffs in excha…

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Maintenance Heating Options for Multifamily Communities
2018 November Heating Options for Multifamily Communities

Whether you live in a high-rise building or a spread-out condo association, you probably take having reliable, adequate heat in the winter months for granted. But heating a multifamily community is not so easy as simply turning a dial. Ther…

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Maintenance Elevator Repair and Replacement Projects
2018 November Elevator Repair and Replacement Projects

The invention and adaptation of vertical transportation – otherwise known as the elevator – in the 1850s changed the face of architecture, space design, and apartment living forever. Unfortunately, like any mechanical system, every so often…

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Board Operations Effective Committees
2018 November Effective Committees

While a board and management take on the lion's share of responsibility for maintaining a building or community association, it certainly helps to have some extra hands on deck to keep track of smaller details. While by no means mandatory, …

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Board Operations Handling Conflicts
2018 November Handling Conflicts

Condo, co-op and HOA communities are made up of people – and people aren’t perfect. Within a community association, squabbles are inevitably going to break out between unit owners. Oftentimes these problems will be resolved relatively easil…

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Finance The Appraisal Process
2018 November The Appraisal Process

For many people, appraisals – why they're done, how they’re done, and how they’re used – is a mystery. But that need not be the case! For all intents and purposes, appraisals are a straightforward and simple component in the process of comp…

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Q&A Q&A: Taping a Board Meeting
2018 November Q&A: Taping a Board Meeting

Q. Can one condominium board member's voice recording of the board's closed executive session meeting be restricted by the board?            —Inquiring About Privacy Issues A. “It is uncertain if this reader's query is about whether a…

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Q&A Q&A: Board Shuts Member Out
2018 November Q&A: Board Shuts Member Out

Q. We have a board member who has been locked out of meetings. According to that board member: "The board has formed an executive committee that has, for all intents and purposes, shut me out. I am no longer able to view board discussions…

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