2012 August
Focus on... Insurance/Board Training

The Chicago Cooperator's Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo
2012 August The Chicago Cooperator's Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo

 The Chicagoland Cooperator's Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo last fall was by all accounts a huge success; the November 16, 2011  event attracted thousands of attendees from all across the region for a full  day of education and networking. …

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Insurance Insurance Fraud!
2012 August Insurance Fraud!

 Last year the co-owners of a Chicago realty company that managed dozens of  condominium properties were charged with fraud for stealing more than $2  million in assessment payments between 2005 and 2008. They trio covered up  their fraud …

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Insurance Mind the Gap
2012 August Mind the Gap

 Insurance is designed to be there for us when we need it most. Without knowing  the full extent of our coverage, though, we may find ourselves with less  protection than we thought. For condominium owners, it is imperative to  understand …

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Insurance How Much is Enough
2012 August How Much is Enough

 Legendary funny man Benny Goodman once said, “I don’t want to tell you how much insurance I carry with the Prudential, but all I can  say is: when I go, they go, too!” The comedian hits on all-important issue: how much insurance is too mu…

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Board Operations Rookies No More
2012 August Rookies No More

 Remember your first day at a new school? Most likely, you didn’t know a soul, had no idea what the students were learning and you probably felt  nervous, intimidated or maybe even afraid. In most cases, this is what it’s like to be a new …

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Board Operations Staying Away from Impropriety
2012 August Staying Away from Impropriety

 One of the trickier problems to deal with when you live in a co-op or condo is  dealing with board members who sometimes let the power go to their heads. Even  though they are entrusted with a great deal of responsibility to keep their  a…

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Maintenance The Sound and the Fury
2012 August The Sound and the Fury

 Noise is a key quality-of-life problem for almost anyone living in a  densely-packed urban environment. It's the bane of many a condo-dweller’s existence, and over the years engineers, architects, and designers have tried  any number of w…

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Maintenance Brew Your Own Juice
2012 August Brew Your Own Juice

 When the power goes out and city dwellers are left in the dark, people assume  they won’t be stuck in cold apartments for days. Just as we expect our hospitals to have  backup power generators to save patients who are on life support syst…

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Organizations The Insurance Information Institute
2012 August The Insurance Information Institute

It goes without saying that individuals and associations alike need to be properly covered by insurance; that's just common sense. But the wide variety of choices can make obtaining that coverage a daunting process. To help boards and HOAs…

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Q&A: Lifeguard Required?
2012 August Q&A: Lifeguard Required?

Q I am the president in our condo community, which has a swimming pool. The question has come up as to whether or not a lifeguard is required by law. One of the other board members is insisting that because we are a private community, …

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Q&A: Following the Rules
2012 August Q&A: Following the Rules

Q We are an established vintage lakefront condominium property. Since conversion to a condominium form of ownership, the association has adopted several policies according to the state condominium act. They are given to each new owner a…

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