2016 December
Focus on... Safety and Security

Security Neighborhood Watch
2016 December Neighborhood Watch

Everyone is right to be concerned with the safety of their communities, whether they live in an area highly susceptible to crime or a sleepy Mayberry-esque hamlet. Condominiums, cooperatives, and homeowners’ associations are no exception; i…

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Security Emergency Meeting
2016 December Emergency Meeting

Some days it rains, some days it pours – and some days, there’s a Category 4 hurricane. And while the latter is relatively rare, it can be a true disaster, and any condominium, co-op or homeowner’s association worth its salt should be prepa…

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Security Surveillance and the Law
2016 December Surveillance and the Law

Secure.  The word has many meanings.  According to Google definitions, it can mean “to fix or attach something to something else.  It can mean to protect against threats or make safe.  Or it can mean to feel free from fear or anxiety.”  Per…

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Management Vulnerable Residents
2016 December Vulnerable Residents

Whether we’re talking day-to-day safety or emergency planning, most multifamily buildings and HOAs have something on the books to address both standard operating procedures and things like alerts and evacuations. And that’s great if you’re …

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Q&A Q&A: Voting by Proxy
2016 December Q&A: Voting by Proxy

Q. At a regular monthly meeting of a seven-member HOA board where members present constitute a quorum, can one of the absent members give her proxy to one of the four attending members to vote on specific issues on the board’s agenda?   …

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Q&A Q&A: Owners’ Reluctance to Serve on the Board
2016 December Q&A: Owners’ Reluctance to Serve on the Board

Q. I live in a 96-unit condominium building and have served on the board of our association for 16 years. There are nine of us on the board, seven of whom including myself are at the age where some owners younger than we are should be thi…

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Q&A Q&A: Getting an Owner to Maintain Proper Upkeep of His Unit
2016 December Q&A: Getting an Owner to Maintain Proper Upkeep of His Unit

Q. Can a member of the association sue his board of directors if the board does not force a landlord to keep up the maintenance of his units?                                  —Irritated in Itasca A“The short answer to this question is ‘…

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