What to do when your condo board doesn’t enforce rules fairly
REAL ESTATE MATTERS | The association has the obligation to enforce the rules fairly and uniformly. But the association also has the right to establish waivers and determine how those rules are enforced for the benefit of all unit owners.
When a condominium community goes to war, everyone loses. Here's how to avoid that.
Will Your HOA or Condo Board Hike Its Fees Soon? How to Tell
You just found your dream condo! While you'll want to make a good impression on the board, it's more important to make sure the board is financially secure.
How to Handle HOA/Condo Board Member Resignations
By Chris Gelwicks, Esq. From time to time we receive questions regarding the resignation of directors, term expiration and what to do i...
Enforcing Rules in Your HOA Community
Being a board member isn’t just about overseeing the annual National Night Out event or choosing a new landscape vendor who can upkeep common areas for a fair price. You also have the responsibility of making sure the rules in the association’s governing documents are followed by all members—homeowners, committee members, and board members alike. This
What is Selective Enforcement of Rules?
Selective enforcement is when a board enforces, or is perceived to enforce, rules against some homeowners and not others. It also occurs when rules are unfairly or inconsistently enforced throughout the community. For example, suppose that there is a rule that all trash receptacles must be properly stored by 6 p.m., but no one on
Partner Post: How to Effectively Represent Condo Association Owners as a Board Member
Condo Association Board members are elected to represent Condo Association Owners and to carry out their fiduciary duty with regards to the Condo Association.
Q: How do HOAs enforce general nuisance and annoyance rules?
Does your HOA have a generalized rule on nuisances? Be careful how you try to enforce it. Your board could wind up with egg on its face – and spend association members’ hard-earned money on ill-con…
Condo Rules Restricting Co-ed Swimming
Some time ago we blogged about a lawsuit commenced by several condo owners in New Jersey against their condominium association after it instituted rules that restricted mixed-gender swimming in the as
What is Condo Association Fiduciary Duty?
Condo Association fiduciary duty is a term commonly used, but not always fully understood. Learn what it means and how it affects you.
Tips for Entering Owners’ Units in Condo Associations
Living in a Condo Association means that you are subject to a wide variety of Bylaws, rules, and other conditions. One of the interesting – and often frustrating – issues results from entering Owners’ units in Condo Associations. This can be necessitated by a variety of factors. The most common occurs when there is work that …
Top 5 Problems with Self-Managing your Condo or HOA and Solutions
You know what? Becoming a self-managed community may not be right for you. It may be more work and you may have to learn a lot of new ways of doing things in an unfamiliar industry. But if you are looking for a low cost alternative to full property management, have a core group of...
Seven ways to be heard at your next condo or HOA meeting
The homeowner forum is an exchange of ideas, not a gripe session. If you’re bringing a problem to the board's attention, share your ideas for a solution too.
How to Avoid Conflicts Over Religion In Your Condo/HOA
We discuss one of those don’t-ever-talk-about-it topics in this week’s tip: Religion. It’s so common for owners to ask to use your HOA common area for religious meetings.
Tips For Condo Living
If you’re considering buying a condo, please don’t sign on the dotted line and assume everything outside your four walls will be handled.
FHA's Montgomery says more flexible condo rules are coming
FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery said the agency is currently working to revise its condominium approval rules and that he expects a final rule to be announced soon. After a near three-year wait, Montgomery said the industry can expect a final ruling on the proposed revisions that will be less prescriptive and more reflective of the current market.
How are condos in Canada used?
Jens von Bergmann (data analyst and mathematician); Nathanael Lauster (sociologist); and Douglas Harris (law professor) have been working since 2018 on a study of how condominiums are used and occu…
Why Condos Are Becoming Rentals
Slumping luxury condo sales inspire FOR RENT signs.
5 tips for condo buyers
Insurance 101 for condo owners
Now you’ve bought the condo, what about insurance? First-time condo owners need to carefully consider the insurance they need – and what the strata corporation covers – to be adeq…
How to Hold a Condo Association Hearing
Learn how to hold a Condo Association hearing in a way that is fair to Owners and allows the Board to render a fair decision.