Category: On The Board

Board Operations
2016 December Training New Board Members

A condo or homeowners association is the cornerstone of a building community. The condominium or HOA maintains order and continuity by preserving architectural integrity, maintaining the common elements, protecting property values, and ofte…

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Board Operations
2016 December Sprinklers & Life Safety Systems

While most often the exception and not the rule, fires in high-rise buildings do occur. Whether it’s a scary-but-manageable kitchen fire or a four-alarm blaze involving multiple units or even floors, smoke alarms, sprinkler systems and flam…

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Board Operations
2016 December Lead Paint and Other Toxins

Whether you make your home in the heart of a city or in a sprawling suburb, there are certain dangers that have nothing to do with crime rates, economics, or the latest exotic imported disease (see our piece on the Zika epidemic elsewhere i…

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Law & Legislation
2016 November Feds Go After Foreign Luxury Condo Buyers

Anonymous buyers and foreign investors for years have played in the Miami-Dade and South Florida real estate market, buying luxury properties to fuel the region’s condo boom. But now two investigations have put those shadow buyers under the…

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Law & Legislation
2016 October Home-Based Businesses

Dana Greco, a therapist specializing in marriage counseling and divorce mediation lived in a comfortable two bedroom co-op on New York’s Upper West Side near Columbia University.  Divorced herself and with grown children, her apartment was …

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Board Operations
2016 October In-Unit and Robotic Parking

Take a gander around major U.S. cities, and you’ll see that the market for newly-constructed condo units is at an all-time high; many developers are seeking way to set their particular luxury properties apart from all the others going up ar…

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Board Operations
2016 October Living the High Life

Perhaps nowhere else in the United States is life offered up on as grand a scale as it is in Miami’s ultra-luxury condominium market.  Apartments often include personal plunge pools on unit balconies, private elevators for residents and the…

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Board Operations
2016 October Pet Policies in Boards and Associations

Although it may sometimes feel as if our pets have the run of the land, humans are still the masters of their own domains. In order to maintain this status quo—especially in a communal environment such as a condominium, cooperative or homeo…

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Law & Legislation
2016 September Keeping Board Elections Honest

Los Sueños—a 13-building, 396-unit condominium complex on Hialeah’s west side—takes its name from the Spanish word for 'dream,' but the outcome of its November 2015 owners’ association board election was a nightmare. Although each unit had …

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Law & Legislation
2016 June Q&A: Quorum Conundrum

Q. I’m curious about this, and I live in a co-op versus a condo. Is there such a law in Florida that allows us to conduct a meeting without having reached a quorum? This situation occurred recently. We need more than 50 percent of the vot…

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