Category: On The Board

Law & Legislation Playing By the House Rules
2005 Jun Playing By the House Rules

If laws weren't made to be broken, they at least need to be amended once in a while. As a community's residents change—and the world in general changes around the community—yesterday's rules and bylaws can become outdated or no longer su…

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Law & Legislation Using Mediation Before Litigation
2005 Jun Using Mediation Before Litigation

When you're a homeowner living in an association environment, it's a good bet that at some point during your residence you are going to take issue with something that a neighbor is doing—or vice versa. Whether it be something small like …

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Law & Legislation Settling HOA Maintenance Disputes
2005 Apr Settling HOA Maintenance Disputes

One of the jobs of a homeowners' association is to make sure there are rules for homeowners concerning maintenance issues, that these rules are spelled out, and that these rules are followed. And the great majority of unit owners realize…

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Board Operations Examining Assessments and Increases
2005 Apr Examining Assessments and Increases

Owning a condo or being a member of a homeowner association is a something many New Jersey residents know a thing or two about. In 2004, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) estimated that 970,000 existing co-ops and condos were so…

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Board Operations Association Rules vs. Aesthetics
2005 Mar Association Rules vs. Aesthetics

A giant shrub trimmed to resemble a stock car? Shutters painted an eye-shattering fuschia? Eight not-so-tiny reindeer blitzing across the roof? Some people's idea of design heaven is almost certainly someone else's idea of aesthetic purg…

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Board Operations Improving the Professional Relationship
2005 Feb Improving the Professional Relationship

Anyone who has spent time serving on the board of his or her co-op or condo knows that it is a job that no one can do alone. Even if you have the most conscientious group of board members, the job is too time-consuming for a group of vol…

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Board Operations The Most Common Directors' & Officers' Claims
2005 Jan The Most Common Directors' & Officers' Claims

Community associations, whether a homeowners' association, property owners' association, cooperative, timeshare/interval association or commercial association are legal entities that are governed by bylaws and applicable statutory and gover…

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Board Operations Organizing HOA Committees
2005 Jan Organizing HOA Committees

It takes a lot to run a successful building—there are employees to hire, services to contract, boards to elect, new residents to review, general technical maintenance to take care of, and all the rest on that ever-present "to do" list with …

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