2013 June
Focus on... Law & Legislation

Law & Legislation Superstorm Sandy Update
2013 June Superstorm Sandy Update

 While the spirits of New Jersey residents remain resilient, the lingering impact  of Superstorm Sandy—the fiercest weather event to hit the East Coast in recent history—is still being felt acutely by the Garden State. Sandy left a path of…

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Law & Legislation 2013 Legislative Update
2013 June 2013 Legislative Update

 The 2013 legislative session in Trenton is underway. As always, each session in  the Senate and the Assembly includes bills that relate to housing, including  some that impact the state’s condo developments and HOAs as well as a relativel…

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Law & Legislation Listen Up!
2013 June Listen Up!

 While some condos and co-ops are lucky enough to have lawyers serve as members  of their board, the majority of boards don’t have an in-house legal expert. They often reach out to their attorney to  answer questions, vet documents and sen…

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Law & Legislation So You've Been Sued — Now What?
2013 June So You've Been Sued — Now What?

 Lawsuits are usually not an association’s go-to method for dispute resolution. Expensive and time-consuming, they can  quickly turn into a financial burden and may create strained relations in the  community. Unfortunately, in some cases …

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Real Estate Trends Electric Revolution On the Horizon?
2013 June Electric Revolution On the Horizon?

 Whether condo associations will buy into the so-called “electric highway” has become the perennial $64,000 question.    And the answer? The electric vehicle or EV revolution is coming, albeit slowly.    ChargePoint, Inc., th…

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Design Can You Hear Me Now?
2013 June Can You Hear Me Now?

 When walls are the only separation between you and your neighbors, privacy  sometimes goes out the window. People hear their next-door neighbors talking,  footsteps from above or even music blaring through the walls. Sound  transmission b…

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Management Staff Management 101
2013 June Staff Management 101

 Management of any property requires a varying degree of resources and skills.  Materials, capital, and personnel are required for everything from ordering  supplies to the complete overseeing of a multi-unit, high rise co-op or  condomini…

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Real Estate Trends Butt Out?
2013 June Butt Out?

 In the ongoing effort to limit the non-smoking public's exposure to second-hand  cigarette smoke, municipal governments across the country are coming up with  increasingly strict bans on smoking in public places—even on public streets and…

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Management A Mighty Wind
2013 June A Mighty Wind

 People living on the Gulf Coast and further down the Eastern seaboard have long  accepted hurricanes as a fact of life—one that brings with it torrential rain, howling winds and devastating  hailstorms. New Jersey has been hit with a few …

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Neighborhoods Lakehurst, New Jersey
2013 June Lakehurst, New Jersey

 Seventy-six years ago Lakehurst was the scene of one of the most iconic and  notorious air disasters in history, the explosion of the German zeppelin  Hindenburg. Memories fade throughout the decades, and while most people have  seen the …

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Q&A Q&A: Compassion or Collections?
2013 June Q&A: Compassion or Collections?

Q I am the property manager for a medium sized condo association. There is an  owner who is several months behind on their assessment. We have followed the  standard protocol of the association of sending out notices and it is reached  th…

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Q&A Q&A: Delinquencies and Board Elections
2013 June Q&A: Delinquencies and Board Elections

Q Can a condo owner be elected president if they have a lien on their condo due to  not paying some of their maintenance fees? Is this a conflict of interest?    —Conflicted in Camden   A “Each condominium association's by…

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Q&A Q&A: No-Pets Rule
2013 June Q&A: No-Pets Rule

Q I am having an issue at my co-op in New Jersey. I have an outdoor cat, who is  impossible to keep indoors. Before I moved into my co-op in September 2012, I  was completely unaware that the co-op has a "no outdoor cat" rule. I never got…

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