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Stop! Before Raising Association Fees, Try Cost Containment

Posted on Monday August 20, 2018

No board wants to raise fees. But costs go up – or do they? Learn how cost containment can help keep your NJ HOA fees from increasing. 

It’s Not Just Planning: Take Your High-rise Emergency Management to the Next Level

Posted on Tuesday July 03, 2018

Planning for emergencies is step one. Your board also needs to know how to manage those New Jersey high-rise emergencies when they happen.
 

Email Communication

Posted on Tuesday July 03, 2018

You may be unaware that you are opening up all of your emails to scrutiny. When using a personal or work email address to conduct association business, there is a potential liability involved.

Emergency Preparedness: What You Need to Know & How Your Management Company Can Help

Posted on Monday July 02, 2018

A good emergency plan is critical to the safety of your Pennsylvania high-rise residents and property. Learn how to create one and execute it today.

Difficult Residents: Good Communication Makes All the Difference

Posted on Thursday May 17, 2018

Every community has at least one. You know who they are: the squeaky wheels, the complainers, the busybodies. Difficult residents are a fact of community life. 

Changes to the New Jersey Bathing Code May Affect Your Association’s Pool

Posted on Monday May 07, 2018

It’s almost swimming pool season! Before your residents snag their favorite poolside spots, your board needs to know about some state rules that will affect how you operate your community association pool.

Promoting Fire Safety in Your Community Association

Posted on Tuesday April 03, 2018

Part of your job as a board member is ensuring the safety of residents in your community association. To that end, it’s important to educate homeowners about possible fire risks and the steps they can take to prevent fire hazards in their homes.  Chances are that fire safety isn’t top of mind for residents. However, home fires are more common than most people realize.

What to Know about Service Dogs, Comfort Animals and Your New Jersey High-Rise

Posted on Thursday February 15, 2018

For many individuals with a disability or other debilitating condition, a service animal or assistance animal is essential to performing life’s daily tasks. But what happens when the presence of an assistance animal conflicts with the policies of your New Jersey high-rise association?

To Rent or Not To Rent? How Your Community Can Handle Rental Restrictions

Posted on Thursday February 15, 2018

It’s an issue that every board faces sooner or later: how many renters should our association allow in our community? 
 
Some issues to look at when considering a rental restriction are the availability of individual mortgages for units and the association’s ability to get a loan, for a capital improvement for example.

How Can My Association Fund Capital Improvements?

Posted on Thursday November 09, 2017

Nothing lasts forever…and when it comes time to replace your high-rise roof, community pool or to add new amenities, your association will need to determine how to pay for it. All of these things – significant repairs and replacements, as well as new construction – are considered capital improvements.

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