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

    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.
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    Promoting Fire Safety in Your Community Association

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

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

    Feb 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?
  • How Can My Association Fund Capital Improvements?

    How Can My Association Fund Capital Improvements?

    Nov 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.
  • What Should My Association Board Look for in a Management Company?

    Oct 30, 2017

    As part of your responsibility to preserve, protect and enhance your community association, you may choose to bring in a professional property management company. Professional management can provide a depth of resources that you may not have access to otherwise, can help you optimize your budget while improving your residents’ lifestyles and more. 

  • The Basics of Board Meetings for Your Community Association

    Oct 27, 2017

    How many board meetings must your association hold? The number of required board meetings varies by association, so check your association bylaws. Some associations meet monthly, especially active high-rises, but some only meet quarterly. Regardless of how often your board meets, all of your meetings should be efficient.

  • Emergency Preparedness: Is Your High-Rise Ready?

    Sep 13, 2017

    Our Community Manager, Erin O’Reilly, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, has been published in the August 2017 issue of CAI New Jersey's Community Trends magazine. Her article highlights the importance of emergency preparedness and the appropriate procedures you can implement in your high-rise if a disaster strikes.

  • What Are the Qualities of an Effective Board Treasurer?

    Aug 18, 2017

    The board members of your community association serve many important leadership functions. Although they may have diverse backgrounds and skill sets, they are all committed to the common goal of bettering your community association, taking actions that ensure its financial health, enhancing property values and improving the lifestyles of the residents. What can happen if you don’t have an effective board treasurer?

  • Choosing the Right Banking Program for your Community Association

    Aug 14, 2017

    As a community association board member, one of your chief responsibilities is to protect the financial interests of your association and your fellow residents. That includes making sure that the association’s reserve and operating funds are carefully managed, protected and invested. Smart decision-making and sound financial stewardship are critical to the association’s long-term financial stability and health. Read on…