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Is Your Co-Op Liable for Secondhand Smoke? What Can You Do About It?

Posted on Wednesday March 22, 2017

All of us have caught the whiff of secondhand smoke from a passerby or a fellow patron at a restaurant or even neighbors on their balcony. And for most nonsmokers, it’s a fleeting irritation, gone in an instant. But what if it’s more than that? 

Fair Labor Standards: How Boards Can Effectively Handle Wage and Hour Claims

Posted on Thursday February 16, 2017

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.” Why does this matter to you, as coop or condo board member? Ben Kirschenbaum, vice president and general counsel for FirstService Residential, said that the FLSA applies to all businesses that employ hourly workers, regardless of size.

Formalize These Five Policies in Your High-Rise Right Now

Posted on Tuesday January 31, 2017

High-rise living has more appeal now than ever! The wealth of amenities, unique culture, and concierge-level services draw a greater number and variety of people to vertical living each year. Of course, there are challenges. The density and close quarters of a condo or coop mean that residents need to be respectful of each other and sometimes that can lead to conflict and friction. Let’s take a look at some of the areas where concrete policies can help promote harmony and create order within a high-rise building.

Service Animals in Your Community: 5 Things You Need to Know

Posted on Thursday January 26, 2017

For individuals with disabilities, having the assistance and companionship of a service dog can help them achieve a greater quality of life and assist in performing daily tasks. What happens if conflicts arise due to your New York City condominium’s or cooperative’s policies and your need for a service animal? As this is both a sensitive and relevant situation that many condos and co-ops can face, the following guidelines are intended to guide you and your board in clarifying information about service animals and the rights of individuals with disabilities in your community.

Professional Enrichment for Managers: The More You Know, the Better

Posted on Monday January 23, 2017

Whether dealing with technology, administration or communication, on any given day property managers and managing agents are required to be jacks of all trades. And while some managers might actually have a practical background in plumbing or finance, it’s impossible for even the most seasoned professional to understand all aspects of running a multifamily property. That’s why engaging in continuing education is essential to maintaining a safe, successful, and financially solvent property. 

Eight Simple Rules for Making Effective Condo and Co-op Policies & House Rules

Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

We all have rules we have to live by. Making those rules in the right way is critical. The most important factors in community policy making, whether for a condo or co-op, are clarity and sensibility. Everyone involved, including the management team, the board, owners and residents, must understand their responsibility when it comes to policy or rule creation, enforcement and compliance. When a policy is created, it’s a good idea to remind all residents of the roles of the various agents in the process and the reasoning for establishing the new policy or rule.

Mediation or Arbitration? How to Identify Appropriate Community Conflict Resolution

Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2017

Within a dense, urban melting pot such as New York City, condominiums and cooperatives flourish with diversity. Communities have a plethora of different personalities coexisting, so it’s a fact of life that conflicts or disputes may arise. While many parties may be able to settle their differences amicably through discussion and negotiation, sometimes disputes escalate into a complex situation. Here, we’ll give you a brief overview of what both conflict resolution processes entail and how they’re different.

2017: Year of the Renter

Posted on Friday January 06, 2017

Robert Scaglion, our executive managing director of new business development, provides commentary on where concessions and rents are headed in this New York Times article.

Home And Color Trends You'll Love in 2017

Posted on Tuesday December 27, 2016

As you ring in the New Year, it’s the perfect time to take stock of your life. You get to look back at all of 2016’s good times and accomplishments, and you also get to plan ahead to make 2017 even better than the past year. You might even make a New Year’s resolution or two to help you improve your health and well-being. But what about your living space? If you haven’t taken a good look at your home decor recently, the time is now!
 

FirstService Residential Offers Active Shooter Training and Preparation for Building Staff

Posted on Friday December 16, 2016

More than 370 mass shootings in the U.S. this year have killed 434 people and injured nearly 1,500 more. Due to these alarming statistics, FirstService Residential identified the value in educating both the company’s associates and building staff members on possible active shooter situations within residential properties. 

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