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  • Financial Statements 101 – the What, Why and How

    Your board took the time to create a solid budget your association can stick to. Now how do you regularly measure your success at doing so? Regularly generated financial statements are the best tool for keeping an eye on the fiscal fitness of your association.
  • HOA Parking: 5 Tips for Managing Your Nevada Policy

    As a Nevada community association, how do you address HOA parking violations? Here are five tips to help you manage your policy.
  • Moving from Developer to HOA Control: How a Great Transition Team Can Ensure Success

    Transitioning a community from control by the property developer to control by a homeowners association (HOA) can be a scary time for residents and a challenging process for HOA board members.
  • Squatter Laws: Getting Rid of Uninvited "Guests"

    While some surprises (birthday parties, a promotion or a new puppy) are good, many surprises such as a flat tire or an IRS audit are not. One particularly nasty surprise is finding out that someone has broken into your vacant property and moved in. Thankfully, during the last legislative session, new laws were passed to deal with “squatters” which allow you to (relatively) quickly and legally remove squatters from your property.
  • Removing Squatters: What Landlords Need to Know

    In the fairytale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," the bear family comes home to find someone sitting in their chairs, eating their porridge and sleeping in their beds. Lately, fairy tales have become reality for many property owners when they find a real-life "Goldilocks" (aka, a "squatter") has taken up residence in their empty real estate.
  • Understanding Your Association’s Covenant Conditions and Restrictions

    One of the defining characteristics of HOAs is the use of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs). Although you might be familiar with the term, do you know how it really affects Nevada associations? Here’s a look at what they mean to you and how they affect you as a member of your community.
  • What the New Marijuana Law Could Mean for Your HOA

    As of January 1, 2018, marijuana sale for recreational use will be legal in Nevada. And with the “early start” program that went into effect on July 1, 2017. What, exactly, does the new law mean for your HOA?
  • Alternative Amenity Programming for Residential Buildings

    Following the temporary closure of fitness centers, interior lounges and other amenity spaces, boards and building owners may want to consider offering alternative programming for residents.
  • CoStar-Deluge of Packages Has Apartment Landlords Scrambling for Options

    Apartment landlords and property managers are increasingly offering an amenity that’s become a necessity for some tenants, particularly during the holiday season: package delivery management.
  • Enforcing Condo & Co-op House Rules the Right Way

    How can you ensure that shareholders/unit owners comply with the established rules without your board becoming the "building bad guys"?
  • Build a Condominium or Cooperative Fire Safety Plan in NYC

    For New York City residents who call a high-rise building their home, nothing compares to vertical living. But what about safety features? Specifically speaking, in a condominium or cooperative building, fire safety education is crucial. As a unit owner, shareholder, board member or building staff member, are you educated on how to prepare for the possibility of a fire inside your building or your unit? To help educate you on this topic, we’ve compiled some important tips on fire safety and prevention that every single member in your community needs to be aware of.
  • Four Ways to Keep Your Building Safe and Clean

    Living in close proximity to other people can come with challenges, especially during cold and flu season.
  • Keeping Your Budget Healthy in the Age of COVID-19

    As you begin to work on next year’s budget, it’s important to look for ways to save your building money to offset those unplanned expenses and potential revenue shortfalls.
  • Opening Considerations for Gyms and Fitness Centers in Residential Buildings

    Following the release of Interim Guidelines for Reopening Gyms/Fitness Centers, there are a number of procedures boards will need to consider when reopening fitness centers in residential buildings.
  • Technology at Home Part 2: Keeping Boards and Residents Safe Online

    As board communications become increasingly reliant on web-based technologies, it’s more important than ever to take proactive steps to safeguard the way you share and save sensitive information.
  • Four Ways to Set Decoration Policies without Ruining the Holiday Party

    The holiday season is upon us, and nothing puts you in a festive mood than pulling your holiday decorations out of storage. Many people derive a sense of community and comfort from seeing familiar decorations at the same time each year.
  • Saltwater Pools are the Future, and YES, They Have Chlorine!

    Saltwater pools offer a variety of benefits ranging from greater comfort for swimmers -- say goodbye to burning eyes and dried out hair -- and also for the environment. This article explores why saltwater pools are gaining popularity in condominiums and communities here in the Greater Toronto area and around the world.
  • Simple Energy Conservation Steps to Benefit Your Community This Winter

    With the cold weather in the Ontario air we all would love to find ways to save money as condo owners. There are a lot of helpful tips that we as homeowners can start before winter arrives and continue during the remainder of the winter season.
  • Tis the Season…Will Your Holiday Packages Arrive Safely and on Time?

    It’s that wonderful time of year! Many of us are shopping online to get that perfect gift for our loved ones. And, for those doing last-minute shopping, we don’t want to have to worry that something will go wrong with our deliveries.
  • Ways to Improve Your Condominium’s Lobby

    How do you like to say “hello?” No matter what expression you use, chances are you like to take the opportunity to put your best foot forward and make a good first impression.
  • Protecting Your Community Association from Fraud & Embezzlement

    Fraud can happen with any management company and even in a community that is self-managed. Although there’s no way to ensure 100-percent protection against such an occurrence, FirstService Residential takes considerable precautions to minimize its likelihood.
  • High Rise Security: Airbnb, Inc. & Active Shooter Preparedness

    As a board member and resident, here's how you can address property management security in the wake of "invisible tourists".
  • Ask the Expert: Vendor Contract Management

    Start off our quick, 4-part webinar miniseries, Ask the Expert, with Joe Bushey, president of VIVE (Vendor Insurance Verification Experts), as he talks about the significance of vendor loss risk.
  • Build Your Team: Committee Formation Video

    Tune in to hear a panel of board members discuss their best advice around the topic of Committee Formation.
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