This week we inspect the walls of your office, measure your management skills, and try to turn you into a joiner. We also learn about an important new class action lawsuit and we get some great tips on hot issues like fire prevention, open meetings and pets. Check out everything that happened this week in Community Association Management!
As an educated member of the Community Association Management industry, you already know how crucial it is to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news, trends and happenings within the industry. Each week, we bring together our favorite reads of the week and share them with you! Enjoy the CAM Mash Up and please share it too!
Are the walls of your office bare? They shouldn't be! Federal and state laws require that certain labor law posters be hanging in your management company's office. Learn what the laws are and what you need to have here.
Guilds for the 21st Century
Professional trade organizations have been around since ancient times. Find out what trade organizations serve the community association management industry, and what they can each do for you.
How Would You Score?
Every day when you go to work, you are being judged on your performance by homeowners and board members. Check out this list of How to Effectively Evaluate an HOA Manager. Compare your performance against these criteria. Are you the best you can be?
Orange and Blue Makes Me See Red
This is a public service announcement. If you manage (or live in) a condo building built between 1995 and 2007, you need to check your plumbing. If your pipes are Orange and Blue, your community may be eligible to join in on a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers of Kitec pipes, which were recalled in 2005 due to their tendancy to corrode too quickly or flat out fail. Find out more here.
Only YOU can Prevent Condo Fires
It seems I rarely read the news these days without seeing at least one story of a condominium fire. One fire chief in Canada has proposed a new legislation to help prevent fires starting from improperly extinguished cigarettes. Between a media campaign to raise awareness and an industrial installation on every balcony, this campaign could do a lot to help prevent devastating fires in your communities.
Open meetings are essential to give homeowners a voice and provide them with insight into the running of the association. It's important to know how to keep open meetings on track and productive. Here are some great tips that might be helpful for your next open meeting.
A Furry Problem
Companion animals are a frequent discussion point lately, as homeowners look for ways to keep their beloved pets even when their community association rules do not allow those pets. You walk a fine line between people who legitimately need the animals for support and those who are abusing the system. Get some ideas on how to deal with companion animals.
Here's one to share! Homeowners (and sometimes board members!) have so many misconceptions about their community associations. They certainly think the association has a lot more power than they often do. This article reveals the truth behind 5 common misconceptions.
Do You Have Big News This Week?
If you've got big news that would be relevant to other CAM professionals, please share it with us in the comments below