This week we got the skinny on community associations expenses, learned about a new labor decision that could affect associations, and explored positive ways to enact change. We also took a walk on the wild side of association management, with chickens, pooper scoopers and toilet flushing all making an appearance. Read all about it in the CAM Mashup: 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!
Zooming in on Community Associations
IREM, the Institute of Real Estate Management has recently published the 2015 Income/Expense Analysis Report for Condos, Co-ops and Planned Unit Developments. The book is available for purchase if your need all the details, but even the highlights are enlightening (scroll to the bottom), such as the overall increase in reserves coverage and the average assessment amounts in community associations.
You ARE My Problem
Big franchises like McDonalds have been under the microscope recently because of their unwillingness to claim responsibility for employees in franchises (to prevent the formation of unions, for example.) In an effort to change the situation, the National Labor Relations Board has made a new ruling which changes the definition of a 'joint employee' to be much more lenient. This change could have ramifications for community associations. Guards, maintenance and grounds staff, even the community association manager could be considered to be joint employees under this new ruling.
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Break-ups are fun for absolutely no one. Whether it is a personal relationship or you are cutting ties with a current client, it is always a less than enjoyable situation to find yourself in. “While some breakups may be inevitable, many can be prevented by changing your approach.” Learn some of these client retention techniques here.
Enacting change in a community association can feel like trying to move a gigantic boulder. Here's an example of how one community was able to make a positive change with the buy-in of the majority of homeowners resulting in a serious reduction of violation letters.
Get the Pooper Scooper
It is an inevitable part of living within a community. Dog poop. Everywhere. So what can you and your association do to prevent it taking over the common grounds of the association? Take a look at these helpful tips to help you avoid a pile up in your community.
This next article tells the story of a condo association in Washington D.C. that once tried to enforce a rule that would prohibit residence to flush the toilet during certain hours of the night. The fact that an HOA even attempted to enforce this rule gives me so much entertainment! Check out this quick guide to help you decide if your rules and regulations are within reason and enforceable.
“In the final analysis, all HOA members are volunteers in one capacity or another and to one degree or another. We can't avoid it. By presence or presents (physically or financially) HOA members join in and sacrifice personal interest for the greater good. And there are millions of such volunteers actively engaged in HOAs everywhere. You can't run. You can't hide. Enjoy the volunteer ride.” Get involved!
Time to Peck Out a New Rule?
There are so many reasons to go out and buy yourself a few chickens for your backyard. Think of the fresh eggs you could enjoy for breakfast or the bug and pest control at your fingertips! But how should an HOA respond to this new (arguably old) trend? Frankly, I don’t want to live anywhere, where having my own chicken is prohibited. But that may just be the West Virginian in me talking.
Do You Have Big News This Week?
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