When Bylaws give you lemons, make Kevin Bacon! Wait, no, that's not right. Okay, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, and when your bylaws get confusing, clarity is key. How did Kevin Bacon get there? Well he's usually no more than 6 degrees of separation away from everything, much like your CAM management company's reports and outputs are to your homeowners. This week's CAM Mashup goes over all of that, plus how to recover from natural disasters, and some pretty wild stories of homeowners and the creative ways they skirt the rules in HOAs. Check it out!
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!
Lemons into Lemonade
"I took over management of a very high-end luxury co-op on West End Avenue several years ago. At the start of my engagement, the resident manager resigned his position. Shortly thereafter, the handyman resigned. At that point, the board was very concerned about losing two key employees just as a new management company was starting. I told them not to panic, to relax, and take a deep breath. Let’s figure a way that we can take this problem and turn it into an opportunity." Find out his solution here!
"As an HOA manager, you know one thing for sure. Getting things in writing (translation: iron-clad legalese) is essential. Since your HOA bylaws serve as your governing course of action — and your go-to procedure manual — it’s pretty important for them to be clearly understood and closely followed. Aye, but here’s the rub: homeowners (even board members) tend to get confused between bylaws and other governing documents. So let’s clarify the difference."
Recovering from Natural Disasters
"Hurricane Harvey slammed the South Texas coast this weekend, flooding cities with trillions of gallons of water and bringing tornadoes with damaging winds in its path. Harvey has quickly become one of the most catastrophic storms to date. Flooding in metro Houston will displace huge block of the metro’s population of about 6.5 million people, according to a study from RealPage’s data analytics team.
As Texas and the United States prepares for the recovery process, many will be tasked with making property decisions. We have rounded up a few articles for apartment residents, multifamily investors and owners as they recover from the storm—and those unaffected who are contemplating steps for future natural disasters."
Cheaters Gonna Cheat
"Common interest community managers are tasked with covenants control/enforcement at the associations they are contracted to manage. I would submit that this is not a task anyone enjoys, but it is made more difficult by the lengths that owners go to in order to circumvent the rules of their community. Mind you, every owner wants the rules enforced for their neighbors, but tend to be offended when they are asked to comply with their association rules. Some of the interesting violations managers are faced with are..." Find out here!
6 Degrees of Output for CAM Managers
"Have you heard of the game, 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon? The idea is that Kevin Bacon is such a prolific actor, literally everyone in Hollywood has 6 or fewer degrees of separation between themselves and the actor.
Comedian Dave Barry gives a great example linking Bacon to the Lone Ranger: "The Lone Ranger was the Green Hornet's great-uncle; the Green Hornet and O. J. Simpson both hung out with people named Kato; Simpson and Robert Wagner co-starred in The Towering Inferno; Wagner and Bacon co-starred in Wild Things."
You could play along at home, but instead of measuring against Kevin Bacon, consider this: your reports and other outputs are your management company's version of Kevin Bacon."
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