We're talking about going green in a lot of ways! Staying in the green, saving green, and going green are some hot topics this week in Community Association Management, plus some helpful tips about how to break the rules and what to do when rules (like noise ordinances) are broken. 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!
"The bulk buying of services has long seemed like good business to co-op and condo boards. But in today’s brave new world of cable TV services, suppliers are making unprecedented demands, often requiring that buildings guarantee a 100 percent buy-in in order to get a bulk-rate discount. As a result, co-op and condo boards are scrambling to keep up with new business models, changing technology, and changing customer preferences."
"New York City is loud and getting louder. The number of noise complaints filed with the city’s 311 line has more than doubled since 2010. The main culprits, in no particular order, are raucous parties (which the police no longer interrupt), construction work (which takes place at all hours), sirens, air-conditioning units, bar patrons, barking dogs, and noisy children. For co-op and condo boards, noise complaints between neighbors are a persistent headache. That’s because it’s difficult – and expensive – to pay an acoustic engineer to document offensive noise." But help is on the way!
No Trespassing, Except...
"There are some exceptions to the trespass law. Most of them are in the case of an emergency. For example, the police may pursue suspected criminals across your property. You can trespass onto your neighbor’s property to save it if you saw their kitten fall into the pool. These are, for the most part, all practical and easy to understand. Until you get to golf balls." Oh, Florida. Check out the unusual exception to the rule, here!
Good Financial Health Pays Off
"Community associations have good reasons to maintain healthy bank balances: It allows them to keep up with maintenance and curb appeal. They don’t annoy owners by repeatedly tapping them for more. Here’s another one: Financial stability leads to speedier sales and higher selling prices." Check out the full story here!
Go Green and Save $$$
"Most folks know that turning off lights in unoccupied rooms, taking shorter showers, and turning down the thermostat a couple of degrees can help save energy – and by extension, money. However, helping an entire building or association cut costs and reduce its carbon footprint can be a little trickier, which is why many co-op and condo buildings hire professional energy consultants to assess their energy profile and make recommendations as to how it might be improved." Money saving and environmentally friendly tips here!
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