Welcome to October! It's the start of a new quarter, fall, and cooler weather. And so we start this new beginning with some new topics (and new takes on old topics) in this week's CAM Mashup. Whether it's learning to deal with backwards complements or something more extreme like preventing the Zika virus, you'll learn a lot from 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!
Uhhh Thank You?
“You are one of the few truly professional property managers around anymore.” Ever get a backwards complement like this? They are being kind to you, but it's a condemnation of the profession itself. What makes people feel this way about community association managers and what can you do to combat the misconception?
Shoo, Fly! (or Mosquito)
The Zika virus is making its way through America, starting (of course) with Florida. This article provides you with a number of actionable steps your community can take to help mitigate the threat of this mosquito borne illness.
I was Voluntold
Committees can be a lifesaver for your community. They help get more homeowners involved in the governance of your community, take some of the burden off board members, and provide a feeder source to help replenish the ranks of your board. But how does your community get started forming a committee? Learn how here.
I Just Saved 15% on Car Insurance
Do you have a community that's trying to save money on utilities? One co-op was dismayed at their collective water and sewage bill, which was over 100k per year. In just 2 years, they were able to reduce water consumption by 20% by passing an ingenious new policy that didn't cost the board a cent.
A Rose by Any Other Name
What's in a name? Officers, Directors - it all means the same thing right? Actually no. There is a difference between Officers and Directors in a community association, although the same people may be serving both functions. Learn how to tell the difference here.
Recouping Legal Costs
"When a condominium corporation successfully defends an owner’s claim, should the condominium corporation be entitled to a “special cost award”? Or should the usual cost principles apply?" We may not know all the answers, but some promising recent decisions may indicate some relief on the horizon for community associations.