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High Risk Fixtures

High Risk Fixtures

What is a high risk fixture?  Any part or appliance determined as an item at high risk for failure.  This would include: kitchen and bathroom faucets, water supply lines (including the ice maker and refrigerated water line), hot water heaters, washing machine & air conditioner hoses and drains, and much more. Hawaii Revised Statute (HRS)

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Elevator Service Contracts Musts

Ten Things Condo Boards Must Know About Elevator Service Contracts

Elevator Service Contracts are always a topic of discussion in condominium associations. Your community’s elevators are one of its biggest and most expensive assets. Your community’s residents and guests ride in them every day and they expect that the elevators are being well maintained. Although most board members are unfamiliar with elevator contracts and the

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Pool Safety

Pool Safety

One of the most popular features in any community association is the swimming pool. It is an attractive amenity for just about every type of resident, from empty nesters to young families. But pools are also the source of significant liability and safety concerns for the association and its residents. According to the consumer product

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Music Copyrights

Music Copyrights

The music industry is changing at a breakneck pace. Gone are the record stores of yesterday, replaced by legal online retailers like iTunes or illegal filing sharing sites. The result of this rapid change is that the old business model for the music industry is crumbling, leaving music companies scrambling. As a result, artists, songwriters

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A Board’s Fiduciary Duty

A BOARD DIRECTOR’S FIDUCIARY DUTY

How board members effectively perform their voluntary duties directly affects the success of their associations. There is a wealth of resources available to directors to assist in understanding and meeting their fiduciary responsibilities. Not only are there books, pamphlets, magazines and newsletters but there are professional advisors such as attorneys, accountants, reserve advisors, engineers, architects,

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Going Native!

Going Native!

Over the past several years one of the biggest tends in landscaping to replace water hungry ornamental plants with species that are native to the local environment. Such a change does not create any significant trade-offs in visual appeal, but it does pay dividends in by lowering use of chemicals, water and energy. But even

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Community Association Violations

Community Community Association Violations

Associations are small governments that are responsible for keeping their communities and buildings safe, while always trying to maintain and increase the value of the homes in the community. The association’s Declaration and/or Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&R) are put into place for the benefit of the majority of the residents and should be respected

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Dealing With Difficult Residents

Dealing with Difficult Residents

One issue that is not unfamiliar for community managers and board members is dealing with the difficult resident. You know, the one whose conversation or emails are laced with terminology that would make sailors blush or perhaps have a conspiratorial view of a board decision that is on par with the plot twists of an

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Complaint Filed Against Condo for No FHA Financing

FHA approval

Recently, a condominium association in the Midwest found themselves on the receiving end of a discrimination lawsuit because the association was not approved for FHA loans. As a result, a single parent was unable to obtain a mortgage to purchase a unit, and filed a complaint with the state’s human rights commission for discrimination based

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The Coming Revolution

The Coming Revolution

For those of us of a certain age we sometimes view the future through the lens of the Jetsons. The future, we were promised, would be filled with gee-whiz gadgetry that would cook dinner, style our hair, or whisk us across town with a push of a button. While hover cars and tele-porters are still

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