Strata councils: Everything you need to know

A strata council plays a vital role in governing the strata corporation on behalf of owners. It is responsible for making decisions and fulfilling responsibilities that will benefit the corporation and the community.  Council members are granted certain powers that enable them to perform their duties, but they can’t improvise as they go. Over 1.5 […]

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Condo turnover meetings

Before the meeting When the developer starts a new condo project, they create and control the first board of directors for the development. Depending on the state or province, there may be a time limit by which the developer must appoint an interim board after the condo plan has been registered. The names and addresses […]

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HOA committee charters

HOA committees can be incredibly helpful to boards, and the HOA as a whole. A well-organized committee can shorten the long-to-do list for busy board members, and build a more productive and cohesive community. However, it’s important for HOAs to only create committees that are needed. Each committee must have a clear and defined purpose, […]

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Ready for the worst: Disaster preparedness for HOAs

Furious wildfires are destroying large swathes of California, Oregon, and other parts of the western United States. Dozens of people have died and thousands have been forced from their homes. The US National Interagency Fire Center has reported that firefighters are battling more than 100 large wildfires across the western U.S., with higher-than-normal levels of […]

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Condos Can Manage Mail Deliveries With Ease Using CCC And Snaile

Groceries, laptops, shoes, gifts, and even toilet paper. You can have it all delivered directly to your condo. Online shopping has become incredibly popular, and condo dwellers may take advantage of this option more so than others because many of them do not own a vehicle. In 2018, an estimated 1.8 billion people worldwide purchased goods online, […]

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How to manage short-term rentals in your condo community

Short-term rentals can be a very contentious issue within condo communities. Some owners are thrilled about the idea of renting out their units for a weekend to make a little extra cash, while others hate the idea of having strangers constantly coming in and out of their building.It is true that guests usually don’t have […]

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Architectural committees: Does your HOA need one?

Before they start any exterior home improvements, homeowners usually need to get approval for their project from the association. Improvements and modifications are not arbitrarily approved or denied, rather, they are regulated by the association’s architectural standards or guidelines.Someone has to administer the HOA’s architectural guidelines and manage the application/approval process, which is where the architectural […]

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Strategies to use when reopening your HOA/condo amenities

Condos and HOAs across North America are having to make some tough decisions about whether they should open shared facilities. After the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak, multi-residential communities were strongly encouraged to shut down all nonessential amenities, including gyms and pools.Now that stay-at-home orders are being lifted and restrictions are being loosened, some associations do have the […]

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Things all HOAs/condos should do as stay-at-home orders are lifted

Slowly, but surely, things are changing for the better. COVID-19 has had an immense impact on the entire world. In a matter of weeks, we’ve had to cancel major plans, adapt to new ways of working, and find alternative methods to stay in touch with the people we care for while social distancing.     It […]

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An HOA Proxy Form Guide

As an association member, you can and should be a part of important HOA decisions. That means attending meetings and electing board members who represent your needs and values. But what if you don’t live near the property you own, or you simply can’t attend a requisition meeting?Conversely, you may be a board member who […]

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HOA vs Homeowner Repairs; who is responsible for what?

The regular maintenance of a condo building or complex is imperative to preserving the value of any planned community. But, sometimes it can be confusing to figure out who handles certain repairs. That’s why it’s important to educate yourself about your maintenance responsibilities as a unit owner before you even buy a property. That way, […]

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10 common homeowner’s association problems and how to deal with them

Living in a community that’s managed by a homeowner’s association has a lot of benefits. The HOA always takes care of property maintenance, safety is a priority, and it can help to elevate your property’s value over time. But, HOA’s aren’t perfect and there are situations where you might feel you’re getting the short end of […]

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Average cost of hiring a building security company in Canada

They say you can’t appreciate the value of hiring a security guard until you’ve experienced a situation that requires one. Apart from protecting your property from burglars and break-ins, a security guard reflects positively on the value of your property and can help you attract quality tenants.  If you’re thinking of hiring a security company […]

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How to become an HOA board member

There comes a point in everyone’s life where you feel compelled to serve your community in one way or another. Some people may fulfill this need by volunteering at a local charity organization. Others choose to become members of their homeowner’s association (HOA). Although HOA members don’t get paid for the work they do, they […]

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