I think we can all agree that 2020 is a year we’ll look back on as, well… awful. And since insurance is all about the avoidance of, or recovery from, awful, we interviewed condo association insurance coverage expert Michael DeGeorge of Rosenthal Brothers to give us the latest on HOA and COA insurance pitfalls…
Beginning January 1, 2020, adults 21 years of age and older will be able to purchase and possess up to 30 grams of marijuana for recreational use. To avoid issues and keep the peace, Illinois condominium associations will want to get rules and regulations in place before then.
There are some challenges to having a pool in your community association. The biggest challenges tend to be related to the residents, rather than the maintenance. Here are some simple guidelines for HOA and condo pool rules, rule enforcement, and managing to avoid chaos.
Spring is finally here so it’s time to stop hibernating inside and venture outdoors! With warmer weather approaching, many people like to get outside, join volunteer groups, or meet the new neighbor who moved in during winter. As an HOA board member, it’s your job to help create a friendly environment where homeowners feel proud of where they live. Many people want to know their neighbors instead of feeling like it’s just a bunch of town homes that share a wall. An easy way to encourage neighborly love is with community activities such as a block party or neighborhood garage sale. Here are some tips on planning a seamless event in your HOA community.
Condo Associations and HOAs often find it a bit challenging to enforce all the rules. Not enforcing rules can upset members, cause issues, and possibly even create a legal issue. Here we explain the importance of implementing and enforcing rules, and provide resources so condo and HOA boards can make it manageable.
Pets are an important part of many Americans’ lives. Dogs are like family to many people, and therefore an inevitable situation for HOAs to handle. While pets are great companions to some, others can find them a nuisance, especially if they are not handled in a manner respectful to the community. The following homeowners’ association pet restrictions and guidelines will help your community have a problem-free co-existence.
Sometimes a situation arises that prompts a homeowners’ association to create a new rule. It is important to know how to change HOA rules properly. You’ll want to be legally compliant, and to manage concerns of HOA members. Here is a guide to adding rule amendments.
Condo and community association boards are to represent the community’s needs and act in their best interest. As such, they have fiduciary responsibility to be fair and transparent. One of our preferred vendors Keough & Moody, P.C., recently explained how the 2018 ruling in Boucher v. 111 East Chestnut Condominium Association, Inc. reminds us how to comply, and prevent issues. Read the below explanations of laws and expectations to determine if you need to change your board’s practices.
Earlier this summer in July, a substantial fire destroyed nearly 75% of a condo association in Prospect Heights, IL. Associations for townhomes, condominiums, and single family homes need not overlook community planning for disaster management. Whether it’s a tornado, flood, or fire, community preparedness is crucial, lest you find yourself scrambling in an emergency.