2014 November
Focus on... Building Maintenance

Maintenance Your Building's Anatomy
2014 November Your Building's Anatomy

From the outside, the structure of a condo or co-op building may appear to be monolithic; just one big piece of brick and steel, punctuated with some glass here and there. That's an oversimplification, however. A multifamily building is pe…

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Maintenance The Art of Picking Professionals
2014 November The Art of Picking Professionals

Running the day-to-day business of a condo development or an HOA of any size—be it a sprawling, multi-building community, or a single self-contained building—requires not just a functional board but a team of competent outside professional…

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Maintenance Plumbing the Depths
2014 November Plumbing the Depths

Of all the modern conveniences we take for granted, perhaps none is as profoundly basic —and indispensable—as indoor plumbing. Carrying fresh water into our homes and taking waste water away, the pipes in our condo or co-op buildings are t…

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Management Getting Rid of Pests
2014 November Getting Rid of Pests

Pests are a part of life—wherever there are people, vermin of one kind or another are sure to follow. This is particularly true in a subtropical environment like that of Western and Central Florida. These insect pests are not merely gross.…

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Maintenance Disaster Recovery
2014 November Disaster Recovery

Big or small, disasters often strike out of the blue. They catch us unaware, flatfooted and feeling helpless at their impact. This is especially true when these events hit us at home or within our shared communities. When fire, flood, hurr…

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Q&A Q&A: Bad Board President
2014 November Q&A: Bad Board President

Q Several years ago the board president of our condo association was removed from his position after he was caught manipulating votes and actually coercing senior citizens in the building to sign blank papers and say they were proxies. He…

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Q&A Q&A: Estate and Ownership Transfers
2014 November Q&A: Estate and Ownership Transfers

I own a condo and recently got married. Ever since, the board of directors at my complex refuse to discuss pertinent matters with my husband, as he is not legally the owner. Is there any way to change the ownership record now that I'm marr…

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