2016 November
Focus on... Building Maintenance

Maintenance Funding Your Reserves
2016 November Funding Your Reserves

Bill and Martha Jensen bought a new condominium in Tampa in 1995 and lived there for 19 years. In 2014 they sold the apartment to Max and Rita Diaz. A year later, the condominium association’s board of directors voted to replace the buildin…

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Maintenance Updating Your Building’s Systems
2016 November Updating Your Building’s Systems

There are a lot of machines and pieces of physical equipment that contribute to the functionality of a residential complex, whether that property is a condominium, cooperative, or a homeowner’s association. These items vary in complexity fr…

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Maintenance Holiday Tipping Etiquette
2016 November Holiday Tipping Etiquette

Whether you live in a suburb or in the heart of the city, life is expensive. Sometimes it can feel as though everybody from the barista at your favorite coffee shop to the kid who bags your groceries is trying to nickel-and-dime you half to…

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Maintenance Wood-Destroying Pests
2016 November Wood-Destroying Pests

Whether interior or exterior, well-built, properly-maintained woodwork can last for centuries but if wood-boring pests like beetles, termites, and carpenter ants find their way into the wood, they can wreak all kinds of havoc. Wood-destroyi…

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Law & Legislation Feds Go After Foreign Luxury Condo Buyers
2016 November Feds Go After Foreign Luxury Condo Buyers

Anonymous buyers and foreign investors for years have played in the Miami-Dade and South Florida real estate market, buying luxury properties to fuel the region’s condo boom. But now two investigations have put those shadow buyers under the…

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Q&A Q&A: Looking for a Legal Set of Bylaws
2016 November Q&A: Looking for a Legal Set of Bylaws

Q. I am a co-op owner and board member in Miami Beach. I have been trying to obtain a true copy of our bylaws. I have a six-page version but was told by another owner that his copy is about 100 pages. Where do I find the real set? Are the…

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Q&A Q&A: Performing Building Repair Work While Unlicensed
2016 November Q&A: Performing Building Repair Work While Unlicensed

Q. We had some gutter and minor roof repairs scheduled.  The budget is tight for some other reasons and the president stated that her husband was qualified and would do the work for free.  He is not licensed or insured and will be working…

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