Just today I receive a call from Rep. Robaina to inform me of the change in wording in the HB 601 where it said that all owners were required to have property insurance on their unit and the association would be named on the loss assessment coverage. He reported that the state legislators would correct the wording and owners would not be required to carry insurance if they wanted to be self-insured. He said that one of the first actions of the new legislators would be to clean up some of the language and make it more clearly in a “Glitch Bill”. He said that the corrections would be transmitted almost immediately to attorneys and managers. In addition, he said that another situation to clear the misunderstanding of two co-owners not to be able to serve at the same time on the board of directors. If there is one unit involved, only one owner can serve at the any one time. If however, the co-owners own two or more units, they cans served since they would each would represent different units.
Archive for November, 2008
Talk With CAM 063: Candidates
The best associations have communications and alliance with the members. It is said that each member has a duty to help and serve the community. Too many associations have members that do not want to help. The board has a responsibility to encourage the members to volunteer. The key is to make meeting interesting, short, and allow the members information and input. In addition, reasonable communications to include meeting minutes and financial reports should be easily available. Refreshments should be available at meetings. Directors should knock on doors and invite the members to attend meeting. If the members have problems with too much association work, then hire management to do the day-to-day work. Members must be invited to become a candidate or volunteer to serve on committees. Make it a friendly place to help neighbors.
A word of podcast schedules: Due to the holidays approaching, no podcast will be posted the last two weeks of November and the last two weeks of December. Everyone have a great holiday and be careful not to eat too much. I will be back on the air December 7th.
Talk With CAM 062: A Trip Around The USA
Today we review several articles written by other firms.
The first is from two firms: Lerch, Early & Brewer, Bethesda, Md- 301-986-1300
And Whiteford, Taylor Preston, Baltimore, MD- 888-239-2040
The subject is the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Federal Act of 2007. This act was signed into law by President Bush on December 17, 2007.
It defines the pool modifications to prevent drain problems.
In addition, I recommended that the board purchase the “Pool-Spa Operators Handbook” from the National Swimming Pool Foundation: Office 719.540.9119 Fax 719.540.2787, 4775 Granby Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80919-3131, and their web page is: http://www.nspf.com/
The second article came from Thomas Schild Law Group, Rockville, MD, 301-251-1414. The subject was Fair Housing for disabled and modification of common areas to comply with the ADA.
The third article come from The Davis-Stirling Law, out of Los Angles, CA, 310-945-0280. The subject was the requirement for employees to have correct social security numbers. The case refers that IRS will send letters to employers if the social security number is a non match.
The forth article comes from KREX TV in Grand Junction, CO. The article is only one of many such articles on political signs in association. I pointed out that this is the time to begin to establish certain policies for political signs and to review the matter with your members. In addition, you need to review the possible policy with your attorney.
Along with this sign problem, I reported on an article form First Coast New where a returning home veteran’s family had place welcome home signs and members of the association reported that they were a political statement and had the signs removed. I urged that any denigration of returning veterans to report it to me. I do not want the same treatment of our returning veterans as was after Vietnam.
The final article was from Samouce, Murrell, & Gal attorney in Naples, FL 239-596-9522 and was on Reserves. The article was published in the Naples News. Link: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2008/nov/02/rob-samouce-should-condominium-associations-fully-/
Tonight we talk about: What is in the failure of associations to provide the services and operations they were designed to perform? What is the main function for associations? Who do you blame for the failure of the association?
I first have a disclaimer that many association operate properly and only a few have major problems but those are the ones you hear about.
The powers to properly operate the association would be the documents. In fact they are the deed restrictions. Too many members do not read or understand the deed restrictions and they are the final answer to association improper operations.