Monthly Archives: October 2010

How to deal with police and other government officials–what is the association’s obligation?

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Welcome to another entry in our How To Series!  Today, I’m going to talk about how to deal with inquiries from police officers and federal agents. In any large community, dealing with visits from police and other government officials can … Continue reading

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Failure to Maintain can mean liability for associations

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We’ve talked in the past about board members’ general duty to maintain the common elements of their properties.  But this responsibility is more than just an aesthetic niceity–landlords and associations can be held liable for saftey hazards on their properties … Continue reading

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Classic Blog–Seasons Change: Dealing with Transient Owners or Renters in a Condo, Co-Op or HOA

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[Before starting my "Poliakoff on Condo & HOA Living" blog, I had written over 20 articles for a blog that we maintained at the New Neighborhoods website.  Over the next few weeks I'm going to reprint some of those blogs … Continue reading

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A Dreaded New Malady Strikes HOA Owners. Save Yourselves! Save Your Families! Sue your HOA!

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Are you perhaps feeling tired?  Irritable?  Are you restless and lacking in sexual enjoyment?  Then you may have been stricken by the dangerous malady, HOA SYNDROME!  I almost considered putting this in the category of condo comedy, but unfortunately it’s … Continue reading

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Ethics for Shared Ownership Community Board Members

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The HOA Law Blog has published an excellent article about basic ethics for condo and HOA board members.  You can read their article here. One would think that the issue of ethics should be a simple one, but unfortunately every person … Continue reading

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Condo Comedy–The Genie

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A condominium president, manager and assistant manager are walking the property when they find an antique oil lamp.  They rub it and a Genie comes out in a puff of smoke.  The Genie says, “I usually only grant three wishes, … Continue reading

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The “Mortgage Terminator”–A New Tactic in Fighting Banks, or Marketing Speak? [Updated]

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This week Daniel Vasquez, a consumer and condominium reporter for the Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald whom I often refer to, wrote an article about a “new legal tactic” colorfully called the “Mortgage Terminator” which allows associations to void primary … Continue reading

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See Gary Poliakoff Live This Thursday on the Willis Report!

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New Neighborhoods co-author Gary Poliakoff (my father) is going to be appearing live on “The Willis Report,” a consumer-oriented show on the Fox Business Channel.  Host Gerri Willis is a personal finance expert who was previously host of “Your Bottom … Continue reading

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Condo Comedy–Morris Hears a What?

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Condo president Morris, an 82 year-old man, goes to the doctor for a physical. A few days later the doctor sees Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm, smiling broadly. When Morris goes back … Continue reading

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