Category Archives: Condo Management

New Neighborhoods Column–New Feature!

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Hi everyone!  I’m going to start a new feature this week–I’ll be reprinting the question and answer column that I write with my father, Gary A. Poliakoff, and that appears in newspapers and magazines throughout Florida.  It’s called New Neighborhoods, … Continue reading

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Portfolio Management–How it Works for HOAs

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One of the most consistently misunderstood concepts in property management that I see is the basic understanding of so-called “portfolio management”–the use of a single property manager to manage a number of different communities, usually unrelated to one another.  For … Continue reading

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Contractor Workers’ Comp and Insurance Requirements for Condos and HOAs

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I wanted to talk a bit this week about protecting your association when you have contractors or vendors on the property.  There’s a lot of confusion in this area, especially when it comes to workers’ compensation insurance.  What proof of … Continue reading

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A La Carte, or All In? A Discussion of the Pros and Cons of All-Inclusive Management Contracts for Condos and HOAs

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This week I wanted to talk a bit about an issue that will face every board member at one time or another–is your association better off choosing an all-inclusive management provider, one that can provide multiple services like landscaping, maintenance, … Continue reading

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Black Gold–Insurance issues following our condominium association Black Water Disaster

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In this final installment detailing the fallout from the black water emergency at my condominium, I wanted to talk a bit about insurance and paying for repairs.  Now, I can’t go into specifics about our particular issue, because it’s still … Continue reading

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Back In Black–The Continuing Trials and Travails of a Black Water Cleanup Effort in a Condominium Association

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In my last blog, I detailed a major “disaster” that occurred in my high-end, oceanfront condominium building–a black water, or sewage, leak that destroyed two units, badly damaged a third and even spread into the common elements. Now that we’ve … Continue reading

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Classic Blog–Emergency Mode! How to Deal With Disasters in Condos, Co-Ops and HOAs

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[Originally published this summer, this blog details how emergencies can be successfully handled by your management team.] Hi again!  The last couple of weeks have been pretty rough at my building–a string of bad luck minor disasters, one after another, … Continue reading

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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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How To Screen Renters or Owners, Part 4–How to Create a Screening Procedure that’s Consistent and Fair

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This is the final installment in our How To Series regarding tenant and owner screening entitled “How to Screen Renters or Owners–Some Thoughts And Possible Consequences of Screening Applicants.” So, given all of the difficulties I’ve previously addressed, as well … Continue reading

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How To Screen Renters or Owners, Part 3–Is it a Good Idea?

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Determining Whether Screening is a Good Idea This is the third installment in our How To Series entitled “How to Screen Renters or Owners–Some Thoughts and Possible Consequences of Screening Applicants.” We’ve already discussed whether screening is legal, but is screening … Continue reading

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