Category Archives: Property Maintenance

New Neighborhoods–Clean Title, Common Element Repairs and Virtual Board Members

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New Neighborhoods By Gary A. Poliakoff and Ryan Poliakoff Clean Title, Common Element Repairs and Virtual Board Members Dear Poliakoffs, I am contemplating buying a condominium unit from a condominium association that acquired title by foreclosing on its lien filed … Continue reading

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New Neighborhoods–Responsibility for Pipe Maintenance and Non-Owners on Board

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New Neighborhoods By Gary A. Poliakoff and Ryan Poliakoff Responsibility for Pipe Maintenance and Non-Owners on Board Dear Poliakoffs, First, let me tell you that your column is always informative, and condo owners appreciate your efforts.  Now it is my … Continue reading

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New Neighborhoods–Preemptive Rights and Balcony Restoration

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New Neighborhoods By Gary A. Poliakoff and Ryan Poliakoff Preemptive Rights and Balcony Restoration Dear Poliakoffs, My mom moved into an assisted living facility and was no longer able to pay her dues and assessments on her condominium.  She quit … Continue reading

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Stucco Blues: How One Condominium Deals With a Construction Emergency, Part 3

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Welcome again to Stucco Blues!  If you recall the last two columns, our subject condominium, only a few years old, had discovered that large pieces of stucco were falling off of the building.  So the board shut down the majority … 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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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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Astroturf and xeriscaping–part of the solution or the problem?

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Several weeks ago, Daniel Vasquez of the Sun-Sentinel wrote an article about Lesia DeFelice, a homeowner in an HOA in South Florida who replaced her lawn with Astroturf.  DeFelice argues that the turf is a necessary adjunct of xeriscaping, a … Continue reading

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