Category Archives: Security

Shared Ownership Security–Greeters, Gatehouses and Front Desks at Condos and HOAs

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In many of the larger shared ownership communities around the country, some type of “security” contract is a necessity.  But what exactly does such security entail?  And is it really “security”, at least the way most of us view the … 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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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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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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How To Screen Renters or Owners, Part 2–Is it Legal?

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This entry is the second installment in our How To Series on screening Condo or HOA owners or renters.  Our first question–Is it legal? Before your condo or HOA board decides to screen owners or tenants, understand at the outset … Continue reading

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How to Screen Renters or Owners–Some Thoughts and Possible Consequences of Screening Applicants

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But, regardless of the outcome of the lawsuit, it illustrates just one of the usually unseen pitfalls of a condo association or HOA choosing to screen potential rental or sale applicants. So I wanted to spend some time in this series of blogs discussing screening in general—what are the benefits, what are some of the drawbacks, and how can board members and associations protect themselves effectively?

Over the next few days I’m going to discuss screening procedures–what can you expect from them, and do they do what you think they do? Continue reading

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Can You Ever Be Too Safe? How to Choose a Security System for Condos and HOAs

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At the outset, let me state that I am not a security expert.  I have, however, spent the past year working with my board of directors to design and implement a quarter-of-a-million dollar security system in our beachfront condominium.  So … Continue reading

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