• Think before you hit send:Directors, Managers and Emails.

    Think before you hit send:Directors, Managers and Emails.

    Not a day goes by that I do not receive an email communication from a director or a manager which requires a response and which has multiple addressees attached. Who all these people are is usually anybody's guess. In the business world, we oft...

     
  • Pool Diarrhea

    Pool Diarrhea

    QUESTION: I recently saw a sign that our association posted at the pool that says if anyone currently has or has had diarrhea in the past 14 days, they should not use the pool. That seems inappropriate. Is the sign necessary? ANSWER: Yes, the sign is necessary. The California Building Code (CBC) was recently amended […]

     
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  • Rent Collection in Three Easy Tips

    Rent Collection in Three Easy Tips

    By Tracey March At the core, rental owners are in the rental business because they want rental income. If tenants don’t pay their rent, rental owners don’t get paid and they may have to initiate costly and time-consuming evictions. Property management professionals know that the method used to collect and process monthly rent impacts whether tenants make on-time rent payments. A good rent collection and payment system should meet two requirements. First, it should make it easy for the property owner or manager to collect and track payments. Second, it […]

     
  • What is keeping people from serving on their community association boards?

    What is keeping people from serving on their community association boards?

    I just returned from a weekend in Gainesville where I met a pleasant, intelligent woman who was lamenting the uninformed state of her current board of directors. Lucy described a litany of abuses, mostly stemming from her board's unwillingness to read...

     
  • Buying a Condo

    Buying a Condo

    A friend called and said his daughter was buying a condo. He asked what she should look for when buying one. Following are my recommendations. 1. Maintenance. Don’t assume the association takes care of everything, it doesn’t. Find out what your maintenance responsibilities are so you can budget for them. Inspect the common areas. If […]

     
  • What will Trayvon Martin’s legacy be for community associations?

    What will Trayvon Martin’s legacy be for community associations?

    The widely watched criminal trial of George Zimmerman was concluded this past weekend.   The civil action brought by the family of Trayvon Martin against the homeowners' association where their son died has also been resolved, allegedly for a 7...

     
  • Speeding Tickets on Private Streets

    Speeding Tickets on Private Streets

    Although California has not yet addressed whether homeowner associations can ticket persons for speeding on their streets, Illinois has. Flashing Lights & Tickets. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Illinois ruled that associations can (i) stop drivers and issue tickets for violating the association’s traffic rules, (ii) use amber flashing lights on security vehicles, […]

     
  • Appeals Court Ensures Equal Access During Elections

    Appeals Court Ensures Equal Access During Elections

    A California appellate court recently overruled a trial court decision that allowed a homeowners association board to advocate a point of view in an election to amend the association’s governing documents. Wittenberg v. Beachwalk Homeowners Association, which the court certified for publication on June 26, 2013, addressed whether the Davis-Stirling Act provisions that expressly apply […]

     
  • Do you know the Top 10 Costliest U.S. Natural Disasters from 1980-2010?

    Do you know the Top 10 Costliest U.S. Natural Disasters from 1980-2010?

    Before Superstorm Sandy, the top 10 costliest U.S. natural disasters between 1980 and 2010 caused more than $501.1 billion in damage and up to 22,240 deaths, according to the National Weather Service and the Insurance Information Institute. These events impacted both coasts and most parts in between. 

    There have been many ongoing pleas for years now to convert the federal flood insurance program into a national catastrophic insurance program which would cover all natural disasters including wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and ice storms. Of course, the countervailing argument points out the paucity of coverage under the national flood program as well as the fact that this federal program is essentially bankrupt from year to year.

    ·         Hurricane Katrina, 2005

    Biggest impact:  Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi

    Damage:  $145 billion

    Deaths:  1,833


    ·         Drought and Heat Wave, 1988

    Biggest impact:  Central and Eastern U.S.

    Damage:  $76.4 billion

    Deaths:  5,000 to 10,000


    ·         Northridge Earthquake, 1994

    Biggest impact:  California

    Damage:  $67 billion

    Deaths:  60


    ·         Drought and Heat Wave, 1980

    Biggest impact:  Central and Eastern U.S.

    Damage:  $54.8 billion

    Deaths:  10,000


    ·         Hurricane Andrew, 1992

    Biggest impact:  Florida, Louisiana

    Damage:  43.5 billion

    Deaths:  61


    ·         Midwestern Floods, 1993

    Biggest impact:  Central U.S.

    Damage:  $32.8 billion

    Deaths:  48


    ·         Hurricane Ike, 2008

    Biggest impact:  Louisiana, Texas

    Damage:  $28.4 billion

    Deaths:  112


    ·         Hurricane Wilma, 2005

    Biggest impact:  Florida

    Damage:  $18.6 billion

    Deaths:  35


    ·         Hurricane Charley, 2006

    Biggest impact:  Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina

    Damage:  $17.9 billion

    Deaths:  35


    ·         Hurricane Ivan, 2004

    Biggest impact:  Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Texas

    Damage:  $16.7 billion


    Deaths:  57


    Given the losses we've already suffered over the last few decades and the likelihood that these will continue or even escalate, perhaps it is time to roll up our sleeves and finally make a national catastrophe policy a reality?