The Signs of the Times: May They Be Restricted?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2020 in Uncategorized

Written by: Michael S. Karpoff

Signs always have been a hot button issue for community associations. But in the current political climate, they have become an even greater source of concern. May boards restrict signs to prevent aesthetic clutter throughout the community? Must boards allow their communities to become billboards for their residents’ personal opinions? May a board prohibit messages that appear to be racially, ethnically or religiously insensitive or discriminatory?

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Hill Wallack Community Associations partner Caroline Record to be panelist for CAI-NJ’s Webinar

Posted by on Jul 27, 2020 in Uncategorized

CAI-NJ has a webinar every Wednesday, led by industry professionals, discussing important issues affecting your business or common interest community!

On Wednesday, July 29th at 12 noon, Caroline Record will be presenting on “Contracts”

Other topics include:

  • Reading Engineering Maintenance Reports
  • Building a Successful Maintenance Plan for Your Community
  • Pipe Replacement

Managers will receive 1 hour of continuing education requirements for the CMCA certification!

Must be in attendance for entire seminar to receive credit.

Click here to register.

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Pool Contracts

Posted by on Apr 30, 2020 in COVID-19, Uncategorized

One of the big questions facing associations at this moment is whether to go through the process of opening the pool. Should we do it now, as most pool companies are pushing—or should we wait and see what happens in a month? What if we haven’t even signed our pool contract? Should we sign it or just forget this season?

The decision is largely a business one, as the particular facts and circumstances of associations vary greatly. There are, however, a few key concerns that face all associations:

  • Will the pool be damaged if we don’t open it and run the filtration system?
  • If we have a signed contract, will we be liable to the contractor for the entire amount?
  • If the “social distancing” requirements are lifted, do we want to be ready or risk facing an angry reaction from the owners? Or if this continues, will we be criticized for wasting our members’ money?

First, our research indicates that even if pools are not going to be open for swimming this season, it is necessary to open, chemically treat and run the filtration system from a pool health standpoint. There is a real possibility that if you don’t open the pool, the pool surface may become irretrievably stained and there might be permanent damage to the filtration system. Remember that if it’s opened but not used, you need to keep it running and maintained but at a reduced level (sufficient to protect the pool but not suitable for swimming).

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Protecting Maintenance Staff

Posted by on Apr 28, 2020 in COVID-19, Uncategorized

In dealing with an ill resident, maintenance and repairs within homes also need to be taken into consideration. Non-essential maintenance or service within a home should be avoided to prevent inadvertent spread of infection.

The HUD guidelines indicate that where immediate maintenance or repair is required within a home, maintenance staff or contractors may ask whether any resident in the home has contracted the disease. Persons who do not feel safe entering a home cannot be required to do so. However, if maintenance or repair is necessary to protect health or safety, the staff or contractor should take appropriate protective measures when entering the home, including utilizing personal protection equipment and following public health and CDC recommendations.

We do not believe that any special notice besides warning the virus has been reported is required in the unfortunate case of a death. It is important to notify residents of an occurrence of the illness so that they may take recommended precautions, but the precautions to be taken by other residents do not change because an ill person has died. Where an association routinely announces resident deaths in order to share its condolences, we suggest that the association suspend that practice to avoid giving an impression, possibly incorrect, that all recent deaths are due to the virus and thereby spread further anxiety.

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