2013 December
Focus on... Safety & Security

Security
2013 December Hidden Dangers

In New Jersey, buying a co-op or a condo goes something like this: Your realtor takes you to see your dream home. You put in an offer—along with a bunch of other people. After a ferocious bidding war, your offer is finally accepted. You su…

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Security
2013 December Window Safety and Repairs

A lot of people don't think twice about their homes' windows—as long as you can see through them and get some air and natural light, what's left to think about? But windows are structural openings after all, and without proper installation…

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Security
2013 December State of Surveillance

There are many different factors that prospective condominium owners contemplate when looking to buy a unit. Aesthetics, price, and location are important, for sure. But perhaps the most critical factors of all are the safety of the buildi…

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Management
2013 December Snow Control

A snowy winter is a child's dream. What's more fun than the chance to build snowmen, dominate in snowball fights and of course, relish in the pure joy that is a snow day? Oh, to be young, blissful—and mostly ignorant of the havoc wreaked b…

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Q&A
2013 December Q&A: Fining for Pets and Other Violations

Q We send violation notices and the owners just throw it in the trash. We would prefer to threaten fines rather than engage in legal proceedings. Specifically, issues involve leasing units without board approval or notice, barbecue grills…

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Q&A
2013 December Q&A: Remediating for Bed Bugs

Who is legally responsible for 1) coordinating, treating and 2) paying for treating bedbugs in a condominium unit? If one of the condo units is rented out to a tenant by the unit owner, does that change things? Once it spreads, does that ch…

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Q&A
2013 December Q&A: Dog Size a Weighty Issue

My condo association has a bylaw that limits the size and number of pets. About a year ago, a person moved in with a large puppy that has grown to be a very large dog. I reported it to the management and they did some investigating—then is…

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