2016 May
Focus on... Recreational Amenities & Programs

Recreation
2016 May Incorporating Safety into Play Time

One universal truth on which we all can agree is that kids like to play. They love little more than getting together and having a bang-up good time. And in almost any cooperative, condominium or homeowners’ association, there is likely to b…

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Recreation
2016 May Designing Common Areas

In the past, developers would throw a few chairs and tables into a large room and call it a 'common room' or a 'recreation space' and leave it at that. Today, however, there's more to designing, maintaining and upgrading a successful common…

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Recreation
2016 May The New Architectural Renderings

In the past, when it came time to do a remodeling project, no one really ever had much of an idea as to how things would turn out. Architects and designers would come by with blueprints or swatches of color and fabric and ask you to just im…

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Management
2016 May Proper Record-Keeping

Like any company, a multifamily residential community generates a lot of paperwork in the course of doing business, from employment records to tenant records and more. It can be an enormous amount of stuff to manage, and knowing what to kee…

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Finance
2016 May Death and Taxes

There is no doubting the wisdom of one of America’s founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, who wisely said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” While Father Time can take care of your mortality, the fed…

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Board Operations
2016 May Following House Rules

Taste is subjective. Luckily your board’s design rules and guidelines aren’t. From gaudy exterior paint colors, to improperly mounted flagpoles, to Clark Griswold-esque holiday light displays, the exterior design choices of individual unit …

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Design
2016 May Design Committees

When you lived alone, designing your space was easy. You went to the paint store, selected your favorite colors, came home and did the deed. But then you got married, and decorating got a little trickier. Every design decision had to get ap…

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Q&A
2016 May Q&A: Denying Services to Non-Payers

Q. We have a number of apartment units in our condo community where owners have not paid their maintenance for a few months. I feel that it will become a problem if the delinquencies continue, and we cannot pay our bills if owners are beh…

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Q&A
2016 May Q&A: Selecting a New Manager

Q. I live in a co-op in Fort Lee. Do co-op shareholders have any rights when it comes to the selection of a management company for their building? And if they can’t directly choose which company will manage their co-op building, can they …

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Q&A
2016 May Q&A: What About the Kids?

Q. I know this is a strange question. Can you tell me if or where one would find out if there is a law in New Jersey that dictates the total number of children allowed per cooperative apartment or any dwelling unit?  Would this even be fo…

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