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Francis J. McGovern, Jr., Esquire

Do they really mean "golf carts" or are they talking about "low speed vehicles" a/k/a "neighborhood electric vehicles". 

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It happens every winter. The Association is hit with yet another bad snowstorm. The snow removal crew arrives early and is attempting to clear the snow faster than it falls.

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Karen B. Miller, Esquire

In these tough economic times, it seems no association is immune to the burden of vacant units. While failure to pay assessments is the most obvious problem, vacant units can introduce a host of other problems from squatters to burst pipes. While there is no quick fix or magic formula to correct the scourge of vacant units, there are steps that every association can take to ease and even eliminate the financial and maintenance burden vacant units can create.

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Michael R. Polulak, Esquire

It’s that time of year again… when extreme cold can cause pipes to burst in vacant units.  In light of this, it is important that managers gain access into known vacant units to winterize them.  This avoids unnecessary insurance claims and premium increases caused by ruptured water lines.

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Scott K. Penick, Esquire

You hated them as a kid. You wish they were no longer necessary as an adult. But in community living, having some rules is a necessity.

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Francis J. McGovern, Jr., Esquire

The Community Associations Institute (CAI) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing the education and resources necessary to foster vibrant, responsive, competent, community associations and helping them promote harmony and responsible leadership.

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Passing a leasing amendment is desirable because it helps to maintain the quality and character of the community.  A leasing amendment benefits a community in two main ways: 1) by providing an association with a means of evicting nuisance tenants and 2) by enabling the association to collect rent directly from tenants when unit owners become delinquent.  A leasing amendment will also pay for itself in the time and money saved in these two scenarios.

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Francis J. McGovern, Jr., Esquire

In the summer of 1981 I started reading Stephen King’s “The Stand”.  My boss had left it in my attendant’s shack at a parking lot on the corner of Ocean and Pine Avenues in Wildwood.  I didn’t get very far.  The book was scary and long.  As a sixteen-year-old at the beach, I had more fun things to think about. 

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Karen B. Miller, Esquire

More and more associations are facing the issue of emotional support and assistance animals. Often, these animals do not present any problem for an association, but what happens when an emotional support or assistance animal violates the association’s pet policy?  In those instances, several factors weigh into the decision making process to determine whether a medical necessity claim is valid and whether the requested accommodation is reasonable. 

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Scott K. Penick, Esquire

In 2010, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) turned the financing of FHA mortgages upside down by announcing the end of spot approvals for condominiums and a new requirement of biannual community-wide certification for FHA mortgages.

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