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Handling Requests for Assistance Animals – Guidance for Boards When Things Get Hairy

(This article by Maureen S. Willkom was recently published in the Community Leader magazine, which is a publication of the Wisconsin Chapter of Community Association Institute.) Many condominium associations have rules regarding pets.  Some associations place restrictions on the type, breed and number of pets, and some impose limitations on the weight and size of pets.  Some associations...
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UPCOMING CONDO COLLEGE® — Spring 2017

SPRING 2017 COURSE OFFERING:

1. You be the Judge: Condo Cases and Controversies
2. Declaration and Bylaws and Rules . . . OH MY!
3. Avoid the Traps: Protecting Your Association From Discrimination Claims

And, as always, we look forward to your questions!

Please join us for coffee, a light breakfast and condo knowledge!

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FHA Update: FHA Lowers Owner Occupancy Threshold

In a recent announcement, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) continued a trend of easing the requirements for condominiums to be eligible for FHA financing.   For a condominium to be approved for FHA financing, it must meet certain criteria regarding reserve funding, insurance coverages, delinquencies, and the percentage of rentals, among other things. FHA has always looked...
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UPCOMING CONDO COLLEGE®

SPRING 2016 COURSE OFFERING:

1. Seven Surefire Strategies for Board Success 2. How to handle complaints about smokers: enforcement action and amending your governing documents 3. Capital improvements and large maintenance projects: special assessment or loan? Is a unit owner vote required? And, as always, we look forward to your questions! Please join us for hors d’oeuvres, cookies, and condo wisdom!

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FHA UPDATE: TEMPORARY GUIDELINES A START, BUT MORE WORK TO BE DONE

(This article by Adam Bazelon was recently published in the Community Leader magazine, which is a publication of the Wisconsin Chapter of Community Association Institute.) The number of condominiums obtaining FHA (Federal Housing Administration) certification has continued to shrink.  This is due, in large part, to the fact that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development...
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Dealing With Delinquencies: Make Sure Your Association Has A Collection Policy

(This article by Maureen S. Willkom was recently published in the Community Leader magazine, which is a publication of the Wisconsin Chapter of Community Association Institute.) A homeowner association depends on the regular income from assessments to pay for services, amenities and common maintenance expenses.  Without the timely collection of assessments from homeowners, the association simply...
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Parking Enforcement More Streamlined for Wisconsin Condominiums

Boards can now have illegal vehicles towed without police intervention.

And a reminder about CondoCollege®, one of the best educational values in town. The ability of Wisconsin condominiums to remove illegal parkers from common elements has been made easier under a recent law and rule making by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Condominium parking is subject to the...
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FHA Update: “Temporary” Guidelines Are Extended

(This article by Adam Bazelon was recently published in the Community Leader magazine, which is a publication of the Wisconsin Chapter of Community Association Institute.) To the federal government, “temporary” can mean a long time . . . and that is not always bad!  The last time I wrote about FHA financing here, I discussed several...
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Man Out-Foxes With Proxies. What Moxie!

Dear Condo Q&A:  A candidate for the upcoming Board election may be pulling a fast one.  He is going door to door getting proxy signatures which actually vote for himself!  These aren't even on the official forms.  Are these absentee votes legal? Sincerely, “Let’s Keep It Legal.” Dear “Let’s Keep it Legal”: Campaigning for proxies is democratic, and usually legal in...
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Condo Q&A – Pet rules and enforcement.

Q: Our Board of Directors wants to make a rule outlawing pets. A Board rule is so much easier than a declaration or bylaw amendment. Is this legal? Sincerely, On the Board, But Friend of Bow Wow. A: Dear “Friend,” We have reservations about a Board-passed rule outlawing pets. Though Wisconsin condominium law is...
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Firm Announcement and Condo Q & A

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  Mind if we brag for just a moment?  Adam...
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