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Webinar: COVID-19 Stole the Holidays?

The holidays are a time for celebration and cheer, but, just like everything else, they’ll look a little bit different this year. Join members of our Community Association Practice for a discussion on how boards and managers can safely navigate this holiday season in the midst of a pandemic. Questions include: Should an association hold […]

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“’Material Alteration’ Voting Explained,” News-Press

Q: How can a condominium “material change” be approved? Who approves it, the board or the property owners? If several items are being altered, must each item be listed separately or can it be a single vote lumped together as one? (A.J., via e-mail) A: The voting required for material alterations or substantial additions to […]

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Regarding Executive Order 192 – Requirements for Association’s In-Person Workforce

On October 28th, 2020 Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 192 (2020) (the “Order”), setting forth requirements every business, non-profit, and governmental or educational entity in the State must follow if they require or permit the workforce to be physically present at a worksite. These requirements are intended to aid the protection of employees, residents, and […]

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Episode 23: Can Board Change the Way We Fund Reserves – Can They Do That?

Our board has proposed a budget in which they’re changing the way we’re funding reserves. – “Can They Do That?” Becker Shareholder Kenneth S. Direktor discusses in a brand new episode! When it comes to association rules and bylaws, there seem to be more questions than answers. Becker’s video series, “Can They Do That?” tackles […]

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Can Community Association Members Record Board Meetings?

Various states provide a statutory right for members within a Community Association to audio or video record an open meeting of the board, subject to reasonable board regulations. However, in New Jersey, the law neither prohibits nor affirmatively permits owners to record board meetings. It is therefore up to a particular board to determine whether […]

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Donna DiMaggio Berger Appears in Season 2 Episode 3 of the Castle Group’s COVID-19 Webinar Series

Becker Community Association Shareholder Donna DiMaggio Berger participated in episode 3 of the second season of Castle Group’s COVID-19 webinar series. She was joined by Castle Group’s Founder and CEO James Donnelly as they continue exploring topics including the challenges associated with re-opening communities. Watch the webinar replay.  

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“Can One Section Ban Rentals?,” Naples Daily News

Q: I live in a condominium and there are several disruptive annual renters. There are six different sections but only one board. Each section is governed by their own declaration of condominium. Can one section approve an amendment to their declaration banning rentals even while other sections still allow rentals? G.P. A: Your community is […]

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“Night Swimming Governed By State Codes,” News-Press

Q: Our homeowners’ association pool is only open from “dawn to dusk.” With the time change, it gets dark early. Residents who work are not able to use the pool during the week. Can the board change the pool hours or is “dawn to dusk” mandated by the state? (L.T., via e-mail) A: The Environmental […]

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“Board Members Can’t Vote By Proxy,” News-Press

Q: I have an HOA question about board members voting by proxy. I believe that they cannot submit their own personal vote via proxy, but are they allowed to simply collect unlimited proxies? The board members collect and give the proxies to one board member to distribute. Is this legal? (E.L., via e-mail) A: You […]

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