Common Interest Podcast
Communication Lightning Round

Communication Lightning Round

August 20, 2019

Tom Purrazzo from Hillcrest Property Management joins us for a lightning round on communication in associations. Topics include conflict de-escalation, neighbor disputes, trash management, changes to assessments, and vendor selection. Listen in for Tom's perspective on how communication is key to association leadership.

Is the Cannabis Act Unleashing Reefer Madness on your Association?

Is the Cannabis Act Unleashing Reefer Madness on your Association?

July 16, 2019

Nicholas Bartzen from Altus Legal returns to the show for a discussion of the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act set to take effect on January 1, 2020. The Cannabis Act contains an addition to the ILCPA allowing condo associations to prohibit combustion of cannabis in units. Tune in to this episode to learn more about what the legalization of recreational marijuana means for your association.

Is it an Emotional Support Animal?

Is it an Emotional Support Animal?

June 25, 2019

Laura Marinelli from Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP shares a story about a puppy that was identified as a "Pet" to the Condo Association, which suddenly became an "Emotional Support Animal" when he exceeded the Association's weight restriction for pets. The request for accommodation seemed to have some red flags. Hear how the board handled this difficult situation.

Balcony Project Requires Special Assessment

Balcony Project Requires Special Assessment

June 4, 2019

Brian Butler from FirstService Residential shares a story about a high-rise condo building in Chicago with a large, urgent project the board had not anticipated. Hear how they made and communicated their decision for a special assessment.

So Much More than Spraying

So Much More than Spraying

May 21, 2019

Jennifer Biancalana from Clarke Mosquito Control & Aquatic Services shares a story about a community living in fear of their out-of-control mosquito population, and how they learned to attack the root causes of the issue.

Best Test for Asbestos

Best Test for Asbestos

May 7, 2019

Jeff Lenz from BELFOR Property Restoration shares a story about a unit that suffered water damage during the Polar Vortex, and an association that made things worse by having wall demolition started before the Property Restoration company was brought in.

Water Coming Through the Ceiling

Water Coming Through the Ceiling

April 16, 2019

John Hershey of J. Hershey Building Consultants shares a story about a unit owner with a leak coming through the ceiling, and two months of previous failed attempts to solve the problem.

Avoiding Potential Collections Pitfalls

Avoiding Potential Collections Pitfalls

April 2, 2019

John Bickley III of Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit discusses the collections process in Community Associations, and what potential challenges and pitfalls in the process to avoid.

Board President Likes His Perks

Board President Likes His Perks

March 19, 2019

Nicholas Bartzen, Founder of Altus Legal, shares a story about a Board President that has been securing favors and sweetheart deals for himself despite Association bylaws forbidding the practice.

Not Your Average Noise Complaint

Not Your Average Noise Complaint

March 5, 2019

Danette Smusz, Executive Vice President of Foster/Premier, shares a story about a resident with a history of hyperbole filing a noise complaint you will have to hear to believe.