Category Archives: Vendors/Contractors

How do LEDs Compare to CFLs?

Light-emitting-diode (LED) technology is advancing rapidly and has become a viable option for some specific applications in institutional and commercial buildings. Maintenance and engineering managers also are considering LEDs for installation in exterior applications and in parking garages.

What has changed? In the past few years, the color quality, efficiency, and reliability of LEDs have improved significantly. Managers now have viable options for specifying LEDs, but they need to beware of poor-quality products on the market.

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PERMITS REQUIRED FOR CONTROLLING NUISSANCE GEESE

So you are fed up with the bare dirt covered with goose poop around your lake.  It is time to take action!  But, what are the regulatory issues and are permits required?  Geese are protected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the federal government side and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission on the state government side.  There are regulations, but they realize resident geese are an introduced nuisance and health threat.  You can take action but you should follow the rules.

Migratory geese are still declining in numbers and are very much protected.  Only the resident geese, manipulated by humans years ago trying to increase numbers for hunting, create a nuisance.  The resident geese have adapted to community lakes surrounded by lush turf grass and few natural predators.  In many areas their populations are exploding.  They eat the grass down to the bare dirt that is eroding and leave nasty droppings that contribute excess nutrients to the lake, which often encourages nuisance filamentous algae blooms.  The droppings also create significant health concerns.  These communities are now asking “what can we do to control the damage created by these geese?”

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“Round Peg in a Square Hole” – Mechanic’s Liens Don’t Fit Condominiums

The ability to file a mechanic’s lien gives contractors a powerful weapon in their battles to collect money owed them for construction work they have done. But the Massachusetts Condominium Statute, Chapter 183A, prohibits the application of these liens to common areas.

Section 13 of the statute, governing claims against community associations, specifies that any claims involving the common areas “shall be made only against common funds or property held by the organization of unit owner and not against the common areas and facilities themselves….”

Although that language is about as clear as any you are likely to find in statutes or regulations, contractors still periodically file mechanic’s liens related to work on common areas – possibly because they aren’t aware that they can’t use this collection tool with condominiums; but more likely because they know that filing the lien – appropriate or not – will give them leverage in negotiations with an association’s governing board.

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Tips for Dealing with Contractors

This week’s tip offers advice for HOA boards that are disappointed with contractors. If you’re considering severing ties, follow these rules: 

  1. Beware urban legends. Know the law.

    If you think you can always cancel a contract within a certain number of days, you’re wrong. 

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