Real Estate Disclosures and Community Associations
This event will cover basic real estate disclosure law for buyers and sellers of homes in Condos and HOAs. Specific subjects covered will include disclosure of building envelope inspection reports, notice of defect letters, insurance claims and other water intrusion labeled documents, seller-owner requests for records in conjunction with listing their property for sale and association obligations.
Deana Doney- RE/MAX Equity Group Becky
Tom- Radler White Parks & Alexander
Homeowner Volunteer Members – If you wish to sign up for this event, but would prefer to be invoiced, please contact The office via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multnomah Athletic Club
1849 SW Salmon St
Portland, Or 97205
$30 members/$40 non-members
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Patios and the some risks associated
Summer is an exciting time in any community with the weather getting hotter and outside activities beginning, such as sports, swimming, and cookout events. For a place that is in an attached community, often this includes major projects such as painting, grounds cleaning, and landscape improvements. For those who are volunteer leaders or managers, they typically also see owners who wish to add plants to their deck areas. Although most times there are no restrictions on this, there are implications with the surrounding structure that is affiliated with the upkeep of the plants. The primary concern is runoff from the plant whenever the owner waters it. If the deck is not properly sloped (meaning sloping away from the building structure), water runoff could come back towards the living unit and slowly damage the siding of that part of the building. If it goes on long enough, it could cause dry rot which leads to more serious structural issues. Here are some recommendations that could prevent this:
If your governing documents are not clear on owner plant care, the Board should consider enacting a resolution that states that owners are responsible for being aware of how often they should water their plants…and to be sure they dry up any excess water flow back to the building. Also, it may be advisable as part of the resolution that owners who wish to add plants complete an Architectural Review Form and submit it to the board for approval. This makes the board aware of the addition, and it also allows the board to have a file of the change for when a building envelope inspection is conducted (recommended for every attached project every three to five years). Knowing where there is potential excess water usage can identify the “hot spots” to look closely at during an inspection. The form could also require owner acknowledgement that they may be responsible for structural damage from overwatering (both for the building as well as any damage to the deck itself). This requirement could also be retroactive to owners who have already had plants placed on their deck.
The basis of a resolution of this nature is that decks are typically considered a Limited Common Element, that most times the Association is responsible for when it comes to replacements and major repairs. Other considerations should be given to restrictions on the placement and usage of barbeque grills and fire hazards, and to make sure all owners are in compliance with the requirements on what items should not be placed on the decks areas. If there are indeed issues with a deck slope toward the building, the board should consider the needed measures to bring the slope to the required sloping away from the building. In some cases the Association’s legal counsel can give guidance for this.
Although summer is a fun time to enhance your home, we also want to remember that owners are “in this together” when it comes to the care, long-term sustainability and value of the property.
Written by: Wes Finchum with Community Association Partners LLC
Associations Communication in the Internet Age
Presenters will discuss both the legal and practical aspects of communication within the modern community association. For example, when is it ok to use email to communicate with homeowners? What sorts of information can or should an association post on its website? What is the most effective strategy for managing social media communications both within and outside the Association’s control? How do associations deal with defamation, spite sites and impersonators in electronic communications? How do Associations manage email communications so that they are not hijacked by owners or groups with an agenda? Join us for this important lunch program and get answers to questions like these!
Multnomah Athletic Club
1849 SW Salmon St
Portland, Or 97205
$30 members/$40 non-members
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Garbage Disposals Do’s and Don’ts
To Help Eliminate Plumbing Clogs
Garbage Disposal Do’s:
- Do keep your garbage disposal clean. Pour a little dish soap inside and let the garbage disposal run for a minute or so with some cold water after washing dishes.
- Do run your garbage disposal regularly. Frequent use prevents rust and corrosion, assures that all parts stay moving and prevents obstructions from accumulating.
- Do grind food waste w/ a strong flow of cold water. Why cold water? It will cause any grease or oils that may get into the unit to solidify, so that they can be chopped up before reaching the trap.
- Do grind certain hard materials such as small chicken and fish bones, egg shells, small fruit pits, etc. A scouring action is created by these particles inside the grind chamber that cleans the garbage disposals walls.
- Do grind peelings from citrus fruits such as lemons or oranges to freshen up drain smells.
- Do cut large items into smaller pieces. Put them into the garbage disposal one at a time instead of trying to shove a large amount in at once.
Garbage Disposal Don’ts:
The most important rule of thumb: Don’t Put Anything In The Garbage Disposal That Is Not Biodegradable Food. A garbage disposal is not a trash can; it’s for food scraps only. Non food items can damage both blades and the motor. When in doubt, throw it out!
- Don’t grind glass, plastic, metal or even paper.
- Don’t grind anything combustible.
- Don’t grind cigarette butts
- Don’t pour grease, oil or fat into your garbage disposal or drain. Grease will slowly accumulate and impede your garbage disposals grinding ability as well as clog drains.
- Don’t use hot water when grinding food waste. Hot water will cause grease to liquefy and accumulate, causing drains to clog.
- Don’t grind extremely fibrous material like corn husks, celery stalks, onion skins, and artichokes. Fibers from these can tangle and jam the garbage disposal motor and block drains .
- Don’t turn off the motor or water until grinding is completed. When grinding is complete, turn off the garbage disposal first. Let water continue to run for at least 15 seconds, flushing out any remaining particles. Then turn off water.
- Don’t put too many potato peels down the garbage disposal. The starches in the potatoes will turn into a thick paste and may cause blades to stick.
- Don’t put large amounts of food down the garbage disposal. Feed food into the garbage disposal a little at a time with the cold water running; this will help the food scraps flow down freely through the drain pipes and plumbing.
- Don’t put expandable foods into your garbage disposal. Foods like pasta and rice expand when you add water in a pot; they do the same thing once inside your pipes or garbage disposal and are the cause of many jams and clogs.
- Don’t grind large animal bones (beef, pork etc.).
- Avoid putting coffee grounds down the garbage disposal. However, they can accumulate in drains and pipes, causing clogs. Best to avoid.
- Don’t use harsh chemicals like bleach or drain cleaners. They can damage blades and pipes. Borax is a natural sink cleaner and sanitizer that effectively works on odor-causing mold and mildew that accumulates in garbage disposals. (See more below).
Keeping Your Garbage Disposal Running Problem-Free
Ice is an extremely effective and inexpensive method for cleaning your garbage disposal, sharpening the blades and breaking up any grease build-up which has accumulated. Just toss a few ice cubes into the garbage disposal and run it. As the garbage disposal chops into the ice cubes, the ice chips will effectively scour all the hard to reach areas of the unit, and melt down the drain. Try this once or twice a month to keep your garbage disposal in fine working order.
To Remove or Prevent Nasty Garbage Disposal Smells
Here are some natural methods to clean your garbage disposal that are good for the environment and very inexpensive.
- Periodically, take a lemon or orange and toss it into the disposal. The oils and juice from the fruits and peels naturally clean the walls inside the garbage disposal and create a fresh, long-lasting scent.
- Freeze vinegar in ice cube trays and run those down the disposal. This will keep your blades sharp while safely killing odor-causing bacteria.
- For stubborn odors pour baking soda into the drain and let it set for several hours before running the water and garbage disposal.
- For really stubborn odors, use a safe cleaning product like Borax. Just pour 3-4 tablespoons of Borax down the drain and let it sit for an hour. Then turn on the hot water and flush the borax away.
**Information Provided by Steve Meyer with CMI Property Management.
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CAI’s second annual CA Day event was a huge success. The attendees started rolling in right after the doors opened and it was a non-stop day of education, networking and getting homeowners introduced to the vendors who participated. There were over 150 attendees and a large portion of those were board members looking for information and resources. The drawings were fun and there were lots of prizes given out so many winners! Barb Casey was the MC and did her usual fantastic job of running things with grace and humor. The educators did a great job and the only problem was choosing between the options of which one to attend. This years CA Day was even better than last year and next years promises to be better yet. Kudo’s to all of the people involved and participated in pulling off a GREAT event!!!!
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