Condominium Living, Is it for You?: It's About People

Condominium Living, Is it for You?: It's About People

by Gasper Scaturro, Janet Scaturro

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943887521
Publisher: JMJ Trinity
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Gasper Scaturro has been married fifty seven years to Janet. We have three children and five grandchildren. His background is in computer technology and project management with IBM. After sixty two years of working, he and janet formed JMJ Trinity a publishing company. He co-authored with his wife in writing the book named Condominium Living.

Janet Scaturro has been married fifty seven years to Janet. We have three children and five grandchildren. Her background was focused on raising her three children. She assisted her husband in several small businesses that they ran together. She and Gasper formed JMJ Trinity a publishing company. She co-authored with her husband in writing the book named Condominium Living.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Dedication 3 Introduction 5

CHAPTER 1

What to Consider Before Buying

What It’s Like to Live in a Condominium 15

Downsizing 16

Accommodating the Family 16

Vacation Living 18

Young Families Living in a Condominium 18

Friendships 19

Renting vs. Buying 19

Advantages and Disadvantages 20

Characteristics of Condominium Ownership 22

CHAPTER 2

Finding the Right Place for You

What to Look for When Shopping 25

Amenities 26

Legal Structure and Management 29

CHAPTER 3

Condominium Legal Structure

The Homeowners Association 34

Articles of Incorporation 36

Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions 36

Bylaws 37

Governance 41

The Rules Document 42

Managing the Condominium 44

CHAPTER 4

Property Management Company

Maintenance 48

On-site Management 49

Davis-Stirling Act 50

Department of Real Estate 51

Attorney General 51

Homeowners Association and Finance 52

CHAPTER 5

Budget Process

CHAPTER 6

Parking

Enforcing the Rules 64

CHAPTER 7

Electric Cars

Getting Permission 66

Do You Have Sufficient Power? 66

How Much Power Do You Need? 67

Who Wants the Connection? 67

The Distribution of Electric Power 68

CHAPTER 8

Maintenance and Building Issues

Maintenance 71

Inspection Process 72

Required Inspections 73

Contracted Services 74

Landscaping 75

Custodial Staff 76

Pest Control 76

Cable/Communications Service 76

Telephone 78

Solar Panels 78

Construction Issues 79

Decks 79

Noise Transmission 80

HVAC 82

Window Condensation 83

CHAPTER 9

Moving In and Moving Out

Moving Day 85

A Common Set of Move in or out Rules 87

CHAPTER 10

Developer’s Lawsuit

The Process 89

Selecting the Law Firm 91

Finding the Issues 91

Repairs 92

CHAPTER 11

Security and Emergency Planning

Cameras 94

Electronic Entry 94

Key Entry 95

Concierge as Security 95

Security Guard 96

Unit Emergency 97

Emergency Data Entry Form 99

Fire Alarms 101

CHAPTER 12

It’s All About People 103

Appendix

CACM 108

ECHO 108

Community Association Institute 109

Guest Parking 109

Managing Guest Parking Spaces 110

Sample Forms 111

Emergency Procedures 112

Inspection Forms 118

Index 120

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