NBC-CAM hosts a listserv for community association managers. The listserv is intended to create a powerful, on-line community for community management professionals to share information. Recently, some questions have been sent to the listserv. Are you able to help? Leave and answer in the comment section below and NBC-CAM staff will post your answer to the listserv.
Question 1: Craig from Florida
I have a Board Member asking for the average annual wages for:
- Janitorial Staff
- Maintenance Staff
Can any of you provide information on where I can find averages for Community Associations specifically?
Question 2: Larry from Louisiana
This question comes up every budget season and is the source of disagreement between owners every year. “Does maintaining a healthy Reserve fund, which increases fee collections, help or hurt property values?” Or conversely, “does keeping fees as low as possible, by not adequately funding the reserve, and instead relying on future special assessments for repairs and replacements, help or hurt property values?” I would be very curious to hear your feedback and experience in this regard.
Question 3: Vanessa from California
Can anyone provide input and/or verbiage about introducing a “No Loitering” rule for a community? There is a mixed reaction on this issue, as some Board Members are pushing for it while other believe that persons have a right to “hang out” in the common areas. Some Residents just sit on walls with no purpose, or hang out in the parking lots with no apparent purpose. Any thoughts?
Question 4: Lillian from North Carolina
When a builder puts up the short 6- or 8-foot long fence on either side of each townhouse, how does an owner know which fence is his/hers? Or are both sides just considered a shared fence? If one needs to be replaced, is it then a shared expense and one owner may have to convince the other owner?