10:30am - 11:30am, Room 1
Fair Housing—The Rights of Associations & Buildings When Dealing With Disability Claims
Sponsored by: Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC
Speaker: David J. Byrne- Partner, Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC
Boards have a number of tools to help them uphold their duty to preserve the value of homes and units in their buildings and HOAs, and uphold the rights of residents they govern. Chief among those are their community's governing documents—including master deeds, declarations, proprietary leases, and bylaws. However, sometimes the rights of owners and shareholders spelled out in those documents, along with New Jersey’s antidiscrimination laws and the United States Fair Housing Act (FHA), can clash with the needs of disabled residents—leading to claims, fines, and litigation. This panel of legal experts will address those laws in depth, as well as what disabled residents can demand, what a board can lawfully allow or reject, and how to make your building or HOA work for everyone.
11:30am - 12:30pm, Room 2
Law & Order—Legal & Legislative Changes Boards & Residents Should Know
Sponsored by: Taylor Management Company, AAMC, AMO
Paul Santoriello, PCAM- President, Taylor Management Company
J. David Ramsey, Esq- Shareholder, Becker Law
Michele Jaker, Esq- Partner, MBI Public Affairs Firm"
Every year, lawmakers at the federal, state, and local level propose—and often pass—legislation that directly impacts New Jersey’s common interest communities. Whether it's the ongoing impact of the pandemic on boards and associations, the push for board member training, or property management issues, knowing what's being debated and how it may affect your building or HOA is crucial to running a solvent, functional association. This panel of management and industry pros will discuss what bills have been proposed, what's been passed, and how both may affect how your board does business—making it a must-attend for boards and managers alike.
12:30pm - 1:30pm, Room 1
Hot Legal & Insurance Topics of 2022: What Managers & Board Members Need to Know to Protect Their Communities
Sponsored by: PeopleFirst Property & Casualty/Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law
Dawn Becker-Durnin, CIRMS- Vice President, Insurance Advisor, PeopleFirst Property & Casualty
Michael Luzzi, CPIA- Insurance Advisor, PeopleFirst Property & Casualty
Andrew Podolski, Esq.- Shareholder, Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law
John Prisco, Esq.- Shareholder, Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law
After a year of bad news, unforeseen challenges, and outright calamity, multifamily boards and managers have a lot to think about. The pandemic has changed the landscape of both everyday operations and long-term planning, as well as communities' relationship to liability and insurance claims; changing climate conditions have ushered in a new era of intense weather events and flooding; and after the tragic condo collapse in Surfside, Florida, aging infrastructure—and the risk it poses to property and personal safety—has become a serious concern. This panel will address all of these issues, including the fiduciary duty of boards to maintain the structural safety of their communities under the Condo and Multi-Dwelling Acts, conducting state-mandated inspections and repairs, liability considerations, changes to the insurance market (and prices) for 2022, and how to make your community more resilient in the face of flooding, storms, and other natural disasters.
1:30pm - 2:30pm, Room 2
So Many Hats—Managing Developer-Controlled & Transitioning Communities
Sponsored by: Associa Community Management Corporation of NJ
Speaker: Mike Pesce- President, Associa
Managing a developer- or sponsor-controlled community presents a specific set of responsibilities for a manager or management company; when the time comes for control of an association to be turned over to a homeowner board, those responsibilities change, and new challenges can arise. Helping a newly-elected homeowner board get its footing and successfully guide their community through the transition is part of what management is there to do—and this presentation is here to help! Among the topics to be discussed are the role of the various players in the transition process, including managers and homeowner boards, as well as attorneys, engineers, accountants, and committees, and what managers can do to help make it a smooth, seamless process.
2:30pm - 3:30pm, Room 1
Finding the Money—Funding Capital Projects & Budgeting in Inflationary Times
Sponsored by: WilkinGuttenplan
Mohammed Salyani, CPA, FCCA (UK)- Principal, WilkinGuttenplan
Carly Brancato, CPA- Supervisor, WilkinGuttenplan
Funding major capital projects can be a challenge for boards in the best of times—but with prices for materials, labor, and fuel high (and rising), getting necessary work done on HOA properties is tougher than ever. For HOAs with a major capital project on the immediate horizon, this expert panel will explore workable strategies for funding it through options for borrowing, and the role of special assessments. For others, there will be invaluable information on how your board can deal with the impacts of inflation, including tips on budgeting in an era of rising costs and why not increasing maintenance fees is detrimental in the long run.