Multifamily Florida - Spring 2013 - (Page 7)
by Linda Paolo
WRH Realty Services, Inc.
Our theme this issue is Spring
Cleaning. When I think of spring
cleaning, I think of “out with the
old and in with the new”. Wikipedia
defines spring cleaning as the practice
of thoroughly cleaning a house in the
springtime. It’s the traditional time to
remove winter blues and get ready for the
long days of summer.
I thought about how this definition
relates to the Florida Apartment
Association. My first thought relates
to the fact that after 40 years of being
managed by a management company, we
are now a self-managed association. This
is a fresh start, a spring cleaning so to
speak. We now have four dedicated FAA
staff members who are working hard in
their new offices to make FAA the best
it can be. The Executive Committee and
the Board of Directors of the Florida
Apartment Association have a large stake
in the success of this association. We all
– FAA staff, Executive Committee and
the Board of Directors – are a team and
we need to be involved in making FAA a
success. This is your time to be heard.
My second thought concerned how
to proceed as an association. I see our
association being self-managed as a
time to change things up: the FAA
membership represents the best and the
brightest employees within the apartment
industry within our state. It is our time
to be inventive! Let’s try new things,
let’s approach situations from a different
angle, a different perspective. Just
because we have always done something
one way doesn’t mean that we can’t try
a different way – out with the old and in
with the new. Bring us your ideas.
Our first Board of Directors meeting
of the year was held on Jan. 31, 2013.
The local associations reported very
active schedules of events that are
planned over the next several months
– training classes, maintenance mania
events and fundraisers. It is wonderful to
see how active and committed our locals
are throughout the state.
The FAA Education Conference
Committee is busy working to obtain the
best speakers and education programs
for our Annual Education Conference.
This year, the Conference will be held
on Oct. 16-18. Mark your calendars now
and plan to attend this event in Orlando.
One item FAA is working to finalize
is the Florida Legal Guide. This Guide
will be available to our membership and
will provide access to literally hundreds
of articles, written by Florida attorneys,
that relate to all aspects of multihousing. The Guide will include links
to various relevant Florida and Federal
Statutes. It will have a comprehensive
Fair Housing section. I would say that
most any question a property manager
could have, this Guide will answer.
By the time you read this, we will
have had our legislative conferences
and visits in Washington, D.C., and
will be headed to Tallahassee. It is
always exciting to see how involved
our members are in representing our
industry concerning the political process
as we try to improve the laws regulating
our operations. You will read more about
this in the Legislative Update Section
written by Laura Heiselman, the FAA
Government Affairs Director.
I continue to look forward to the
changes in FAA. The time is now for
change. There is change in the air – a
spring cleaning. I am looking forward to
seeing everyone soon.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Multifamily Florida - Spring 2013
Legislative Update: And So It Begins
Renovations and Maintenance: Managing the Many Moving Parts
Hey Mold ... Dry Up!
Five Crucial Conversations for Flawless Execution
Open for Business!
Plan Ahead ... Weather, or Not
To Tow ... or Not to Tow?
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Multifamily Florida - Spring 2013