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The Region

MAINE

Welcome Home
COVID-19 and Snowbirds
[by Jack Carr, P.E., RS, LEED-AP]

Maine's license plate reads,
"Vacation Land." This summer, more
than ever, the return of the snowbirds
will be an increased challenge for the
many condo communities in those areas
most popular to tourists. Maine has a
significant population of condominiums
along its rocky coast and mountainous
regions serving as primary or secondary
homes for bi-latitude unit owners. Many
of these communities are designated as
"over 50" or in counties with the highest
COVID-19 infection rates, thus raising
the fear of their increased vulnerability.
These mobile association members
present both a challenge and an opportunity for the property manager and
the board. Effectively run condominium
organizations have long recognized
the need for good communications
and relationships. Communities with
long-term absentee owners need to pay
particular attention to this fundamental
principle and be sure they are sending
the right message throughout the year.

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CONDOMEDIA July 2020

"WISH YOU WERE HERE!"
Absentee owners want to feel that they
and their interests are being included in
association life, just the same as when
they are present. While they may be too
busy with their life away to "write you
back," they will certainly appreciate being kept in the information loop, so be
sure to keep your mailing and emailing
lists updated with the latest COVID-19
area-related restrictions, including the
status of access to common elements
and amenities and Maine's current
quarantine in-place rules.
Good communications build good
relationships. When a board makes a
decision, it not only can have a significant impact on the owners' financial
wellbeing, but also their quality of life.
Each owner may be affected differently.
For a board to be effective, it must have
the owners' trust. This is especially true
with owners "from away."
This trust comes into play when owners' votes must be cast long-distance,

especially if Zoom meetings are to be
used. Though many Maine condominiums host their annual meetings in August
to net the largest attendance possible,
various types of owners' participation
may be required in other parts of the
year. Confidence in the board is essential
to make this work. The most certain way
to communicate the board's effectiveness
is by clearly demonstrating the use of
proven management controls and tools. 
 
"WE'RE HOLDING
DOWN THE FORT!"
One of the most effective tools in
managing an association's assets
is a reserve study. A reserve study
provides a clear plan on how the
condominium's common elements
will be managed into the future, how
much that will cost, when the funds
will be needed, and how those funds
will be raised. When reserve studies
are followed and are kept up-to-date,
an absent owner will feel that his or her



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