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On Site An Exercise of Tolerance Clear house rules help to live in harmony. W e live in a very individualistic world today, but when living in a condominium, being in close proximity of people is inevitable. With such closeness, things such as a crying baby or a barking dog can disturb a neighbor’s living conditions. The exercise of tolerance by all residents is essential to keep and improve healthy intergroup relations. Tolerance is a virtue needed to live together peacefully. My favorite definition of tolerance is from the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In its Declaration on the Principles of Tolerance, UNESCO offers this definition of tolerance: “Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expressions and ways of being human. Tolerance is harmony in difference.” When choosing to live in a condo, At BMH, we know that managing property in Hawaii isn’t easy. For that reason, we’ve donated this page to you! We invite you, and your peers, to use this page as a forum to address common problems and share insights—helping you do your job even better. In this issue, we call on the expertise of Fernando Bastos, ARM®, the general manager of Allure Waikiki. Bastos was recently awarded the 2012 Residential Building of the Year Award (high rise, 250-349 units) by the IREM® Hawaii Chapter. it is implied that residents should not cross certain limits. They should know the boundary lines at which they comply. The Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) and board resolutions set certain rules and regulations to minimize problems and to guarantee a level of harmony among residents. It is a vital document for property managers to properly manage an association. The house rules maintain all aspects of condo living and should be revised and updated periodically. They should reflect current association’s conditions; otherwise you may have a difficult time managing the association. In fact, it is essential to have appropriate building documents for a healthy quality of life in the condominium. Good rules are needed for the civilized use of common areas such as pools, sport courts, entertainment rooms, gyms, barbecues, saunas, playgrounds, hallways, elevators, stairs, traffic corridors, garages, access ramps, bike racks, etc. Rules should also be in place for remodeling, living with animals, waste collection, and guest parking for visitors; as well as regulations stating specific penalties and violation fines. There is an old saying from the 19th-century, originating from a preacher called Jean-Baptiste-Henri Dominique Lacordaire, that goes: “between the weak and strong, is the freedom that enslaves and the law that liberates.” This signifies that it is better to have clear rules put in place that allow the best use of the common areas for all residents, while setting limits that prevent neighbors from unintentionally harming one another’s living experience. Fernando Bastos, ARM®, the general manager of Allure Waikiki. 38 August - September 2013 BMH www.buildingmanagementhawaii.com http://www.buildingmanagementhawaii.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Management Hawaii August/September2013

ROOFING Top 3 Roof Savers
Mix It Up: cool roofing, wood shake and solar reflective shingles
Townhomes Cool Off From The Top Down
What’s Trending & Why? Smart and sunny solutions
White Out!
A Good Match: New roof gives local shopping center a fresh look.
Stone Meets Metal For Lasting Roofs
Project Complete: When a project goes right, everyone is happy.
PLUMBING Safe & Simple Drains
Project Repipe
Saved From Spots: Small Things can make a big difference
Repiping With PEX
LANDSCAPING Emerging Trends
Irrigation: Too Much of a Good Thing
On Site: An Exercise of Tolerance

Building Management Hawaii August/September2013