There are plenty of great perks that come along with being a condo owner. You get to be part of a close-knit community, the overall costs are generally more affordable than those associated with owning a stand-alone home, and so long as you’re paying your condo fees,
you don’t even have to do all that much yard work (so long, lawnmower that only works every-other time you pull it out of the shed)!
Now, that being said, nothing’s ever all sunshine and roses – condo ownership included. When you own any sort of real estate, there can be sudden, unexpected costs that you’ll be expected to manage and deal with as they come up. For condo owners, these often come in the form of special assessments.
These situations aren’t fun for anyone – condo management companies, boards, and residents alike – but with the right touch and some clear communication, your building will get through any special assessment that comes its way.
Special assessments are basically your condo board’s way of handling any unexpected costs that come up and can’t be put off, and for which there are no existing reserve funds within the budget: they are a collection of funds outside of an owner’s normal condo contributions for a defined set of items or a clearly outlined body of work. Common types of special assessments can include collections for major projects that exceed the plans laid out within a building’s reserve fund study, the unexpected failure of a critical piece of building hardware (such as a boiler or other similar piece of equipment going on the fritz), or any other situation in which the immediate well-being of the building will be put in jeopardy without the proper attention and maintenance.
Now, while all of this sounds like a perfectly reasonable approach to handling unforeseen issues on paper, it doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict that dropping these sorts of unannounced costs on a community of individuals will go over about as well as a lead balloon.
Don’t worry, though – they don’t call us expert condo managers for nothing! We’ve got some helpful tips to help you get through even the most surprising of special assessments.
Getting Through Special Assessments as a Condo Community
If you haven’t already guessed, special assessments condo can potentially cause things to get pretty heated within a condo community. We can’t promise it won’t be a rocky road, but if you follow these basic principles throughout the process, you should be able to make it through mostly unscathed:
We won’t sugar-coat it for you – special assessments can be a real pain in the butt for everyone involved. If you take our advice into account, though, your board should be able to navigate these choppy waters and steer your condo community towards calmer tides once again.
Is your condo community facing a special assessment? Does your board need a bit of a hand making it through to the other side? Give us a shout at Catalyst Condo Management, and we’ll work with you to help make the experience as brief and painless as possible.