STORM DAMAGE AND YOUR LCAM
Published October 11, 2017
The recent wrath of
Harry and Irma have been devastating to much of Florida. While we
are thankful that loss of life was minimal, we find that homeowners
and condominium owners donít understand what to expect from the LCAM
or Management Firms and even their boards. I can only speak to the
procedures we have in place, but I believe, all associations should
expect the same level of response. No matter who they use!
The minute a storm/hurricane is predicted,
notify all owners and provide suggested items for a survival kit, as
well as an emergency evacuation route.
As the storm/hurricane moves closer, have
everyone remove balcony/porch items in all units and common areas.
When impact is predicted, have all units
install hurricane shutters
Upon storm arrival, pay attention to the
news and the Governor, to see if they mandate evacuation.
Your LCAM and staff will leave the
community just before the storm hits and will return as soon as it
is safe. Remember they have to prepare their homes and families as
Once the storm passes and it is safe the
LCAM-staff will survey the damage.
They will notify insurance companies
They will coordinate debris removal
It is NOT the staffs, nor the boardís
responsibility to file your homeowner claim. Nor is it the board or
the staffís responsibility to negotiate your claim, get bids for
your repairs or supervise your contractors.
Many owners think that they should not have to be
inconvenienced. However, all insurance carriers will tell yo,u this
is your personal claim and they wonít discuss it with anyone else.
Additionally, you as the owner know what your expectations are for
the contractor and third party (management team) canít be expected
to properly communicate those expectations.
Remember, during the cleanup and repair process it is
stressful for everyone. You should expect professionalism and
assistance from your management team, within their capabilities.
Walker, Founder and CEO of Condominium Concepts
Management, Inc. (CCM), is recognized for her straight
talk, subject matter expertise, and valued insights
management, leasing, and HOAs. Her company serves a diverse
portfolio of properties, from 16-units up to 600 as well as
large mixed-use developments.
From its beginnings in 2000, CCM has become a well-respected
asset manager and now works with over 100 associations with
16,000 units served by over 300 employees. Darlys and her team
deliver resources and responsiveness through six regional
offices - in
Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Charleston,
Darlys Walker is best known for her passion and precision,
understanding that the only difference that matters in today's
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resident/homeowner. "If we are not equally responsive to
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She is a licensed Real Estate Broker in four states, holds an
Associate's Degree in Marketing and has earned the Accredited
Real Estate Manager designation from the Georgia Institute of
Real Estate Management. Also she is one of few certified as a
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