By Rafael Aquino

Published February 12, 2020  


Whenever a new client partners up with us, we take the transition of the property very seriously.  Part of transitioning a community is confirming that all the percentage shares are correctly entered into our system. Why is that important? Well, if it isnít, you could be charged incorrectly for your share of the expenses. Unfortunately, we've had several experiences, both in condos and HOA's, where the previous management company was charging the members improperly because no one took the time to review the documents.


The only thing to do in these kinds of situations is to make things right. The change will cause confusion and frustrations amongst owners; however, I believe it is essential to do things per the documents.  If you want to avoid these kinds of situations, whenever you are presented with a budget, you want to make sure you receive a sheet that delineates how management or the accounting firm calculated the monthly payments.  That way, your Treasurer can do a couple of spot checks with the docs to make sure the percentages are correct. While this may seem silly, it must be presented this way.  As changes with Boards and management occur, there is no real way of knowing what happened before unless you dig in and confirm.


There's another common error we see when we transition in new associations; however, I'll touch on that next week.


I'm curious to hear from our readers... when was the last time you confirmed your percentage share? Does your budget get presented with the percentage share per unit type?

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As the Co-Founder and CEO of Affinity Management Services, Rafael P. Aquino leads his team to redefine excellence. They serve community   associations   efficiently

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