By Rafael Aquino

Published May 20, 2020  


It feels great to know that we will soon be getting back to a somewhat normal life.  However, as we've mentioned over the past few weeks, we need to ensure that we are taking precautionary measures before opening.


The guidelines for reopening can vary from county to county and city to city; thus, you must go over each one to properly understand where your association stands.  Further, I urge all board members to consult with your attorney as to what steps will be taken to reopen the common areas. 


As a Board, you do have the right to delay the opening of certain common areas based on the guidelines provided in your specific order. For instance, we have several properties that have decided to keep their pool closed since they can't meet the guidelines defined in the cities' order.  Most don't have the staff at hand to maintain the guidelines and procedures.  If your association finds itself in this situation, I suggest you take the time to communicate those challenges with your residents. In most cases, the residents will be understanding.


I'd be interested to hear from our readers... what steps are you taking to reopen your common area'(s)?

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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

and effectively with dedication and passion. Rafael’s energy and positive spirit is the foundation of Affinity Management Services’ company culture, which instills enthusiasm and excitement when providing expert advice to its board members and relieving the day-to-day burdens of running a community association.


Since 2007, Rafael has developed a work culture that values responsive and high-quality services. He has led his team by following a proactive vs reactive philosophy. The same approach Rafael instills in the day to day operations of each association. Today, Affinity Management Services maintains its success and benefits as a result of the foundation Rafael has built and continues to foster by providing educational seminars, continuing education classes for association managers and board members alike.

Rafael and his team help condominium and homeowners’ associations save money and improve their communities. His calm, personable, and service-oriented nature helps him to establish strong relationships with ease. Rafael is known as a sincere and honest leader who looks out for the best interests of his clients and communities, and he strongly advocates for their needs. His role requires coordination and communication, as such he takes logical and intelligent steps to approach challenges head-on.

As a graduate of Florida International University’s electrical engineering program and a licensed community association manager, Rafael’s education and skills equip him with unique insights to tackle complex problems through critical thinking. He understands how each component within a system works together in order to effectively arrive at solutions, techniques, and conclusions. Therefore, as he manages the multiple challenges of running a community association management company, he understands how each property is its own unique system and tailors’ specific services to assure that all their needs are met.

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