Category

Community Associations

BBQ Safety
Community Associations

Keeping BBQs Safe

Did you know that May is National BBQ month? Burgers are a favorite—whether vegi or beef—but unfortunately, barbecue safety is even more important. Fire departments respond to more than 10,000 incidents per year related to the home BBQ setup. Reviewing grill safety is essential year-round, but especially so during prime barbecuing months.

Continue reading
Cyber Attacks as Businesses Go Remote
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Market Insights, Risk Insight, Cyber Liability

Digital Thieves Ramp Up Cyber Attacks as Businesses Go Remote

Hacking activity is up, with cybercriminals taking advantage of remote work vulnerabilities amid the COVID-19 crisis. There are approximately 85 million Americans working from home. In fact, researchers cite that activity against corporations in the United States more than doubled by some measures in March, with malware infections, phishing tactics and ransomware running rampant. That’s because it’s harder to protect data when managed on home computers that use widely varying setups and on company machines connecting remotely.

Continue reading
mitigating Covid-19 Outbreaks
Community Associations, Risk Insight

Mitigating COVID-19 Outbreaks at Multifamily Buildings

The COVID-19 death toll now tops 14,000 nationwide with officials warning that within the next weeks we could experience an even more alarming rate of infections and deaths. As more cases arise across the country, it’s critical that apartment owners, condominium associations, and HOAs continue to take precautionary measures to help stop the spread of the virus.

Continue reading
Crisis Management
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations

Preparedness Leads to Successful Crisis Management

Property owners face many different types of risks, including liability events that can result in media scrutiny and negative publicity, reputational damage, and additional loss of revenue. From a pool drowning at a condo to sexual assault in an office-building elevator, a deadly shooting at a mall, or allegations of tenant discrimination at a co-op that results in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, without the right crisis management in place, a company’s potential liability can escalate in the wake of an incident.

Continue reading
Crisis Response Coverage
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations

Understanding the Importance of Crisis Response Coverage

From a balcony collapsing at an apartment complex to sexual assault in an office building, the fallout from catastrophic events can quickly draw media attention. Property owners and managers must take action immediately to minimize reputational damage and protect their financial welfare. If not handled properly, losses to the company can be devastating.

Continue reading
Cyber Threats
Community Associations, Cyber Liability

Spotlight on Cyber Threats for Community Associations

In a recent article, “Data Defense,” published in Common Ground magazine, Pat Bruen, Product Manager for Distinguished’s Community Association Program, provides valuable insight on the various cyber threats HOAs, condo associations, co-ops and PUDs face. These community associations in their day-to-day operations handle and store confidential, personal identifiable information, such as homeowner names, addresses, bank account information, credit card numbers, and Social Security numbers – all vulnerable to data breach exposures and other types of cyber attacks.

Continue reading
Community Association
Community Associations

What Lies Beneath Older Community Association Properties

The community associations for most developments are obligated under their governing documents, which are comprised of articles of incorporation; bylaws; declaration of covenants, conditions, restrictions, and easements; and any other rules and regulations, to maintain, repair and replace items and amenities in the common areas. This involves performing regular inspections and maintenance of heating and lighting in the common clubhouse, maintaining the community pools, and providing landscaping services, among other services.

Continue reading
Performing Routing Inspections
Community Associations

Performing Routine Inspections – Maintenance Increases Safety at Community Associations

Community associations face a number of security and safety issues – from premises injuries to public security. Under respective state statutes and the association’s governing documents, an association has a duty to inspect common areas, investigate complaints and make repairs. To help clients meet their duties and prevent losses, it’s critical to underscore the importance of performing routine inspections and maintenance throughout the property.

Continue reading
safety and security for community associations
Community Associations

Tailored Safety and Security Approach Required for Community Associations

Many of the exposures for community associations beyond property damage involve safety and security issues. From premises liability claims, such as slips and falls on the heels of a snowstorm and pool and playground-related injuries, to negligent security incidents, community associations and their boards can find themselves responsible if it’s determined they failed to meet their obligation to prevent harm.

Continue reading
small business insurance
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations

Risk Management Programs Critical to Help Keep Small Business Insurance Costs in Line

How much small business insurance costs depends on many different factors, including the type of operation and its location, its exposures, the industry served, claims history, etc. The coverage features and policy terms in an insurance program, along with its policy limits, of course, also affect the cost of coverage.  Additionally, today’s firming insurance market is impacting the cost of insurance across the board, including in all industry sectors.

Continue reading
Protect Community Association Funds
Community Associations

How to Protect Community Association Funds with a Crime & Fidelity Policy

Community associations are particularly vulnerable to embezzlement because of the access employees have to both an association’s assets and financial records. In fact, the average loss caused by employee dishonesty is $140,000 with one in every five cases reporting a loss of at least $1 million.

The typical organization loses five percent of its revenues to fraud each year. Common examples of fraud impacting all types of companies include:

Continue reading
Property Insurance
Historic Properties, Real Estate, Community Associations

Understanding Property Insurance for Niche Markets

While Commercial Property coverage is an integral component of an insurance program for all businesses, the type of coverage secured depends on the niche market served and its exposures. Different policies protect against different risks. Some cover only those risks named in the policy, and others cover all risks except for those that are excluded.

Continue reading
Homeowners Association Insurance
Community Associations

The Ins & Outs of Homeowners Association Insurance

Insuring homeowners associations (HOA) means procuring several essential coverages that, at first glance may seem simple enough, but upon closer examination requires a real understanding of the provisions and features that separate sound, comprehensive coverage from the basics. From Commercial Property to General Liability, Umbrella, Crime, Directors & Officers Liability, and Employment Practices Liability insurance, knowing what is and isn’t covered, any sub-limits involved, how and when coverage applies, among other factors, is essential in differentiating yourself in the market to your HOA clients. Let’s look inside some of the considerations of the business insurance coverages an HOA should be carrying.

Continue reading
cybercrimes
Community Associations

Community Associations Stepping Up to Prevent Cybercrimes

While community associations may tend to focus on the physical, concrete issues pertaining to their communities, a community’s risks in cyberspace are gaining widespread attention. And it’s warranted—more than half of all malware attacks target small businesses. And with cybercrimes racking up $100 billion in damages annually, it’s more important than ever to safeguard the data that community associations store.

Continue reading