liability

NEWS: AVOIDABLE TRAGEDY

O.C. Register reports balcony collapse due to rotted wooden beams

Fun, edgy post?  This isn’t one of them.   Property maintenance at times, can be very serious business.   Recent heartbreaking news about a balcony collapse due to rotting support beams is not uncommon and happens when structural damage is able to go unnoticed until it’s too late.  The saddest part is that the injuries, loss of life and lawsuits could have all been avoided.   Facts sho ...[Read More]

GENERAL CONSTRUCTION [BIG STUFF]

GENERAL CONSTRUCTION   [BIG STUFF]

It’s true… some general contractors are better than others (yes, some are just plain stinky).  Experienced property managers know that performing large scale and complex re-construction jobs require maintaining a high standard-of-quality.  An established, knowledgeable company like Carasso Construction Services offers the kind of full-service solutions that HOAs require. From architectural plans a ...[Read More]

CAN YOU SPOT THE LAWSUIT?

CAN YOU SPOT THE LAWSUIT?

Did you know that the O.C. Health Care Agency can shut down your property’s pool if an access gate latch is damaged? It’s true! We understand, common area and pool gate closures break – it happens every day.  Unfortunately, we live in a litigious society and there is high legal liability to face for injuries or death. Whether through lack of maintenance or vandalism, you can avoi ...[Read More]

STORM DRAIN MAINTENANCE

STORM DRAIN MAINTENANCE

“Storm drain cleaning, how exciting!” said no one ever.   Remember rain?  Yeah that wet stuff we never get.  It’s well overdue – and when it finally arrives, the water runoff will be fast & furious.  Now is the time for storm drain cleaning to prevent blockages and expensive clean-ups. A storm drain basin needs to be working at 100% capacity at all times.  When the ...[Read More]

$8 BILLION IN DAMAGES

$8 BILLION IN DAMAGES

Don’t be shocked.  Dry rot fungi and termites cause over $8 billion in damages per year.  Your property is literally being eaten alive. Annual repairs and replacement of damaged wood saves money while protecting your investment. We can help.  Wood damage repair and replacement is one of our specialties.  Depending on the location and extent of the damage, and the building materials required ...[Read More]

INJURY LIABILTY

INJURY LIABILTY

Americans love to celebrate..  We eat, we drink and we make memories. Your residents gather outdoors to enjoy these festivities, and pro-active property managers make sure their communities are ready while also reducing injury liability for unsafe property amenities. Carasso maintenance pros can help you repair or replace: Broken /damaged pool gates & latches – keep the kids safe! Patio ...[Read More]

MASTIC EXPANSION JOINTS

MASTIC EXPANSION JOINTS

Mastic expansion joints are located wherever large amounts of concrete are poured – driveways, sidewalks and pool decks.  Their purpose is to isolate segments of concrete from each other allowing them to expand and contract with summer sun, ground settlement and earthquakes. Your property’s once good-looking mastic gets ugly and separates.  As the sun’s heat laterally expands you ...[Read More]

PEOPLE vs. CONCRETE = HOA LOSS

Concrete Grinding

Statistics show that slips, trips and falls are the most frequent accidents leading to personal injury.  Many accidents occur each year because of poorly maintained sidewalks.  This includes raised sidewalks and cracked or broken concrete.  Property owners can be held liable for injuries caused by poorly maintained walkways and cost HOAs big dollars in damage awards for past and future medical exp ...[Read More]

WHAT THE DECK?!?

WHAT THE DECK?!?

As a Property Manager, deck repair and maintenance is usually one of the many items that fall into your responsibility.  Now that rainy season is over it’s time for a deck check. Decks, stairs, balconies & walkways are all subject to the devastation of water, sunlight & weather.  Additional stresses like BBQ heat, pet urine, leaking plant pots & chemical decay will also take thei ...[Read More]

HOA MINUTE ESSENTIALS

HOA MINUTE ESSENTIALS

Meeting minutes are one of the most important of all corporate documents for a homeowners association. Minutes that are vague or fail to accurately record board action are a detriment to the association. These issues often come to light only after copies of minutes have been requested in the discovery process of pending litigation.  These suggestions are valuable: Minutes should describe the meeti ...[Read More]