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Condo Safety - Structural Integrity, Maintenance, and Reserves

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Following the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association in Surfside, Fla., condominium resid​ents and volunteer board members around the world questioned the safety of their own communities.

​​​CAI compiled information and resources to help concerned residents better understand structural integrity, maintenance, and reserves.​



​Condominium Safety FAQs
​Condominium Safety Public Policy Report​
​​Best Practices: Reserve Studies Management​
​Reserve Funds: How and Why Community Associations Invest Assets​

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Click here for the latest condo safety legislation, laws, and regulations.


Additional Resources:
The following articles were printed in CAI publications. They are not directly related to the Champlain Towers South tragedy, but may serve to educate readers on topics such as aging infrastructure, reserves, maintenance, and disaster planning.

Disaster Ready | Common Ground March/April 2021
Disaster planning should be customized to fit an association's unique needs, but there are three steps every board should follow to help prepare a building​.
​Sea Change | Common Ground Nov/Dec 2014
A Jacksonville beach condominium reverses 40 years of salt water and sea air damage. 
​Danger Ahead | Common Ground Nov/Dec 2020
Smart steps on a detailed roadmap can help your community avoid three common infrastructure pitfalls. 
Got Defects? | Community Manager May/June 2014
Construction defect litigation should be a last resort.
System Failure | Common Ground May/June 2020
Regular reserve studies and funding aren't enough to cover the increasingly common threat of infrastructure failure. How do we fix the system before more tragedies strike? 
Crumbling, Tumbling | Common Ground March/April 2013
What goes up must come down (and be repaired or replaced). Prepare now for your community's aging infrastructure. 
High-Rise Risks | Common Ground March/April 2020
Paying attention to the signs of structural problems before they become irreparable. 
Below the Surface | Common Ground Jan/Feb 2009
Long-term infrastructure repairs aren't included in many association reserve plans. But ignoring them could endanger your community's financial health.  ​
Gone with the Wind | Common Groun​d May/June 2016
Condemned for serious defects, a North Carolina beachfront community finds salvation in declaring bankruptcy, dissolving the association and selling the land. 

Rights and Responsibilities for Better Communities​
Principles for Homeowners and Community Leaders
This document can serve as an important guidepost for all those involved in the community.
CAI Memo to Senate Banking Committee 
Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac Temporary Condominium and Housing Cooperatives Underwriting Guidelines

CAI Legislative Brief 
Legislation that CAI supports at the Federal level and how it impacts community associations​