By Rafael Aquino

Published July 27, 2022  


This year will be very interesting for associations that don't have reserves or have minimal reserves. I say this because if you are in either of these situations, you should have a conversation with your Board and members about the new requirements just passed for Structural Integrity Reserves.


So how do you know what you should put away for each item? In my opinion, you should obtain, at the minimum, a reserve study from a reserve specialist. I say this because, at the moment, most engineers and/or architects are still figuring out the process; however, as an association, you shouldn't wait till it's all ironed out to make a decision. The cost of a reserve study is fractional compared to its value, giving you a baseline of what you should be putting away. To clarify, getting a reserve study will not make you compliant with the new law, but it will provide you with the data necessary to understand where you stand with your reserves.


Waiting until the last minute is not the way to move forward; look at where it's gotten us. The right thing to do if you are a Board Member or a manager is to communicate with data and specific as to the responsibility you have to the association and its residents. If you don't have the data points, it will be challenging for the residents to understand your direction.   

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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.

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