December 6th, 2023

When a condominium association or co-op is confronted with persistent challenges that hinder its growth and success, a critical decision often emerges – the choice to switch management companies. Unraveling the specific pain points that led us to make this pivotal decision, I’m happy to shed light on the various issues that prompted us to seek a new partnership.

An Association's Greatest Pains, Which Force It to Change Management Companies:

Lack of Communication:

Effective communication is the lifeblood of any successful partnership. Unfortunately, our previous management company fell short in this crucial aspect. Unresponsiveness to our inquiries, requests for service that went unanswered, and improper notifications for impactful events like water shutoffs created an atmosphere of frustration and uncertainty. Switching management companies became imperative as we sought a partner who would prioritize clear, prompt, and transparent communication.

Financial Mismanagement:

A well-managed home owner association requires careful financial stewardship. However, our previous management company failed to produce regular financial reports, neglected to complete an annual budget, and lacked planning for critical capital projects. Recognizing the significance of financial health, we made the decision to seek a management company that prioritized fiscal responsibility, providing us with the tools and insights needed for effective financial planning.  Ardent Management, who retains two Bookkeepers with advanced accounting degrees, was that company.

Maintenance & Cleaning Issues:

Neglected common areas, burnt-out light bulbs, sub-par cleaning, and inconsistent trash removal may seem like minor issues, but they accumulate to erode the overall quality of life for residents. Our previous management company's inability to address these concerns in a timely manner was a catalyst for change. We sought a partner like Ardent Management who understood the importance of a consistently well-maintained environment, ensuring that our community remains a clean, safe, and enjoyable place to live.

Project Mismanagement:

Projects are the building blocks of community improvement, but mismanagement can lead to frustration and financial strain. Our previous management company struggled with project oversight, frequently exceeding budgets and failing to attract qualified contractors. By switching to Ardent, we aimed to collaborate with a team capable of efficiently managing projects from inception to completion, ensuring they align with our community's goals and financial constraints.

Violations and Compliance:

Compliance with state and local regulations is non-negotiable for any community association. Our previous management company's inability to adequately address violations with the authorities, particularly in the realm of fire prevention, raised significant concerns.  We recognized the importance of a proactive approach to compliance and sought a new management company with the expertise and diligence to ensure our community adhered to all regulations.  Ardent proved to have the expertise and the relationships required to remedy violations and maintain compliance.

New Beginnings:

Transitioning to Ardent Management was a strategic move, driven by the need to overcome persistent challenges and pave the way for a more prosperous future. By addressing issues such as communication breakdowns, financial mismanagement, maintenance concerns, project inefficiencies, and compliance challenges, we believe that our decision to switch to Ardent will contribute to the revitalization and overall improvement of our community, fostering an environment where residents can thrive and enjoy the quality of life they deserve.

If you work with Team Ardent and feel the same way, leave them a positive review on Google or Yelp.  Ardent Management has truly been a savior for our association.

~ Nicole S. – President of the 306 Second Street Condo Association


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