Communications

What Next: Dealing with the Lingering COVID-19 Crisis

Are your clients truly ready for what now looks to be a long game in the fight against COVID-19? Experts widely expect the coronavirus to continue to be a factor in the fall and the winter, when it could be compounded by the return of the seasonal flu. Even if you're in an area currently…
eAlerts

Access Easements Might Allow More Than Just Access

Easements are common in community associations, and, especially when high-value property is involved, can lead to costly litigation. Associations and owners may feel confident about the rights an easement conveys when they agree to it, but, as a North Carolina case recently demonstrated, easements are subject to expansion. That court, for example, that found an…
Community Association Financials

Reserve Fund Management Best Practices for Times of Crisis

A public health crisis, a recession, civil unrest — any one of these could lead to financial difficulties for a community association, including a jump in dues deficiencies that threatens reserve funding. But maintaining adequate reserve funds is mandatory in some states and advisable everywhere. Here are some tips for helping your clients manage their…
Legal Compliance for Community Associations

Court Upholds HOA’s Right to Tiki Bar on Access Easement

Your clients and their owners probably think they understand the rights that so-called access easements convey. “It sounds pretty self-explanatory,” says David Wilson, who heads up the South Carolina community association department at the law firm Black, Slaughter & Black, P.A. But, as a North Carolina court recently found, an access easement isn’t limited solely…
Dispute Resolution

How to Deal with Hoarders, Part Two: 5 Steps to Take to Tackle Hoarding

In the June 2020 issue of Community Management Association Insider, we explained why owners’ hoarding should matter to their associations and highlighted several red flags for such behavior. Now we dig into just what an association can do in such circumstances. “You need to be very careful with how you approach the situation because of…
eAlerts

Mediation Can Help Preempt Liability for Neighbor-to-Neighbor Harassment

Few community association board members ever want to get involved in neighbor-to-neighbor disputes — but, under a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule, sticking their heads in the sand could result in association liability for harassment under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). “The HUD regulations were adopted in October 2016,” says Brendan…
Dispute Resolution

How Associations Can Avoid Liability for Neighborhood Harassment

Several years ago, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a final rule that makes community associations potentially liable under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) for harassment committed by third parties based on a protected characteristic — including neighbor-to-neighbor harassment. “The HUD regulations were adopted in October 2016,” says Brendan Bunn, a…
eAlerts

How to Combat the Risks of Reopening

When the severity of the coronavirus became apparent this past spring, many community associations responded by shutting down their common area recreational facilities, whether required by governmental order or not. As time has passed and governmental restrictions have been rolled back, they’ve had to figure out how to proceed with their facilities. Making facilities available…
Community Association Governance

Proceed with Caution: What to Consider When Reopening Facilities

As stay-at-home orders have lifted or at least eased, community associations have faced difficult questions about how to reopen the recreational facilities they shuttered after the coronavirus (COVID-19) hit. And they could find themselves in the same position later this year or next if the expected second wave of the virus materializes. Making facilities available…
Community Association Governance

Don’t Touch That: Help Your Clients Avoid COVID-19 Discrimination Claims

When the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) began to speed up in the spring, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a statement highlighting the potential for COVID-19-related violations of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). As your clients continue to develop and tweak policies to address the continuing pandemic, as well as…