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The ADUs are Coming! Associations Fret Over the Spread of ADUs

There’s a new threat — or opportunity, depending on your perspective — to community associations, and it seems most associations aren’t ready for it. Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are being pushed by advocates for affordable housing, the elderly, the environment, and, perhaps most critically, legislators. Are your clients ready? “It’s the wave of the future,”…

Are You Sure You’re Covered? Filling The Insurance Gaps for Association Managers

Community association boards of directors often rely heavily on their managers to help them obtain insurance coverage for the association and the board. But what about the managers themselves? According to insurance professionals, many managers have insufficient protection, whether because of misunderstandings about their coverage under association policies or other reasons. “Many managers mistakenly believe…

ARC Blunders Lead to Association Liability

Architectural review committees play an important role for associations that strive to achieve consistent and pleasing aesthetics in their communities. But, as the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility — and the irresponsible use of that power by an architectural committee can prove costly for its association. As a recent case out of…

Setting Your Compass, Part Two: Real-World Ethics for Association Managers

In the January 2020 issue of Community Management Association Insider, we talked to two property management professionals with decades of experience about how the numerous codes of conduct for association managers play out in the real world. They provided valuable insights on why ethics are so important in management and explored the first “bucket” of…

Up in Smoke: Association Management Issues in the Age of Marijuana Legalization

Up in Smoke: Association Management Issues in the Age of Marijuana Legalization - report cover

More than 60 percent of American states have legalized some form of marijuana since 1996, and the legislatures in many of the holdouts have recently considered doing so. Those states with legal marijuana have seen it rapidly commoditized, with new businesses such as delivery services cropping up and becoming a part of homeowners’ daily lives.

Not surprisingly, the proliferation of pot has begun to have repercussions for community association managers, both as property managers and employers. Whether you live in a state where marijuana is fully legal, partially legal, or on the cusp of some degree of legalization, you need to know what that means on the ground.

This Special Report takes an in-depth look at some of the most pressing marijuana-related issues for community association managers and their clients and provides expert guidance on how to mitigate the associated risks.

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Save It or Shred It? Document Retention Tips for Managers and Associations

You’re not alone if you have hard time getting your clients to remember that community associations are businesses — and businesses need document retention plans. Yet many associations take an ad hoc approach (at best) to managing their paperwork. “This can become a problem because community associations are required to keep a great deal more…

Court Shields Manager from Class Action over Disclosure Docs Fee

A property management company in Chicago recently faced a class action lawsuit on behalf of community association members who were disgruntled about the fees charged for disclosure documents when selling their units. (Horist v. Sudler & Co.) The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals shut down the lawsuit, providing managers some important protection. But, warns Blake…

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New Board Election Laws Increase Time, Cost, and Administrative Burdens

California recently enacted new requirements for HOA board of director elections that took effect at the beginning of the year. The far-reaching changes makes some dramatic changes to the way most associations have traditionally handled elections. "Now that it has taken effect,” says Kelly Richardson, a principal with Richardson Ober DeNichilo PC, a California law…

State Laws are Complicating Elections

On Jan. 1, 2020, Senate Bill 323, an extensive overhaul of the requirements for board of director elections in homeowner associations (HOAs) took effect in California. The new requirements may make it costlier and more complicated to hold elections. "Now that it has taken effect,” says Kelly Richardson, a principal with Richardson Ober DeNichilo PC,…