Special Reports

Fair Housing Discrimination: 4 Potential Tripwires for You and Your Clients

In January 2021, a federal district court declined to dismiss an HOA and its management company from a lawsuit alleging liability for an owner’s harassment of another resident under the federal Fair Housing Act and the Indiana Fair Housing Act.

The Indiana case involves what the court called an owner’s "race-based campaign of harassing, taunting, and threatening African American and Latino residents, guests, and contractors," leading to the creation of a racially hostile environment at the HOA. It demonstrates one of today’s biggest, and still evolving, fair housing risks — liability for neighbor-to-neighbor harassment.

In this special report, we explore the latest developments in this and three other particularly high-risk areas. In addition to liability for neighbor-to-neighbor harassment, we dig into liability issues that can arise related to the handling of requests for reasonable accommodations, familial discrimination, and the lack of sensitivity to shifting norms. And we provide fresh advice for heading off liability in a time when discrimination of all kinds is at the forefront of discussion.

It’s up to managers to stay abreast of the issues and share their knowledge with their clients. We hope this report helps.

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Navigating the Delicate World of Debt Collection: How To Collect What You’re Owed, Even During Difficult Times

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Like the Great Recession and other crises before it, the COVID-19 pandemic has cast a bright light on how community association managers and their clients should handle the collection of past due assessments.

High unemployment and mortgage delinquency rates, as well as eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, have put many associations in a difficult position. They want to show compassion to owners suffering through no fault of their own, but they rely on assessments to maintain and repair common property and keep owners safe.

Of course, collections can prove challenging even when delinquencies aren’t skyrocketing. That’s because owners in default tend to fall into one of three categories.

This Special Report provides expert advice on how you can increase the odds of collecting from every kind of debtor you and our clients may encounter. It includes insights on how to improve collections during both regular times and those periods when developments such as COVID-19 threaten the finances of wide swaths of owners.

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Managing Smoking, Pets, and Other Nuisances

Regardless of where you’re located, or how long you’ve been in the business, the same types of problems tend to crop up over and over, don’t they?

It’s not the big emergencies that make you pull your hair out, but the everyday hassles that start to grate when you get lots of people living together in the same community. Things like pet issues. And smoking. And the other chronic niggling nuisances that, over time, become a real pain in the neck.

Which is why we’ve pulled together this Special Report specifically about managing these sorts of challenges.

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Client Relations: How to Develop Your Ideal Roster

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Strong relationships with your community association clients are always important — but not always easy — to maintain. When times are tough economically, you can’t afford to lose clients, but even when finances are robust, an unhappy client or former client can cause trouble for your future prospects.

That doesn’t mean, though, that managers have to settle for rocky treatment from clients that are overly demanding, unappreciative, or even abusive. Concessions can be made for exceptionally trying times, of course, but wouldn’t you rather develop solid, productive, and mutually satisfying relationships with your clients?

This exclusive Special Report aims to help you do just that. It provides valuable guidance on how to identify and land the right clients, establish and enforce boundaries, manage poor conduct, and leverage happy clients.

Start creating the business and the client relationships you want and deserve today.

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

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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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