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Arizona HOA Bristles at Artificial Turf

August 15, 2017    

Many people are switching from real grass landscapes to artificial turf because of lower water usage and less maintenance. Residents of one Arizona homeowners association who switched to artificial turf cited the climate—specifically scorching sun and temperatures—as making it nearly...

Flag Mailbox Puts Spotlight on HOA’s Violation Notification Process

August 15, 2017    

A mailbox decorated like an American flag is causing two kinds of controversy within a Florida homeowners association. The 82-year-old owner of the mailbox—a retired Navy veteran—was upset when the association sent him a letter apprising him that the mailbox violated a covenant and...

Amicus Curiae Brief Aims to Help Protect Associations' Financial Stability

June 13, 2017    

Virginia-based Community Associations Institute (CAI) has endorsed a new amicus curiae brief supporting community association priority lien rights. CAI, an international authority in community association governance, management, and education, announced that Jaime Fraser Carr, Esq., and Marvin J...

Highest Industry Credential Awarded to Community Association Professionals

March 9, 2017    

Community Associations Institute (CAI), the leading authority for community association education, governance, and management, has awarded the most prestigious and respected designation—Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM)—to 86 community association professionals. The...

Study: HOA Satisfaction Lower Than Expected

February 10, 2017    

The Coalition for Community Housing Policy in the Public Interests most recent national survey has uncovered higher dissatisfaction with associations from their members. A whopping 81 percent of community association residents cited a lack of transparency and poor communication as the top...

HOA Bookkeeper Diverted $95K for Personal Use

January 17, 2017    

A Florida homeowners association manager called police after discovering that the community’s bookkeeper allegedly used nearly $95,000 of the association’s money for personal expenses, including a diamond engagement ring and luxury handbags. The employee was arrested for larceny and...

Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Excessive Charges in Florida Associations

January 17, 2017    

A Miami condominium association is faced with a class-action lawsuit that claims that Sunshine State associations routinely overcharge consumers far more than the legally capped amount. The association member who initiated the lawsuit claimed that he was charged fees that violated the Florida...

Survey: Crowds, Noise, and Neighborhood Safety Are Top Halloween Issues at HOAs

December 7, 2016    

Following on the heels of Halloween, the Community Association Institute (CAI) released the findings of a research study that addressed the issues that pop up in planned communities on that holiday. According to the survey, 93 percent of respondents said their association hasn’t made any...

HOA Advocate: Education Is Key to Board Members’ Success

October 27, 2016    

Community Associations Institute (CAI) recommends education and training for the 2.35 million volunteer community association board and committee members nationwide.

Florida HOA Members Will Have to Wait for Landscaping Legal Precedent

October 7, 2016    

A secret settlement between an Orange County homeowner and an association that insisted on traditional lawns in her community has disappointed Sunshine State HOA members who want a legal precedent they can follow. So-called Florida Friendly landscaping, which uses less irrigation and fertilizer...

HOA Ruling Puts Voters on Level Playing Field

June 27, 2016    

A San Diego Superior Court ruling has untangled a messy dispute for a California community association, ruling in favor of the association by confirming that the board’s bylaws and covenants, conditions, restrictions, and reservations must be followed for current and future HOA elections...

Survey: Association Member Satisfaction Stays Steady

June 27, 2016    

Although negative or controversial items about homeowners associations tend to make their way into the news more than glowing reviews of planned community living, associations and their managers earned high marks according to recent Community Association Institute polls. The organization’s...

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