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Don’t Violate ADA, FHA When Evaluating Modification Requests

September 20, 2018    

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990, and the Fair Housing Act (FHA) was amended in 1988 to add protections for individuals with disabilities. But despite the length of time that these laws have been around, there’s still misinformation and confusion about how they...

ARB Controls Planting of Palm Tree Species in Community

September 20, 2018    

Although one of the draws to community association living for many owners is the uniform aesthetic of homes and the ability to control fairly tightly changes that could be unsightly, sometimes homeowners want to make changes. Even if the architectural review board has approved certain changes,...

Keep Track of Board Member Terms

September 20, 2018    

Despite the fact that board member positions within a community association are voluntary, many members take them seriously—and sometimes become personally invested. That could create controversy when, as sometimes happens to comply with the law, association boards must be restructured. If...

Consider When to Use Specific ADR Techniques

August 23, 2018    

Inevitably, in any homeowners association or condominium, there will be community-related conflicts. The bad news for associations when a dispute arises is that going to court can be extremely expensive, and the association might end up paying for litigation costs in the end. The good news when...

Association’s Last-Minute Accommodation Didn’t Stop Discrimination Lawsuit

August 23, 2018    

As the manager of a homeowners association, you’ll inevitably have to evaluate requests for accommodation from members. A common request is for support animals—that is, animals that provide support for all types of disabilities, including emotional support. Unfortunately, there may...

Racial Profiling Controversy Arises At N.C. HOA

August 23, 2018    

A white man who challenged a black family’s use of a gated pool in a North Carolina planned community resigned from the homeowner’s association board. After the board member, who also was the community pool chairman, asked a mother and her son to produce identification verifying that...

Get Board Authority Over Members’ Unit Maintenance

July 26, 2018    

Proper and timely maintenance of every feature in a planned community or condominium is key to keeping things running smoothly. But members will inevitably have a wide range of attitudes toward their own maintenance obligations. On one end of the spectrum will be members who understand that,...

Complying with Insurance Requirements for Association

July 26, 2018    

Q: The board of the association I manage is trying to reduce costs for operating the community. One way to do this would be to drop an insurance policy for specific risks, like flooding. What is the risk for the association of not providing...

New York Association Sued for Discrimination Against Religious Members

July 26, 2018    

A New York community association is facing a discrimination lawsuit brought in federal court by Jewish members of the community who say that the association is hostile to their religious practices. According to the members, the association has adopted rules that are “expressly designed to...

Help Association Go Green with Environmental Initiatives

June 21, 2018    

Reducing the waste that a community association and its residents create is one of the most important aspects of responsible and sustainable property management.

Determining Who Will Do Elevator Maintenance

June 21, 2018    

Q: The maintenance staff for the community I manage handles nearly every aspect of taking care of the property including landscaping, ensuring there’s tight security, and even cleaning the pool. Recently, one of the elevators has been...

Don’t Selectively Enforce Restrictions

June 21, 2018    

From time to time, a homeowner in the community you manage will want to install—or will install without permission—some item that isn’t allowable under the association’s declaration of restrictions. While this seems cut and dried because governing documents set out what...

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