Feature

Implement Four Methods to Keep Roads Safe in Your Community

June 13, 2017    
Rules passed by a homeowners association are for the good of the community, and safety rules are especially geared towards protecting members. In a planned community that’s laid out in a neighborhood fashion, a major risk of accidents is traffic—specifically, speeding or careless...
Dealing with Members

How to Conduct an Association Membership Survey

June 13, 2017    
Especially in major cities and the surrounding areas, “luxury” buildings seem to be going up left and right. As these properties are developed, you might have to get competitive to keep members from selling their home or condo unit in your community, and to entice new members to buy...
Recent Court Rulings

Insufficient Meeting Notice Renders Amendment to Declaration Void

June 13, 2017    
Facts: The board of directors of a condominium association wanted to effectively rewrite its declaration, originally drafted in 1983, because the original document was so outdated that the board felt it was necessary to start over from the beginning. After the declaration had been amended, two...
In the News

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....
Feature

Put Five Key Details in View Protection Bylaw

May 8, 2017    
Whether they’re sunset or city skyline views, homes in areas noted for their scenic beauty are a hot commodity. Homeowners who have paid a premium for housing that boasts those views feel they should be entitled to enjoy them—unfettered by other structures or foliage that might later...
Risk Management

Compare Insurance Professionals to Fit Association's Needs, Budget

May 8, 2017    
Having the right kind of insurance and enough coverage under an insurance policy is key to operating an association. After all, insurance can protect the association from liability that might financially sink the community if costs for repairs, lawsuits, and accidents had to come out of pocket. But...
Dealing with Members

Address Member's Maintenance Problem Immediately

May 8, 2017    
The draw to residential communities for most owners is that there are rules that keep homes looking nice, and when their neighbors neglect their properties, it can not only conflict with the community’s aesthetic, but also cause damage. For example, an unresolved plumbing leak can cause...
Q & A

Determining Liability to Handicapped Member under Fair Housing Law

May 8, 2017    
Q: I manage a condominium building that was previously owned before the current association took it over. A handicapped unit owner claims that some elements of the building—namely, some doors—are difficult, but not impossible, for him to use as a result of his disability. He is suing...
Recent Court Rulings

Short-Term Condo Rentals Weren’t "Business" that Violated Covenants

May 8, 2017    
Facts: An association notified some of its members who were renting their units to vacationers that this was in breach of the restrictive covenants because they were essentially running a business out of their units. The members refused to stop renting their units. The association sued the renters...
Feature

Use Green Landscaping Practices to Save Money and Resources

April 26, 2017    
By Carolyn Zezima
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