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Appreciate Differences When Managing Master Associations

March 9, 2017    
At first glance, an association’s structure and management seem straightforward. A planned community or condominium building typically has a set of governing documents, a board of directors who make sure that the rules and regulations in those documents are followed, and a manager who, with...
Risk Management

Tread Carefully When Faced with Sex Offender in Community

March 9, 2017    
The safety and security of the community you manage should be a top priority. You’re faced with many challenges when trying to keep your community safe and secure. You can take care of many cut-and-dried problems on your own or with help from your staff, if you can get the association to...
Recent Court Rulings

Homeowner's Retaliation Claim Against Association Failed

March 9, 2017    
Facts: A homeowner in a planned community that was situated on a lake witnessed an employee of the community’s hired landscaping company spraying fumes without wearing protective clothing or a face mask. The homeowner complained to the association and also made a report to the state’s...
Recent Court Rulings

Association Couldn't Rely on Declaration to Cut Down Berm

March 9, 2017    
Facts: Two homeowners with a townhouse in a planned complex sued the association for making alterations to and performing work on a protective berm located in the complex’s common area near their lot. They alleged that the alterations to the berm resulted in a loss of seclusion and privacy...
In the News

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 PCAM...
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Rein in Association Expenditures to Keep Costs Low, Members Happy

February 10, 2017    
Finances are a huge consideration for community association boards and managers. It takes money—and sometimes lots of it—to keep a community or condominium building up to high standards and running smoothly. If you manage an association or serve on your association’s board of...
Legal Compliance

Protect Association from Document Discovery Pitfalls

February 10, 2017    
Legal problems for associations have evolved along with technology that while helpful, can also hurt board members and managers. With the help of technology, you might be able to conduct business more efficiently, but you also need to understand that a lawsuit will potentially require handing over...
Q & A

Shielding Board Members from Individual Liability

February 10, 2017    
Q: A weather disaster has severely damaged many of the homes in the planned community I manage. The local government is determining whether the community should be demolished. Several board members want to do this, but homeowners are protesting. The board members are worried that if they take...
In the News

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 concerns...
Recent Court Rulings

Court Didn’t Find Pervasive Pattern of Discrimination

February 10, 2017    
Facts: A woman moved into a condominium with her mother, who was handicapped, to help with her daily activities. The woman asked the condominium association to provide an unobstructed path between the member’s front door and driveway.
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