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Ability to Collect Assessments in Danger

August 11, 2017    

A recent amicus curiae brief aims to help protect associations' financial stability. 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...

Treat Board Member Term Limits Seriously

August 11, 2017    

Sometimes, to comply with the law, association boards must be restructured. If you find yourself in the position of having to deliver the news and help with the restructure, you could be faced with accusations by board members that you’re improperly trying to oust them for your own motives...

Ensure Work Is Up to Par Before Final Payment

August 11, 2017    

Paying a contractor up front to do work for your association isn’t a good idea. If it does a shoddy job, your only recourse would be to sue the contractor for not living up to the agreement. But this can be costly. And it’s avoidable—if you protect yourself from subpar...

Don't Tolerate Board Member Harassment

July 21, 2017    

Because the decisions that a board makes very rarely please everyone, you could find yourself having to prevent unacceptable behavior toward board members. Most displeased owners may focus their energies on building consensus and replacing current board members. But there are some members whose...

Organization Is Key to Planning Effective Annual Member Meeting

July 20, 2017    

Managing a condominium building or planned community is undeniably challenging; balancing the needs of members, the board of directors, your own staff, and contractors or third-party vendors can be like a juggling routine. You might feel as though each day you’re interviewing for your own...

Make Sure Meeting Notice Is Sufficient

July 20, 2017    

It’s crucial to make sure that meeting notices are properly handled. Otherwise, a court could rule that decisions stemming from such meetings are not valid. That was the situation in a recent Colorado community association lawsuit. There, the board of directors of a condominium association...

Crack Down on Speeding, Texting Behind the Wheel in Community

June 23, 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...

Community Association Professionals Receive Highest Honors in Field

June 23, 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...

Shedding Light on Association Duty to Handicapped Members

June 23, 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...

Avoid Disputes about View Protection Bylaw

May 18, 2017    

Homeowners who have paid a premium for housing that boasts sunset or city skyline views, or are situated in areas noted for their scenic beauty, feel they should be entitled to enjoy them—unfettered by other structures or foliage that might later get in the way. To this end, some of the...

Board Members Had Immunity in Individual Liability Lawsuit

May 18, 2017    

Although serving on the board of an association is a voluntary duty, unfortunately it can result in board members being sued. An association should do its best to shield board members from individual liability, though. A recent Texas appeals court ruling is an example of a situation where things...

Short-Term Condo Rentals Were Residential Businesses

May 18, 2017    

Short-term condo rentals can help members in an association bring in extra cash. This is especially true when a condo is located in a vacation hotspot, like beach or winter sport towns. But short-term condo rentals have been argued over by many associations and members, with associations that...