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North Star: The One Question Every Board Member Should be Asking

by Steve Spanier | April 28, 2021   Homeowners associations are representative democracies where powers are delegated to elected officials (the board of directors) and limited powers are reserved to the membership. In this governing model, the answer to a simple question can serve as a board member’s North Star: What is best for the community? EFFECTIVE DECISION-MAKING If board...

Model Behavior: 13 Ethical Standards for Community Association Board Leadership

by Kiara Candelaria | April 22, 2021   Effective community association governance has many moving parts, and it’s crucial that board members adhere to a set of ethical standards that can help them fulfill their volunteer duties with the community’s best interests in mind. While not meant to address every potential ethical dilemma, CAI’s Model Code of Ethics for Community...

Hope Again: Offering Continued Support to Community Associations

by Tom Skiba | April 16, 2021   If you’re like me, you don’t always need a calendar to remind yourself of important events. Engrained in my memory are my son’s birthday and my wedding anniversary. Some of us recall where we were when President Kennedy was shot, when the space shuttle Challenger was lost, or where we were on 9/11. And now, for many of us, we remember exactly where we...

Community Association State Immunity Protections from COVID-19 Lawsuits

by Phoebe E. Neseth, Esq. and C.Scott Canady | April 8, 2021   The COVID-19 pandemic created unforeseen advocacy priorities for the community association housing model. One of the leading legislative efforts during the pandemic has been providing businesses and other entities with limited liability protections from COVID-19-related claims, which allows them to reopen safely without fear of...

Pandemic Relief for Community Association Assessments

by Dawn Bauman, CAE | April 1, 2021   One of the challenging factors of the COVID-19 pandemic is the economic impact on individual residents in community associations. As homeowners become unable to fulfill their financial obligation of paying assessments, they will require direct access to resources that can provide relief. The American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress and signed into...

What Federal Government Policies on Equity Mean for Community Associations

  by C. Scott Canady | March 25,2021   On January 20, President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing all federal agencies to advance equity. What is equity, and how will the executive order impact community associations? President Biden’s executive order defines equity as “the consistent and systemic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including...

Moving forward: Communities reflect on the pandemic’s lasting changes

  By Ella Cox | April 1, 2021     Community associations successfully adapted to unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, seeking legal advice on holding meetings virtually, introducing new protocols for reopening amenities, and requiring face coverings in common areas even as more people are vaccinated. Association leaders are now considering...

What Federal Government Policies on Equity Mean for Community Associations

  by C. Scott Canady | March 25, 2021   On January 20, President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing all federal agencies to advance equity. What is equity, and how will the executive order impact community associations? President Biden’s executive order defines equity as “the consistent and systemic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including...

Lending updates: Federally backed mortgage rules tighten for condos in vacation areas

  by Kiara Candelaria | March 23, 2021     New requirements from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that went into effect in December and February, respectively, will make it more difficult for condominiums in resort-like communities to secure certain federally backed mortgages, writes The Wall Street Journal. The main focus of the changes is on “condotels,” which the...

Guiding communities: New resource for association governing documents

  by Kiara Candelaria | March 18,2021   Every community association requires a set of governing documents—often a declaration of covenants, conditions, and restrictions, articles of incorporation or organization, and bylaws—to provide its legal framework and operation. Governing documents define the rights and obligations of the association and its members. They also establish...

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