It seems that the spotlight fell on the boards of directors this week. We identified what makes a great board, gave an alternative rules of order for board meetings and weighed in on whether to do an audit or a review of the communities financials. CAI took us to Washington to discuss the issues in federal legislation right now. We also talked about curfews for cats, noise issues, insurance and the mythology of CA living. Wow, that's a lot! It all happened this week in Community Association Management.
As an educated member of the Community Association Management industry, you already know how crucial it is to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news, trends and happenings within the industry. Each week, we bring together our favorite reads of the week and share them with you! Enjoy the CAM Mash Up and please share it too!
Great Minds Think Alike
“Great Boards suffer no illusions. They know that if they receive three bids for a particular service and one of the three bids is substantially lower than the two, it is reasonable and logical to assume that there is something to question within that bid. Maybe the contractor read the RFP wrong. Or, maybe they simply low-balled the bid. Great Boards are seldom fooled by this tactic: They understand they can't have a Mercedes for the price of a Kia.”
The Other White Meat
I would venture to say that most of us are familiar with Robert’s Rules, but did you know that there are alternatives? Consider Martha’s Rules of Order, a methodology where you vote with your thumb! Check out the pros and cons of each in this article on the CAM Blog.
What do my Dues Cover?
Every community has its share of grumblers about the cost of their association dues. One of the best ways to calm them is to help them see value - the money they are paying is providing a service that would cost far more if they were to pay for it themselves. Here is a great article you can share on how HOA insurance helps everyone in the community.
Kitty Cat Curfew
I live downtown. There are many cats, stray and domestic, roaming the alley ways surrounding my house. At night, I will occasionally hear a scuffle between two of them outside my window. Well, one community is looking to put a stop to this and enforce a kitty cat curfew which would require your cat to be indoors from dusk til dawn. Ya just can’t make this stuff up!
“When people are relaxing in their homes, the last thing that they want to deal with is loud noises coming from a stereo blaring in a neighbor’s apartment, people yelling in the common areas, or someone revving their motorcycle engine in the parking lot at three o’clock in the morning. People want peace and quiet, and they have a right to expect it in their homes. While it’s not possible to eliminate all noise from a complex, there are some ways to help in dealing with noise problems, which will reduce the amount of complaints that come into the HOA board.”
Audit vs. Review
Question: Are there any guidelines in regard to the size of the community or the size of the budget to help determine whether a homeowners’ association (HOA) should do an audit instead of a review? Your answer found here!
Mr. Smith goes to Washington
CAI posted a legal bulletin to discuss the items that they are lobbying on in Washington DC this legislative session. Thre three big topics under federal discussion are: priority liens for community associations (FNMA), disaster assistance for community associations (FEMA), and ham radio towers. These are big issues (the first two figuratively, the third literally) that could potentially have a very negative impact on community associations if they are passed as they currently are.
Living in a Fairy Tale
Could the reason why some people have objections to community association living be because the reality does not live up to the mythology? Julie Adamen explores the myths that cause people to have broken expectations when it comes to life in a community association.
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