Never a dull day in Community Association Management! Do you know how to handle conflicts with your governing documents? Or an influx of travelers renting your homeowners' houses for a night or two? What about how to handle a community power outage? What if I told you that you've got the power to handle all of that, plus take on your state's government for your best interests? We've got all this and more is in this week's CAM Mashup - read on for the full scoop!
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!
"What do you do if one of your HOA’s governing documents conflicts with another document or with your state or national rights? Do your board members and HOA manager know how to handle this situation if a homeowner or member notices a conflict in the writing?
As an HOA board member, while it’s important to review and understand all governing documents of your association, you’ll need to know how to filter through all of the information and know which document to follow if someone finds something that’s not consistent.
In case this does happen, use this hierarchy guide to help decide which rules come out on top."
Setting the Standard
HOA board volunteers choose the best and most efficient ways to govern. Creating resolutions is one common method for amending documents that establish policy or set rules. By addressing the who, why, what, and how, a resolution is a formal record of a board decision. HOA board resolutions should adhere to federal and state law, provide details, and, once adopted, should be consistently enforced. For volunteer boards, it is important to understand the definition and process of board resolutions.
CAM Avengers, Assemble!
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you're wearing red and blue spandex, a flashy red cape, or a freshly-pressed suit, you have the power to induce change in your community, and you've got more power than you realize to influence change in your community and your industry.
We sat down with Florida Community Association lobbyist Travis Moore to get a better understanding of the kind of progress CAM professionals can enact.
"More than 90,000 accusations of workplace discrimination have been filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in each of the past five years, according to the Travelers Insurance Company. Co-op and condo boards need to protect themselves against these charges – not only from their past and current employees, but also from potential employees. Even if the claim has no merit, there will be a costly legal defense and, worst-case scenario, the board might end up having to pay substantial settlements."
Who's in Your Neighbor's House?
"The way that many people travel has changed drastically over the past ten years. Thanks to the increase of technology and a desire for people to think out of the box when it comes to traveling, options have greatly increased. Short term rentals have become a popular way for travelers, whether on vacation or traveling for business, to stay comfortably without overextending their pocketbooks.
This has had a big impact on HOAs because it opens up a new set of questions and problems that were not there before. Many HOAs are ill-suited to the demands of short term rentals, and have not been prepared for this influx of homeowners using their properties to earn extra cash. Here is some information to help your board make these decisions regarding short term rentals in your HOA community."
They Asked, You Answered!
TOPS Software, LLC, providers of accounting and management software for condominium and homeowners associations, was named a 2018 Platinum Readers' Choice Award Winner in the Community Association Technology category by the Florida Community Association Journal magazine. This marks the third consecutive year that TOPS has been honored by FLCAJ.
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