CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 1-7, 2015)

Posted by Brianna Sturm on March 8, 2015
This week in community association management

Once upon a time most Community Association issues could be attributed to the 3 Ps: Parking, Paint and Poop. But it seems that in the last year or so, a whole new set of oddball non-Ps have captured our attention - things like comfort animals, smoking, drones, and short term rentals. Doesn't make for a very good acronym!

Anyway, it seems this week was no exception to the new rule. We had discussion on AirBnB and drones, as well an old school issue combo - parking lot paint. Plus NACHA, SCOPS, HOA trash talk and relief for the overworked.  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 feel free to share it too!

Want Cheese with your NACHA?

If you're using electronic fund transfers, direct debit or bank lockboxes to handle dues payments, you are working in the ACH network. This week a banker gives us the lowdown on ACH and how it works for community associations. This is great info, whether you're totally new to ACH or worked with it for years (especially if you use TOPS, since this functionality is built-in to the core program!)

Sunshine State Short Term

Short term rentals are a topic on the tip of everyone's tongue as community associations struggle to find a balance between a repressed economy and a free-for-all. Sites like Air BnB, VRBO (41 web sites in total!) have made it easy for homeowners to earn a bit on the side. Having won a ruling in San Francisco, it appears that AirBnB has now set their sights on Florida, and a lot of organizations aren't too happy about that.

Ready for Another Round?

Every CAM professional has a challenge when explaining what they do because of the tendency of popular media to focus on the negative aspects of community association living. This is particularly true when associations get into the popular conscience through books, movies and TV. So here we go again - a new book hit the shelves this week that "tackles the issue of the overreaching of homeowners associations, which is becoming a real problem" Get ready for another round of explaining to mom and dad why not all associations are like that...

Droning On and On

Amazon has announced plans to begin drone delivery. The FAA is proposing new laws to govern drones. Have you given thought to encouraging development of drone policies for the community associations you manage? When will they be allowed? (Hint, treat them like Fedex or UPS - you wouldn't want them coming at all hours!) Where can they land? These and more ideas on what to include in a drone policy.

Private Police

Would you consider hiring armed private cops to help protect your Homeowners Associations? “The trend has raised concerns in Virginia and elsewhere, because these armed officers often receive a small fraction of the training and oversight of their municipal counterparts. Arrests of private police officers and incidents involving SCOPs overstepping their authority have also raised concerns.”

Productivity Pros

I know you are swamped. It's a sympton of being in community management. But it doesn't have to be awful. “It turns out that there’s actually a big difference between being overworked and overloaded, and a lot of that can be attributed to how you structure your day." If you’re looking for a couple of ideas based on what helps other people stay productive and happy, this infographic has the answers!

Parking Lot Stripes

How often do your communities repaint parking space stripes? Can’t remember the last time? Did you know that in most places, by law, you must repaint your stripes every year or two? Read more parking lot rules and regulations that you should know, here!

Do You Have Big News This Week?

If you've got big news that would be relevant to other CAM professionals, please share it with us in the comments below...

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