This week: 3 important issues facing associations - one is a hidden threat you probably never even considered. We also talked water conservation (in solidarity with California), bullies, and a new breed of therapy animals. (Snakes. Really? Next they'll be taking them on planes. ) Read all about it in the CAM Mashup: 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!
Idaho - More than Just Potatoes
Idaho just got a whole lot more interesting if you are in community association management. The supremes there are hearing a case that pits the HOA's CC&Rs against short term rentals through sites such as Air BnB. The sticking point centers around the difference between ammending an existing rule versus making a new one. If you manage a community that has recently ammended a rental rule to further restrict short term rentals, this is definitely one to keep an eye on - courts love to follow a precendent, especially when it was made by a supreme court.
Have delinquent homeowners? Chances are they also haven't been paying their taxes. Why should you care? Because if the property gets taken over for unpaid taxes, you are not eligible to collect on past due assessments. Read more about this important issue facing associations.
The ABCs of Bankruptcy
There has been a constant push and pull in recent years between developers and community associations over construction defects. Now bad developers have found a new way to weasel out of liability - declaring a form of bankruptcy called an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors or ABC whenever associations file a notice of claim. They then buy their own assets under a new company name and continue business as usual.
California lawmakers are taking proactive steps to insure homeowners are not being restricted by their HOA’s if they want to install turf lawns. Due to the on-going drought in sunny California, many homeowners are turning to water-efficient landscaping options for good reason. Would you consider installing turf in your community?
If your association isn't ready to take the leap to artificial turf, but still wants to conserve water, there's another option for you - drip irrigation. This ground level irrigation system is mandatory for all new construction projects in California for good reason - it can save 20 to 50% of the water you would otherwise use with sprinklers. Learn best practices for setting up and maintaining a drip irrigation system here.
Bully Board Members
I would be willing to bet that if you’ve been in the industry for an extended amount of time, you have more than likely run across a couple bully board members in your day. What was your approach to handling these tough cookies? Check out this great article with some really helpful advice for the next time you are faced with a bully board member.
“The question often arises whether a community association can create and enforce rules prohibiting people from parking on roads that exist within the boundaries of the association. My response to these questions, in the grand tradition of attorneys everywhere, is that it depends.” This great article breaks it all down for you.
Move over dogs. There’s a new kid(s) in town when it comes to service and therapy animals. From monkeys, to kangaroos, to snakes, people are branching out beyond the k9 species for therapy pets. But what does this new trend mean for HOAs?
Interviewing Management Companies
Board members, are you looking to hire a management company for your association but not really sure where to begin? Well, you’re in luck! Check out this super helpful list of questions you should be asking potential candidates. You’ll be happy you did!
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