CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 09 - 15, 2016)

Posted by Andrea Drennen, CMCA on May 15, 2016


Criminals in your community, CAM Managers can't get no respect, and the 4 types of board members. Plus, a free script to use in board meetings when homeowners show up with gripes. 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!

It's Criminal

Should your community be allowed to screen potential residents for a criminal record? HUD says no on the grounds that it would unfairly discriminate against minorities. Unless their conviction was for manufacturing drugs. Although, how you are supposed to know about that conviction if you can't check their record, we're not really sure. Anyway, the whole thing has some people asking, has HUD gone too far?


Between your boss, your boards and your homeowners, the mantra of the CAM could easily be "I just can't get no respect!" It probably wouldn't surprise you to learn that the average new community manager burns out within 18 months of starting the job. If you're still in it after that, you're part super hero, and part masochist. So how do you get the respect you deserve?


What characterizes a great board member? Can you identify the warning signs of an unhealthy director vs a bad one? Learn about the 4 categories of board members, and what percentage of each makes up a healthy board.

You Gotta Pay to Play

Every community association needs a lawyer. Should you put them on retainer, or pay them hourly? When considering your options, your communities need to protect themselves from excessive legal billing. Learn more about how you should pay your association attorney here.

Words In Your Mouth

When homeowners show up to board meetings, how can the board balance listening to their concerns with conducting the business of the association? Your state may require a reasonable amount of time given to homeowners to speak, but there is a way to help everyone get on track. There's even a script for you you to use!

Defective Detective

Construction defects are the bane of many a community association. When you discover they exist in your own association it can be hard to know where to start. Here are four tips to get you started in the right direction.


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