If you buy a condominium, townhouse or single-family home in a newer development, you're likely to become a member of a community association.
About 20 percent of Americans live in a community governed by a condo association, homeowners association or co-op board, according to the Community Associations Institute, which educates volunteer board members and association management professionals. The number of communities covered by associations has grown to more than 333,000 today from about 10,000 in 1970. Read More
Thursday, April 30, 2015 was the all-important “crossover deadline” in the North Carolina General Assembly. Without getting too much into the weeds, bills that are “non-budget” must generally have passed one chamber or the other by the crossover deadline to be eligible for consideration during the 2015/2016 session (although House and Senate rules are slightly different when it comes to crossover). Read More
With warmer weather, we’re getting our usual barrage of pool questions. Many deal with appropriate pool rules and pool signs. Without question, pool issues are one of the more confusing areas of our practice in that there are few absolutes. That’s particularly the case when it comes to dealing with Fair Housing Act issues. Read More
HB 514, SB 563 - It's twins!!!
Following the pattern for the last 10 years, not just one, but two bills have been introduced to create Community Manager licensing. The text of these two bills is identical, covering a wide range of issues -- not just basic licensing - including:
Community Manager Licensing - Mandatory requirement to have a criminal check for all who provide normal services for
community associations. This also applies to any private community association manager schools. A roster will be
maintained of all Community Managers. Read More
The Legislative Action Committee (LAC) is urgently seeking contributions from homeowners associations to fund its lobbying efforts with the N.C. General Assembly. The LAC hopes to have all associations donate the sum of $1 per household in their association on an annual basis - hence, the "Dollar-a-Door" campaign. The LAC is also seeking donations from management companies and affiliated business partners. We need assistance in getting the word out and explaining why your donations are so important to the work of the LAC. Please find some frequently-asked questions and answers to help you in facilitating donations. Read More
During the 2014 General Assembly session, a bill was introduced that, if it had passed, would have implemented mandatory licensing of community and condominium managers and placed it under the control of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. The CAI NC Legislative Action Committee (NC LAC), working along with other organizations, managed to prevent this bill from becoming law. What makes this attempt to assign Community Manager licensing authority to the Real Estate Commission unusual is that the Commission's leaders have publicly stated, multiple times, that they don't want that responsibility. Based on data we have received from multiple persons familiar with this legislation, it is highly likely it will be introduced again in the 2015 legislative session. The CAI NC LAC is prepared to work against the passage of this unwanted bill, but believes that a more positive and long term approach is needed. Read More
The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act ("Act") requires all employers with three or more employees to carry workers' compensation insurance. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that employees injured by an accident while working have a safety net to cover lost wages and medical expenses. Read More
I really Don't Like My Neighbor's Tenants: Issues With The Use And Enforceability Of Rental Restrictions In Homeowners' Associations
It is an all too common situation, especially in coastal communities, mountain retreats, and college towns: You bought a home in a planned community that has a homeowners' association with thoughts of being able to enjoy a quiet, family-oriented neighborhood. Then you find that your community's amenities are being overrun with transient tenants and their guests. These tenants and their guests do not pay assessments and, at least in your mind, do not share your vested economic, long-term interest in the community. "We must retake control of our community and our amenities," you say. You rally the full-time owners to your side, demanding that the homeowners' association do something about this "problem." But will it? Or, perhaps more importantly, can it? This question is the subject of this article, which will highlight the complex legal and practical issues that arise when homeowners' associations seek to impose restrictions on members' rentals of their property. Read More
- How to Successfully Live Under a Homeowners Association
- NC Community Association Legislative Roundup
- Pool Rules - A Confusing World
- Community Manager Licensing in North Carolina - What's Happening?
- CAI NC Legislative Action Committee
- What's on the Agenda? Manager Licensing or Certification
- Tips to Keep Your Community Association Board Meeting Shorter
- Board Orientation of North Carolina Community Associations
- Does Your Property Owners Association Need Workers' Compensation Insurance? Yes!
- I really Don't Like My Neighbor's Tenants: Issues With The Use And Enforceability Of Rental Restrictions In Homeowners' Associations
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