Board Orientation of North Carolina Community Associations

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Does Your Property Owners Association Need Workers' Compensation Insurance? Yes!

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

Planning and Enforcing A Successful Collections Policy

As economic conditions struggle to improve, many community associations ("Associations") face the continuing challenge of chasing payment from a number of delinquent members.  In light of these present conditions, formulating and sticking to a sound collections policy can be important. However, many Associations do not give sufficient attention to their collection of unpaid dues. Some board members may not be comfortable asking their neighbors to pay past-due debts, while others may view the collections process as complicated and uncertain.  Nevertheless, with proper planning, Associations can craft enforceable policies that inform members of their obligations and limit potential losses that otherwise would be borne by the community at large.  Read More

Use of Technology by Community Associations

Technology makes most of our lives easier, and so it makes sense that community associations would choose to employ certain technological advances in the performance of their obligations. There are many possibilities for the use of technology in community associations.  Two of the most common uses are community websites and electronic voting, both of which may be very beneficial to community associations. 


Websites can be extremely helpful to a community association by providing members with easy access to:  Read More

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