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What Community Associations Should do During the Coronavirus Pandemic
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Content provided by James Slaughter of Black Slaughter & Black, PA. Original article appeared in The Washington Post and can be found here.How do you practice social distancing when you live communally and share services, amenities and even hallways and elevators with neighbors? That’s one of many questions on the minds of commu...
Things to Consider Before Renting in a Community Association
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If you own a home in a homeowner's association or condominium owner's association and are thinking about renting it out, you probably know that there are several factors to consider before you ever take the first steps in looking for a tenant. Understanding your responsibilities and obligations will not only make the leasing exper...
New Appellate Case: Is Your Architectural Process Fair and Reasonable? (Hint: It Better Be!)
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In a decision issued today (December 17, 2019), the North Carolina Court of Appeals examined the authority of an association to review and deny submitted architectural plans. This is the second architectural committee decision from the Court of Appeals this year. (See “Don’t Screw Up Your Architectural Committee and Approval P...
When And How To Make Changes To Your Association's Governing Documents
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At CAMS, we’ve seen through the years how positive — and necessary — change can be for homeowner’s associations (HOAs). Generally, we recommend every association do what we would call a governing document audit every 7 to 10 years just as a general rule because laws change, and it’s nice to have things clear ...
What are Your Association's Holiday Decorating Guidelines?
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As we enter into the fall and winter seasons, many of your friends and neighbors will soon begin decorating their homes for the holidays. Though the holiday season is intended to be a joyous time of family, friends and togetherness, it can also bring along some headaches for your community if your HOA doesn't have any preestablished h...
HOA Meetings are for More Than Board Members
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If you live in a community with a homeowner’s association (HOA), you no doubt have seen signs, received emails, or even had people knocking on your door to alert you about HOA meetings. There are many of different types of meetings — annual membership meetings, board meetings, committee meetings, executive sessions and special...
Recent HOA Case a Good Reminder in North Carolina & South Carolina
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At Black, Slaughter & Black we keep track of legal trends and recent case law that impacts our HOA and condo clients.  Although it is a case out of Virginia, the decision in Sainani v. Belmont Glen Homeowners Association, Inc. highlights three important themes that HOAs in North Carolina and South Carolina should be aware of: &nb...
Who is Responsible for Repairs and Maintenance?
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Homeowners often have differing views of their individual homeowner’s associations (HOA). One thing everyone can typically agree on is that one of the primary responsibilities of an HOA is to maintain common areas throughout a neighborhood or development. If a storm trashes a playground, pool or clubhouse, walking trails or pond, th...
What to Know About HOA Rules, Regulations and Compliance
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Homeowners associations (HOAs) provide many benefits to residents, from managing amenities to maintaining common areas and enforcing the association’s rules and regulations. Homeowner compliance with the HOA rules and regulations and covenants, when consistently enforced, help provide uniformity and aesthetically pleasing communitie...
Advice for New Homeowners in HOA Communities
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With all the new construction in the Wilmington area and throughout our great state, it comes as no surprise that we are seeing increases in the number of homeowners’ associations (HOAs). HOAs are outstanding resources for residents and oftentimes a huge draw for potential homebuyers.   Statistics show that North Carolina is on...

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