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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...
Is It Time to Reorganize Your Association’s Files?
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If your community association has been around a while, it’s probably safe to say it has amassed some paperwork over the years.As warmer weather leads many of us to turn our attention to spring cleaning, it can be tempting for association board members to focus their sights on those dusty old files.Before you toss those folders or sh...
Guidelines for Creating Community-Friendly Association Rules
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Let’s face it, we all need rules. Knowing what’s acceptable and – perhaps more importantly, what isn’t – helps set standards and define expectations and consequences. Knowledge of what is and isn’t acceptable also generally provides a structure for successful management and peaceful coexistence whether...

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