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Online Meetings: When & How (Part 1 - Board Meetings)
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In our latest "Ask the Experts" webinar series, we invited attorney Steven Black with Black, Slaughter & Black, P.A., to discuss several options for holding board meetings and conducting association business in this time of social distancing. Though your board must ultimately decide what is best for the association, it is cr...
Community Association Meetings: What You Need to Know
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For those who own property in homeowners’ associations, it is important to understand the different types of association meetings that take place throughout the year. It is especially important that board members not only understand the different types of meetings but the rules surrounding who can and should attend these meetings, h...
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...
How to Handle Increasing Member Assessments
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Having a proper, fiscally responsible budget in place is necessary for the successful operation of any homeowner’s association. Just as with any budget, income and expenses must be considered - for an HOA, this income mainly comes in the form of owner assessments. When projecting yearly expenses for an association, those serving on ...
Making Meetings Count: How to Reach a Quorum Through Proxies
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Annual and special meetings require homeowner votes for new board members, assessment increases, capital improvement projects, and amendments to the association’s governing documents. The goal is to reach a quorum—a minimum number of members who must be present for business to be validly transacted.Some community associations ...
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 ...