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Maintenance, Repair and Replacement in HOAs & Condos (Including Hurricane and Casualty)
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Prior to Hurricane Dorian our firm again sent out emergency contact information (emails and cell phone numbers) for all our community association attorneys. The thought behind doing this before significant storms is that in the event of HOA or condo damage, immediate advice may be needed on who is responsible for making and/or paying for ...
NC Community Association Legislative Update – May 10, 2019
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Yesterday, May 9, 2019 was the “crossover deadline” in the North Carolina General Assembly. In short, that means that bills not related to taxes or spending must have passed one chamber to be eligible for consideration during the two-year legislative session. CAVEAT: In terms of legislation, “dead” doesn’t al...
Being A Member Of CAI Has Its Benefits
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 If you serve on the board of your association, we applaud your time and dedication to being an active part of your community. Being on the board can be rewarding as a voice and representative of homeowners within your community, but it also can be overwhelming when it’s time to look at the fiscal year budget spreadsheet a...
Community Association Roles
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A community association is truly just that – a group comprised of representatives of the  entire community with the community’s best interest in mind. It’s a simple but important distinction, since opinion on the specific role of a community association can vary. There are three forms of management:Volunteer or ...
Protecting Community Association Funds
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Everyone understands the importance of keeping personal assets in order. It’s no surprise, then, that managing a community association’s finances is a critical function of any association’s board of directors. And, as part of that management, it’s crucial to ensure an association is protected in the unfortunate ev...
POA Budget Planning: Five Tips for Understanding RMI Sales Tax
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For many, the new year ushers in a fresh start, full of resolutions to get fit, eat right and lose weight.But for those on community or condominium association boards, the new year also signals the return of an often tedious and stressful task – budget planning.There are plenty of tips to alleviate that stress, including setting asi...
Service Animals And Your Condominium Or Community Association
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As a professional community manager for the past two decades, I have seen a rapid growth in the number of service animals within condominium and community associations.  Currently, about 79.7 million households – or 65 percent of all households in the United States – include pets, and 42 percent of those have more than o...
Well Informed Community Associations Make For Happier Residents
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Being involved with a condominium or community association can sometimes make you feel like a Jack-of-all-trades. Homeowners often expect professional managers and community volunteers – officers and board and committee members – to know something about, well, just about everything. We are expected to be attorneys and landsc...
New Sales Tax Legislation Affects Property Owners Associations
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A recent North Carolina Sales Tax law has a direct impact on the budget of just about every property owners association. On July 1, the state legislature passed House Bill 1030 - Current Operations and Capital Improvements Appropriations Act of 2016, also known as the “budget bill.” In it are a number of noteworthy changes t...
Transition Your Association From The Developer To The Members
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For every association, there is a point when members should take over leadership and control from the developer. An association’s declaration and bylaws will stipulate when the developer is required to turn control of the association over to the members. (For more on Declarations and Bylaws see my article about common HOA terms...

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