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Pool Rules - A Confusing World
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With warmer weather, we’re getting our usual barrage of pool questions.  Many deal with appropriate pool rules and pool signs. Without question, pool issues are one of the more confusing areas of our practice in that there are few absolutes.  That’s particularly the case when it comes to dealing with Fair Housing Act...
Community Manager Licensing in North Carolina - What's Happening?
HB 514, SB 563 - It's twins!!!  Following the pattern for the last 10 years, not just one, but two bills have been introduced to create Community Manager licensing. The text of these two bills is identical, covering a wide range of issues -- not just basic licensing - including: Community Manager Licensing - Mand...
CAI NC Legislative Action Committee
The Legislative Action Committee (LAC) is urgently seeking contributions from homeowners associations to fund its lobbying efforts with the N.C. General Assembly.  The LAC hopes to have all associations donate the sum of $1 per household in their association on an annual basis - hence, the "Dollar-a-Door" campaign.  The LAC is a...
What's on the Agenda? Manager Licensing or Certification
During the 2014 General Assembly session, a bill was introduced that, if it had passed, would have implemented mandatory licensing of community and condominium managers and placed it under the control of the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. The CAI NC Legislative Action Committee (NC LAC), working along with other organizations, man...
Tips to Keep Your Community Association Board Meeting Shorter
You might think there's no way your board can have just a one hour meeting, but with these tips we think you can.   The first thing that you will want to do is make sure that everyone on your board is prepared, has received the agenda, knows the topics that will be discussed and is ready to make a decision by the time they hea...
Board Orientation of North Carolina Community Associations
Homeowner Associations are governed by a chain of governing documents and laws, which is why it's important when working with a Community Association that you understand the rules and regulations.  We have outlined some of the topics that are covered in Board Orientation. COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE refers to the doc...
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. The Act, however, has a very ...
I really Don't Like My Neighbor's Tenants: Issues With The Use And Enforceability Of Rental Restrict...
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...
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 sufficien...
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 electroni...

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