As a community association board member and community manager, it is important you know restrictions that may apply to your community related to playing music and movies before you are held liable in a court of law. A basic understanding of copyright law may help community associations assess their potential liability and develop appropriate compliance strategies and best practices.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on March 20 that law firms conducting nonjudicial foreclosures, or foreclosures outside of the court system, are not generally considered debt collectors under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The decision in...
On March 7, The U.S. Department of Labor released a long-awaited proposed rule to address the salary threshold and other requirements related to implementing the exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative, and professional employees. The new proposed salary threshold is $35,308. In other words, employees who earn less than $35,308 annually would be automatically eligible for time-and-a-half pay for all hours worked beyond a 40-hour work week, according to Bloomberg.
Balance is not just a women’s issue, it’s a business and community issue. This is the 2019 International Women’s Day campaign theme. Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive. The Community Associations Institute government affairs team is...
Courts across the nation are split on whether post-petition community association assessments constitute dischargeable debts under Chapter 13 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. To make matters worse, in November, the Supreme Court denied a petition to review the issue, leaving the community association industry wondering if the existing dispute among the courts will ever have a concise national remedy.
Every year the Community Association Law Seminar presents a review of significant appellate cases that shaped community association law in the prior year. These cases also focus on upcoming, emerging trends in association jurisprudence that are sure to advance the future of community association law. In 2018, 450 relevant cases were reviewed, 250 cases were summarized by CAI’s outstanding Case Law Update Team, and 80 cases were formally presented to the 564 attendees of 2019’s Community Association Law Seminar.
Talk of two truly epic documentaries have circulated the water coolers over the past two weeks. The focus of the documentaries is the 2017 would’ve-been, luxury festival that flew to close to the sun then crashed and burned leaving thousands of young, some very-well-to-do, adults stranded on an island in the Bahamas. They ultimately tell the same story and heed the same warnings about the charisma or cost-savings of an individual or offer.
When an issue arises that impacts CAI members, CAI develops a public policy position to guide volunteer advocates and staff in their advocacy efforts. On January 23, 2019, the CAI Board of Trustees adopted a public policy on electric vehicle charging stations.
Community associations are subject to state laws that control how associations are developed, governed and managed. This state-based statutory framework has proven successful because it is predicated on the principle of local control over land-use and property decisions. While the community association housing model has a state statutory framework, there are federal issues impacting community associations. Therefore, we’ve identified federal priorities for 2019.
While the federal government shutdown enters its third week; state governments legislative sessions have started. By the end of this week, 33 state legislative sessions will have started. CAI is already tracking hundreds of legislative proposals impacting the community association housing model.