Summer is almost here, and that means legislative recesses and state session adjournments. This is the perfect time for advocates like you to engage with your elected officials at all levels of government by inviting them to attend your community association events, your board meeting, or asking to meet with them at their district office to discuss priority issues for your community. We’re launching our annual Constituents in Your Communities campaign to help support your outreach efforts. Throughout 2019, we will share helpful tips and tricks to build and strengthen your relationships with your elected officials so they become knowledgeable and more supportive of the diverse issues that impact community associations.
CAI Honors Dozens of Homeowner Leaders for Significant Contributions to Community Association Advocacy
Community Associations Institute (CAI), the leading international authority in community association governance, management, and education, announced the recipients of CAI's highest honors at the annual awards ceremony, held in conjunction with the 2019 CAI Annual...
Assistance animals are not pets. Federal, state, and local fair housing laws require that community associations accommodate residents who have a disability-related need for an assistance animal, including emotional support animals. Fraudulently claiming a pet as an assistance animal demeans fair housing rights, violates the rights of other community residents, and can lead to legal troubles.
The CAI Board of Trustees approved two new public policies at the CAI Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando: one on sustainable landscape practices and another on fair debt collections.
The sharing economy phenomenon and use of online platforms like Airbnb and VRBO, which facilitate short-term rentals, have significantly transformed the dynamics of renting property. The popularity of Airbnb and VRBO has created a unique housing market where short-term rentals provide considerable income for some community association owners, particularly those in vacation destination and resort areas. Community association owners, therefore, must determine what short-term rental policy is appropriate for their community.
A federal court has struck down, another restrictive pool use rule. On April 22, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that the A Country Place Condominiums in New Jersey violated the Fair Housing Act by implementing pool rules for male and female only swim times.
By the end of this month, 17 state legislatures will have adjourned. This year has proven to be an interesting one for many industries. Freshman legislators made up a large portion of lawmakers in many states after last fall’s election cycle, and many of CAI’s legislative action committees grappled with losing former legislators who “championed” community association issues.
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.