Community Associations Miscellaneous

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Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Just when you were getting used to your iPhones, it is time to get ready for the next wave.  Smart phones may soon be replaced with smart glasses.  Google Glass allows the user to view images called up in the glass through voice activation or by touching the rims of the glasses.

  The product has already hit the market with thousands of “explorers.”  Google Glass like most...

Written By Elina B. Gilbert | Monday, March 10, 2014

Imagine renting the HOA club house for a family reunion.  As the reunion is winding down, the attendees decide to have a photograph taken of the family.  After all, who knows when all these relatives will be in the same place again?

  As the family members gather on the upper deck of the clubhouse and the children cross their legs and get comfortable up front, the deck...

Written By Elina B. Gilbert | Wednesday, February 12, 2014

As if all the other drama associated with FHA certifications and recertifications is not enough, there’s now one more match to add to this fire: accusations of discrimination by potential buyers.

A woman in Ohio filed a complaint with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission on or about February 22, 2013 alleging a...

Written By Melissa M. Garcia | Monday, January 27, 2014

Last week at the 2014 CAI Law Seminar , I had the pleasure of teaching with Jeffrey Kaman on the subject of maximizing technology for community associations. We discussed the benefits of technology, as well as the risks, proactive...

Monday, January 13, 2014

January 1, 2014 has come and gone with initial reports estimating sales at over one million dollars in marijuana for the first day.  Commencing early in the morning, lines began to form and wrap around marijuana retail outlets.

Going hand in hand with the high (pun intended) sales figures, law enforcement officials from neighboring states have warned that...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Monday, December 30, 2013


Spring really is around the corner and now is the time to consider establishing a community garden in your association.

  A community garden is a shared space where residents gather to garden and grow food. They can range in size from one small raised bed to...

Written By Elina B. Gilbert | Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A South Carolina homeowners association recently learned an expensive lesson when it comes to making representations that one of its owners is a registered sex offender—an $890,000 lesson


Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Monday, December 16, 2013

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article about "10 things E-Cigarettes Won't Tell You" and two things stuck out for me, a non-smoker.  First, "We can't promise this won't kill you."  As we know many associations are moving towards prohibiting smoking in common...

Written By Elina B. Gilbert | Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research Group hypothesizes we’ll continue to struggle and see only modest economic growth through the end of 2013.

  The forecast is based on several factors, such as the temporary government shutdown, debt ceiling negotiations, and appointment of a new Federal Reserve Chair in January.  All these various factors are predicted to suppress...

Written By Elina B. Gilbert | Wednesday, December 4, 2013

In Colorado, use of proxies by owners must be permitted by associations.  Therefore, associations in Colorado must allow owners to attend meetings and submit their vote via proxy.  But is the use of proxies a good or bad thing?

The Chicago Tribune recently posed this question...