Community Associations Miscellaneous

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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...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The City of Arvada’s Neighborhood Grant program is designed to help neighbors improve their neighborhoods and better connect with each other.  There are two grants available:

Know Your Neighbor Grants are $100 grants for improving neighborhood relations/communication with things such as clean ups, holiday celebrations, block parties, etc.  These grants are...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Monday, December 2, 2013

Being an association manager is not always filled with lots of recognition for the hours put in to make communities successful.  There is a lot of negativity about the industry and the profession.

  But, with the help of Association Reserves, Inc.,...