The One-Page Proposal/Contract: How to Avoid a Scary Situation

Contractors are generally good at what they do, but this usually doesn’t include drafting agreements. All too often they submit a one-page proposal with a scope, price, and signature line for the association to accept. If the parties don’t intend to have any other written agreement, the one-page proposal may become a legally binding contract, and this is scary in many situations.

2021-11-04T17:53:34-04:00October 2021|

Can Our Association Continue with Board Elections Without a Meeting?

Last summer we published a blog article on safely conducting community association business during COVID-19. Most of the advice was directed towards membership meetings. For example, many associations decided to hold board elections without a meeting by written ballot, and then they called virtual townhalls to announce the results and satisfy the other annual meeting requirements. Fast forward a year later, many associations are sticking to this procedure—or at least a hybrid version by sticking to board elections without a meeting.

2021-10-11T15:45:56-04:00September 2021|

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down CDC Eviction Moratorium

On September 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) issued a Federal Agency Order entitled Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19 (“CDC Order”). As the name suggests, the primary purpose of the CDC Order was to prevent landlords from evicting certain qualified tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC Order was originally set to expire on December 31, 2020, but it was extended multiple times as the threat from COVID-19 lingered on.

2021-09-02T15:52:12-04:00August 2021|

Educating New Homeowners About Architectural Control in Community Associations

The current real estate market has introduced a new wave of homeowners into community associations. Unfortunately, however, new faces usually result in familiar problems. One of the most common issues associated with new homeowners is unapproved modifications. One of the underlying functions of any community association is to preserve the neighborhood’s semblance of uniformity.

2021-09-02T15:41:49-04:00July 2021|

Protecting Community Assets

Four years ago, we published two separate blog articles on funding reserves and preparing for disaster (i.e., related to insurance claims). Although these general issues are always relevant for community associations with common property, they have unfortunately been thrown into the international spotlight within the last week.

2021-09-02T15:55:47-04:00June 2021|

Pool Season 2.021

Even though COVID-19 is still around, many Georgia community associations are deciding to open their pools on time this swim season. This is consistent with a national CAI poll that revealed only 2% of surveyed members were going to keep their pools closed this year—compared to 44% at the same time last year.

2021-06-11T13:32:21-04:00May 2021|

Handling a Housing Discrimination Complaint

The Federal Fair Housing Act makes it illegal for housing providers, which includes community associations, to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, or disability. This is enforced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”). So, if one believes their rights have been violated by their community association (i.e., through the board of directors or property manager), he/she can file a complaint with HUD after the alleged violation.

2021-05-03T12:52:50-04:00April 2021|

Best Practices for “Lame Duck” Directors

A lame duck is a political term for an elected official whose successor has already been elected or will be soon. In the context of a community association, a “lame duck” could be a director whose time on the board is coming to an end. The issue that sometimes arises is that these individuals make last-minute decisions that should probably be left for those next in line. Accordingly, the purpose of this article is to offer some best practices for outgoing directors that, for whatever the reason, will not be seeking reelection to the board.

2021-03-22T14:00:07-04:00February 2021|

Filming Checklist for Community Associations

Georgia is becoming a popular destination to film movies, television shows, commercials, and other visual media content. As a result, boards and property managers are seeing an increase in demand for their communities to be used as filming locations.

2021-02-03T16:43:33-05:00January 2021|
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