What Common Areas and Amenities Should be Considered “Essential” During COVID-19?

As we continue to face unprecedented challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that community associations do their part to mitigate potential risks. One way that boards and property managers can do this is by making a distinction between essential and nonessential common areas and amenities. Temporarily closing and/or limiting access to the nonessential parts of a building or community may help slow the spread of this invisible threat.

2020-04-27T10:26:47-04:00March 2020|

Recent Guidance from HUD on Accommodation Requests for Assistance Animals

On January 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ("HUD") released guidance for individuals requesting an accommodation for an assistance animals and housing providers (which includes community associations) responding to these requests under the Fair Housing Act ("FHA"). The recent guidance from HUD does not expand or alter housing providers' obligations under the FHA or HUD's implementing regulations.

2020-03-02T17:58:49-05:00February 2020|

Officer Roles and Responsibilities

The new year is in full swing and many community associations already have or are about to select a new board of directors. As new boards start to focus on the year ahead and projects in hand, it is important to understand and recognize the role and responsibilities for each officer on the board.

2020-03-02T17:55:22-05:00January 2020|

Unit Access Rights for Condominium Associations

Whether they know it or not, all condominium unit owners in Georgia have given their associations access rights to their units. This may come as a surprise to new condominium unit owners, but this authority is promulgated by the Georgia Condominium Act, O.C.G.A. § 44-3-70, et seq. (the "Act").

2020-03-02T17:50:55-05:00December 2019|

Buying and Selling: Community Association Edition

Most community associations in Georgia are nonprofit corporations subject to the Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code (the “Nonprofit Code”). Coupled with an association’s governing documents, the foregoing statute essentially authorizes a community association to buy and sell real property. In most cases, this is usually in the context of adding to or selling off a portion of the association’s common area(s).

2019-12-16T18:41:16-05:00November 2019|

To Catch a Criminal: License Plate Readers

Although community associations should not provide security, many are looking for new ways to address criminal activity. One trend gaining popularity is the use of license plate readers. License plate readers are cameras that capture still images of a vehicle's license plate as the vehicle drives by.

2019-11-12T13:27:48-05:00October 2019|

Association Budget FAQs

It’s that time of year again! As associations gear up for annual meeting season, many boards of directors and managers are reviewing account records and projected expenses to create their association’s budget for next year.

2019-09-19T11:57:21-04:00August 2019|
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