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.
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.
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.
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").
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).
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.
Among a board of directors, it is not unusual for individuals to hold different viewpoints and engage in a healthy debate on matters concerning the association. Occasionally, however, differing opinions result in a director attempting to undermine the decisions of the Board as a whole.
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.
As many of you know, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners recently voted to adopt proposed amendments to the Forsyth County Door-to-Door Solicitation Ordinance. Specifically, the amendments.
With the Fourth of July just around the corner, grilling season is officially in full swing! Before you hit the ignition switch, however, be sure to review your community rules and be aware of restrictions in your local code and Georgia law, especially if you live in a townhome or condominium.