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    • Beat the Heat Anybody can be at risk for a heat-related illness. Follow these summer safety tips, like taking extra breaks and drinking lots of water. Bug Safety Mosquitoes can cause a number of illnesses, including Zika Virus and West Nile Virus. Learn what you can do to protect yourself at work and play. Playgrounds Emergency departments see more than 20,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related traumatic brain injury each year. Fireworks Summer is synonymous with [...]

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      Being on the board of a community association can be both rewarding and difficult — a minefield for even the most seasoned and well-intentioned mediator. Laws at the federal, state and local levels are changed, passed, or modified; buildings start showing their age; interest rates come and go more than two-celebrity marriages, and that doesn’t even take into account budget constraints, insurance companies and community elections. If you are among the more than 66 million Americans who [...]

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      Understanding the business of community associations starts with knowing the keys to successful governance. We are dedicated to helping you assist board members in building better communities. Download CAI’s new Community Association Living: An Essential Guide for Homeowner Leaders and ensure your association run smoothly with these three resources: Rights and Responsibilities - Principles for association residents that promote responsible citizenship and community involvement. [...]

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      Legal Matters - Richard DeBoest Attorneys at Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross respond to questions about Florida community association law. With offices in Naples, Fort Myers, Coral Gables and Boca Raton, the firm represents community associations throughout Florida and focuses on condominium and homeowner association law, real estate law, litigation, estate planning and business law. Q: Our governing documents allow pets but prohibit pit bulls. A person has submitted an application to [...]

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      It’s that time of year, you’re preparing for the holidays! Not only are the decorations going up, but you’re purchasing and creating those important gifts for loved ones. This year more than ever we are worried about keeping our families healthy amongst all the chaos, but you can’t forget about the possibility of porch pirates, thieves, and accidental fires that occur every holiday season. You probably want to keep gifts out of sight from children, but you also want to make sure gifts[...]

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      by Phoebe E. Neseth, Esq. The Indiana Court of Appeals in March held that a party requesting a disability accommodation under the Indiana Fair Housing Act and the federal Fair Housing Act to keep an emotional support animal must, at a minimum, inform the housing provider of the nature of the disability and the disability-related need for an emotional support animal. In this case (Furbee v. Wilson), a renter requested a reasonable accommodation for an emotional support animal from [...]

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      By Laura Otto Halloween will look a little different this year as the country continues to navigate the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As communities search for ways to keep children safe and practice social distancing on Oct. 31, many homeowners associations are turning to trunk-or-treating as an alternative to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. Trunk-or-treating is becoming a widely popular alternative to walking from house to house. The practice is most commonly [...]

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      by Khalil Smith,  Heidi Grant, and David Rock Speaking up is hard to do. You see something ethically questionable. Notice someone not being included. Run up against offensive speech. Disagree with an opinion that’s all too quickly become consensus. Want to add a different idea to the decision-making process. While we’d all like to think that if we saw something, we’d say something in these situations, we are strikingly bad at anticipating how we’ll feel in future [...]

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      By Laura Otto For the eighth time in 15 years, Americans living in homeowners associations, condominiums, and housing cooperatives say they’re overwhelmingly satisfied in their communities, according to the 2020 Homeowner Satisfaction Survey published by the Foundation for Community Association Research for Community Associations Institute. The biennial, nationwide survey is administered by independent researcher Zogby Analytics and provides a better understanding [...]

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      By Amy Repke omeowners associations have adjusted to a new normal because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes remote meetings and elections, closed common areas and amenities, and social distancing.   As states lifted their stay-at-home orders and businesses began to open their doors, homeowners associations started to decide how and whether to reopen common areas and amenities. Board members, community managers, and business partners asked: What approach should we [...]

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