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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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      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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      (UNDATED) – The Indiana Department of Transportation will start installing the first Intersection Conflict Warning Systems (ICWS) next week in various locations across the state.  The systems will improve safety at non-signalized, stop-controlled intersections, reducing severe crashes by up to 20 to 30 percent, according to The Federal Highway Administration. HOW THEY WORK Intersection Conflict Warning Systems are put in place to alert drivers of oncoming traffic at two-way, [...]

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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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      With summer here, now is the time to begin taking the necessary safety precautions for residents of your HOA. Some of these tips might depend on the types of property and the current services provided, but with the increased temperatures and reliance on air conditioning, here are a few of the most important summer safety tips for your HOA residents. Follow Grilling Requirements Some properties do not allow grilling outside of individual units. If this is protocol it is important for all [...]

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      By Amada Merritt Are you looking to increase the safety and security of your community with security cameras? If so, look no further. Here are a few tips you’ll need before you get started.

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      By Kayleigh Long   Electronic cigarettes or “e-cigarettes” were first introduced into the U.S. market in the mid-2000s but only recently garnered national attention when e-cigarette smokers began developing mysterious lung injuries, some of which have been fatal. As of July 2019, 8% of Americans reported vaping (smoking an e-cigarette) within the past week, with almost 1 out of every 5 adults ranging in age from 18 to 29 years old reporting they [...]

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