Recruit and Retain: 6 Ways to Create Long-Term Volunteer Partnerships

Community associations simply can’t function without volunteers. Board members and committee members play a critical role in making community associations vibrant and attractive places to live. Finding, motivating, directing, and creating long-term volunteer partnerships, however, can be challenging. Yolanda M. Wilson, manager of neighborhood vitality in the City of Mesquite, Texas, creates engagement opportunities and…

Protecting Your Board

Strong, Responsible Organizations Protect Their Leaders With D&O Coverage BY: Client Advisor Megan Muller, CIC When you volunteer on a board, you’re donating your time, experience, and energy to an organization you care about, and you’re focused on how you can contribute to the group. But before you jump ‘on board,’ there are important liability…

Experts Predict Another Active Hurricane Season in the Atlantic

For 2021, Colorado State University (CSU) hurricane researchers are predicting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1st to November 30th. Specifically, CSU researchers believe there will be 17 named storms in 2021. This is above the average 12.1 named storms per year that occurred from 1981-2010. Of the predicted 17 named storms…

How Association Documents Affect Virtual Meetings

During the pandemic we saw associations move to virtual meetings and electronic voting. Some association documents require in-person meetings and include specific language on how the voting process should work. In Delaware, the state statute governing Community Associations allows for remote or virtual meetings. As state statute supersedes the governing documents, associations may hold virtual meetings.…

Directors & Officers Liability – Common HOA Claims

Most HOA Boards are made up of volunteers, and homeowner volunteer decisions are protected by the Directors & Officers insurance policy. These are the most common claims facing associations’ Boards of Directors. Violation of the Governing Documents Rules should be enforceable and enforced Meetings should be held per the documents Architectural Guidelines should be followed…

2021 Community Association Federal Legislative Priority Issues

Community associations have a keen interest in state and local laws and how they affect their self-governance. CAI’s state legislative action committees provide invaluable services by working with legislators and other government officials to craft reasonable laws and regulations for community association stakeholders. The federal government also impacts community associations. CAI members who serve, devote time, expertise,…

Regulating Home Businesses in Community Associations

Many Americans have turned to side hustles or completely changed how and where their brick-and-mortar business operates during the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the country, a growing number of pet groomers, hair stylists, fitness instructors, daycare workers, and entrepreneurs have set up home businesses, posing a challenge to community association restrictions. Generally, community associations have the right…