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Condominium and community associations: File or else (HI)

Every day we hear about “nonprofit organizations.” But some of us might not know that there are different flavors of nonprofits with different consequences. Our focus will be on homeowners’ and community associations.    Read the article…………..

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CAI Best Practices: Ethics

Simply put, when someone is employing ethics, he or she recognizes what is right and what is wrong and is choosing to do the right thing; however, as a great deal of business ethics literature will attest, “the right thing”

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CAI’s Guide to FHA Certification

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) plays a major in role in housing finance through its Condominium Mortgage Insurance Program. FHA issued regulatory guidance to set standards condominium associations must meet for a

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High Risk Fixtures

What is a high risk fixture? Any part or appliance determined as an item at high risk for failure. This would include: kitchen and bathroom faucets, water supply lines (including the ice maker and refrigerated water line), hot water heaters,

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Couple settles lawsuit against condo association for $1.2M (HI)

A Molokai couple who accused their condo association and individual directors of harassing and intimidating them for trying to get new leaders elected to the board have settled their lawsuit against the association for about $1.2 million.     Read more…..

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From Good to Great: Principles for Community Association Success

Every community has its own history, personality, attributes and challenges, but all associations share common characteristics and core  principles. Good associations  preserve the character of  their communities, protect  property values and meet  the established expectations of homeowners. Great  associations also

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Duty to Defend Claims Related to Hurricane Damage Despite Property Damage Exclusion (HI)

The District Court determined there was a duty to defend directors under a Not for Profit Organizations insurance policy in one of three lawsuits filed against the insureds. Landing Council of Co-Owners v. Fed. Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS

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Hawaii: Bill aims to ban smoking in condo, apartment units

Apartment owners who smoke may be forced to quit. Condos could soon have the power to ban smoking. It’s not just in commercial areas, but inside individual units, too.  Read More……

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Introduction to Community Association Living

Community Volunteer Leadership Development Program Community volunteer leaders and members can maximize the benefits of community association living by better understanding the history, purpose, and function of community associations. One way to do so is by participating in the Center

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Governance Guidelines

There are basic expectations that apply to virtually any common-interest community. With this in mind, the Center for Community Association Volunteers developed the Community Association Governance Guidelines – 12 principles that can help association board members increase harmony, reduce conflict

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Rights & Responsibilities for Better Communities

More than a destination at the end of the day, a community is a place people want to call home and where they feel at home. This goal is best achieved when homeowners, non-owner residents and association leaders recognize and

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Community Association Fundamentals

Each common-interest community has its own history, personality, attributes and challenges, but all associations share common characteristics and core principles. CAI developed the Community Association Fundamentals to foster a better conceptual understanding of how associations function and the roles of

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Model Code of Ethics for Community Association Board Members

This model code of ethics is not meant to address every potential ethical dilemma encountered by a community association board member, but is offered as a basic framework that can be modified and adopted by any common-interest community.    Read

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So Now You’re On the Board

The first steps to superior board performance are clarifying your board’s job and then following through with appropriate plans, actions and evaluation of results. The checklists presented here are intended to assist you in those tasks. They cover a significant

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