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Is Conciliation Court An Option For Your HOA Board?

Many homeowners are delinquent on their assessment accounts. Should you sue them and risk spending additional money or perhaps ignore your obligation to attempt to collect the assessments? Will you hire legal counsel and incur more fees? For any claim

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55+ Living — Are you safe?

You were semi-retired or thinking about retiring. You wanted to downsize for your retirement years. You and your spouse sold your house and purchased a condominium in the Twin Cities. You moved to this building because it was advertized as

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Regulating Fun: Can an Association Prevent Children From Playing Outdoors?

In July of 2011, the Greenbrier Village Homeowner’s Association of Minnetonka adopted rules and regulations which banned playing, picnicking, and sunbathing on lawns, sidewalks, landscaped areas, and parking areas. The rules also prohibited riding bikes, scooters, rollerblades, skateboards, and more

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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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Is Conciliation Court An Option For Your HOA Board?

Many homeowners are delinquent on their assessment accounts. Should you sue them and risk spending additional money or perhaps ignore your obligation to attempt to collect the assessments? Will you hire legal counsel and incur more fees? For any claim

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Regulating Fun: Can an Association Prevent Children From Playing Outdoors? (MN)

In July of 2011, the Greenbrier Village Homeowner’s Association of Minnetonka adopted rules and regulations which banned playing, picnicking, and sunbathing on lawns, sidewalks, landscaped areas, and parking areas. The rules also prohibited riding bikes, scooters, rollerblades, skateboards, and 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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Condo, Townhome and HOA Association Liens in Minnesota

In Minnesota, if you have unpaid condominium or townhome association assessments—which are often called “HOAs”—these unpaid amounts operate automatically as a lien on the property under Minnesota Statute § 515B.3-116(a), which is part of the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act.

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Running your association like a successful business

Whether you are a brand new board member serving for the first time or a seasoned veteran or property manager, you need to understand one very simple but vital concept about your community association – it is a business and

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Community associations – using tools of technology: a cautionary tale

It comes as no surprise that some tools of technology and communication have made our lives easier in many respects. However, the use of blogs, e-bulletin boards, group e-mail accounts, etc., by homeowners associations can also pose certain risks that

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HUD charges MN condo assn & mgmt with discrimination against families with child

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging the homeowner association and property managers for an Edina, MN, condominium building with housing discrimination. HUD claims that they refused to allow children under the

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Cat in condo? OK. Companion dog? No way

The age-old question of which is better, cats or dogs, has landed in federal court in Minneapolis. The unusual issue has provoked a big legal fight between a disabled Minneapolis woman and the board overseeing a condominium where she’s been

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HUD charges MN management co. with discriminating against families with children

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging a Minnetonka, MN, condominium association and its management company, Gassen Company, Inc., with violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against families with children under

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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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