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/ Owner - June 29, 2012
  • Iowa Supreme Court Brings Common Sense to the Emotional Support Animal Issue
    The Supreme Court of Iowa came out with a big decision regarding emotional support animal law that I’m hoping Florida eventually follows as well. Karen Cohen vs. David Clark And 2800-1 LLC. This case involves a tenant with pet allergies who deliberately moved into an apartment building due to its no-pets policy. However, later on, a neighboring tenant sought a waiver of the no-pets policy for his emotional support dog, and the landlord didn’t want to say no and get sued. As a result, the landlord tried to accommodate both of them.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Emotional support dog didn’t have priority over tenant with allergies, state supreme court says
    The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a no-pets building in Iowa City, Iowa, should not have allowed a new tenant to have an emotional support dog after an objection by another tenant with severe allergies.  The court ruled 4-3 for tenant Karen Cohen in her lawsuit for breach of her lease’s no-pets provision and interference with the “quiet enjoyment” of her property.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Requirements for weep holes
    Question: I live in a homeowners association. The president has decided to have someone come and drill weep holes in our structure right at the brick ledge area of the slab.  I had asked him about insects/termites getting in them now. I have not received an answer. Should we put hemp or cotton rope in the holes now?  Read more……..
  • 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” is not always straightforward. For example, most ethical dilemmas in the workplace are not simply questions of “Should Bob steal from Jack?” or “Should Jack lie to his boss?”
  • 2014 Legislative Update Part 3 (IA)
    The 2014 session of the Iowa General Assembly brought a few changes to the real estate practice in Iowa. This series of posts will focus on the bills that passed and a few that did not.     Read more……..
  • 2014 Legislative Update Part 2 (IA)
    The 2014 session of the Iowa General Assembly brought a few changes to the real estate practice in Iowa. This series of posts will focus on the bills that passed and a few that did not.    Read more…….
  • 2014 Legislative Update Part 1 (IA)
    The 2014 session of the Iowa General Assembly brought a few changes to the real estate practice in Iowa. This series of posts will focus on the bills that passed and a few that did not.   Read more……..
  • Transition
    Transition
  • Strategic Planning
    Strategic Planning
  • Reserve Studies/Management
    Reserve Studies/Management
  • Green Communities
    Green Communities
  • Governance
    Governance
  • Community Security
    Community Security
  • Financial Operations
    Financial Operations
  • Energy Efficiency
    Energy Efficiency
  • Community Harmony & Spirit
    Community Harmony & Spirit
  • 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 cultivate  a true sense of community,  promote active homeowner  involvement and create a  culture of informed consensus.
  • Iowa – Common interest redux
    The common interest ownership bill may have some life left in it. Representatives Isenhart (D-Dubuque) and Highfill (R-Polk) have filed House File 122. This bill is essentially the same as the bill that the House Judiciary Committee approved in the last session.   Read More……
  • 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 for Community Association Volunteers’ (CCAV) Community Volunteer Leadership Development Program – offered online or by local CAI chapters.    Read more…….
  • 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 number of your responsibilities. The checklists will apply to virtually any association. To use them, simply modify or delete items as appropriate. http://communityassociations.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/so_now_youre_on_the_board.pdf  
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