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Community Associations Institute (CAI) supports legally sound, fair and equitable rules development and enforcement procedures in community associations, according to the following principles:
The community association form of housing results in unique legal and social interdependence among property owners and residents recognizing that the governing documents form a contract between each purchaser and the association. The characteristics of shared property ownership and mutual governing responsibilities create the need for rules and regulations dealing with both property rights and standards of personal conduct.
The long-term operation and social success of a community association is heavily dependent upon a rules making and rules enforcement process that operates in the best interest of the community and guarantees fair and consistent treatment of all residents. The rules enforcement process must be presented in a manner that ensures that the participants are well-informed concerning their procedural rights and obligations and must be based on sound legal authority, principles and practices as guided both by statute and applicable court decisions. If challenges are anticipated or encountered, the governing board may need to consult legal counsel to minimize unforeseen consequences.