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February 2019 CAI@Home


Welcome to the February 2019 issue of CAI’s e-newsletter!  


car charging and your community
a new policy that meets new demands.

01CAHFeb19ElecVehicles600px.jpgElectric vehicles' popularity is picking up as their inventory increases and as goals to limit carbon dioxide emissions are set. Some states are considering laws that prohibit community associations from preventing the installation of electric vehicle charging stations, and many newly-developed properties already include them. CAI supports legislation and policies that adhere to the following standards:

  • Recognize the core principle of self-governance and co-ownership of common property of the community association housing model. 

  • Permit the association to enact reasonable rules and regulations concerning the costs, installation, maintenance, and removal of a charging station.

  • Incentivize associations to provide for electric vehicle charging but allows for the unique needs and the ability of each association to best determine the most efficient method to provide for these needs.

  • Respect the financial capability of associations to provide for charging stations and allow associations to equitably allocate costs of charging stations to those who benefit. 

  • Permit a governing board or an architectural committee to review a written request by a unit owner for the installation of a charging station at a regularly occurring meeting or through the association's normal approval process.

  • Permit the association to impose reasonable charges to recover the costs of the review and permitting of the station.

  • Render the benefitted unit owners responsible for all costs associated with the installation, use, maintenance, and removal of the charging station. 

>>Visit for a full list of CAI's public policies. Learn more about electric vehicle charging stations' background, parking space accommodations, and overall policy here


Your board's top three tasks
and how they make a community great.

02CAHFeb19BoardResponsibilities600px.jpgCREATE AND ENFORCE RULES

The board is looking out for the greater good of the community and therefore sets and enforces rules to support that overall goal. Residents can raise concerns about rules at open board meetings.

The board is a guardian for the association's finances and collecting assessments is how they ensure the association remains stable. Assessments pay for reserve funds, repairs, and resident-used areas and amenities.

The board finds and hires professionals who help better the association, including managers, attorneys, reserve providers, etc. 

All in all, the more people we have looking out for our associations, the stronger they will be.  


Seven ways to be heard at your next condo or hoa meeting
Speak at your homeowner forum or forever hold your peace.


Act professionally. A board meeting is essentially a corporate business meeting. 

Sign in. You'll be called in the order you entered and able to provide more contact information.
Be productive. Identify solutions.
Leave emotions aside. Refrain from public comments if you're feeling particularly upset about an issue.
Take your turn. Only one person may speak at a time.
Keep it brief. Each person will be allowed to speak no more than five minutes.
Be patient. The board may not be able to solve your problems on the spot but should before or at the next meeting.

These tips can be used in all areas of your professional and personal life. Start putting them to use now.


what does a community association manager do?
and what are they not hired to do?

The manager is trained to deal with conflict. He or she typically won’t get involved in quarrels you might be having with a neighbor.
The manager is an advisor to the board. He or she is not a board member.
The manager is available to residents. It’s best to call and arrange a meeting.
The manager answers questions. Residents are encouraged to read the newsletter or check the association website or bulletin board first.
The manager is responsible for monitoring contractors’ performance. A manager does not supervise them.
The manager inspects the community regularly. Even an experienced manager won’t catch everything. If you know of a maintenance issue, report it.
The manager does not set policies. A manager follows policies set by the board.
The manager has a broad range of expertise. However, he or she is not a consultant to residents.
The manager is a great resource. However, he or she is not available 24/7 except for emergencies.

These guidelines were originally featured in our blog, Ungated. Read it here and subscribe today!




relationships are hard
mingle more with your professional partners.


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register for community now: cai's 2019 annual conference & expo
may 1518, 2019 | orlando, fla

>>Register Now!


cai reaches membership milestone
more than 40,000 members and counting!

07CAHFeb19MemMilestone600px.jpgThe membership increase is a significant gain following the Oct. 1, 2017, announcement of CAI's new membership dues restructure plan for the Homeowner Leader membership type. Under the new structure, community associations have the opportunity to sign up to 15 board members for only $250. Prior to the change, CAI membership totaled 34,555. CAI's overall membership has experienced a 14 percent increase and a 34 percent increase for homeowner leaders over the past year-and-a-half.  
>>Read the official statement here.


Ccal announces recipient of lifetime achievement award

08CAHFeb19RonPerl600px.jpgRonald L. Perl, partner-in-charge of Hill Wallack's community associations and eminent domain practice groups in Princeton, N.J., has been awarded the Don Buck Lifetime Contribution Award, the most prestigious honor given by the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL).

The award recognizes attorneys who exhibit exceptional leadership in the field of community association law.

For the past 40 years, Perl has devoted his career to the community association industry and to CAI. He served as president of the New Jersey chapter in 1986 and president of CAI National in 2007. Perl was inducted as a CCAL fellow in 1994. In addition, he served as president of the Foundation for Community Association Research, member of the New Jersey Political Action Committee, and commissioner on the Community Association Managers International Certification Board. He has chaired CAI's Government and Public Affairs Committee, the Federal Legislative Action Committee, and the national Business Partners Council.


MARCH webinar


March 20, 2–3 p.m. ET

Learn how managers and association leaders can work together to create a plan for community residents who are aging in place.
>>Register here.


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