Welcome to the July 2019 issue of CAI’s e-newsletter!
Encourage your residents to take a few simple steps like the ones below before they travel during the summer. These steps can go a long way in keeping theft and vandalism out of the community.
Know your neighbors. You'll get a better idea of who lives in your community and if they've noticed anything suspicious. Ask someone to stop by your home and check on things while you're away.
Leave the light on. Not only does a front porch light signal that someone's home, it also makes it harder for intruders to hide among the shadows. If you see any street lights that are burnt out, let the community know as soon as possible so it can replace them.
Lock up. If you want to keep unwanted guests out, don't make your home inviting. Even when you're around, it's best to keep all gates, doors, windows, and garages closed and locked.
Put on your walking shoes. The more familiar you are with your neighborhood, the quicker you can spot anything unusual. Also, when more residents regularly walk around the community, it can help scare off any potential criminals who are afraid of getting caught in the act.
Clean it up. Picking up litter, removing graffiti, and keeping greenery trimmed not only makes the community look better, but it also sends the message that residents are diligent about keeping the neighborhood a respectable and safe place to live.
See something, say something. If you notice a crime, regardless of how small the incident may seem, notify association security and the police immediately. Of course, only call 911 if it is an emergency; otherwise, contact the police on a non-emergency line.
Have a safe and enjoyable summer!
You can ward off many possible public relations problems at the beginning by clearly communicating with residents, particularly when there are assessment increases or rule changes. Use these tips, derived from
Common Ground magazine's “Breaking News" article:
>>Read examples of how other community associations are applying these tips
If your community allows rentals and residents are thinking of making their home available, you can make the experience successful for everyone by helping residents and tenants understand their responsibilities. This will help preserve your property value and maintain the association's property value. Share the guidance below.
Before you make your home available for rentals, be sure to check your association rules and local laws. Some communities and municipalities prohibit rentals or may regulate the terms. You also should contact your homeowner's insurance carrier to be sure you're covered for any incidents related to rentals.
Assuming all checks out, follow the simple steps below to ensure you, the tenants, and the association all have a positive experience.
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By hosting your elected officials, you can move the needle on the issues most important to you.
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