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July 2019 CAI@Home

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

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eNSURE A SAFE SUMMER FOR YOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
LET YOUR RESIDENTS KNOW HOW THEY CAN PROTECT THEIR HOME.

01CAHMa19600x400HurricanePrep.jpg 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! ​

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BREAKING NEWS
NOT ALL PR IS GOOD PR.

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:

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  • Identify a spokesperson and train him or her on stock responses. Having fact sheets about your community association also helps.
  • ​Be accessible to media inquiries and develop working relationships with journalists.
  • Be transparent about association operations with residents by promoting good news and initiatives.
  • Consult with your attorney or refer requests directly to him or her when confronted with a major issue.


>>Read examples of how other community associations are applying these tips here. ​



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WHAT RESIDENTS SHOULD KNOW BEFORE THEY RENT THEIR HOME
IF IT'S EVEN ALLOWED.

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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.

  1. Provide your tenants with copies of association rules
    Explain to your tenants that living in a community association is very different from living in a rental apartment community.
  2. Ensure that tenants comply with association rules. 
    The board can assist you in this area, but the responsibility lies with you.
  3. Advise tenants on the proper use of association facilities. 
    Provide your tenants with rules regarding community amenities.
  4. Use a written lease agreement, and make sure it requires tenants to comply with all association governing documents
    In the event your tenant fails to comply with these documents, the association may pursue legal action against the tenant, and possibly against you.
  5. Provide the association with contact information for your tenants. If you're a renter and don't have a copy of the association rules or if you'd like more information about the association, contact a board member or manager.

This article was originally featured in HOAresources.com.

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constituents in your community
your summer event guest list just got longer​.

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Hosting an event, such as an ice cream social or summer BBQ? Add your elected officials to the guest list. CAI can help you make that happen through our annual advocacy campaign, Constituents in Your Communities.

Your elected officials want to hear from you about why community associations are a great housing model and how they can protect and strengthen homeowners associations, condominiums, and housing cooperatives.

By hosting your elected officials, you can move the needle on the issues most important to you.

Fill out the form at www.caionline.org/HostYourLegislator, and we'll handle the rest!

Contact the CAI Government and Public Affairs team at government@caionline.org for any additional help or information. ​


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​You have until June 30 to ​get 20% off your entire purchase! Use the coupon code on the catalog's cover.

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sOLD OUT TITLES NOW RESTOCKED​.

CAI Annual Conference & Exposition attendees were wowed by keynote speakers Linda Kaplan Thaler and Peter Sheahan, and their books flew off the shelves. We believe in second chances, so here's your opportunity to order our refreshed inventory of The Power of Nice and Matter 

Empower your community and empower your business with these books. Then have a laugh with The Pinball Lawyer, the newest novel from CAI attorney Marv Nodiff.​

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH CAI
by serving on a membership representation group.

Help ensure that CAI is meeting member needs by nominating yourself to be on a membership representation group by July 15. There are 15 open positions. Make sure you're a candidate for one of them! [Apply Here​]


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WEBINAR: FINDING HAPPINESS: THE KEY TO FUEL SUCCESS AND PERFORMANCE AT WORK ​
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 | 2-3 P.M. ET

Studies show that if we are positive, our brains become more engaged and productive at work. Happiness offers leaders the means to meet challenges with clarity​. ​Learn how to find and leverage joy. ​[Register here]​​



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LARGE-SCALE MANAGERS WORKSHOP
SEPT. 11-14 | SUGAR LAND, tEXAS 

Large-scale managers will gather to share their best ideas and practices, garner new information at specialized education sessions, and experience hands-on tours at multiple communities. [Register here]

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CEO-MC RETREAT
OCT.​ 2-5 | LA QUINTA, CALIF. 

T​he CEO-MC Retreat is the premier executive education program for CEOs and senior executives in community association management compan​​ies. Network and learn from top leaders and those grooming to become them. [Re​gister here]

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CAI 2019 ADVOCACY SUMMIT
OCT. 23 | WASHINGTON, D.C.

Let your voice be heard on Capitol Hill. Attend the Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., ​on Oct. 23. Meet with your members of Congress and their staff to advocate for the 70 million Americans living and working in community associations. [Re​gister here]



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