New Essential Guide for HOA and Condo Leaders

By Kiara Candelaria
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Homeowners often choose to live in a community association because of its amenities, affordable and convenient services, preserved property values, and a sense of community. Many new homeowners, however, don’t understand how the association functions, which can challenge expectations and cause misunderstandings.

Community Association Living: An Essential Guide for Homeowner Leaders is a newly published resource from CAI indispensable for board members and residents of community associations around the world to help them learn how communities are organized, governed, and managed.

Anyone who lives, works, or participates in a homeowners association, condominium community, or a housing cooperative must have a clear understanding about the business of associations. The guide also gives homeowner leaders, volunteers, and residents a perspective on developing and maintaining a cohesive, supportive society so that everyone can fully benefit from community association living.

The guide is divided into 10 main sections that cover crucial information about community associations. These include:

  • Definition of a community association, its purpose, and common terminology
  • The three different kinds of community associations
  • Sources from which associations derive their legal authority and how federal, state, and local laws affect community associations
  • Types of governing documents, as well as their purpose, importance, and differences
  • Major components of a community association, such as rules, regulations, and assessments
  • Fundamentals of governance, including relevant resources for homeowner leaders
  • Ways to manage a community association based on its needs
  • Detailed rights and responsibilities of owners
  • Promoting civility and effective conversations
  • Initiatives to build community spirit and activities to increase resident involvement

Discussion questions at the end of the guide will help readers develop a better understanding of how their community operates. There also is an overview of available resources from CAI, the Community Association Managers International Certification Board, and the Foundation for Community Association Research to help board members, volunteers, and residents obtain practical knowledge and insights, best practices, tools, education, and other information to help them lead their communities effectively.

“Community associations are examples of self-governance at the most local level,” says Janet L. Newcomb, chair of CAI’s Homeowner Leader Council. “The best communities have highly engaged members who elect responsible and effective leaders to make important decisions for their community. This publication and CAI education are superb resources for anyone seeking understanding and best practices for common-interest developments.”

Community Association Living: An Essential Guide for Homeowner Leaders serves as an introduction for residents to gain a better understanding about their preferred place to call home and make their community association living experience a positive one.

Community Association Living is proudly sponsored by ClickPay and Pinnacle Financial Partners.

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Kiara Candelaria

Kiara Candelaria is associate editor for CAI’s print and digital publications.