Avoiding the Courthouse: Using ADR and Common Sense to Resolve Community Association Disputes

Avoiding the Courthouse: Using ADR and Common Sense to Resolve Community Association Disputes By Margey Meyer, CMCA, PCAM President, CADRExperts, LLC Community Association Dispute Resolution Experts www.CADRExperts.com A homeowner paints her mailbox pink to support breast cancer awareness. Parents construct a playhouse in their backyard to help their disabled child. A veteran installs an American flag in his front yard. An environmentally- and cost-conscious owner installs solar panels on her roof. A renter nails a small religious object on the front door frame of her condominium unit. An owner starts construction on an outbuilding similar to a neighbor’s without first obtaining board approval. The spouse of a soldier serving in… Read More

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Non-Compete Agreements in the World of Community Association Management

Non-compete agreements increasingly have become the topic du jour among both CEOs of community association management companies and community managers. CEOs feel that such agreements are essential to protect their respective company’s client base, financial viability, intellectual property and confidential information from predatory practices of former employees. At the same time, CEOs and associations want to be able to hire the most qualified managers who best fit the company’s or community’s culture, without hiring restrictions imposed by non-compete agreements. Managers feel that non-compete agreements limit their options to earn a living. Is this a black-and-white issue, or is there a middle ground that protects both manager and management company? This… Read More

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Volunteers R.O.C.K.!

Volunteers R.O.C.K.! Rally to Optimize Community Karma By Margey Meyer, CMCA, PCAM President and CEO, CADRExperts LLC Community Association Dispute Resolution Experts “Common areas do not automatically create a sense of community. Nurturing the community spirit is probably the greatest challenge facing community associations today.”—CLIFFORD TREESE, CPCU, ARM, CIRMS and community association guru extraordinaire So, how can an association nurture community spirit? Through its volunteers! This article will offer a few thoughts on how to encourage volunteerism and some ideas on fostering community spirit. First, the basics. If you’re a manager fortunate enough to work with a developer when the community is but a gleam in his or her eye,… Read More

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