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The Wisconsin Supreme Court, in an opinion released last Friday, issued an opinion which affirms the validity of rental restrictions included in a community association’s bylaws, as opposed to the association’s declaration. Several courts around the country have dealt with this issue in the past several years, with opinions coming down on both sides of

The Community Associations Institute (CAI)’s Center for Community Association Volunteers (CCAV) developed the Community Association Governance Guidelines (PDF)—12 principles that can help homeowner volunteer leaders build better communities.ANNUAL MEETINGS. Conduct at least one membership meeting annually, providing at least two weeks notice to homeowners and more than two weeks if specified in the governing documents

The National Wildlife Foundation has a program through which communities can create, and then receive recognition as, a certified Community Wildlife Habitat.Here’s how they describe a Community Wildlife Habitat:A Community Wildlife Habitat is a community that provides habitat for wildlife throughout the community–in individual backyards, on school grounds and in public areas such as parks,

Or at least seriously consider adding this, or something similar, to your declaration. The language below was recently upheld by the Georgia Supreme Court, which upheld the provision in protecting an association from a lawsuit filed by an owner.The Declaration provided, in pertinent part:From the time that the common area, or any portion thereof, is

The Foundation for Community Association Research, a non-profit research affiliate of the Community Associations Institute, released a book earlier this year on association security. Here’s info from the CAI press release:The Foundation for Community Association Research has published Community Security, a 50-page resource that associations can use to determine their security obligations and