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Sep 22, 2017 Podcast: Five Terms that are Key to Successful ADR
Community Associations Institute is pleased to offer the second in a three part Community Matters podcast series on Alternative Dispute Resolution.  In the first episode, we answered the questions "What is ADR?" This episode covers the five term...
Sep 8, 2017 Podcast: Alternative Dispute Resolution - The Basics of ADR
 Community Associations Institute is pleased to offer the first in a three part Community Matters podcast series on Alternative Dispute Resolution.  In this first episode, we will addres several basic questions - what is ADR, and what are t...
Aug 29, 2017 CAI Helps to Overturn Errors in HOA Case
CAI HELPS TO OVERTURN ERRORS IN HOA CASE Gregory D. Malaska, Esq. | Young & HarosOn May 25, 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued rulings in the case of Starling v. Lake Meade Property Owners Association, reversing a decision of the Pennsyl...
Aug 25, 2017 No Right to Withhold Assessment Payments
No Right to Withhold Assessment PaymentsStefan Richter, Esq. CCAL & Josephine Lee, Esq.Clemons Richter & Reiss, P.C.  Unit owners occasionally threaten to “escrow” assessments, and wrongfully assume that if they are not satis...
Aug 11, 2017 Podcast: What You Need to Know About Community Association Governing Documents
In this episode of Community Matters podcast, we discuss the documents that every community association in Pennsylvania is governed by, including the Declaration of Covenants, the bylaws of the association and rules and regulations. We discuss the hierarc...
Aug 10, 2017 Prevent Invasive Plant Species Growth with Wetland Management
Prevent Invasive Plant Species Growth with Wetland ManagementWritten by the SOLitude Lake Management TeamWetlands are unique, natural ecosystems that contain a wealth of plant, animal, insect and resource diversity. In fact, the biological variety in...
Jul 27, 2017 Podcast: The Top 5 Directors & Officers Liability Issues and How to Avoid Claims
In this episode of Community Matters podcast, Angela Costigan, Esq., with the Law Firm of Costigan & Costigan addresses the most frequently litigated Directors and Officers Liability issues, and offers tips on how to avoid claims on these issues,...
Jul 26, 2017 CAI Community Matters Podcasts Now on iTunes & Google Play!
We're pleased to announce that CAI's Community Matters podcasts are now available to download from both Apple's iTunes store (for iPhone users) and the Google Play store (for Android phone users). You can either download single episodes or subscribe ...
Jul 26, 2017 Grubs in Your Grass
      Lawn care and maintenance is on the fore front of many people’s mind at this time of year.  There are many factors that can contribute to the decline of a lawn’s health, from drought to lack of proper f...
Jul 21, 2017 Your Community is NOT Eligible For Disaster Relief
Did you know that if a natural disaster strikes your community association your neighborhood WILL NOT qualify for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance? This has potentially devastating effects on communities.Major natural disasters q...
Jul 21, 2017 Congress in your community
Are you hosting an event in your community this summer or fall? Perhaps an outdoor movie, ice-cream social, BBQ, back-to-school bash, or another event?How great would it be to have your Member of Congress show up to your event?  CAI can help mak...
Jul 19, 2017 Regarding the Radburn: New Law Enhances Voting Participation Rights in New Jersey Community Associations
by Jonathan Katz, Esq. | Hill Wallack, LLPThis article originally appeared on Hill Wallack, LLP's Condominium and HOA Law Blog and is reprinted by permission of the author.  On July 13, 2017, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law P....
Jul 13, 2017 Podcast: Medical Marijuana's Impact on Community Associations
Community associations have long dealt with the issue of cigarette and other types of smoking, but does medical marijuana require new ways of thinking for community association managers and elected leaders?...
Jul 13, 2017 On the Air with CAI
  The Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter of CAI is constantly looking for exciting new ways to bring you the information and resources you expect and deserve as a CAI member. We've had great success with our immensely popular and award-...
Jul 11, 2017 (Is Your A/C) Full of Hot Air?
So your A/C is blowing warm air? That’s not an uncommon problem, so we have compiled a list of the most frequent causes and solutions to this issue below! Remember not to try and fix anything you aren’t comfortable with, you could always ...
Jun 27, 2017 Podcast: Records Retention for Community Associations
One of the questions we often get from condominium and homeowner association volunteer leaders and property managers has to do with records retention. That will be the focus for this episode of CAI’s podcast – we’ll be talking about documents such a...
Jun 12, 2017 Podcast: Efficient & Effective Association Meetings
Community association board and committee meetings can be dreadful for all those involved. Meetings typically run long, homeowners tend to vent on issues not on the agenda, and sometimes little is accomplished. But this does not need to be the case. ...
Jun 1, 2017 5 Essentials for Hosting an Engaging Summer Block Party
 This article originally appeared on AssociaOnline.com’s Living Better Blog and is reprinted with permission. With the weather warming up and kids out of school, summer is the perfect time for some outdoor fun. Hosting a block party i...
May 19, 2017 Podcast: Why Your Community Association Needs a Reserve Study
 In this episode of CAI's Community Associations Podcast, we talk with John Hershey, founder of J. Hershey Architecture Inc., about the purpose of a reserve study and why community associations of all sizes and types should have a regularly upda...
May 10, 2017 Cool Trends: Low Slope White Roofs
Replacement of Dark Roofs with Low Slope White Roofs – How to Avoid Problematic Building PerformanceM. Edward Wrenn & Alyssa Berman | Berman & Wright Architecture, Engineering & Planning, LLC  Overview and BackgroundLow sl...
May 2, 2017 Podcast: May and June CAI Event Highlights with Guest Host Michael Shaw
Spend a few minutes with CAI! This short edition of CampisiCast, our monthly podcast from CAI's Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter Executive Director Tony Campisi, features guest host Michael Shaw as he highlights upcoming chapter programs...
Apr 28, 2017 Podcast: Sometimes Rentals Work FOR Community Associations
One of the topics that confound community associations and their boards is what to do about renters. Many times, the question is what can be done to limit them, prohibit them or somehow control them. However, in the right circumstances, possession ...
Apr 27, 2017 Engineering a Successful Spring
Engineering a Successful Spring:What You Need to Do to keep Your Community Association Running Smoothly This SpringThe robins have started to appear, daffodils are springing up out of the dirt and April showers bring … clogged catch basins. Uh-...
Apr 11, 2017 SOLitude Lake Management's The Stages of Lake and Pond Succession
The Stages of Lake and Pond SuccessionPaul ContiEnvironmental Scientist & Industry ExpertSOLitude Lake Management Like any ecosystem, lakes and ponds naturally change over time through succession. As many outside inputs accumulate, chan...
Apr 10, 2017 Podcast: Social Media Issues for Employers
The continuing growth of social media has created an array of pitfalls and challenges for employers, including community associations. Hiring decisions have been complicated because of publicly available information on social media, employees are usi...
Apr 7, 2017 Podcast: Project Management
If your condo or community association is starting a capital improvement project, you want the job done right. Hiring the right professionals can mean the difference between happy residents and a satisfied board of directors and a disaster. In this...
Apr 3, 2017 Podcast: Fiduciary Duty for Community Associations
In this episode of CAI's Podcast, we will be talking about the important topic of fiduciary duty and what it means in the context of your condominium, cooperative or homeowner association. This is an important legal and financial term for elected b...
Mar 31, 2017 Spring: It’s Time for Inspection
Spring: It's Time for Inspectioncourtesy of CAI Diamond Partner Lemus Construction & Roofing Spring is here — and it’s time to head out to relax on the deck, take a swing on the tennis courts…and make an inspection tour of ...
Mar 28, 2017 CAI Profiled in Suburban Life
CAI is the subject of a cover story and profile in the March, 2017 issue of Suburban Life magazine, distributed to over 40,000 homes in Philadelphia and its suburban counties. CAI staff were interviewed and photographed (with the exception of Anne Ya...
Feb 28, 2017 Don't End Up Swimming with the Sharks
 Many of us that work with community associations are thanking the weather gods for a mild winter season this year. While it is always nice to see one significant snowfall each year (and for the kids to get a snow day!), I don’t think I am...
Feb 24, 2017 Don't Be Fooled By The Warm Weather - Winter Isn't Over!
  SNOW & ICE REMOVAL: IMPORTANT COURT OPINION FOR CONDO & COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS (IN NEW JERSEY) It's hard to tell by walking outside today, when the temperatures are in the mid-seventies despite it being late February, but win...
Feb 24, 2017 Social Media in Your Community Association
It’s 2017, and it’s safe to say that there’s no avoiding social media use these days whether it is for personal use, commercial use or even for the benefit of a Community Association.   So just how should your Association be...
Jan 27, 2017 The Top Three Insurance Resolutions for Property Managers in 2017
The Top Three Insurance Resolutions for Property Managers in 2017 By Caesar Mistretta, Vice President, New Business Development, HUB International Northeast and Guy Gioino, Senior Vice President &  Risk Services Leader, HUB Internationa...
Jan 13, 2017 Legal Brief: Logan's Reserve HOA v. McCabe
PA COMMONWEALTH COURT HOLDS THAT OWNERS ARE PROHIBITED FROM WITHHOLDING PAYMENT OF COMMON EXPENSE ASSESSMENTS UNDER UNIFORM PLANNED COMMUNITY ACT.On January 4, 2017, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court confirmed that the Uniform Planned Community Act...
Dec 29, 2016 Winter Safety Tips
During the winter holiday season, newspapers are filled with stories about happy families, generosity, and communities coming together. Unfortunately, they are also punctuated with stories about tragedies, including devastating fires.Residential comm...
Nov 30, 2016 Meet eBid: CAI's online RFP system
eBid is CAI’s brand new online Request for Proposal (RFP) system and it’s scheduled to launch in late 2016 / early 2017. This members only benefit is a great new way for business partners to build their business. Here’s how it ...
Nov 17, 2016 Tenant Criminal Background Checks and Your Association
 Does your association require landlords to check a potential tenant’s criminal background?We all want to live in a safe environment and what is more important than knowing your neighbors are law-abiding citizens? To achieve this, many ass...
Nov 1, 2016 Four Ways to Set a Decoration Policy Without Ruining the Holiday Party
Four Ways to Set a Decoration Policy Without Ruining the Holiday Party Jorge I. Acosta, LCAM USI Insurance People decorate for everything these days – from Valentine’s Day to the patriotic celebrations of summer and on to the fa...
Sep 28, 2016 An Ounce of Prevention...Preventative Maintenance
 Summer’s heat has faded away, and before you know it, winter’s icy blasts will arrive. These comfortable days of autumn provide the perfect opportunity to put the familiar “ounce of prevention” adage into practice. ...
Aug 12, 2016 Share Your Knowledge; Reap the Benefits
Membership with Community Associations Institute offers myriad opportunities for business partners to increase brand awareness within the association. From sponsoring educational sessions and seminars to attending networking events like CAI’s A...
Aug 1, 2016 Summer Mosquito Prevention
What you need to know about mosquito prevention this summer Jennifer Brumfield, Training and Technical Specialist, Western Pest ServicesBy now, you’ve probably seen or heard that mosquitoes are making international headlines again, this ti...
Jul 25, 2016 Brace Yourself: Responding to a Natural Disaster
It's every community association's worst nightmare but sometimes natural disasters happen. If your property has been damaged in a natural disaster—hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake or fire—there are some important steps you can take i...
Jun 22, 2016 Stay Safe in the Storm
Warm weather usually means fun in the sun, but summer heat also can bring severe weather. Threatening thunderstorms often loom large on summer afternoons so it’s important to be prepared for downpours and accompanying lightning, which can strik...
Jun 3, 2016 Pike County Verdict Upholds the Importance of a Proper Election Process
Gregory D. Malaska, Esq. | Young & Haros, LLCOne of CAI’s goals, both nationally and locally, is to improve the operation of our constituent community associations.  This effort has several core components, three of which are transpare...
Feb 9, 2016 Protecting Your Pavement After the Snow Arrives
On January 22, @ Home with CAI featured a blog post from Mike Burkholder with Asphalt Consultants entitled, "Preventative Winter Maintenance for Asphalt Pavements". To read that post, please click here. Now, Mike Burkholder with Asphalt Consulta...
Feb 1, 2016 Winter Plumbing Tips
This post courtesy of CAI Business Partner member Klausmair Construction. For more information, please contact Klausmair Construction at:Address: 3543 Marietta Avenue, Suite C, Lancaster, PA 17601Phone: (717) 522-1019Web: www.klausmairconstruction.co...
Jan 25, 2016 Snowy Rooftops - A Potentially Dangerous and Expensive Problem
This post is courtesy of CAI Diamond Partner The Falcon Group: Engineering, Architecture & Energy Consultants. For more information, visit The Falcon Group online at: www.falconengineering.com or e-mail them at: info@falconeng...
Jan 22, 2016 Preventative Winter Maintenance for Asphalt Pavements
Preventative Winter Maintenance for Asphalt PavementsEventually, even the best paved surfaces will slowly start to deteriorate due to the sun, weather conditions and the stresses created by the vehicles using them. The sun naturally breaks down petro...
Jan 21, 2016 Storm Warning! Be prepared for the coming snow
During a blizzard, and possibly for days afterward, electricity and other utilities might not be available. Snow and/or ice might block the roads, preventing vehicles from getting in or out of your neighborhood. You'll need to be completely self-suff...
Jan 8, 2016 Oh, deer. What you should know about feeding your neighborhood deer.
Sure, you have a soft heart and good intentions but feeding deer is not in their best interests, or yours. Depending on what you feed them, deer may actually be harmed by your feeding. Some foods will kill them within a few days or debilitate them e...
Dec 7, 2015 Prepare for the Worst: Writing an Emergency Plan for Your Family
Natural disasters affect thousands of people every year, and with the increased risk of severe thunderstorms, flash flooding and tornadoes in the summer months, it’s a good idea to think about having an emergency plan in place. Consider prepari...
Nov 11, 2015 Going Green: What Can and Can't Be Recycled
Many of us regularly recycle soda cans and water bottles, but did you know that many other food and beverage containers and household items also are recyclable? Take a look at the list below for some guidelines for what you can put into your communit...
Nov 9, 2015 The Role of the Treasurer on an Association Board
All members of the board are responsible for the association’s overall financial health; but the treasurer has specific duties to protect the association’s assets. These duties—and the authority to exercise them—are found in t...
Nov 6, 2015 Reserves, budgets, and green options
Green Options are Part of Reserves That Affect Budgets compliments of Lemus Construction Condominium and community association owners need to prepare an annual budget and a big piece that factors into the budget is the reserves. The aspects of a...
Oct 22, 2015 Transitions: You Only Have One Chance to Get it Right!
Transition, to community associations and building owners, represents a timeframe and series of processes when the Developer or Sponsor passes ownership, governance and responsibility to the Association.  Transition is a time when the Associatio...
Oct 8, 2015 Know-Before-You-Owe Mortgage Regulations
GUIDANCE DOCUMENTKnow-Before-You-Owe Mortgage RegulationsEffective October 3, 2015 Background In 2010, Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act, establishing the Consumer Financial Protection Bu...
Oct 6, 2015 That Special Meeting Feeling
Special meetings are unscheduled meetings called from time-to-time by the board for a specific purpose. Special meetings usually address issues that need immediate attention or that need more time and discussion than can be handled in routine board o...
Oct 2, 2015 Community Associations: Three Realities You Can’t Escape and Three Big Benefits
All community associations have three things in common. Membership is mandatory. Buying a home in a community association automatically makes you an association member—by law.Governing documents are binding. Association governing documents can...
Aug 31, 2015 CAI now offers Online Informational Articles for Members
CAI is pleased to announce a new, online, members only tool which will enhance the benefits of membership and provide an additional resource for members. CAI is now offering free, members-only access to a library of informational articles on varied ...
Aug 27, 2015 Caveat Emailer
Let the emailer beware.... People often bemoan that the pace of the modern world is both a boon and a bane. My first brush with the increasingly frenetic pace was in the 1980's with the advent of fax machines. Where once it took days for documen...
Aug 18, 2015 Time is on Your Side: Community Managers Managing Time
Time is on Your Side: Community Managers Managing Time A Guide to Good Time Management Recent studies conclude that happiness directly relates to productivity; yet, the average work week is now approximately 54 hours and, according to the Centers for Di...
Aug 10, 2015 Coyote in your Community?
Reports of coyotes in urban and suburban areas are on the rise around the country, even in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area. While coyotes are often thought of as desert scavengers, they can be found throughout the United States. In fact, the eas...
Jul 21, 2015 Community Assets Digital: Win a ticket to our 40th Anniversary Gala!
The July / August 2015 edition of Community Assets magazine is now available in digital format!CLICK HERE to read the latest issue of Assets on-line!The newest issue of our award winning chapter magazine includes some terrific content that you won't ...
Jul 20, 2015 Commercial Condominiums in NJ and PA
Commercial Condominium ProjectsGenerally, when speaking about condominiums, we think of residential condominiums.  However, the condominium form of ownership is a popular structure used for the ownership of industrial, commercial and other busin...
Jul 14, 2015 Safe Swimming: Keeping Your Pool Water Clean
Your backyard swimming pool may look refreshing, particularly on a sweltering hot day. But if it’s not properly monitored, the water can harbor bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) call recre...
Jul 9, 2015 PA Strengthens Child Abuse and Protection Laws
More than twenty new pieces of legislation relating to child abuse and neglect cases were recently enacted, and many took effect at the beginning of 2015.  Among the most significant changes in the law is an expansion of the list of individuals ...
Jun 11, 2015 Online Shopping Safety: Credit Card, Debit Card or Check?
 Merchants are making online shopping increasingly convenient by accepting not just credit cards, but debit cards and checks. However, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC), the safest way to shop online is with a credit card. If s...
Jun 11, 2015 Management Choices: Find Your Dream
Management Choices, Find Your Dream | Shirley Elmore, CMCA, AMSComing from the North and South Carolina coast, I had only been associated with portfolio management.  This included multiple communities and community types to include single family...
Apr 10, 2015 Grill Safety Tips
 The weather reports for this weekend suggest that it'll be a perfect time to fire up your grill for the first time this spring. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds you to barbecue safely whether you use gas or charcoal.Ga...
Mar 9, 2015 Excuses, Excuses
Association members who pay their assessments late or not at all come up with some very interesting excuses. Here’s half a dozen of the most common, and why it’s smart not to use them. Excuse #1:  “I didn’t get what I pa...
Jan 28, 2015 Snowloads on Roofs - A Potentially Costly and Dangerous Situation
The following article, by CAI Business Partner member The Falcon Group: Engineering, Architecture & Energy Consultants, is reprinted with permission. Snowloads on Roofs - A Potentially Costly and Dangerous SituationThe Falcon Group: Engineer...
Jan 27, 2015 Who Makes the Rules for Your Association?
The following article, by CAI Business Partner member attorney Hal Barrow, Esq., is reprinted with permission. Who Makes the Rules for Your Association? by Hal Barrow, Esq. | Barrowlaw | www.barrowlaw.comHomeowners often ask about the rules...
Jan 13, 2015 Lessons from the Winter of a Lifetime, An Arborist’s Perspective
During the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014, we all felt the wrath of one of North America’s most frigid winters ever in more ways than one. We experienced frozen pipes, strained backs from shoveling snow, lost productivity and income, and dam...
Jan 5, 2015 Safety Tips for Winter Road Trips
 Preparedness is paramount when it comes to road trips year-round, and hitting the road for a long drive during winter months is no exception. With an increased risk of potential driving hazards like sleet, snow, strong winds and frigid temperat...
Dec 18, 2014 Getting Involved in Your Community Association
All residents—long-time homeowners, new residents and even renters—can contribute to making their community a great place to live by volunteering a few hours a month on any one of several association projects. The next time you’re ...
Dec 8, 2014 Quick Tips for a Happy Holiday Season
To ensure that residents enjoy the holiday season, adopt a decorations policy that makes sense.Use the following ideas to develop a holiday decoration policy that works best for your community.Avoid bans on holiday decorations—most courts will ...
Nov 12, 2014 News from CAI's Foundation for Community Association Research
Be Part of the Big Picture!Thanks to your support, the Foundation has contributed valuable research and analysis on community association issues and trends for 40 years. As we prepare for the next four decades and anticipate the changes our communiti...
Nov 3, 2014 Budget Fudge It
A fundamental duty of the Board is to provide the community with a budget for the following year by December 1. This is arguably our hardest and most important job. Our General Manager Rosy puts many, many days into this and the Board typically goes ...
Oct 16, 2014 It’s Budget Season – Don’t Forget About Reserves!
Eric Boucher, ReadySetLoan Condo Team | www.readysetloan.comFor many condominium association Boards of Directors, it’s budget season as the members work to produce a budget for the start of the new fiscal year in January.  This is why we w...
Sep 12, 2014 CAI Survey Reveals Board and Manager Optimism - and Challenges
by: Frank Rathbun, CAI's National Vice President of Communications The national economy and housing market are improving-however slowly-and that means things are looking up for most associations, which is welcome relief to many communities that ...
Jun 5, 2014 Association Board Members: Do Your Homework
How can an association board avoid claims of improper association management?Understand your duties and obligations as a board member. There are a number of ways to accomplish this.If the association has an orientation book, read it. At the same time...
May 21, 2014 Early Prevention is Key to Reducing Mosquito Populations
To drastically reduce the ideal environments for mosquitoes to breed and live, SOLitude Lake Management, a business partner member specializing in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the Eastern Unite...
Mar 24, 2014 The Winter of Your Tree’s Lifetime
 We have all felt the wrath of this winter in more ways than one.  All of us have experienced something on the list of frozen pipes, blown tires from potholes, strained backs from shoveling snow, loss days of productivity and income from wo...
Mar 12, 2014 Helpful Hints for Spring Maintenance
 Spring is right around the corner and the urge to get your property maintained and clean for spring is growing.If you have not already had your gutters cleaned, it is best to do so before the heavy spring weather comes.  Overflowing gutter...
Feb 26, 2014 Asked & Answered: Reserve Studies
Asked:Our Board Treasurer is a retired engineer.  The Board recently started discussions about hiring an engineering firm to update our reserve study, but some members of the Board, including the Treasurer, insist we save that money and instead ...
Feb 25, 2014 Winter Woe's: Ice Dams
 Ice Dams occur when a large amount of snow accumulates on a roof and then melts from afternoon sun and/or heat escaping from the house into the attic. The melted snow then turns into ice overnight forming an ice dam, typically this occurs at th...
Feb 14, 2014 Should Associations Permit Gas Generators in Units?
In the wake of severe power outages that struck southeastern Pennsylvania after the great ice storm of 2014, CAI received the following information on a very timely topic - the use of gas generators in condominium units.  Unit owners are asking...
Jan 6, 2014 Resolutions
Another new year has dawned and if you're like most people, chances are you've made a resolution or two for the coming year that is likely to never be kept! So to help our members improve the New-Year's-Resolutions-I've-kept ratio, we have an easy re...
Nov 7, 2013 What's on the Minds of Managers?
CAI recently conducted a survey of community association managers in order to assist with meeting the educational and other programming and career needs of this important membership representation group. We sent the electronic survey to over 350 mana...
Sep 17, 2013 Recycling: Greening Earth while Saving Green
Ever wonder what happens inside a recycling plant? Check out this report from Republic Services on the changing dynamics of society's push to reduce, reuse and recycle....
Feb 14, 2013 The night the lights went out at the Super Bowl
 Is it possible that the results of Super Bowl XLVII, America’s most watched game, could have been affected by a neglected piece of building conservation technology? You watched it. We all watched it as San Francisco almost came back ...
Mar 11, 2010 Association Living: Perception vs. Reality
Over the course of the last ten years, CAI has from time to time engaged a national research firm to study whether or not people who choose to live in an association governed community are happy or not. The results of the latest study by Zogby Int...

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