Local Governments & Realtors

Resources for Local Government Officials 

CAI's Government & Professional Affairs Committee was established to improve the communication and relationship between community associations and local government entities and related professional organizations and associations. The committee engages with local government officials and organizations in a variety of ways including presenting educational programs and webinars and producing documents related to community associations and their relationship with local governmental bodies. 

CAI can provide a presentation for local government officials on the basics of community association formation, management and governance and what the relationship should be between local government officials and community associations.  To find out more or to schedule a presentation for your zoning board, planning commission, elected council or commissioners or other group of officials in your city, borough or township, visit our Contact Us form.

Click here to download our Introduction to Community Associations document to better familiarize yourself with the nature and function of community associations in Pennsylvania

Transition to Homeowner Control 

Transition is a term that describe the general process by which the control and responsibilities of the governing board of a condominium, cooperative or homeowners association (collectively referred to as community associations) are transferred from the developer to homeowners in the community. 
Although it includes the assumption of the obligation to maintain the physical assets for which the association is responsible and is often viewed only in that narrow context, the transition process is much broader in scope and includes the following:
Transfer of governance
Acceptance of the common property
Accounting for funds. 
Transition is not a single event, such as the election of a homeowner-controlled governing board or the execution of a settlement agreement regarding construction defects in the common property. It is a multi-stage process of many events taking place over a period of time and involves multiple stakeholders, including representatives from the municipal government in which a community association is located. 

Resources for Realtors

CAI's Government & Professional Affairs Committee engages with local Realtor associations, brokerages, and agents in a variety of ways including presenting educational programs and webinars and producing documents related to community associations. If you are interested in speaking with CAI about how we can assist real estate professionals like you, please click here to visit our Contact Us page


Understanding the Resale Disclosure Certificate 


The Resale Certificate is a critical and often misunderstood component in any real estate transaction involving a planned community home or condominium or co-op unit. Learn more about the Resale Disclosure Certificate by downloading this brief guide created by CAI's Government & Professional Affairs Committee.  

CAI's Gold Star Community Recognition Program  

CAI’s Gold Star Community program recognizes those communities that work hard to develop and maintain standards, encourage community participation, maintain fiscal stability, and positively impact the quality of life for residents. 

Homeowners and managers alike believe this program is an excellent way to evaluate policies and procedures, and assure that their community operates within basic industry standards.

Click here to learn more about CAI's Gold Star Community Program