Your Condo Law blogger has been out of town enjoying a family vacation in Charleston which has me considering whether historic home ownership is more or less challenging than living in a common interest ownership community! I'll be back on the "job" with more regularity next week. In the meantime, I leave you with my version of Association Land's Naughty and Nice list in keeping with today's date:
Not reading the association's governing documents (directors and owners alike)
Not attending board and member meetings
Holding meetings hostage with your grandstanding
Calling names, harassing employees and assuming bad intentions rather than asking
Loud parties, unapproved tenants, vicious dogs and too many cars for the spaces available
The inability to see when your property is in need of maintenance or repair
The inability to understand that not everyone shares your taste
Being overly liberal with the truth in your verbal and written communications
Genuine concern for your neighbors and community
Reading and attempting to understand the governing documents
Asking for assistance from the appropriate experts and not the retired attorney, engineer, accountant on the board who might not be familiar with this state's requirements
Making people feel welcome at meetings and allowing them to speak and provide input
Being a good shepherd of others' money
Spending wisely but not avoiding necessary expenditures to safeguard the community
Taking advantage of educational opportunities
Showing up for meetings and participating in a respectful and meaningful manner
Every year brings new opportunities to "get it right". Here's to a beautiful 2010 for each of you!
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