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Welcome to CN's TCCA News

On This Page:

• TCCA : Seminars monthly on the 2nd Wednesday,  

January through April

• CAI - Community Associations Institute


• Special to the Condo News by Jim Hart

~Knowing Your Association Rules Saves Many Problems~

• Hot Links  

Last updated 04/29/2016


Tri-County Communities Association


Tri County Communities Association holds educational seminars monthly from January through April for community association and management company members.

Meeting place: The Village of Palm Springs Meeting Hall. Directions from Congress Ave.: Turn west on Dolan Rd. to Cypress Lane and turn left. From 10th Ave. No. Go north on Davis Road (first light west of Congress Ave.) to Cypress Lane and turn right. 

Meetings start promptly with a catered service at 9:00 am. All officers, directors and unit owners are invited to attend each session. 

RSVP, if possible, to Jim Hart at 561-795-4854.


The meetings start promptly at 9:30 a.m. 

ADMISSION: $15.00 (at the door), or Yearly Membership Dues

Interested in joining TCCA? Membership Dues as Follows:

The Annual Membership: 

Association: $58.00 

(includes Board Members, Property Mgr.& Unit Owners) 

Management Company: $50.00 

(includes all Property Managers employed by Mgmt.Co.) 

Individual: $20.00

•• Members enjoy the additional benefit of year-round contact through regular mailings and website access.


TCCA (Tri-County Communities Association) is an educational non-profit organization representing condominium, cooperative, and home-owner associations. For further information, call Jim Hart, Past Vice Pres. at (561) 795-4854, Eileen O’Donnell at 561-585-8939 or Chelle Konyk at 561-655-8994 ext 128..

CAI - Community Associations Institute ...


CAI's Community Association Day

The Community Associations Institute (CAI), Gold Coast Chapter, is hosting its annual Community Associations Day & Trade Show on Friday, October 14, 2011 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach.

The FREE Trade Show will feature over 100 vendor booths that will be displaying products and services for association living. The Trade Show will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Professionals who serve our local community associations on a daily basis will provide educational classes. Classes include Board Member Education Certification, Ben Franklin’s Twelve Tools for Community, Pest Control 101, How to Protect Association from Fraud, and 2012 Legal Update.


Those interested in lunch must RSVP on or before Monday, October 10, 2011. Reservations for lunch are mandatory. $10.00 lunch fee may be paid at the door (check or cash).


For a reservation form, visit our website at caigoldcoast@aol.com or call 561-350-5890.


CAI is a national membership organization with 59 state and regional chapters throughout the United States, including eight in Florida. CAI advocates on behalf of common-interest communities and provides education and resources to community association volunteer leaders (homeowners), community managers, association management firms and other businesses and professionals who provide products and services to community associations. For association board members and other homeowner volunteer leaders, CAI offers Board Member Basics, an online learning program. For community managers, the organization offers professional development courses and the opportunity to earn career-enhancing professional designations. Learn about member benefits by member type or join CAI, which automatically includes membership in a CAI chapter. For more information, visit www.caionline.org or call (888) 224-4321.


Special to the Condo News 

Knowing Your Association Rules Saves Many Problems

By Jim Hart

It is no secret that our area is growing at the fastest rate ever and with so many new residents moving into Condominiums, Co-Operatives, and Home Owners Associations we should pay attention to learning the rules.

RULE # 1 for the Community Association should be to understand that virtually NO ONE is in a position to understand the association "DOCUMENTS" written in lawyers’ English. Almost everyone I know simply puts them away with the other papers they receive at closing. No one impresses upon them that those papers are the LAW of the Association.

The best thing any association can do is to produce a three or four page condensed version of those documents highlighting the more important and more frequently abused rules. I know of associations who have done this at a minimum of cost and they even go so far as to have the new owner sign a statement to the affect that they have read these rules and understand them. Can you imagine how much grief this one little item can save for both the association as well as the new owner.

Rule # 1 for the new owners is to become familiar with the association rules and one of the best ways is to write down a list of questions and ask for a meeting with a member of the Board of Directors to address your questions.

Some of the questions might be along these lines: How early in the morning or how late in the evening can I use the laundry room? You see here, some associations have laundry rooms very close to living spaces. I do not drive, can I let someone with two cars use my parking space? Why can't I put all of my trash in one container, wet garbage, newspapers, cans and bottles? I own my apartment, why can't I let friends use it when I am not there? Why must I leave a key in the office? Why do I have to let the exterminator in my place each month? Why can't I hang some flower pots on the outside wall of my apartment? Do I need permission to enclose my patio with jalousie windows? And on and on.

I think you get my message and for all of you newcomers, "WELCOME".

Jim Hart is Past Vice President of Tri-County Communities Association (TCCA), Vice President of the Coalition of Florida Condominium Associations (COFCA), and director, Center for Community & Condominium Living.


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