TCCA : Seminars monthly on
the 2nd Wednesday,
CAI - Community Associations Institute
ASSOCIATION DAY, OCT. 14TH
Special to the Condo News by Jim Hart
Your Association Rules Saves Many Problems~
County Communities Association holds educational
seminars monthly from January through April for
community association and management company members.
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.
start promptly with a catered service at 9:00 am. All
officers, directors and unit owners are invited to
attend each session.
if possible, to Jim Hart at 561-795-4854.
start promptly at
$15.00 (at the door), or Yearly Membership Dues
in joining TCCA? Membership Dues as Follows:
Members, Property Mgr.& Unit Owners)
(includes all Property Managers employed by
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..
- Community Associations Institute ...
Community Association Day
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
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
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.
ARE FREE FOR HOMEOWNERS AND BOARD MEMBERS.
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).
IS FREE FOR ALL THAT ATTEND THE CAI TRADE
a reservation form, visit our website at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 561-350-5890.
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.
to the Condo News
Your Association Rules Saves Many Problems
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.
# 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.
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.
# 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.
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.
think you get my message and for all of you newcomers,
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
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