Nevada Chapter of Community Associations Institute Offers Pointers on Safeguarding Community Associations in the Midst of Massive HOA Probe
Members of the Nevada chapter of Community
Associations Institute (CAI) sympathize with associations and homeowners who
have been victimized by illegal and unethical activities. We fully support the
ongoing investigation. Those found guilty should be prosecuted to the fullest
extent of the law.
This case affirms the need for appropriate
checks and balances in community association management and governance. Nevadans
can protect themselves, their communities and their investments in a number of
ways. CAI encourages homeowners to get involved in their communities—attend
annual meetings, serve on committees and seek seats on association boards.
Involvement creates awareness and empowerment.
We hear about these kinds of cases because
they are the exception. While that does not lessen the angst and sense of
betrayal when associations are victimized, the vast majority of common-interest
communities function without serious conflict—and certainly without unlawful or
We hope the actions of a few will not tarnish
all community association professionals. In fact, a national survey of
residents in homeowners associations and condominium communities affirms that
association residents are overwhelmingly satisfied in their communities and have
high regard for their elected board members and professional managers.
Community association boards have a legal and
ethical obligation to serve the best interests of their homeowners. Board
members are homeowners themselves, elected by their neighbors to preserve the character
of their communities, protect property values and meet the established
expectations of owners. When they don’t, owners should vote them out of office.
Below are links to resources provided by CAI National.
An Introduction to Community Association Living<http://www.caionline.org/events/boardmembers/volunteer/Pages/LevelIPrimer.aspx
· Community Association Fundamentals
· Model Code of Ethics for Community Association Board Members
· Rights and Responsibilities for Better Communities
· Community Association Governance Guidelines
The Fundamentals of Community Association Volunteer Leadership<http://www.caionline.org/events/boardmembers/volunteer/Pages/Level2Fundamentals.aspx
Education for Community Managers<http://www.caionline.org/events/managers/Pages/default.aspx
Professional Manager Code of Ethics<http://www.caionline.org/career/designations/Pages/managers.aspx