Summer 2016 Front Page – Nation’s Housing: Congress weighs tax bill to help associations

by Kenneth Harney WASHINGTON – They are a giant presence in American real estate, but they get short shrift in the federal tax code: the estimated 340,000 communities across the country that are governed by homeowners’ associations and are often subject to a form of double taxation. Upward of 67 million people live in these communities – ranging from sprawling master planned subdivisions down to individual condominium or cooperative developments. As of 2014, they contained nearly 27 million housing units. Their homeowners’ associations often provide the functional equivalents of municipal and county services, and residents nationwide pay roughly $70 billion a year in regular assessments to fund road paving and maintenance, snow removal, trash collection, storm water management, maintenance of recreational and park facilities, and […]

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President’s Message

  Looking forward to a great year for CAI-WNY! – Jean Kough, CMCA, AMS I’m looking forward to my new opportunity as president of CAI-WNY. I follow the two-year term of Dick Aikens, who will continue to serve the chapter as a board member. I’m fortunate to have the support of a knowledgeable and experienced board of directors, some of whom have also served as president of the chapter. (Our 2016 board members are listed here.) My goals for the chapter mirror those of our business plan: retention and growth of our membership by continuing the education offered at our programs. We encourage you to attend our programs like the recent “How to Deal with Difficult Situations.” Our panel of experts had backgrounds in legal […]

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CED Message

  Working for YOU – from the desk of Frank Lysiak We are rapidly approaching the season when we can all enjoy time with family and friends; with so many outdoor activities available it can be hard to stay inside! While we experienced a relatively mild winter, by Western New York standards, the work continues on enhancement and improvements to our communities. Thanks to all those board members, community managers, and business partners who serve on behalf of community and condominium associations. By doing your part everyone can have an enjoyable summer. Several years ago CAI formed a committee made up of chapter delegates from across New York State. The legislative action committee members from the Western New York Chapter include Ronald Shubert, Jean Kough, […]

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Legal Corner

by Ronald S. Shubert, Esq.   Q: Our board is facing a difficult situation. A homeowner, who appears to have emotional issues, is harassing other homeowners and the board. The harassment consists of standing in front of the homeowners’ homes and peering in the windows as well as calling the property manager and the attorney daily to lodge complaints. Harassment has escalated to filing a complaint by the homeowner with the Division of Human Rights, because the homeowner wants security cameras installed throughout the community, at the association’s expense. He feels he is being discriminated against because of an alleged disability, which he refuses to disclose. The police have been called on numerous occasions by him, after he claims he was run over by his […]

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