Winter 2015 Front Page – Community Associations by the Numbers

Community Association Connection Community Associations by the Numbers AMERICANS GRADE THEIR ASSOCIATIONS, BOARD MEMBERS AND COMMUNITY MANAGERS WHY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS WORK. The number of community associations in the United States has increased from just 10,000 in 1970 to more than 328,000 today. That’s little surprise given the numerous factors that drive the continued growth of association-governed communities. Here are a few of the reasons the community association concept works – for municipalities, the U.S. housing market and the millions of Americans who choose to make their homes in these communities. BENEFITTING FROM COLLECTIVE MANAGEMENT. Independent, national surveys show Americans have largely accepted the collective management structure of associations. In traditional housing, rules and restrictions are adopted and administered by municipal governments. In associations, private governing […]

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Legal Corner

    by Ronald S. Shubert, Esq.     Q: We have received a complaint from a unit owner in the condominium complaining of the smell of cigarette smoke which has entered her unit through the walls, floors and ventilation systems. The unit owner is insisting that the board of managers has an obligation to remedy the problem. We do not have any rules that prohibit smoking in the units, only a rule that prohibits smoking in the common areas. What are we legally obligated to do?

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CED Message

Mark your calendars! – from the desk of Frank Lysiak Considering that the “winter season” began in November with an unexpected seven feet of snow and the re-scheduling of our 2014 annual meeting and trade show to March 10, 2015, we are still off to a great start for the current year. Take a moment to look over our upcoming programs and “mark your calendars!” Going forward, CAI-WNY will not present programs from November to February to insure a minimum of inconvenience for our members (translation: we’re hoping to avoid any more snowstorms!). Since we are holding 2014’s annual meeting in Buffalo, the board of directors saw this as an opportunity to move the chapter’s 2015 annual meeting & trade show to Rochester at the […]

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Presidents Message

We’re embarking on a new year – Richard K. Aikens, CMCA       We are embarking on a new year for our chapter that promises to bring both new and timeproven programs. These will include trade shows in both Rochester and Buffalo, plus a change in venue for our 2015 annual meeting from Buffalo to Rochester. Also, Mary Fildes, CMCA, AMS of LMM Properties, has been nominated to fill the vacancy left by board member Mike Harmon, who is seeking a respite from the CAIWNY board to further focus on his ever-growing community management business. We wish Mike well in his endeavors and sincerely appreciate his support of the chapter over the past several years. In addition to welcoming Mary Fildes (many of you […]

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