HOA wins legal dispute against developer over sidewalk | Condo communities cannot be taxed for leased land, says Fla. court | HOAs have power to inspect inside owners' homes for violations
October 17, 2017
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Md. county passes bill allowing Airbnb rentals with an HOA provision
Maryland's Montgomery County Council has passed new legislation giving homeowners permission to rent their properties on home-sharing sites such as Airbnb, but they would need to apply for a license first. However, the new law, which takes effect next July, provides HOAs the opportunity to challenge its residents' short-term rentals.
WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.) (10/10) 
HOA wins legal dispute against developer over sidewalk
A circuit court judge has ruled in favor of the Island Estate HOA in Aventura, Fla., saying developers of the nearby Prive at Island Estates trespassed in using a utility easement to build an illegal sidewalk. There will be a hearing, where damages will be determined and homeowners will be requesting that the developers remove the sidewalk, according to homeowner representative Matthew Leto.
The Real Deal online (Miami) (10/13) 
Condo communities cannot be taxed for leased land, says Fla. court
A Florida appeals court has determined that Escambia County can only collect property taxes from the Beach Club Towers and Portofino Island Resort for improvements on the land, but not the actual land. The ruling cited the fact that the condo communities' 99-year land leases do not automatically renew and can be "renegotiated."
Pensacola News Journal (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (10/11) 
HOAs have power to inspect inside owners' homes for violations
The Arbor Ridge HOA in Georgia and resident Susan Asher were at odds over Asher renting out one of her rooms and possibly subdividing her unit in the 55-and-older community. After using the covenant's "right-of-entry" clause to inspect Asher's home, the HOA determined that she had not subdivided her place, but the rules dictate that she can no longer charge her young roommate rent because of his age.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (10/13) 
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Leadership Strategies and Organizational Management
Be a listener, not a talker
People pay more attention to your actions than what you say, which is why Mark Deterding suggests you should spend most of your time listening. Open-ended questions and a tactical use of silence can ensure you're not the one doing all the talking.
Lead Change Group (10/9) 
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Ethics and Professional Conduct
The upside of fear
Fear can be a motivating resource when properly harnessed, writes Jillian Reilly. By recognizing how we react when we're scared, identifying what scares us and then challenging those emotions, we can use fear to our advantage.
BraveShift (10/10) 
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It's not too late. Act now!
The CMCA recertification deadline expired Oct. 1, but you have until Nov. 3
Managers in the Oct. 1 recertification cycle will lose their CMCA credential effective Nov. 3. To avoid termination of your CMCA, recertify online today. Not sure of your CMCA status? Go here to find out.

Reminder to our CMCAs affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
CMCAs living in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina who were due to renew and/or recertify by Oct. 1 have until Dec. 31 to do so.

Please be sure to contact the CAMICB office if you have questions or concerns about your CMCA recertification. We can be reached at (866)-779-2622 or info@camicb.org.
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