The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently updated its guidance for the handling of assistance animal requests by offering a 19-page document detailing an eight-step process for responding to requests. HUD's guidance includes requiring an individual evaluation of the person needing an assistance animal and rejecting websites that produce automatic need for assistance "certificates."
The town of Roeland Park, Kan., is considering an ordinance amendment to ban discriminatory language in HOA covenants, citing antiquated covenants in the community that list "banning African Americans, Jews and other ethnic groups from ownership or occupancy." The CAI Board of Trustees will soon consider a public policy that supports legislation that gives authority to the board to amend covenants that are discriminatory and illegal (based on the Fair Housing Act).
Members from a trio of Miami Gardens, Fla., HOAs are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Hard Rock Stadium and Formula One Group to stop the development of the 2021 Miami Grand Prix in the area. They claim the noise level will be "unreasonably" loud, while proponents of the race say the noise level shouldn't be harmful to the environment.
Even though condo boards retain the right of first refusal when it comes to a subletter's application, it is the unit owner's responsibility to figure out if the subletter will comply with the rules and bylaws, according to a recent court ruling in New York. If the subletter becomes a problem, the owner cannot accuse the condo board of being negligent regarding screening the renter.
Mentors can strike a good balance with mentees by engaging in thoughtful dialogue about goals, giving meaningful feedback and being ready to learn, according to a mentoring expert. "Being open about your own willingness to learn and grow will help balance some of the power differentials that are inherent in mentoring and build trust," she says.
Willpower is a more plentiful resource than we assume, but only if we use it to complement what we enjoy rather than thinking it's about abstaining and restraining ourselves, according to a personal development expert. "Self-control and self-discipline must work with our emotions, not against them, to create the willpower to push past obstacles and setbacks," she says.
CAMICB's CE Review Committee approved new courses last week that qualify for CMCA recertification credits. That means webinars, classes and on-demand learning is available to CMCAs from California to Dubai. Managers who need CE credits by April 1 can find a list of close to 1,000 pre-approved programs on the List of Approved Continuing Education. Approved topics include pets, insurance, effective communications, board elections and more. Email CAMICB with any questions.
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