New Calif. law stops HOAs from banning religious displays on doorways | Ohio AG sues HOA over alleged dam neglect | HOA responsible for paying part of $1M dam repair bill
August 13, 2019
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Canadian condo association wants short-term rentals out of building
A condo association in Canada may have to face arbitration with a developer over the issue of short-term rentals. Residents are unhappy with the number of tourists and locals staying in rented units and the fact that the developer is behind most of the rental unit listings.
CBC News (Canada) (8/6) 
New Calif. law stops HOAs from banning religious displays on doorways
A new law in California protects the display of religious symbols on a home's entry door, meaning HOAs can no longer ban such displays. The new legislation was fueled by grievances from renters and owners living in condos who were banned from displaying the items on their unit's doorway.
India West (8/5) 
Ohio AG sues HOA over alleged dam neglect
An Ohio HOA is facing a lawsuit by the state attorney general due to alleged neglect of an earthen dam, which could cause damage to businesses and homes if it were to fail. The attorney general says the HOA and a developer have ignored state warnings for over 10 years to repair the deteriorating structure.
Richland Source (Mansfield, Ohio) (8/7) 
HOA responsible for paying part of $1M dam repair bill
An HOA in Johns Creek, Ga., is faced with sharing an estimated $1 million bill with the city for dam repairs. The city has already approved work to begin on the dam to bring it up to state standards.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (8/8) 
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Leadership Strategies and Organizational Management
Give new leaders extra support
New managers need training and guidance to avoid temptations such as gossip, haphazard actions and micromanagement, says a leadership consultant. "The leap from employee to leader requires new mindsets, skill development and a shift in identity," she says.
SmartBrief/Leadership (8/5) 
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Ethics and Professional Conduct
Be persistent against the temptation of change
Adversity and uncertainty compel people to think about starting over, but research suggests that people who persist do better in the long run, according to a branding expert. "Change may appear romantic, but persistence is usually right," he says.
SmartBrief/Leadership (8/7) 
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Important Update to CMCA Standards of Professional Conduct
In order to maintain the credential, managers who have obtained the CMCA must abide by the CMCA Standards of Professional Conduct. These Standards were recently updated during the last CAMICB Board of Commissioners meeting on July 16, 2019, where it was decided that there will be a change to Standard 9.

Previously the language in Standard 9 read, "…conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times when acting in the scope of their employment in accordance with the terms and conditions of their contractual agreement and in accordance with local, state and federal laws."

Effective September 1, 2019, the language will read, "conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times when acting in the scope of their employment in accordance with local, state and federal laws." This change was to clarify that CAMICB is not in a position to interpret the provisions, meaning or intent of a contract between the manager and the association.

There has also been a change to the Procedures for the Enforcement of the Standards of Professional Conduct, which dictate the process for alleged violations of the Standards of Conduct. The Procedures have been revised to further ensure due process for all parties in an ongoing complaint.

Please take a moment and review the CMCA Standards of Profession Conduct page and reach out to CAMICB at with any questions.
Water at a distance does not put out a fire near at hand.
Stefano Guazzo,
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CAMICB is an independent certification body that sets the standards for community association managers worldwide, and is responsible for the development, maintenance, and administration of the Certified Manager of Community Associations® (CMCA) examination. The community manager who has successfully passed the CMCA exam and routinely maintains the standards of the CMCA certification is proof of a knowledgeable and ethical community professional.
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