By Curtis G. Kimble.
For those that might not be aware, Community Associations Institute (CAI) is a national organization that provides information and education to community associations and the professionals who support them. Their mission is “to inspire professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship.” CAI offers a variety of resources to HOAs, including boards, property managers, and people who own, rent or are considering a home in a community association.
CAI has recently published a document called From Good to Great. It includes the full text from three CAI initiatives—Rights and Responsibilities for Better Communities, Community Association Governance Guidelines and the Model Code of Ethics for Community Association Board Members. Those who want to see industry standards on homeowner rights and responsibilities, community association governance principles and ethics for association board members can now find it all in this free brochure called From Good to Great. Click here to see it.
Also, visit this link for information that can help you better understand the nature, benefits and obligations of living in an association and for additional links to free information and resources from government agencies and nonprofit organizations. There’s a particularly helpful tip sheet on “Preventing Fraud and Embezzlement” in an association available at that site, as well.