More than 85% of officials in state legislatures are up for re-election this year. So what does that mean to you as a board member or resident in a condo or homeowners’ association (HOA)? And how does this affect HOA law?
Your representatives are all ears!
“Often, we feel that we’re at the mercy of legislation, instead of remembering that, as constituents, we have a voice in government,” said Chuck Fallon, FirstService Residential Chief Executive Officer. “When associations and residents speak up, we can be heard.”
There are a variety of initiatives on the table across the nation that will significantly impact community associations. In this article, we’ll take a look at what those issues are – and most importantly, how you can impact HOA law.
Within the “Action Figures” article in the March/April 2016 edition of the Community Manager newsletter, Community Associations Institute (or CAI), tracks legislative issues across the country, and they’ve identified four important issues that will have a huge impact on community association living.
Ready to get involved? That’s good, because many of these proposals literally hit close to home. The most direct way to act is to write or call your state representatives. Like we said earlier, many of them are up for re-election this year, so they’re keenly interested in the concerns of their constituents. You can also get legislators involved more directly – board members can invite them to community events and meetings so they can see firsthand the value of associations. Or you can do what one Nevada community management company does – they hold a bi-annual “Day at the Capitol” where board members visit the state capitol and speak face-to-face with their representatives. Most of all, you can be a positive voice for association living wherever you go.
This is an important year for associations and HOA law, and it’s the perfect time for you to do your part – for the good of your home and your community. For more information, contact FirstService Residential.