The COVID-19 pandemic has had an immediate and devastating effect on the U.S. job market and labor force. So far, community association managers have been protected from layoffs and furloughs as they provide essential services to clients.
The COVID-19 pandemic likely has caused additional of stress for community association leaders, making it important to prioritize emotional well-being in addition to physical health.
When the widespread threat of COVID-19 in the U.S. became evident in late February, community association board members and managers began asking questions and taking necessary actions.
Nearly 75% of community association board members express being “confident” or “very confident” regarding the current budget, though almost half expect assessment delinquencies to increase in 2020, according to a CAI survey conducted in late April.
It is critical that every homeowner pays their assessments in a timely manner, yet the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic means community associations may need to show compassion and be flexible in their collections.
Reaching out to those in need and strengthening connections are part of the culture at Harvest, a 1,200-acre large-scale community under development in Argyle, Texas. That’s especially true now—during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community association boards and managers have taken steps to prioritize the well-being of residents and staff, taking on greater leadership during the COVID-19 crisis.
Despite common areas and amenities being closed due to COVID-19, it’s still necessary for community associations to collect assessments to meet ongoing maintenance requirements and contractual obligations.
Failing to collect assessments may impair an association’s ability to pays its bills and provide essential services, but it’s important for boards to be flexible with homeowners who are facing financial hardship.
Ask and you shall receive. Residents of a Silver Spring, Md., condo are eager to help their neighbors during the COVID-19 outbreak.