Hurricane Ian pummeled Florida’s southwestern coast last week, causing dozens of deaths, generating widespread property damage, and knocking out access to basic utilities in communities across the state. Considered one of the worst natural disasters in the state’s history, cleanup, restoration, and rebuilding efforts are ongoing and will take some time.
No matter the location, I was reminded once again that the business of managing communities is fundamentally the same. Be it Chicago, Madrid or Dubai, our goal at CAI is to deliver best practices that make communities successful and bring professionals together so they may share experiences and learn from each other.
As property insurance rates are somewhat stabilizing in 2022, umbrella liability rates continue rising for common interest communities. New challenges are emerging in the insurance landscape, and it is imperative for board members and community managers to partner with credentialed and experienced professionals who will guide them through this social inflation crisis and will help them mitigate liability claims.
People consider pets as part of the family so it’s important for community associations to embrace that and document guidelines for pet ownership to ensure a positive and productive relationship for all.
Sit. Stay. Set standards: The most valid and enforceable pet restrictions are written in community declarations
When drafting or amending pet rules in community associations, it’s important to be familiar with local laws. It’s also essential to review your community’s declaration to ensure rules can’t potentially be challenged by an owner as unreasonable.
Communities striving to be pet-friendly can sometimes end up in the doghouse, and it’s usually not the animal’s fault. Create fair and reasonable pet rules to keep the fur from flying.