Katz to Speak at CAI New Jersey Regional Council Legal & Legislative Update in Cherry Hill

Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 in CAI, Legal Decisions, Speaking Engagements, Uncategorized

Jonathan H. Katz, Esq., a partner in Hill Wallack’s Community Associations Practice Group, will be speaking at this year’s CAI-PA/Del Val – New Jersey Regional Council 2018 Legal & Legislative Update.

Join CAI as we review legislation and regulations that became law in the past year and will provide an update on legislation pending in the current legislative session in Trenton. We will also review relevant case law decided in the past year, including cases involving transition, dispute resolution, and collection issues. Then join us for a Happy Hour immediately following the program.

Thursday, September 13, 2018
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Program
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Happy Hour

P.J. Whelihan’s Pub + Restaurant 
1854 Marlton Pike East
Cherry Hill, NJ  08034

This Course is approved by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB) to fulfill continuing education requirements for the CMCA® certification. This course will earn managers two (2) continuing education credits, which also help satisfy the requirements to apply for the PCAM designation.

Happy hour is included with your registration! Enjoy appetizers and drink tickets following the program.

For more information or to register, click here.

 

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Just the Facts, Ma’am: Community Association Fact Book – 2017 Edition

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 in CAI

From the Foundation for Community Association Research (and our friend, Clifford J. Treese, CIRMS), the Community Association Fact Book was developed to support the Foundation’s mission of providing research-based information to all community association stakeholders – homeowners, board members, management professionals as well as attorneys, accountants, developers, mortgage lenders, federal agencies, public officials and others – all who work with the Foundation and the Community Associations Institute to build better communities.

Here are some of the statistical highlights:

  • As of 2017, there were approximately 344,500 community associations in the United States, which means that approximately 22-24% of the U.S. population lives in an association.
  • Of those 344,500 community associations, about 54-60% are homeowners associations, 38-42% are condominium associations, and 2-4% are cooperatives.
  • Approximately 70 million people live in a community association in the United States.
  • By comparison, in 1970, there were only 10,000 community associations (housing approximately 2.1 million residents).
  • The states with the most community associations in 2017 were: (1) Florida (48,000 associations) and (2) California (45,900 associations). Texas remains a distant third (20,000 associations), followed by Illinois (18,650 associations), North Carolina (13,950 associations), and New York (13,850 associations).
  • New Jersey is 17th with 6,850 associations and Pennsylvania is 18th with 6,800 associations.
  • Seven (7) states still have fewer than 1,000 associations: Alaska, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming.
  • There were approximately 2,380,000 community association board and committee members in 2017, who collectively performed approximately 80,500,000 hours of service for their associations (the estimated value of that volunteer time totals $1.98 billion).
  • There were approximately 50,000-55,000 community association managers and between 7,000-8,000 community association management companies in 2017.
  • It is estimated that between 30-40% of all associations nationally are self-managed, meaning they do not employ a professional manager or management company for day-to-day services.
  • Approximately $90 billion in assessments was collected from community association homeowners in 2017, and $25 billion was spent from accumulated reserve funds for the repair, replacement and enhancement of common property.

You can find the 2017 Community Association Fact Book (as well as the 2015 and 2016 versions) by clicking here.

To view the New Jersey State Summary, click here. For the Pennsylvania State Summary, click here.

Thanks again to Cliff Treese and the Foundation for their hard work on the Fact Book this and every year.

For more information on this or any other issue concerning your community association, please contact one of our Community Associations attorneys. For breaking news or updates on new blog posts, follow us on Twitter at: @njcondolaw.

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CAMICB Releases White Paper on CMCA® Standards of Professional Conduct

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in CAI, Confidentiality & Ethics

By Jonathan H. Katz, Esq.

Community Association Managers International Certification Board (“CAMICB”) recently published a white paper detailing the Standards of Professional Conduct for Certified Managers of Community Associations (CMCAs®) and clarifying the procedures that allow complaints to be brought against CMCAs.

These Standards of Professional Conduct, which can be found at www.camicb.org/standards, include being knowledgeable about laws and regulations applicable to community associations and  management, complying with association governing documents, policies, and procedures, assisting boards in carrying out fiduciary responsibilities, and participating in continuing education. A violation of any of these Standards of Professional Conduct may be grounds for administrative action and possible revocation of the CMCA® certification by CAMICB.

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Hill Wallack Attorneys Exhibiting/Presenting at CAI-NJ 2016 Conference & Expo

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Board Meetings, CAI, Confidentiality & Ethics, Speaking Engagements

Hill Wallack LLP’s Community Association Practice Group will be exhibiting at the 2016 CAI-NJ Annual Conference & Expo, which is being held on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey.

This year’s conference returns to Central Jersey, so do not miss out on the exciting lineup of networking events, educational sessions, informative exhibits and more! Registration is FREE for all homeowners and board members (pre-registration is recommended). There will be plenty of giveaways and FREE breakfast and lunch. Come see us at Booth 505!

Also, join Terry A. Kessler, Esq. and Jonathan H. Katz, Esq. of Hill Wallack LLP and Denise Becker, PCAM, of Homestead Management Services, Inc. for their 12:00 p.m. presentation entitled Batman vs. Superman: The Struggle Regarding Ethics and Confidentiality for Board Members & Property Managers. Program Description: “In a world where association board members are faced with issues regarding ethics and confidentiality on a daily basis, who can you turn to in order to work through these complex problems? In this battle of good versus evil, you can’t rely on the Man of Steel or the Dark Knight. This program will arm you with the necessary information and discuss the relevant law in order to help you properly navigate these thorny issues.”

For more information and to register to attend the 2016 CAI-NJ Annual Conference & Expo, click here

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CLIENT ALERT: Proposed Amateur Radio Parity Act Threatens Community Association Covenants

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Architectural Controls, CAI, Legislation

This Alert transmits an important message from CAI regarding a disturbing bill pending in both houses of Congress. The proposed Federal Legislation would allow HAM Radio Operators to install antennas anywhere in a condominium or HOA despite association architectural covenants. I urge you to communicate with our U.S. Senator Corey Booker, who is on the Committee considering this legislation.

The Amateur Radio Parity Act (S. 1685) is scheduled for mark-up in the Senate Commerce Committee on November 18. Your Senator serves on the Senate Commerce Committee and it is very important he/she hears from you today to oppose S. 1685.

To view Hill Wallack’s full Client Alert, click here.

If you have a question about this issue or any other issue concerning your community association, please contact one of our Community Associations attorneys. For breaking news or updates on new blog posts, follow us on Twitter at: @njcondolaw.

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CAI-NJ Mediation/ADR Training: Help Community Associations Resolve Disputes Outside of Court

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Alternative Dispute Resolution, CAI, Speaking Engagements

Have you ever wanted to learn the art of mediation and help resolve community association disputes? Now you can…

Become a mediator or refresh your mediation skills as part of CAI-NJ’s Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program training. Mediation/ADR is a non-adversarial approach in which a neutral party – the mediator – guides parties to a dispute through the resolution process to reach a mutually acceptable agreement as an alternative to litigation. CAI-NJ is sponsoring the Mediation/ADR Training Program for a limited number of registrants to fill the critical need of providing affordable mediation services by person who are experienced in community association matters and issues.

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