When a new neighborhood or office building is constructed, the natural flow of the land is disturbed. Most of the trees, natural grass and soil are destroyed and replaced with concrete, pavement, sidewalks and other unnatural structures. The topography of the land is likely altered and the former natural flow of water has now been dramatically changed.
The direct result of all the changes is that rainwater that used to be soaked up by the natural land will now flow off the developed land at a much faster rate. The amount of water flowing out of gutters, down driveways, streets and parking lots is much larger then the land can handle. In order to handle the rapid rate of water runoff, both residential and commercial properties are required to establish and maintain retention or detention ponds.In the State of North Carolina and many other states, the Homeowners Associations (HOA’s) and property management companies are required to maintain the retention and detention ponds to ensure that all rainwater on any given property is collected in a manner that does not disturb the surrounding land.
Many associations are considering a range of revenue-generating measures to offset ever-tightening budgets. But before you rent out your clubhouse or sell memberships to your golf course, pool, tennis courts, or other facilities to non-owners, keep a few critical rules in mind.
1) Consider the liability. The biggest issue that keeps associations from renting out their facilities to non-owners is liability. Check with your insurance carrier to find out if injuries to non-owners and injuries caused by non-owners would be covered under your current policy. Chances are they won’t, and it’ll be much more expensive to expand your policy to include that coverage. Once you know the additional insurance costs, you need to weigh them against the potential new revenue to determine whether the financial gain adequately offsets the added cost.
We are always looking for new ways for our associations to add value to their residents. Recently while reading my Sunday copy of the Charlotte Observer I ran across an article and was intrigued.
One of the many issues facing communities is garbage can storage. Every community we manage has some restriction regarding the storage of the roll-out garbage cans. The cans are typically required to be stored in the garage or screened from view of the street. Many residents REFUSE to store the can in their garages due to “sanitary concerns” or “insect/rodent concerns”, which results in a large number of violations for improper trashcan storage.
On a sunny afternoon, with a light breeze blowing in from the ocean, a dapper, impeccably dressed man got down on all fours and stared intently at the bocce ball sitting before him on a verdant, closely cropped grass court. After a deep breath and a slight sigh, he bent closer to the ball and slowly, painstakingly began pushing it with his nose toward the fare end of the court. Cheers and laughter accompanied him as he slowly paid a debt to his fellow board members, staff and neighbors in this un-named association in South Carolina.
According to the property manager, this board member was so sure that 100 people wouldn’t sign up to use the community’s new bocce court, he announced he would push a bocce ball with his nose if they did. He hadn’t been alone. The community’s decision to put in a bocce court instead of expanding its tennis facilities had been contentious and supported by the barest of majorities.
Community Management is a very professionally run organization, with all of the aids and assistance necessary to help a HOA board of directors answer to their community’s needs.
B. Chiles, Charlotte NCProfessionally Run Organization
Community Association Management has been a godsend to our association. They are available 24/7 and they have all the answers we need. They cover the full gamut of services and have allowed us to consolidate several vendors into one source saving us countless dollars and hours. They have helped us change our operations from reactive decisions to informed proactive planning.
Dennis W., Greenville, SC"...a Godsend"
Community Association Management is a solutions provider that enables HOA Boards to run efficiently and effectively. Their service is off the charts and their depth of knowledge and experience are invaluable.
Ace T., Charlotte, NCInvaluable Knowledge and Experience
Community Association Management has done a very good job for us . They provide good expense management and provide prompt monthly reports regarding all expenditures. Likewise , they have been quick to respond to the various problems that seem to always come up from time to time . In conclusion , I would highly recommend their organization.
Frank M., Charlotte ,NCGood Expense Management....
“I would like to thank Community Association Management for the fine job this past year. We had our annual meeting and our Property Manager did an excellent job covering the meeting. As I told the new board and the members present, I feel my finest achievement this past year was to bring your organization on board to be our management partner. Thank you again for making my second year as president easier and more rewarding.”
Thank You!Rich, Kannapolis NC
We were recently switched to Community Association Management with your buyout of Cline & Company. I wanted to take a moment to tell you how much of an asset our Portfolio Manager is to your company. The Manager made our transition from Cline Company seamless and the attention we receive from the Manager and your company in general is unmatched. Not to mention the tools and options made available to us. I think I can speak for myself, fellow board members, and also our community in saying that w…
Warren W. Charlotte, NCUnmatched Service!
In the past, we felt like we did not get much support due to our size or the lack of effort from the person handling our account. I do not feel that way with Community Association Management. Our Property Manager has been very active in what we are trying to accomplish in our community and providing us with a variety of options. We are currently going through trying to figure out what to do about our roofing situation. The manager provided us good options and now we are in the process of startin…
Darlene Z. Charlotte, NCPhenomenal Support!
I honestly do not have the vocabulary to describe how much Community Association Management means to our community, and what a wonderful Job you do for our community. You treat us like we are the only community you manage. We feel so taken care of and well run. Thank you!
Dallas M. Indian Trail, NCI don't have the words....
I am very pleased with our Portfolio Manager and Community Association Management in general. Both have met my expectations and in many cases they have exceeded them!
D.Ciszewski, Raleigh, NCExceeded My Expectations!
“Community Management is a very professionally run organization, with all of the aids and assistance necessary to help a HOA board of directors answer to their community’s needs.”
Professionally Run OrganizationB. Chiles, Greenwood Terrace - Charlotte NC
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