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Community Associations and Parliamentary Procedure

by Jim Slaughter, JD, CPP-T, PRPjim_slaughter

Laws should be like clothes.  They should be made to fit the people they serve,” advised Clarence Darrow.  Similarly, the procedures used during meetings should be made to fit the particular organization as well as the particular meeting.

BOARD PROCEDURES
Conduct of business often varies by assembly size.  Most parliamentary manuals provide that the conduct in smaller boards and committees can be more informal.  Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (10th Edition) suggests that the formal procedure used by larger groups could hinder business in a board meeting of fewer than a dozen.  As a result, smaller boards and committees can follow an informal procedure, such that:

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Lifting the HOA Veil

In real estate sales, sellers are required to disclose any material fact that any prudent buyer would want to know before completing a purchase. Property located over a toxic waste dump would be an obvious example of disclosure and the need for it. There are less catastrophic issues, like roof condition or a leaking crawlspace but the idea is the same.
 
Anything that could negatively impact the value or marketability of the property needs to be divulged before closing. While there are usually statutory disclosure requirements of single family house sellers, these same disclosures are generally not required of homeowner association home sellers. This is a huge problem and here’s why:

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