Newsletter | April 2019 Print

Making CAI work for YOU!

Join us for our next chapter meeting on Thursday, May 23 and learn how to make CAI work for you!

David Jennings, VP of Education from the CAI National office will be our speaker and he will talk about all the educational opportunities that CAI offers for homeowner leaders, managers and business partners.

Ashley Mac's will be catering a delicous breakfast for us.

Don't miss this upcoming breakfast meeting and click here to register for it today!

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We are still looking for another meeting sponsor!

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Julia at [email protected] or at 205-547-0733.


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Homeowners! 2019 Board Leadership Development Workshop

Calling all homeowners! Whether you live in a condominium, homeowners association (HOA) or other type of community the Board Leadership Development Workshop  highlights what every board member needs to know to serve effectively.

This year's Board Leadership Development Workshop will be an all-day workshop held on Saturday, June 1 at Stillwaters in Dadeville, AL.

Click here to learn more about this workshop and register today!

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Living in Your Neighbor’s Backyard? Here’s How to Keep the Peace

by Kris Toffel, Associa McKay Management

If you’ve visited a newer neighborhood recently, you may have noticed that yards are getting smaller and houses are getting closer together. Whether it’s because homeowners don’t want to manage the maintenance and upkeep that comes with having a large yard, or developers are trying to make better use of their space, the small yard trend seems to be here to stay. Unfortunately, with this newfound popularity comes a different set of issues for both homeowners and HOAs alike

What issues can a small backyard cause?

While many people may not consider the size of a yard to be a factor when purchasing a home, it’s important to be aware of the issues that could arise if the backyard is small. Noise complaints – like loud music, dogs barking, or children playing – tend to be the most common issues. These loud noises cause a distraction and can be disruptive to the time you spend enjoying your own backyard.

How can you keep the peace?

When issues arise between neighbors, most people tend to avoid taking the confrontational route and instead let their association handle the problem by sending a violation or non-compliance letter to the resident at fault. Unfortunately, this could create a bigger problem, because in most cases, the violator knows exactly who sent the letter and tensions could rise. The following are three ways you can keep the peace, so situations don’t get out of hand.

1. Meet your neighbors.

In the “old days,” it was customary to welcome a new family to the neighborhood by stopping by with a sweet treat. Revive that tradition and get to know who lives around you. Say hello at the mailbox or connect on a community platform like TownSq to meet your neighbors and start your relationship on the right foot before any issues arise.

2. Be neighborly.

After you meet your neighbors, you should continue to build that relationship by being neighborly. Being neighborly doesn’t have to be complicated – it’s as simple as offering to pick up your neighbor’s newspaper or keeping an eye on their home while they’re out of town.  

3. Work together to resolve issues.

If you have a strong relationship with your neighbors, it’s easier to work together to resolve issues. For example, if your neighbor’s children are staying outside late to play, and they know you have to wake up early for work, they’ll be more likely to work with you to find a compromise. Remember, you should always address issues face-to-face and be open to all sides.

What can you do if relationships are strained?

If you’ve already tried speaking with your neighbors, and they’re ignoring your requests, you can seek other avenues to resolve your issues. Keep in mind that covenants and violations do exist for a reason - so getting your HOA involved is an option, or you can contact a city compliance officer. While many people take these measures immediately, it’s recommended that they’re used as a last resort because having a strained relationship with someone who lives ten feet away is never good. If you do your best to build a relationship with your neighbors, it’ll be easy to keep the peace while living in each other’s backyards. 

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Upcoming Webinar

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 1 - 2 p.m.

Turning the Big 3-0! Creating a Plan for Aging Community Buildings

Where were you in the 1980s? Many condominium buildings and homes within community associations were built during that decade, making them 30 years old today and nearing their expected useful life. Learn about the evolution of building technology since the 1980s, common concerns from residents who live in aging buildings and homes, and how to address the future of 30-year-old structures. Reaching 30 years old is an important milestone for any community. Creating a plan to address liability and necessary upgrades ensures many more years of success!

Click here to register for this live webinar.


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