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More of the Same, Plenty to T hink About
obligation to comply with FHA and applicable state laws, does the association
have the right or obligation to insist that
the aging occupant who forgets that food
is cooking engage a live-in aide? Does the
association have the right or obligation
to spend association funds to clean out a
hoarder's unit and sanitize it to prevent
a spread of rodents or insects to other
units, or to prevent fires? Does an association increase its liability by failing
to take these actions or by undertaking
them? Does the association even belong
in these areas of occupant conduct?

While there are few definitive answers to many of these questions, it is
quite clear that over-55 communities
present numerous challenges that are
not addressed in, and probably were
not contemplated by, the Housing for
Older Persons Act. As these populations age and the occupants become
more fragile, it is clear that community
association law, when applied to over55 communities, requires increasing
familiarity with laws other than those
that simply permitted the creation of
these communities.

A DAY IN THE LIFE
OF A COMMUNITY
ASSOCIATION LAWYER
It was with a great deal of curiosity that
we attended a session covering a day in
the life of an association attorney. It was
a reaffirming and reassuring session. It
spoke to the various hats we wear every
day as community association lawyers,
which can feel like anything from a
10-gallon hat to a beret. At the end of a
day, community association attorneys
may have spent their time being teachers,
psychologists, coaches, mediators, parliamentarians, and problem solvers-
and may even do a little lawyering.
It was also reassuring to hear that attorneys from other states experience the
same time management problems as we
do in New England, including the expectations for instant answers. While this is
a problem everyone confronts in today's
omni-connected life, we sometimes lose
sight of the fact that we are not the only
ones trying to manage these expectations.  
It was also of particular benefit to hear
from our own Frank Lombardi, Esq., a
past president of CAI-NE, who spoke
about the business aspect of community
association practice. Frank covered everything from marketing to networking
to CAI educational sessions.
CONCLUSION
This year's CAI Law Seminar was again
an educational experience, but not
necessarily because of anything particularly novel or surprising. We agreed the
takeaway for all of us in this field is that it
would be a mistake to sleepwalk through
common issues. Use the skills and knowledge you have acquired but be sure to
keep your perspective fresh.  
Just because you're dealing with more
of the same, doesn't mean you don't have
plenty to worry about.
■ SCOTT ERIKSEN,
ESQ., IS A PARTNER
WITH THE LAW FIRM
PERKINS & ANCTIL,
AND ELLEN SHAPIRO,
ESQ., EBP, IS A PRINCIPAL WITH THE LAW FIRM
GOODMAN, SHAPIRO & LOMBARDI, LLC.

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