Condo Media - August 2010 - (Page 22)

HOMEOWNER’S CORNER Rights & Responsibilities Principles for Homeowners and Community Leaders ore than a destination at the end of the day, a community is a place people want to call home and where they feel at home. This goal is best achieved when homeowners, non-owner residents and association leaders recognize and accept their rights and responsibilities. It is with this challenge in mind that CAI developed Rights and Responsibilities for Better Communities. M Homeowners Have the Right To: • A responsive and competent community association. • Honest, fair and respectful treatment by community leaders and managers. • Participate in governing the community association by attending meetings, serving on committees and standing for election. • Access appropriate association books and records. • Prudent expenditure of fees and other assessments. • Live in a community where the property is maintained according to established standards. • Fair treatment regarding financial and other association obligations, including the opportunity to discuss payment plans and options with the association before foreclosure is initiated. • Receive all documents that address rules and regulations governing the community association — if not prior to purchase and settlement by a real estate agent or attorney, then upon joining the community. • Appeal to appropriate community leaders those decisions affecting non-routine financial responsibilities or property rights. Homeowners Have the Responsibility To: • Read and comply with the governing documents of the community. • Maintain their property according to established standards. • Treat association leaders honestly and with respect. • Vote in community elections and on other issues. • Pay association assessments and charges on time. • Contact association leaders or managers, if necessary, to discuss financial obligations and alternative payment arrangements. • Request reconsideration of material decisions that personally affect them. • Provide current contact information to association leaders or managers to help ensure they receive information from the community. • Ensure that those who reside on their property (e.g., tenants, relatives and friends) adhere to all rules and regulations. For a complete listing of the CAI Rights and Responsibilities, visit CM Ask the professional BERNIE GITLIN Over 30 years experience insuring your needs 781-449-4440 FAX 781-449-9616 175 Highland Ave. Needham, MA 02494 22 CONDO MEDIA • AUGUST 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Condo Media - August 2010

Condo Media - August 2010
From the CED’s Desk
Editorial Board
CAI News
CAI Regional News
Asked & Answered
Homeowner’s Corner
Sue & Be Sued
Vendor Spotlight
Industry Perspective
Volunteer Spotlight
Advertisers Index
Classified Service Directory

Condo Media - August 2010