Emerald Management Blog
“When should a community association board or manager call an attorney?” My answer falls into two categories of circumstances: (1) obvious and objective; or (2) less evident and subjective. The first category is obvious, such as when the association receives a letter from an attorney requesting, threatening or demanding action, or when the association is served with a summons and complaint. The association should not delay in forwarding the document(s) to its attorney, as deadlines may be missed which could significantly prejudice or harm the association.
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Emergency preparedness is often viewed as a topic that relates to large-scale storm or earthquake-related concerns. And yes, it is indeed wise to be prepared for such major events.
Email is an incredibly useful tool for board members given everyone’s busy schedule and the number of issues that arise between board meetings. But, like many tools, email can be a dangerous thing if used improperly. Just remember, it is not unusual for owners to request certain association records, including any emails to or from board members about association business. They will argue that any such email is an association record; and they are therefor entitled to review and copy any such communication. Unit owners can always demand to see non-privileged association records. For Or
The use of executive session is often a confusing and misunderstood function of a community association board’s powers. We commonly see both over and under use of this privilege by well intentioned, but misinformed, boards. The law differs between Washington and Oregon. In Oregon, both the Condominium Act and Planned Community Act mirror one another and expressly address executive session in the following manner: All meetings of the board of directors of the association shall be open to owners, except that at the discretion of the board, the board may close the meeting to owners other tha
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