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  • Community Association Law

    Community Association Law Definition

    Community Association Law refers to the body of law that applies to common interest developments, including condominiums, planned developments, stock co-ops, homeowner associations, and commercial property owner associations.


    The practice of community association law includes, among other things:

    • Creating common interest developments, preparation of governing documents, review, revision, and amendment of governing documents.

    • Updating documents from time to time to comply with statutory changes.

    • Representing boards of directors of common interest development associations.

    • Representing members of common interest development association.

    • Writing opinion letters for boards of directors or members of associations, interpreting governing documents, and advising boards on enforcement of governing documents.

    • Assisting boards in collecting assessments or imposing discipline on members for violation of governing documents.

    • Advising associations with respect to contracts (management, landscaping, maintenance).

    • Counseling associations with respect to performance of statutory duties imposed upon associations.

    • Representing associations in defective design and construction lawsuits.

    • Attending board meetings and general membership meetings as counsel for the board of directors of an association.

    Lawyers whose practice is largely devoted to community association law are most likely to be members of the community association institute (CAI), and leading practitioners of community association law may be elected to membership in the College of Community Association Lawyers.

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