Month: September 2016

The Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act Reforms Federal Housing Administration Project Approval Requirements

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09/06/2016Casey, Deborah M.

Since 2009, condominium associations have raised concerns about changes to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) project approval requirements and the number of condominium associations eligible and applying for FHA approval have dropped significant.  In response to those concerns, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HOTMA) was unanimously approved in the U.S. House of Representatives and… Read more »

Books and Records

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09/05/2016Casey, Deborah M.

Association books and records are the subject of considerable scrutiny, in and out of court.  Association members demand and are entitled to access to records for a variety of reasons: evaluating board decisions, staying informed, and communicating with members.  Such demands can also be misused and abused as well, such as attempting to manufacture a… Read more »

Short-Term Rentals: A Practical Guide

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09/03/2016Casey, Deborah M.

On September 20, 2016, Vandeventer Black hosted its complimentary Coffee & Conversations discussion series for Community Associations to discuss the practical implications of leasing, including short-term leasing, in community associations. Over the last several years, websites like AirBNB, VRBO and HomeAway have made it easier to lease our homes to others.  These websites have become… Read more »

Updates on Employment Eligibility

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09/01/2016Vandeventer Black

Have You Accessed E-Verify Lately?  Effective August 1, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) will deactivate E-Verify accounts that have not been accessed in 270 days.  To avoid losing your company’s E-Verify user identification credentials and account, ensure that someone from the company logs into E-Verify at least once every 270 days… Read more »