The Arizona Legislature opened the Fifty-fifth First Regular Session on Monday, January 11, 2021. Our firm anticipates that there will be numerous community association bills introduced this legislative session. Every week during the legislative session, Mulcahy Law Firm P.C. will provide this summary of proposed bills impacting community associations. If you would like to be involved in the legislative process, [...]
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How to Build Community Spirit During Challenging Times We have witnessed heartwarming community spirit across our nation since the beginning of the pandemic. Community spirit has brought hope throughout this strange and uncertain time. At the onset of the pandemic, community members and neighbors joined together on lawns, at windows, on balconies, and on street corners to give frontline and [...]
2020 SUMMARY OF ARIZONA LEGISLATION REGARDING COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS 2020 was an unusual year for the Arizona Legislature due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arizona Legislature opened the Fifty-fourth Second Regular Session on January 13, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arizona Legislature adjourned early on March 23, 2020 after passing a “skinny budget” for the next fiscal year. [...]
This Mulcahy Cheat Sheet will: (1) simplify and make Governor Ducey’s recent Executive Order easy to understand; (2) help your association make the best possible decisions as you re-open (or chose to not reopen) common areas; and (3) limit the liability of the board and your association during these unprecedented times. Quick Recap of Governor Ducey’s Executive Orders on COVID-19 [...]
Board Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic Like it or not, the COVID-19 pandemic is changing how Arizona planned communities and condominiums conduct business. Due to Governor Ducey’s “Stay Home” Order and CDC social distancing recommendations, in-person board meetings are no longer recommended at this time. However, Arizona planned communities and condominiums are still obligated to comply with the Arizona Open [...]
Using the DISC Personality to Help Your Association Get Along and Get things Done! DISC® is the leading personal assessment tool used by over 1 million people every year to improve work productivity, teamwork and communication. The DISC profile is a non-judgmental tool used for discussion of people's behavioral differences. If you participate in a DISC program, you'll be asked [...]
Numerous books and lectures have covered the topic of how to successfully negotiate. In a community association setting, the process of negotiating can take several forms –negotiating the terms of a contract with a vendor, negotiating a settlement with a homeowner, negotiating community strategy amongst the board, etc. If you listen to the experts, you’ll notice several common themes, which [...]
Unfortunately, the majority of media coverage involving community associations is negative. With that in mind, it is important for your community to be prepared in the event that the media contacts the board and/or is covering a story involving the community. The two most common scenarios where a community association will receive media coverage are (1) a conflict with a [...]
2019 Arizona Legislative Update Regarding Community Associations The Arizona Legislature adjourned on May 28, 2019. The effective (or start) date for all bills signed by Governor Ducey is August 27, 2019, unless otherwise specified. SUMMARY OF SENATE BILL 1531 - HOAs; Assessments; Costs The law amends ARS 33-1256 and ARS 33-1807 and therefore applies to both condominiums and planned communities. It [...]
There are thousands of community associations in Arizona today. Characteristics of a Community Association All owners become members of a community association when they accept a deed to a lot/unit located in a community association. The governing documents (i.e. CC&Rs, articles of incorporation, bylaws and rules and regulations) create obligations on the part of the homeowners and the community association. [...]