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Communication

How to Handle Conflict in our Everyday Lives

Robert Frost once wrote, “We dance around in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.” It’s a phrase that holds true for many- especially in times of conflict when the situation feels hopeless and understanding the other side seems impossible. Conflict is a natural part of our day and

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Communication

Fair Housing and Conflict Resolution Regarding Community Associations

Community associations, like others operating in real estate and related professions, are subject to fair housing laws based on all protected classes and prohibitions covered.  As the number of communities increases, so does the likelihood that an association will be the recipient of a fair housing complaint. Complaints can be costly both in terms of

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Communication

Without Communication, Conflict is Inevitable

My office is responsible for answering questions and providing guidance for quite literally thousands of people every year. In addition to the daily phone calls and emails with association members, board members, managers and anyone else involved in community associations, the Office of the Common Interest Community Ombudsman also provides Determinations (they can be found

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Legal

HUD Says You Are Your Neighbor’s Keeper

Not so long ago, community associations safely viewed disputes between neighbors as neighbor-to-neighbor disputes that did not involve the association. Associations would typically direct the combatants to work it out among themselves. The disputes were rarely viewed as violations of the association’s covenants.  Even if they were seen as such, given the difficulty in proving

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