If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you’ll have heard this before: Board member education and training is a key to successfully running your community and keeping the peace. With a slew of regulations, laws, and processes that boards have to keep up with, it’s no wonder that a frequent cause of tension or disputes is really caused by confusion or miscommunication. Rarely is it the case that a dispute’s root cause is malice or bad intent.

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Let’s be honest: a very, very tiny minority of HOA and condo boards--or their members--have nefarious intentions. Very often, disputes between the board and the community arise because of poor communication, inconsistent application of processes or simply failing to stay up-to-date on ever-changing legal regulations. While disputes in your community are nothing to scoff at, oversights in the legal arena could have dire consequences for not only your board but also for the long-term viability of your community.

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As an HOA or condo association board, keeping up with the latest legal regulations can be a tough chore. To help you stay attuned to the most recent developments in Maryland HOA law, Comsource has pulled together this update on the 2018 Maryland legislative session as it pertains to HOA and condo association operations.

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As part of your board you are an ambassador for the association and the community. How you behave, what you say and what you post will have an impact on how your board is perceived by the residents and the public at large.

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Social media is an outstanding tool for disseminating information, creating community and accurately targeting the right audiences for your messages. However, there are risks involved. HOAs and condo association boards must take a proactive and educated approach to this communication tool to avoid negative consequences.

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The world of social media presents its users with a double-edged sword. On the one hand, users enjoy access to troves of information, can remain connected with friends and family and comment on silly videos or hot political topics. However, social media also has its pitfalls and dangers, like Facebook collecting and sharing personal information without permission or a video or Tweet that goes out and can’t be taken back before the damage is done.

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As an HOA board, keeping up with the latest legal regulations can be a daunting task when coupled with the myriad responsibilities your members face daily.

To help you stay abreast of the most recent developments in Maryland HOA law, Comsource has aggregated the new Maryland HOA laws for 2018 from a variety of reliable legal sources.

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