Condominiums can provide all of the advantages of traditional homes, as well as affording other benefits such as recreational facilities, group activities and close proximity to shopping and other destination points. But the quasi-municipal nature of a condominium community means that elected representatives and property managers can have a myriad of issues to deal with in managing the neighborhood. This often amounts to amateurs dealing with decisions that a professional might handle better. Even among professional property management companies, some managers are more educated in the industry and more actively involved in their communities than others.
Bridging the gap between the resident, the community and the town or borough where the community is located is part of the job of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), an organization devoted to education and advocacy for community associations across the nation.
CAI is a national organization dedicated to fostering vibrant, competent, harmonious community associations. For more than 30 years, CAI has been the leader in providing education and resources to the volunteer homeowners who govern community associations and the professionals who support them. Members include community association volunteer leaders, professional managers, community management firms, and other professionals and companies that provide products and services to associations. Currently, there are more than 50 nationwide chapters.
CAI introduces and advocates for HOA-friendly legislation and disseminates information to help boards and residents run their associations more effectively and efficiently. CAI's Long Island chapter helps HOAs and condo building communities to educate residents, elected leaders and managers. The group covers HOAs and condo building communities from the Hamptons to the borders of Brooklyn and Queens.
CAI Long Island's territory includes Nassau and Suffolk counties. Though the group's territory is sizable, its reputation and membership are still growing and could grow much larger, given the population of its territory. This young CAI chapter has just started, though, and it has grown fast in the short time that it has existed.