Updated: Jun 3
As the laws that govern community associations in Georgia and other states continue to evolve, it is vital to ensure that these laws provide adequate oversight and protection for community association members.
One way to do this would be to require mandatory training for community association board officers and members. This training would cover the association's governing documents, financial management, and dispute resolution. It also helps to ensure that board members are aware of their legal obligations and the rights of association members.
Besides mandatory training, it would also be beneficial to establish a system of oversight for community associations. Federal, state, local government, or a combination of all government agencies, could create and oversee this system. This oversight would ensure that community associations comply with the laws and that they are not abusing their power, amongst other things.
By requiring mandatory training for board members and establishing a system of oversight, we can ensure that community associations are governed fairly and transparently. This will protect association members' rights and help build trust between members and their boards.
To answer your question, yes, this proposal would include broad oversight and enforcement. The goal would be to standardize governing board behavior and hold them accountable for their actions. This could be done by creating standards for board conduct, establishing a process for investigating complaints, and imposing sanctions for law violations and the association's governing documents.
The proposed oversight system would be like the ACCG and GMA of Georgia but would have more teeth. The ACCG and GMA are voluntary organizations that provide training and resources to county commissioners and city council, respectively. However, they need the authority to enforce compliance with the laws and community governing documents. The proposed oversight system would be mandatory, and a government agency would implement it.
This proposal would be beneficial for both community associations and their members. It would help to ensure that community associations are governed fairly and transparently, and it would protect the rights of association members.