6/12/2012

Serving on a community association board can give a resident the sense they are making a difference in their community, but it can also add stress when they need to enforce rules, are subject to unrealistic demands by fellow neighbors and have to navigate the fine line between governing and overstepping their legal bounds. "It's a lot of responsibility," says Dave Biemel, who serves on the Arielle Condominium Association board in Sarasota, Fla. "Even something like towing a car that's illegally parked -- if we do tow it, does the association stand some chance of being sued?"

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