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Dog Droppings

A member association has a problem with people walking dogs and not picking up after them. This issue is beginning to create a rift between pet owners and others. Its Board is considering options to deal with this issue and thought it might benefit from other folks' successes and regrets. The member association has created this survey and asked MLCA to conduct it.

Pool Opening

A member association has concerns about the when and how to re-open its swimming pool and wants to see what other associations are considering. As of May 18, public pools in South Carolina may open under recommended guidelines from the CDC. To get a handle on what our local association members are doing, it would be appreciated if each member association with a swimming pool would provide the information requested by clicking here.

General Information Questionnaire

In an effort to better serve our members, MLCA is building a database of general information common to many HOAs/POAs which we believe will lead to an overall increase in our communication effectiveness. The information should make it easier for MLCA to direct member requests to other associations likely to have similar issues. It would be appreciated if each member association would provide the information requested by clicking the link below. The questionnaire is very short.

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Public Service Announcement: Records Retention

We recently had a new member ask for information about what records are required to be kept and for how long. Click here for the pertinent part of South Carolina law on this subject found in the South Carolina Nonprofit Corporation Act.


Public Service Announcement: Registered Agents

Do you know the identity of your association's Registered Agent? Who can be a Registered Agent? Do you know what a Registered Agent does? What happens if your association doesn't have a functioning Registered Agent? How can a Registered Agent be changed? Click here for our recent Public Service Announcement on the subject.

Annual Meeting &
"What Every HOA Board Member Needs To Know" Workshop

Over 50 MLCA members participated in this year's annual meeting on October 22nd at the Waterside Crossing clubhouse. After a brief break and refreshments, attorney Andrew Smith of the Airey Law Firm then presented an in-depth workshop titled "What Every HOA Board Member Needs to Know". Andy shared much critical information and answered numerous "issue specific" questions from the audience. Members can access a copy of the presentation via this link, where you will be required to log in with the password and id you were previously provided.

Your POA/HOA Not An MLCA Member Yet?

If your owner's association is not yet a member of MLCA, they should be! Click this link for our latest membership brochure for additional details regarding our recent activities and programs as well as a list of our current membership. As we like to say, "NONE of us is as smart as ALL of us!" Together, we can make a difference and improve the effectiveness of all of our owner organizations. Join us!

Reporting to Credit Agencies

Many associations report difficulties in getting all owners to pay dues/fees. After the 2019 Annual Meeting, some attendees broached the idea of using credit agencies. The meeting's guest presenter, attorney Andy Smith, provided an interesting article on this topic, "Can You, and Should You, Report HOA Delinquencies to Credit Agencies?" which is provided to you in the following link: creditAgencies.pdf

Senior Homestead Exemption

Christy Hubbard, the Oconee County Auditor, recently sent us this notice to county residents regarding an exemption from property taxes for homeowners over age 65, totally and permanently disabled or legally blind. This exemption is on the first $50,000 of value and is IN ADDITION TO the exemption for school operating purposes. Questions to Ms. Hubbard at chubbard@oconeesc.com.

MLCA Works for You

To ensure that MLCA continues to focus on the right issues, and devotes our energy and resources to areas where you will gain the greatest benefit, we need on-going input of our members. We also have room on our board to add like-minded, pro-active neighbors who, like us, are interested in making the upstate's communities the most effective they can be. If you're a current or former board member of your owners association and would like to work more closely with us, we encourage you to reach out to us at

for more information about joining our board.

Of Interest

Surveys have been conducted to poll area communities asking HOAs questions on wide-ranging topics that could help you or your community tackle some difficult or complex issues. Click the SURVEYS Navigation Link from any page. If your community has an issue or problem with which it could use advice or perspectives from other associations that might have "been there, done that," send some questions to MLCA at

We will take a survey for you.

Recent Survey Results

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Query: High-Speed Digital Fiber Optic

A local owners association is considering installing a high-speed digital fiber optic network to provide internet and television to its homeowners. They have had conversations with Hotwire, Charter Spectrum, and Earthlink. They requested feedback from other members about any conversations held with any company about a high-speed digital fiber optic network. Click here for results.

MLCA Mission: To provide resources and assistance for area Home Owner Associations (HOAs) and Property Owner Associations (POAs) to more successfully deal with common problems, community issues, and legislation that impact our lifestyle, the lakes, and property values. We seek to leverage the collective knowledge and influence of our member HOAs/POAs in political, legislative, and purchased service areas to achieve this mission.