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MLCA and FOLKS (Friends of Lake Keowee) working together

FOLKS and MLCA serve many of the same constituents as we pursue our specific missions. In many cases, our efforts overlap and our close working relationship strengthens the impact that we can have. It's just one more example of our belief that NONE of us is as smart as ALL of us! Click here for an article about MLCA that was published in the most recent edition of the FOLKS Sentinel. If you live in the vicinity of Lake Keowee and are not yet a member of FOLKS, you should consider joining. Details regarding their specific mission can be found by clicking on the "Useful Links" tab above. After doing so, you will also find a link to FOLKS web site.


Public Service Announcement re Property Management Services

MLCA receives questions periodically from members about management companies. Concierge Plus, an online property management service, recently contacted us. They provide services such as centralized communications and document storage, online amenity reservations, and streamlined operations of routine community functions. While they normally deal with large associations, they say they serve many small ones. Their website is www.conciergeplus.com.

Interested communities may contact Chris Cooney, Senior Sales Executive at T: 305-850-7676 x128 — M: 786-667-0056 or their general sales number 1-888-979-1717.

MLCA never endorses specific products or services. Any questions regarding this product or service should be addressed directly with Concierge Plus as MLCA has no relationship with this supplier.


Public Service Announcement: High-Speed Internet Follow-Up

Subsequent to the recent high-speed internet query conducted on behalf of The Summit Owners Association, we received additional input regarding another local high-speed internet service provider. Interested communities may contact Jeff Hopkins at Net Doctors SC, LLC (Office 864-882-1650 Cell 864-506-3076). Their website is www.netmds.com.

MLCA never endorses specific products or services. Any questions regarding this product or service should be addressed directly with Net Doctors as MLCA has no relationship with this supplier.


Welcome Home

How good a job does your POA/HOA do welcoming new residents into your community? Read this article from the Community Associations Institute for recommendations on how to improve this important process.


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!

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

Click here for full list

Query: Mud From Contractors

Wellington Pointe is fortunate to have several homes being built now. The problem is contractor vehicles are dragging mud all over the roads. Other neighborhoods post signs saying that the contractor would be fined if they did the same. Wellington Pointe is curious about how enforceable a fine like that would be, or if there are other ideas that could help them keep roadways clear. Click here for results.

Survey: Trailer Storage

A member association board is considering turning part of an unused community common area into a boat/trailer storage lot. They are interested to know what other communities have done with regard to installing such a facility. The developer is no longer involved with the community and the plan is to have the area fenced and locked. Click here for results.

Survey: Camera Security Systems

Because of a high degree of interest in new security technology, MLCA expanded and updated a survey taken in 2013 on Camera Security Systems. Click here for results.

Survey: Opening Owner Association Swimming Pools

As of Monday, May 18, public swimming pools in South Carolina were allowed to open under recommended guidelines from the CDC. All association owned swimming pools in South Carolina are defined as public pools even though the general public is not allowed access. A member association had concerns about the when and how to re-open its swimming pool and wanted to see what other associations were considering, so it requested this survey. Click here for results.

Survey: 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. 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.