The law that requires an association to hire a licensed property manager is really the law of common sense. It’s a very involved thing to run a community, and it makes sense to have a professional do it.
However, there’s no statutory requirement that you actually have a property manager. There is a statutory requirement that an association not pay any unlicensed person to manage their property. So in a small association, if the officers and directors want to self-manage, which I wouldn’t advise, but if they do, then they can do that, but they can’t expect to be paid for self-management.