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  • As you create your HOA board, your goal is to create a solid platform for providing the best possible living experience for all of the members of your community. Unfortunately, there will be times when there is conflict within the HOA--or worse, times when members have a conflict of interest.…

    Advances in smart home technology provide convenience while at the same time saving you money and helping the environment.  This technology is especially useful when it comes to landscaping and green spaces. Part of the growing Internet of Things (IoT) that connect devices to the internet, systems such as Smart…

  • Your Community Association may be planning an event for the fourth of July but even if not, its important residents know how to safely celebrate. Every year more than 50,000 fires are caused by fireworks in the US and most of those occur on Independence Day. Making patterns in the…

  • Animals are very much a part of our families. Most of us enjoy animals as personal pets but for some, animals provide important service. There is a fine line between service animals, emotional support animal, and pets. Understanding the difference is important for enforcing pet restrictions in your HOA. Associations must…

    Part 2 : Collections and Remedies for Assessments Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 COLLECTION PROCEDURES AND REMEDIES Enforcement of collection procedures and remedies should be prompt, systematic, and aggressive.  When a payment is late, your community association collection policy should tell you: When late notices are to…

    The primary purpose of an HOA is to manage, maintain, and repair common areas. This often requires contracts with 3rd party vendors for services such as landscaping, plumbing, and painting. Vendor contracts are a large responsibility of HOA boards. While board members cycle off, the signed vendor contracts remain, leaving…

  • Part 1: Assessments Defined Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 What is an Assessment?  An assessment (sometimes referred to as a Maintenance Fee) is an Owner’s financial obligation to a community association during a given period of time (typically one year).  It covers the owner’s share of the…

    Conveyance fees are a part of doing business. When it comes to transferring HOA fees, the amount charged can vary depending upon the HOA. Just the word "fees" tends to make consumers cringe, whether they are buying a home or a new vehicle. Learning how conveyance fees apply to real…