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  • Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for a food drive. Not only is everyone thinking about the value of their possessions to be thankful for, but they are also clearing out their pantries for feast ingredients. Associations can share a great deal of Thanksgiving fun by planning for events and charity.…

    Everyone wants to feel safe and secure within their own community. Choosing the right balance of added protection while maintaining a welcoming entrance is often challenging. Local government regulations and added costs for association members can deter efforts aimed at better security. Finding the right balance is possible by learning…

    There's no doubt that green is hot in terms of helping the environment. When it comes to your HOA, green building initiatives can also help you save money. Achieving LEED certification for a building or neighborhood speaks volumes to potential and current members about the HOA's commitment to going green.…

  • Facing litigation from an HOA member is something all board of directors must take seriously. From pet issues to issues involving discrimination, knowing how to handle the situation is best left to a qualified attorney and a professional community association management team. Navigating real estate and other types of associated…

    Nothing is quite as unsettling as water pouring through your ceiling. Where is it coming from? How much is there? And how can you get it to stop? For condo owners and their management teams, plumbing issues are even more complex. Sharing walls and ceilings with other tenants makes the…

    It won't be long before Halloween decorations will be everywhere. It's a lot of fun to decorate for Halloween, but when you're a part of a community association or HOA, it can make it tricky. You certainly don't want to break any rules, but you should be able to celebrate…

  • Author’s Note and Disclaimer:  This article discusses Texas Property Owners Association (“POA”) Law and pertains to single family residential POA’s in Texas only.   Even though a man’s home is his castle, he is still obligated to abide by deed restrictions if that home is in a common interest development encumbered…

    If your Homeowner's Association (HOA) or Condo Association is relatively small, uncomplicated and already well run, you might be able to continue managing its work on your own.  For many HOA's, however, self-management becomes untenable.  They might think they have things well under control, but they could be facing substantial…

    Community association boards are bound to face many difficult decisions in the course of their work. Conflicts between individual owners and the board, financial hardships, unexpected disasters: there are many points where decisions need to be made, and a good board want to make choices that will benefit the entire…

  • Walking through the airport or clicking through your television, you may have come across a promotion from the United States Postal Service regarding “Informed Delivery”. Simply put, Informed Delivery allows homeowners to see what's in their mailbox from their email inbox. So what is this new feature from the USPS, clairvoyance? Magic?…

    Nearly all states require that HOAs organized as non-profit corporations file an annual report to the Secretary of State. Failure to do so can result in an association losing certain rights. Knowing what to file, when to file it, and whose responsibility it is to file are all vital to…

    If you’ve recently purchased a condo, then you’ve likely already had at least one encounter with your building’s condo board. They probably stopped in to give you the bylaws or review your owner responsibilities and welcomed you to your new home. You should read those bylaws front to back and…