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  • As an HOA board member, it is inevitable that at some point, you will have to deliver bad news to homeowners and the members of your community. Depending on the gravity of the issue, bad news can trigger misunderstandings that result in lengthy legal battles and diminished trust between you…

    Saving money is an admirable goal and one that many of us try to accomplish, but when you are running an HOA, it can be challenging to know the best way to cut costs without sacrificing your community's well-being. No HOA wants to increase its assessments, and owners would be…

    Earlier this week, we started a discussion on changing your community rules, starting with the very basics of reviewing the current laws and ensuring that the new rule you are considering is supported by most of your community homeowners or the board members. Continuing this week, we will discuss precisely…

  • Every HOA and condo association is defined by its governing rules. The rules in the By-Laws and the CC&Rs shape how the community functions and the conduct that all homeowners must share. The rules can be loose or precise, relaxed or strict - but one thing is certain: The content…

    If the title didn't already have your mouth watering, wait until you actually taste these decadent and delicious St. Patrick's day inspired treats. Make a batch to share with your neighbors but don't blame us if you eat a few (or all of them) before they ever make it out…

  • Most people would not consider roofing to be a hot-button issue unless managing a community association. HOAs and Condo Associations commonly find themselves facing conflicts regarding community roofing. Who pays for HOA roofing? How can members stay compliant with community roofing standards? Can you hire your contractor, or do they need…

    The term 'developer-controlled community' can be confusing for homeowners, potential buyers, and even HOA board members. The confusion lies in control rights as bare pieces of land are being transformed into communities with more homes or units. At the beginning of land developments, the developer owns every unsold unit and…

    As the gray light of winter lifts into the clear, crisp mornings of Spring, people and plants alike feel revitalized by the promise of warm days ahead. For an HOA community, this means preparing for springtime landscaping with summer blooms not far behind. Cultivating a beautiful neighborhood is all about…

  • Are you moving into an HOA neighborhood? This process can be both exciting and challenging — especially for new homeowners. Fortunately, you can use a few tricks to help you adapt quickly to your new life. It doesn’t have to be so overwhelming. Here is how you can make your…

    Ponds or lakes are common features in homeownership associations residences. Ponds are created for various purposes, including fishing, collecting runoff, aesthetics, or conserving wildlife. Ponds require regular maintenance and monitoring to meet statutory or county standards. The association has a responsibility to ensure that these ponds or lakes are clean…

    The novel Covid-19 pandemic presented inevitable challenges to housing. Many individuals were rendered unable to meet their financial obligations, including mortgages, HOA fees, and other housing payments. *This article is not intended as legal advice or a replacement for consulting with your associations attorney. Federal, state, and local laws may…