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  • Exterior lighting plays an important role when it comes to the safety, crime prevention, and the aesthetics of a community association. When properly done with just the right amount of lights and wattage, exterior lighting is a valuable tool in keeping members safe from falls and thieves. It is also…

    Offside in ice hockey is defined as “a play is offside if a player on the attacking team enters the offensive zone before the puck, unless the puck is sent or carried there.”  Wikipedia When asked to write an article about association rule enforcement, violations and fines, I was asked to…

    We all know we need a commmunity association reserve study – well, we mostly do, right? However, do we utilize these reserve studies in the way that was intended? Are we USING these reserve studies to plan ahead, research and study possible scenarios? Proverb - Wiktionary - a fool and…

  • Homeowners' associations generally have rules and regulations - called the CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions). Owners in the development agree to abide by these rules when they move in, and also by any additional rules (bylaws). These governing documents generally state what the penalties are for breaking the rules. Fines…

    A community newsletter is a great way to connect with homeowners in your HOA. It lets them know about important events, refreshes their memory about rules that might have been forgotten, and helps bring the members of the HOA into closer community. There's just one problem: in order to have…

  • Since 2010, the FHA has required that entire condominium associations be certified before granting FHA backed loans to home buyers. Prior to 2010, the certification was only required for the individual unit. Condominium associations considering FHA certification must understand the FHA organization and what constitutes eligible projects. Equally important is understanding the…

    The relationship between the facilities manager and an association manager is a dynamic one that involves many gives and takes. Each person has their own role to fulfill along with responsibilities and tasks. They must be true to their constituents while still must be accommodating and compromising with the other…

    All too often, HOAs are the unfortunate targets of theft, fraud, and embezzlement. In some cases, embezzlement and other fraud cases last for an average of around 18 months--but some cases can drag on for more than four years! If you want to prevent your HOA from making the victims list,…

  • You may be surprised that over 21% of the US population resides in the community association regulated household. These communities are comprised condominiums, planned developments, gated communities, cooperatives, and townhouse communities. The homeowners in these communities are usually bhoound by the rules and regulations of the homeowner's association (HOA), and…

    The end of the year is approaching fast. One of the many things homeowners associations (HOAs) and condominium associations need to decide on is whether to do a financial review vs audit. While the two may sound similar, they are two very different tools an association can use to see…

    Homeowners' associations need HOA assessments to function. This means that when a homeowner becomes delinquent, the association could have problems. And when an owner files for bankruptcy, the association becomes one of their creditors. What happens next depends on the type of bankruptcy being filed. An owner may be filing…