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  • Are you an HOA board member who's struggling with your association's tax return? Filing an HOA or condo association tax return can be challenging if you've never done it before or don't understand the rules or what's involved in the process. Maybe you didn't even realize that your HOA is…

    Plumbing may seem like a dull subject, but water leaks are far from mundane. Not only can it cost you money, but it can also wreak havoc in your home, damaging walls, floors, and even its very foundation.  Leaks can also result in contaminated drinking water and be harmful to…

    You may be a member of a community association but not be familiar with all of the positions and responsibilities of each board member. Maybe you haven't ever thought about who does what and who is responsible for different things within your community association board, but each member has a…

  • As a member of a Common Interest Community Association (HOA or Condo Association), you are required to share the costs of maintaining and operating the common areas of your community. Additionally, you may be responsible for shared amenities like a clubhouse or even the community shared entrance gate. You may…

    Finding a well-qualified management company is critical to keeping the daily operations of any Community Association running without a hitch. Searching for a new management company can increase board members' stress levels so it helps to have a list of the best questions to ask while searching for your new…

    Homeownership rates are steady, but that can change at any time. Affordable single family homes are hard to find in most areas, and particularly difficult in more expensive urban centers. Jurisdictions at all levels are trying to address the affordable housing issue in a number of ways, some of which…

  • All homeowner associations have access to sensitive owners' data. From social security numbers and driver license information to credit card numbers, you are responsible for keeping them out of the wrong hands by boosting your cyber security efforts. According to RiskBased Security, in the first half of 2019, over 3,800…

    Just the word "meeting" may cause some association members to roll their eyes. If there's one meeting that members should invest time attending, it is the HOA annual meeting. This core meeting provides a big picture of governance, goals, budgets, and more. By following several important steps, your board can…

    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…

  • Deed restrictions can cover everything from the color you paint your home to who you can sell it to, to whether you can have a pet or a home business. Many new homeowners find themselves wondering if their Deed Restrictions are still valid from when their homes were built. When…

    Over 65% of households in the United States have pets, and many of them have dogs. Dogs can often cause conflict in any community association – and the largest cause of such conflict is, usually the waste, or more specifically how that waste is dealt with by the owners. Irresponsible…

    Are you a community board member who's worried about the security of your community? One of the best ways to deter burglars is by having a security system. In fact, every 13 seconds, a home burglary occurs in our country. Besides providing protection, security cameras can give residents peace of…