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  • 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…

    Updating and altering common areas of the building is often necessary to keep your property or neighborhood up-to-date. Old paint schemes need to be refreshed, furniture needs to be replaced, and landscaping needs to be redone. There are two questions that come into play here: Are the alterations covered by…

    Football season is officially here! And there are few better ways to kick off the season than an association football party. As you sit down to map out a plan, it is important to keep three goals in mind. First, try to come up with a theme that will entice…

  • Biometric technology is steadily growing in popularity in many areas, including many HOAs. This technology offers a number of advantages, including the ability to more tightly control access to common areas in your community. Unfortunately, biometric technology also comes with a number of challenges, including the fact that not every…

    As a board member of a Homeowners or Condo Owners Association, you’re on the front line for making sure that the common areas shared by your residents are maintained well and repaired promptly. One thing you certainly don’t look forward to is a midnight phone call about a breakdown in…

    Before starting on a community association paving project, it is important to understand what the various asphalt services are, as well as when and why you should apply them. Understanding this will save you money and ensure that your homeowners are happy and the curb value of your community remains…

  • A thriving HOA board is one comprised of members focused on doing what is best for the association. All it takes for disruption and sometimes, total chaos, is one board member who exhibits bullying behavior toward others. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines bullying as, "to treat someone in a cruel,…

    Do you know what costs homeowners associations, small communities and government agencies over 120 billion dollars annually? The answer is invasive species. Far beyond the monetary costs, invasive species create unsightly, unbalanced and unhealthy aquatic ecosystems. Unfortunately, human activity is responsible for most infestations. Whether you’re a part of a…

    By statute, an HOA's board of directors has the right to hold private meetings, called executive sessions, to discuss privileged information and private concerns. These meetings are highly rule-governed, and becoming acquainted with those rules will help you navigate this sensitive area of HOAs with poise and confidence. Attendance In…