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  • Animals are very much a part of our families. Most of us enjoy animals as personal pets but for some, animals provide important service. There is a fine line between service animals, emotional support animal, and pets. Understanding the difference is important for enforcing pet restrictions in your HOA. Associations must…

    Part 2 : Collections and Remedies for Assessments Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 COLLECTION PROCEDURES AND REMEDIES Enforcement of collection procedures and remedies should be prompt, systematic, and aggressive.  When a payment is late, your community association collection policy should tell you: When late notices are to…

    The primary purpose of an HOA is to manage, maintain, and repair common areas. This often requires contracts with 3rd party vendors for services such as landscaping, plumbing, and painting. Vendor contracts are a large responsibility of HOA boards. While board members cycle off, the signed vendor contracts remain, leaving…

  • Part 1: Assessments Defined Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 What is an Assessment?  An assessment (sometimes referred to as a Maintenance Fee) is an Owner’s financial obligation to a community association during a given period of time (typically one year).  It covers the owner’s share of the…

    Conveyance fees are a part of doing business. When it comes to transferring HOA fees, the amount charged can vary depending upon the HOA. Just the word "fees" tends to make consumers cringe, whether they are buying a home or a new vehicle. Learning how conveyance fees apply to real…

  • For many community associations the pool is a key amenity where neighbors can gather and enjoy the sun.  However, pools, especially freshwater pools, require a lot of maintenance. Some of that maintenance requires chemicals and actions that are less than sustainable but there are steps you can take to ensure a…

  • Electing the right people to the leadership board of your community association is essential for success. Board elections present the opportunity to vote the right people in and the wrong people out, depending upon the view of association members. For associations with cumulative voting, the election can result in a…