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Determine How to Use Association's Unexpected Income

October 11, 2018    
Associations, whether large or small, depend heavily on money to operate. Every aspect of keeping a community safe and running smoothly has a cost associated with it. Too often, associations make the news for negative financial reasons—fraud, bankruptcy, or other shortfalls that disrupt the...
Risk Management

Take 10 Steps to Head Off Financial Fraud

October 11, 2018    
Keeping track of finances is an integral part of running a community association. There’s typically a regular flow of money being collected and paid out on a day-to-day basis in order to ensure continuous operations. But, although dealing with cash can be overwhelming, it’s crucial not...
Cutting Costs

Catch Common Overbilling Errors When Using Contractors in Community

October 11, 2018    
With so many things in an association-run community depending on cash flow, one of a manager’s most important duties is to carefully watch costs. But there are so many other aspects of managing a community—such as hiring and training staff, keeping on top of maintenance, and fielding...
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How to Handle Disability-Related Requests for Modifications

September 14, 2018    
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990, and the Fair Housing Act (FHA) was amended in 1988 to add protections for individuals with disabilities. But despite the length of time that these laws have been around, there’s still misinformation and confusion about how they...
Q & A

Paying Workers' Comp for Fair Share of Physical Injuries at Community

September 14, 2018    
 Q:  An on-site employee in the community I manage was injured. The employee had issues from an injury he suffered before working for the association. The association is required to pay workers’ compensation benefits for his current injury, but it seems unfair that we are...
Recent Court Rulings

Neighbor Objects When Family Allowed to Install Fence Around Their Yard

September 14, 2018    
FACTS: An Ohio homeowner’s association fended off a lawsuit from a resident who objected to its handling of a reasonable accommodation that allowed her next-door neighbors to fence their yard to protect their young daughter from a water hazard. Both families lived in single-family homes with...
Recent Court Rulings

Association Not Liable for 'Open and Obvious' Sidewalk Defect

September 14, 2018    
Facts:  A townhouse-style condominium resident who was living with the owner of the unit, his mother, tripped and fell on the sidewalk in front of the townhouse. He claimed that the fall was due to the sidewalk being “uneven.” He sued the association in a premises liability lawsuit...
In the News

Unhappy Trails for HOA and Local Equestrian at Land Use Impasse

September 14, 2018    
A Santa Fe homeowners association hopes that mediation will lead to a settlement that would exclude horse riders from using the association’s network of trails. A local ranch owner who has used the trails for 25 years—long before the community was built—is arguing that a so-called...
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How to Avoid Court by Using 'Alternative Dispute Resolution'

August 20, 2018    
Inevitably, in any homeowners association or condominium, there will be community-related conflicts. The bad news for associations when a dispute arises is that going to court can be extremely expensive, and the association might end up paying for litigation costs in the end. The good news when a...
Q & A

Fighting Challenge to Maintenance Fee Changes

August 20, 2018    
Q: The association for the community I manage is a nonprofit corporation where all lot owners are members of the corporation. The association recently decided to assess higher maintenance fees for those lots that have better and nearly sole access to some of the community’s amenities. The...