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Take Steps to Protect Association from Mold Claims, Lawsuits

October 29, 2018    
Mold in any property can present multiple serious health issues. It has been a controversial issue at residential properties in particular, because it can cause serious health problems and be expensive to remediate. Mold prevention techniques and effective remediation of existing mold should be...
Dealing with Members

Reduce Assessment Delinquencies with 'Acceleration' Policy

October 29, 2018    
The financial health of an association depends in large part on monthly payments from members. Those payments are integral because they pay for the services and amenities the members expect and are entitled to. Unfortunately, whether it’s because of financial difficulties or a dispute,...
Recent Court Rulings

Homeowners Required to Pay Association to Maintain Shared Easement Road

October 29, 2018    
Facts: A homeowners association was formed in 2013 to govern several homes, which then became a planned community. The association began to charge a yearly fee of $300 to its members, which was used to maintain and repair the only common areas in the association—a road and a gate installed on...
In the News

FCAR Report: HOA Satisfaction Remains High Across Country

October 29, 2018    
There’s good news for community association managers across the country: For the seventh time in 13 years, Americans living in homeowners associations (HOAs) and condominiums say they’re satisfied in their communities. According to the 2018 Homeowner Satisfaction Survey, conducted by...
In the News

Miami HOA Member Uses Art to Draw Attention to Community Danger

October 29, 2018    
Aside from paint colors, maintenance, or hotly contested board elections, planned communities in various parts of Florida have an additional concern compared to those that are land-locked: rising sea levels.
In the News

Association Cuts Down Two Trees to Remove Provocative Banner

October 29, 2018    
A Florida homeowners association cut down two palm trees to remove a pro-Donald Trump campaign sign after a homeowner refused to take it down. After the sign was removed and the trees were cut down, the homeowner responded by hanging additional signs and Trump flags on his home.
In the News

Election Season Reveals New Lawn Sign Law

October 29, 2018    
A law allowing political signs in planned communities has come as a surprise to some Columbia, Mo., homeowners living in neighborhoods run by associations. The law prohibits bans on political yard signs, which is in sharp contrast to widely accepted sign bans. Now, members of associations are...
In the News

Mayoral Candidate at Center of HOA Kickback Scandal

October 29, 2018    
A Florida homeowners association has sued a mayoral candidate, accusing him of authorizing a company to perform maintenance projects in the community, setting the prices, and then receiving kickbacks from the company while he served on a landscaping committee as part of his tenure on the...
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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...