Feature

Rate Employment Applicants on Key Criteria Before Hiring

December 7, 2016    
No matter what industry you work in, finding and hiring good employees is difficult. While the economy has recovered, there are still many jobseekers who apply for jobs that they are unqualified for, just because they need employment. And a candidate who seemed like a good choice for your community...
Q & A

Ridding Community of Graffiti

December 7, 2016    
Q: Unfortunately, since the presidential election, there have been several incidences of graffiti in our community, referring to some of the politically charged campaign messages. We’ve never had a problem with any kind of vandalism in the past. What steps should we take now?
In the News

Survey: Crowds, Noise, and Neighborhood Safety Are Top Halloween Issues at HOAs

December 7, 2016    
Following on the heels of Halloween, the Community Association Institute (CAI) released the findings of a research study that addressed the issues that pop up in planned communities on that holiday. According to the survey, 93 percent of respondents said their association hasn’t made any...
Recent Court Rulings

Member's Settlement with Association Precluded Subsequent Lawsuit

December 7, 2016    
Facts: An association member complained to the community’s management company on three separate occasions that an unauthorized car was parked in his assigned parking space at the property. The manager told the member to call a towing company, but when the member contacted the company, he was...
Recent Court Rulings

Statutory Snow and Ice Liability Protection Didn't Apply to Association

December 7, 2016    
Facts: A condominium member suffered injuries after slipping on the sidewalk outside her building. She sued the association and the association’s management company for negligence, alleging that a defective drainage condition and negligent maintenance of the premises where the defective drain...
Feature

Make the Transition to Online Voting for Board Elections

November 14, 2016    
Much of the national conversation and controversy regarding the 2016 presidential election has centered on the integrity of the voting process. Speculation that voting results can be influenced by hacking has been in the media. And whether high-tech interference with the voting process is a reality...
Dealing with Members

Keep Grip on Meeting Where You Allow Members to Speak

November 14, 2016    
To encourage member participation in community affairs, many boards permit association members to attend and speak at board meetings, even when the bylaws do not give the members that right. But if a member speaks too long, rambles off topic, or intentionally antagonizes the board or other members...
Q & A

Collecting Rent from Delinquent Members' Tenants

November 14, 2016    
Q Some of the economically distressed members in the community I manage have decided to lease their homes to tenants to help cover their expenses. At the same time, the landlord-members seem to have made paying assessments a low priority and may have become delinquent. Can an association collect...
Recent Court Rulings

Adult Supervision Rule for Playground Was Discriminatory

November 14, 2016    
Facts: A married couple who owned a home in a planned community sued the homeowners association and its property management company for housing discrimination, negligence, and unfair business practices. They alleged that the overly broad community rules requiring adult supervision effectively...
Feature

Strategically Pursue Construction Defect Claims

October 27, 2016    
Association living has many perks, and it seems that around every corner there is a new development with condos, townhouses, or freestanding homes. But after the excitement of a new planned community or condominium building dies down, and you and your property management company have been hired to...