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Minimize Risks Associated with Homeless Presence at Community

February 26, 2019    
More and more community association managers, especially those of HOAs or condo buildings in urban areas, are having to deal with the issue of how to handle homeless individuals on or near their properties. The homeless can pose concerns for residents and staff, ranging from creating a nuisance to...
Risk Management

Prevent Manager Burnout at Your Community

February 26, 2019    
To keep their community associations running smoothly, managers deal with issues that run the gamut from day-to-day administrative tasks and overseeing other staff members so they fulfill their roles, to working with the board on major issues like finances or capital improvement projects, to name...
Q & A

Making Sound Determination for Use of Private Information

February 26, 2019    
Q: The association I manage has compiled a list of owners’ private email addresses to send official communications, such as meeting notices or information about developments in the community. Occasionally, I get a request to use this email list for other purposes. Are there rules or...
Recent Court Rulings

Association Improperly Fined Homeowner

February 26, 2019    
Facts: A homeowner in a planned community was asked by the association to plant grass on a portion of his property to cover exposed soil. The homeowner notified the association by letter that grass wouldn’t grow on that area, but that he would plant a flower bed to cover the exposed spot. He...
In the News

Iowa HOA Landscaping Requirements Target of Proposed Legislation

February 26, 2019    
The topic of lawn watering has drawn the attention of Iowa state lawmakers, who are trying to bring HOA landscaping guidelines within water conservation standards there. The goal of House Bill 1165, introduced by District 34 Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, is to require homeowner associations...
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Use Four-Step Strategy to Preserve Contract Termination Rights

January 31, 2019    
Unfortunately, as community association managers know all too well, sometimes the contractors your association hires for such jobs as snow plowing, painting, or providing security don’t perform up to the standards you expect. If you don’t terminate the contract and you let the company...
Premises Liability

Avoid Injury Liability by Documenting Common Area Inspections

January 31, 2019    
You and your staff should have a risk management strategy set up that covers all of the issues that could lead to liability for the association you manage. One of the big ticket items in terms of liability that your strategy should address is safety hazards in the community. That’s because...
Dealing with Members

Minimize Liability for Increased Use of High-Risk Areas in Community

January 31, 2019    
Although in many parts of the country, planned community and condominium residents are battling snow and freezing temperatures, spring and summer—with warm weather and opportunities to get active—will be here soon enough. And some communities experience soaring heat year round, like...
Recent Court Rulings

Governing Documents Determined Lot Assessments

January 31, 2019    
  Facts:   Lot owners in a planned residential community owned two adjacent lots. After several years, they combined both lots into a single lot. They followed state law to do so and properly recorded the change. When the association charged them for assessments for each of the two lots,...
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Consider 16 Factors to Avoid Tax Liability for Worker Classification

December 25, 2018    
Like any other business or organization, community associations must file taxes with the government. And tax liability is a huge issue that associations need to be aware of. Improper reporting can land the association in hot water and cost thousands in fines, penalties, and late fees. With the New...