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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...
Risk Management

Avoid Ex-Employee Litigation with Methodical Termination Process

December 25, 2018    
Managing an association involves day-to-day tasks that, while they should be done meticulously, are also not typically the impetus for lawsuits. Although you might be used to dealing with small issues that aren’t the subject of litigation, don’t be cavalier about bigger decisions, like...
Recent Court Rulings

Vineyard Wasn't a 'Business' Prohibited by Governing Documents

December 25, 2018    
 Facts: Two homeowners cultivated a vineyard on their land in a planned community for the purpose of making wine to be sold to the public. The association’s CC&Rs didn’t prohibit the cultivation of a vineyard for this purpose, but they did prohibit “any business or...
In the News

Landmark HOA Legislation Presents Compliance Challenges

December 25, 2018    
Important new legislation is changing how California HOAs will operate starting in 2019. Assembly Bill 2912 began with its purpose “to take important steps to protect HOA members from fraudulent activity by those entrusted with the management of the association’s finances.” The...
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Avoid Insider Crimes with Four Safeguards for Employee Hiring Process

November 30, 2018    
Every person who works in your community—from maintenance employees to office staff—will interact with members and potentially have access to sensitive information, including financial documents. When employees are trustworthy, this exposure isn’t an issue. But it’s...
Dealing with Members

Take Four Steps to Minimize Heat Complaints from Members This Winter

November 30, 2018    
Winter weather can make community managers’ jobs more challenging if they’re managing associations that are located in cold-weather climates. You’ll typically field an influx of heating complaints. Often, these complaints are unfounded or result from easily correctable problems....
Dealing with Boards

Defining Board Officers’ Duties

November 30, 2018    
While serving on the board of a community association is a volunteer position, board members can get very invested in it. It’s not uncommon to hear about board members who overstep boundaries. That’s why it’s important to be able to gently—or in some cases, more firmly...
Dos & Don'ts

Don't Fire Staff Before Investigating Complaint

November 30, 2018    
Unfortunately, you might encounter a situation where a member of the community association you manage complains about a maintenance or other type of worker who is left alone with the member. But what if it isn’t clear exactly what the employee may have done wrong? Sometimes, an interaction...
Dos & Don'ts

Avoid Fair Housing Violations When Enforcing Community Rules

November 30, 2018    
There are some common fair housing problems that can arise from community rules. But you can avoid them if you understand where you might go wrong. In general, community rules trigger fair housing problems in one of two ways—either the rules are enforced unfairly or the rules themselves are...
Recent Court Rulings

'One Contract' Theory Didn't Relieve Association's Obligation to Repay Loan

November 30, 2018    
Facts: Over the course of several years, a construction company performed construction work for an association. When the association encountered financial trouble, it requested a loan from the construction company. The association also needed to replace a deteriorating retaining wall and asked the...