Feature

Rein in Association Expenditures to Keep Costs Low, Members Happy

February 10, 2017    
Finances are a huge consideration for community association boards and managers. It takes money—and sometimes lots of it—to keep a community or condominium building up to high standards and running smoothly. If you manage an association or serve on your association’s board of...
Legal Compliance

Protect Association from Document Discovery Pitfalls

February 10, 2017    
Legal problems for associations have evolved along with technology that while helpful, can also hurt board members and managers. With the help of technology, you might be able to conduct business more efficiently, but you also need to understand that a lawsuit will potentially require handing over...
Q & A

Shielding Board Members from Individual Liability

February 10, 2017    
Q: A weather disaster has severely damaged many of the homes in the planned community I manage. The local government is determining whether the community should be demolished. Several board members want to do this, but homeowners are protesting. The board members are worried that if they take...
In the News

Study: HOA Satisfaction Lower Than Expected

February 10, 2017    
The Coalition for Community Housing Policy in the Public Interests most recent national survey has uncovered higher dissatisfaction with associations from their members. A whopping 81 percent of community association residents cited a lack of transparency and poor communication as the top concerns...
Recent Court Rulings

Court Didn’t Find Pervasive Pattern of Discrimination

February 10, 2017    
Facts: A woman moved into a condominium with her mother, who was handicapped, to help with her daily activities. The woman asked the condominium association to provide an unobstructed path between the member’s front door and driveway.
Feature

Use Governing Documents to Determine Responsibility for Multiple-Unit Damage

January 17, 2017    
The nature of condominium buildings—that is, units stacked on each other—means that occasionally an accident in one condo will affect the adjacent unit. Flooding is a common cause of damage to multiple units, and it can happen from appliances like dishwashers and washing machines that...
Risk Management

Tread Carefully When Revealing Information About Former Employees

January 17, 2017    
It’s typical for the prospective new employer of one of your former employees to call for a reference. If the employee in question was a stellar part of your management team, it’s a no-brainer. A glowing report will most likely be appreciated by the former employee. But what should you...
Q & A

Using Management Staff to Uncover Drug Operations

January 17, 2017    
Q: One of my management staff members suspects that a homeowner in our planned community is manufacturing illegal drugs. I’m concerned about the implications of illegal drugs of any kind in our community, and that the association could somehow be in trouble for this activity. What can I do...
Recent Court Rulings

Evidence Showed Association Removed Member’s Trees

January 17, 2017    
Facts: The owner of property in a planned community sued the homeowners association under Oregon’s timber trespass statute, after several trees were cut down and removed from his land without his permission. The association claimed that an adjacent golf club with an easement on the owner...
In the News

HOA Bookkeeper Diverted $95K for Personal Use

January 17, 2017    
A Florida homeowners association manager called police after discovering that the community’s bookkeeper allegedly used nearly $95,000 of the association’s money for personal expenses, including a diamond engagement ring and luxury handbags. The employee was arrested for larceny and...