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HOA Must Allow Sober Living Home as Reasonable Accommodation

People who buy into pricey gated communities likely assume they won’t have to worry about drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities moving into the neighborhood — but a recent case out of Texas shows that this confidence may be misplaced. A federal district court ruled against an Austin community association, finding that the Fair Housing Act…
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How Should Association Assess Buyers’ Financial Health?

Your clients may be worried that the COVID-19 crisis threatens their financial stability, but you need to help them avoid going too far in their efforts to protect their bottom lines. One path to steer them away from, for example, is becoming overly invasive in their financial screening of prospective buyers. An association in Florida…
Community Association Financials

What Can Your Boards Request of Prospective Owners?

Depending on the governing documents, community associations may have some say on the buyers to whom owners can sell their properties — but, even armed with that authority, they can go too far and create problems for their associations. That’s what happened in a recent case in Florida, where the court characterized the association’s requirement…
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Contract Re-Bidding Reaps Savings for Your Clients — Just When They Need Them

Nothing can you make you a star in your clients’ eyes like helping them save money. With the economy on the rocks and assessment delinquencies likely in the near future — if they haven’t already hit — the time could be right to reduce expenses by re-bidding some contracts. Community association boards of directors shouldn’t…
Community Association Financials

Time to Re-Bid? Vendor Contracts Under the Microscope

The economic crisis has shaken the finances of a wide variety of businesses, and the pandemic has changed the service needs of many community associations. Combined, these factors might make this an opportune time for your clients to re-bid some of their vendor contracts. If they do it right, they could save money and help…
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Are Your Clients Amending Their Docs? 4 Potential Issues To Tackle

The COVID-19 crisis left many boards of directors scrambling to handle a variety of novel issues, sometimes based on uncertain or questionable authority. This has led some associations to consider amending their governing documents to better equip them to deal with similar (or lingering) issues in the future. And, if they’ve already started the amendment…
Community Association Governance

What’s New in Rules and Restrictions?

Community associations across the country are weighing amendments to their governing documents. While the initial impetus may have been some problematic gaps that handcuffed boards of directors as they tried to respond to COVID-19, these associations realize this also may be an opportune time to act on other issues that have been percolating for a…
Communications

6 Tips for Boosting Your Reputation — and Your Business

The pandemic-induced economic downturn has businesses of all kinds scrambling to survive. For community association managers, their prospects may well turn on their reputations. “Being a referral-based business, where you’re selling your experience and your knowledge, I think reputation is the most important thing because that’s what brings you that business,” says Katie Anderson, CEO…
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Reputation Matters: Building Your Business by Building Your Brand

In a tight economy where every incoming dollar matters, a community association’s reputation perhaps is more important than ever. “Being a referral-based business, where you’re selling your experience and your knowledge, I think reputation is the most important thing,” says Katie Anderson, CEO of Aperion Management Group, LLC, which manages around 65 associations in Central…
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Florida Court Expands Debt Collection Law to Assessments

A Florida Court of Appeals has rejected its own holding from more than 20 years ago, and the change isn’t good news for community associations and their managers. The court concluded that association assessments are consumer debts under the state law that imposes restrictions on debt collection practices — and therefore allowed a class action…