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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...
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....