Feature

Prepare Disaster Plan for Three Events That Could Hit Community Hard

November 13, 2017    
The day-to-day management of a planned community or condominium building can be a heavy workload, filled with tasks that are crucial for keeping the association running smoothly. When you’re busy with the daily duties, however, planning for an event that has only the potential to occur is...
Dealing with Boards

Help New Board Member Transition into Role

November 13, 2017    
When a board member gives up her position, your association will have the sometimes difficult task of replacing the outgoing member. But the challenging part of replacing a member comes after the new member is found and elected to the board. That’s because, depending upon the new member...
Recent Court Rulings

Failure to Read Covenant Not an Excuse for Shirking Assessments

November 13, 2017    
Facts: A homeowners association alleged that a homeowner breached the covenant to pay assessments for common area maintenance and other services necessary to operate the community. He had unpaid dues totaling over $15,000. The homeowner contested the reasonableness of the charges. The association...
Feature

Reevaluate Home Business Ban to Foster Community’s Marketability

October 25, 2017    
Telecommuting has become commonplace in many industries, with workers being encouraged to work from locations other than their company’s office. Small business owners might try to save money initially by finding a solution to running their operation other than leasing commercial space that...
Risk Management

Boost Security Without Increasing Liability for Security Camera System

October 25, 2017    
One of the major draws of living in a planned community is increased security. An association has the power to hire and direct security personnel, and you and your staff can keep an eye on the community and deal with any suspicious behavior. But not all communities are gated, with a perimeter that...
Q & A

Getting Condo Building LEED Certified

October 25, 2017    
Q: I manage a condominium building that is out of date environmentally. We recently implemented a recycling program that has been successful and members have asked about other green initiatives that we can take. I’d like to push for the building to become LEED certified. Is it possible to...
Recent Court Rulings

Homeowners' Disapproval of Election Doesn’t Invalidate Results

October 25, 2017    
Facts: Two homeowners in a planned community complained about the election and qualifications of the people elected to the board of the association. They became concerned when the developer of the community, in accordance with the bylaws of the association, turned over certain common areas of real...
In the News

Feds Halt HOA Foreclosure Fraud Scheme

October 25, 2017    
A homeowners association foreclosure home-buying scheme has come to an end, after a nearly three-year investigation. Federal authorities seized gold, cash, and other property from a Raleigh, N.C., man accused of fraudulently scooping up homes in foreclosure. He was charged with multiple counts of...
Feature

Use Drones to Improve Association Efficiency

October 10, 2017    
It seems as if drones—unmanned aerial vehicles without a human pilot aboard—have been increasingly in the news for their use by the military, commercial businesses, and private recreational users. The use of drones in combat has long been talked about, the retail giant Amazon has...
Q & A

Electing to Vote Electronically

October 10, 2017    
Q: My association has really embraced technology for day-to-day management. We have a large membership and we’ve found that everything from organizational software to a drone for investigating maintenance concerns has streamlined community management. We’d like to extend this technology...