Month: September 2014

Are There Too Many Clubs in the Clubhouse?

The bigger the community association, the more likely members will form social clubs–for reasons ranging from recreation to promoting philanthropic goals. While social clubs can enhance the quality of life for your members, they can also pose serious risks for you and the association.

Storm Season Prep: Review Proper Use of Backup Generators

In anticipation of hurricanes or winter storms, your association may have obtained, or asked the board to consider investing in, a backup generator for the building. If you manage a residential community, owners may approach you about whether they may buy an individual generator for their own home, or if they already own a generator, they may ask you about guidelines for using it.

How to Build Bonds Among Members, Board, and Management

When it comes to daily life in an association—whether it’s a condominium building or a community of standalone homes or townhomes—there will always be some members who love association life and some members who realize too late that they don’t enjoy being bound by community rules. Community management expert Paul D. Grucza has over 33 years of experience turning the love-hate relationship between associations and their members into a more harmonious union by building a bond among owners, boards, and management staff.

Distinguish Between Social Club, Association to Minimize Liability

For some members, part of the appeal of living in a planned community is the feeling that they are part of something bigger than themselves and having the opportunity to interact with other members. That’s why it should come as no surprise that the larger the community association, the more social clubs there are likely to be. A group of members can form a club for any number of reasons, from recreation to promoting philanthropic goals. These clubs can create a sense of community and greatly add to the quality of life of your members.

Conserve Energy This Winter

It’s important year round to take measures to conserve energy in the community and educate members about how they can also help with energy conservation. But it has the added bonus of helping to minimize the typical heating complaints that many managers hear every winter.

Homeowners Can’t Sue Association Twice for Same Claims

Facts: A couple living in a planned townhouse community granted a limited power of attorney to their daughter to allow her to vote on their behalf at association meetings and to communicate with the association when necessary. The power of attorney essentially gave their daughter the same rights and privileges as if she owned their townhouse.

Member Gets Mixed Messages from HOA, Local Government

A homeowner is being fined by her California association for taking out her lawn, despite requests from local water agencies for residents to do so. A severe drought has affected the area and the homeowner felt that planting mint, which requires very little water to survive, where there once was turf would temporarily solve the problem. But the board of directors demanded at least 25 percent grass. The homeowner planted the mint and is now being fined monthly.