eAlerts


Initiating Assessment Collection Process

If a member of the community you manage has fallen behind on his assessment fees--and even the association efforts to assist him haven’t helped him to get current on the charges--what’s the next step it can take to recoup what it’s owed? In cases like this one, your association has three options: (1) file a…

HOA Rents Out Home It Doesn’t Own

for_rent_1_0.jpg
The owner of a home in a Wesley Chapel, Fla., development was shocked to find out that her tenant had been evicted by the homeowner’s association, which changed the locks and moved in its own renter. The owner said that the home hasn’t been foreclosed on, but that the association still has taken it over.…

Unauthorized Community Garden Sprouts Lawsuit

Garden_1_1.jpg
In Portsmouth, N.H., the 23-unit Atlantic Pointe condominium association is suing two members for planting heirloom perennials, shrubs, and other plants in the mulched common areas adjacent to their units. The members, who say they received permission from the developer before owners took over the association in 2010, defended their decision to plant the garden,…

Can Landscaping Make Community Safer?

Landscape_1_0.jpg
Q: Landscaping is often overlooked as a security method. How exactly would landscaping deter crime? A: Since criminals usually like to take their victims by surprise, they tend to commit crimes in places that offer them hiding spots. Dense hedges or bushes or trees with low-hanging foliage at a community can provide perfect cover for…

Avoiding HOA Rule Selective Enforcement Claims

Selective_1.jpg
Q: Do the courts hold an association responsible for enforcing every community rule? A: How strictly HOA rules are enforced varies from community to community. Some rules and regulations are necessary for a board to enforce, especially when a member creates a problem that could affect the health and safety of other members. In such…

Bill Shields Developers from HOA Claims of Shoddy Work

Florida Gov. Rick Scott must make a decision on legislation that could wreak financial damage on homeowners associations. The proposed law, Senate Bill 1196, shields developers against claims from the Sunshine State’s homeowner associations when they ask for payments to repair poor work on common-area infrastructures. The bill’s builder-friendly protections are being criticized by planned…

INSIDER’s Pop Quiz!

Question: To cut down on payroll, would it be okay for an association to lay off some of its maintenance crew and rehire them as independent contractors? Answer: It would be a big mistake. Tax authorities would be quick to reclassify such workers as employees. For more information on the tax consequences of employees vs.…

Asking Job Applicants About Drug and Alcohol Use

Drug_Test_1.jpg
Q: As a community association manager, what can I ask a job applicant about drug and alcohol use without facing a discrimination lawsuit? A: You must be very careful if you have 15 or more employees. While you want a workplace free of drug- and alcohol-related problems, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) bars companies…

Take the Insider’s Survey, Enter Drawing to Win $100 Gift Card!

CAMI_1.jpg
Upon completion of the 2012 Community Association Managers Survey, you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 American Express gift card! The survey asks about how overhead expenses are straining your community’s purse strings, and will take approximately 5 to 6 minutes to complete. Your answers will be treated confidentially and will never…

Should You Limit Leasing at Your Community?

For_Rent_1.jpg
Community associations generally prefer that members occupy their own units, rather than lease them to others. But why is it a good idea to limit the leasing of units? Limiting your members’ ability to lease units can keep your community easier for you and your staff to manage on a day-to-day basis and can have…