Q & A

Q & A

Using Reserve Account Funds Appropriately

July 14, 2014    

Q: I’m a new board member on my community association’s board of directors, and I’m getting up to speed on association issues. There has been some discussion about whether it’s appropriate to borrow from our reserve...

Determining Whether Home Business Ban Includes Day Care

June 13, 2014    

Q: As the manager of a condominium building, I recently discovered that one of the members who lives in the building has been operating a day care for profit in her unit. There have been a few complaints from other members about noise and an...

Preventing Defamation Claims Arising from Newsletter, Website

May 15, 2014    

Q: My association publishes a community newsletter and hosts a community website. I’m worried that at some point there will be a situation in which a disgruntled member or someone outside the community falsely accuses the board of...

Enforcing Condo's Minimum Lease Term Restriction

April 17, 2014    

Q: Our condominium’s documents state that members can rent their units for a one-month minimum. Some members believe if they rent for one or two weeks in a month, and they don’t rent for the rest of the month, they’re...

Reducing Traffic Speed on Community Roads

January 21, 2014    

Q: There have been several incidents where cars have been speeding within the community I manage. It poses a real danger to members, especially because we have many children in the community who play in the common areas or on the front lawns...

Making Up for Unexpected Budgetary Shortfall

December 11, 2013    

Q: My association’s board and I have carefully planned for the future of the community I manage, but we’ve run into unexpected budgetary problems in the past despite that. It seems inevitable that it will happen again at some...

Assessing Liability Issues Raised by Neighborhood Watch Program

June 25, 2013    

Q: As a member of my community association, I’d like to organize a neighborhood watch program to help prevent crime in the community. I’m concerned that the association might be held liable if something goes wrong as a result. Is...

Determining Liability for Dangerous Condition in Community

April 10, 2013    

Q: The community association I manage uses a separate maintenance company to plow, remove ice from, and salt the parking areas and common areas in the community during the winter. So far, we’ve had no complaints from members about...

Using Two-Envelope System for Mail-In Votes

February 11, 2013    

Q: I’ve heard about some associations using a “two-envelope” system for mail-in votes. I’m considering proposing it in our community. What are the advantages of a two-envelope system and how does it work?

Paying Assessments on Vacant Lot

January 15, 2013    

Q: Our homeowners’ association recently acquired a vacant lot with no mortgage through foreclosure. We plan to sell it. Does the association need to pay assessments on a lot that it owns?

Does Your D&O Insurance Offer Enough Protection?

September 11, 2012    

Q: The association I manage has a general liability insurance policy. Is this enough to protect the association board members from lawsuits, or should I consider additional insurance?

Preventing Wheelchair Damage to Three Common Area Spots

August 28, 2012    

Q Several community members, and, occasionally some guests, use wheelchairs. Because of the size and design of some of the common areas, the walls have been dented, paint has been scratched on the walls and doors, and corners and doorways have been...