Community Association Governance

Governing Documents, CC&Rs, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations

New Ruling Could Deter Owners’ Frivolous Claims

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that an association can qualify as a “prevailing party” entitled to recover its attorneys’ fees under the Uniform Condominium Act (UCA) when it successfully defends against an owner’s claims. More than a dozen states have adopted some version of the UCA. The owner sued the HOA and its board…

Manager Could Sue Developer on Behalf of Clients

When a manager brings a lawsuit on behalf of a client association, the other party is likely to claim the manager doesn’t have the “standing” to do so. In essence, the other party is claiming the manager isn’t the person harmed and therefore has no legal right to complain. Read on to learn how this…

Here Come the Corporate Buyers: How to Prepare Your Clients Now, Part 2

Corporate investors increasingly are invading community associations, buying up homes and renting them out. In the first part of this two-part article, we talked to some of our experts about how this is playing out on the ground and the impact on associations. In the second part, we’ll discuss how you can help your clients…

New Ruling May Mean Less Leeway To Amend Governing Documents

A recent ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court seems to significantly curtail the ability of associations in the state to amend their governing documents. And the impact of the ruling could be felt beyond Arizona’s borders. The case involved a small HOA outside Tucson, with only five lots. The lots range from 3.3 to 6.6…

How To Stretch Sustainable Landscaping Dollars

We recently explained how associations ready to convert to sustainable landscaping can determine the degree of change their communities can stomach, as well as some of the initial issues to consider once that determination is made. Now, we’ll look at some of the ways that associations can make meaningful investments upfront and help offset their…

State Laws Force Associations To Get Onboard With Renewables

States across the country are passing legislation that forbids community associations from banning residential solar panels and charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in most circumstances. What do so-called solar access and right-to-charge laws mean for your clients? We talked to some experts in states that have such laws in place to find out. When…

Here Come the Corporate Buyers: How to Prepare Your Clients Now, Part 1

Corporate investors are snatching up homes in community associations across the country and renting them out. Not surprisingly, “regular” homeowners in these communities aren’t too happy with the results. “If a board thinks this will never happen because of the price points of their homes or whatever, they’re gravely mistaken,” says Scott Weiss, of counsel…

Owner Owes HOA Attorney Fees After Losing His Lawsuit

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that an association can qualify as a “prevailing party” entitled to recover its attorneys’ fees under the Uniform Condominium Act (UCA) when it successfully defends against an owner’s claims. More than a dozen states have adopted some version of the UCA. The ruling could deter owners from filing frivolous…

Record Requests Can Be a Pain, But Compliance Is Often Required

Owner record requests can prove a hassle for managers and their clients, but courts clearly favor greater access to less — let alone the denial of access. An association in Michigan learned this lesson the hard way when confronted with requests that even the state Supreme Court described as “longwinded” and “often difficult to follow.”…

Arizona Supreme Court Throws Up Huge Hurdle to Declaration Amendments

A recent ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court seems to significantly curtail the ability of associations in the state to amend their governing documents (Kalway v. Calabria Ranch HOA, LLC). And the impact of the ruling could be felt beyond Arizona’s borders. “This decision really calls into question the ability of HOAs in Arizona to…