Risk Management

Minimize Risks Posed by Members Who Use Building Rooftop

February 12, 2018    
Spring is here and with it will come warm weather that brings out homeowners and condominium owners to enjoy it. Especially in city areas, which tend to have many condominium buildings, there’s limited outdoor space, so members and their guests might try to create some recreational space on...
Crime & Security

Spring into Action After Community Experiences Crime

February 12, 2018    
It’s important for members in your community to feel safe. After all, one of the draws of many associations is security. It’s common for communities to have security personnel or, at the least, take practical measures to mitigate crime like installing adequate lighting in common areas...
Recent Court Rulings

Member Can't Prove Nonmembers Were Voting at Meetings

February 12, 2018    
In the News

Association Avoids Open Dialogue for ‘Open House’ Signage

February 12, 2018    
An Arizona realtor has had to confront a homeowners association for disposing of his “open house” signs advertising properties he has listed for sale in the community. After discovering a worker from the association’s landscaping company driving away with the signs that had...
Feature

Motivate Member to Pay Delinquent Association Fees

January 12, 2018    
Association fees are an integral part of keeping a planned community or condominium building running smoothly. They’re key to paying bills for routine services and amenities and, in some communities, can contribute to additional bonuses for members, like social events. But when members don...
Risk Management

Avoid Liability by Using Well-Drafted Architectural Application

January 12, 2018    
One of the draws of living in a planned community is aesthetics—uniformity in the design and appearance of homes, rules and regulations that prevent homeowners from putting up decorations that are eyesores, and specific paint themes and landscaping that are in good taste all make for a...
Recent Court Rulings

Association Couldn't Withhold Records Based on 'Protected' Status

January 12, 2018    
Facts: A condominium member asserted that a resolution in the governing documents, which classified certain association records as “primary and/or protected records” that couldn’t be inspected by members, was invalid. The member asked a trial court to order the association to...
In the News

Security Concerns for HOA’s Open-Garage-Door Mandate

January 12, 2018    
A California homeowners association is requiring members to keep their garage doors open most of the day on weekdays. The new rule is in response to the association learning that so-called squatters—people living in a home illegally—were inhabiting the garage of at least one home in the...
In the News

Law That Hastens Foreclosure Causes Controversy

January 12, 2018    
Under current law, Arizona homeowners associations can foreclose on owners if they fail to pay their dues for a year or get behind by $1,200—whichever comes first. A bill introduced by one of Arizona’s Republican senators would allow HOA foreclosures after six months, with no minimum...
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