Feature

Preempt Disasters by Getting Board Authority Over Equipment in Members' Units

July 10, 2018    
Proper and timely maintenance of every feature in a planned community or condominium is key to keeping things running smoothly. But members will inevitably have a wide range of attitudes toward their own maintenance obligations. On one end of the spectrum will be members who understand that,...
Dealing with Members

How Business Judgment Rule Can Protect Association from Lawsuits

July 10, 2018    
Q & A

Disclosing Denial of Leasing and Sales Transactions

July 10, 2018    
Q: The board of directors of the community association I manage has the authority to approve or deny proposed leasing and sales transactions. If there is a denial, should we disclose the reasons behind it? If so, what is the best way to do so?
Recent Court Rulings

Membership to Recreational Club Was 'Easement' Permitted by Governing Documents

July 10, 2018    
Facts: A group of homeowners sought a declaratory judgment from a trial court that an amendment to the governing documents of their homeowners association was null and void. The amendment expressly authorized the association to enter into an agreement with a nearby private swim and tennis club....
In the News

Board Member Accused of Racial Profiling After Asking to See Resident’s ID

July 10, 2018    
A white man who challenged a black family’s use of a gated pool in a North Carolina planned community resigned from the homeowner’s association board. After the board member, who also was the community pool chairman, asked a mother and her son to produce identification verifying that...
Feature

Gather Best Board Members for Association's Operation

June 27, 2018    
There’s always turnover for community association boards. A board member might move, retire, want to travel, or become too busy for some reason to fulfill her responsibilities. When a board member gives up her position, the association has the sometimes difficult task of replacing the...
Risk Management

Take Four Factors into Account When Deciding Whether to Use Electronic Recordkeeping

June 27, 2018    
You know that organization is one of the keys to association management success, especially if you’re in charge of a larger community or one with many members. If you did an annual spring cleaning this year, you might also have realized that you need to cut down on clutter in your office,...
In the News

Members Sue New York Association for Religious Discrimination

June 27, 2018    
A New York community association is facing a discrimination lawsuit brought in federal court by Jewish members of the community who say that the association is hostile to their religious practices. According to the members, the association has adopted rules that are “expressly designed to...
In the News

New Association Board Demands Removal of Playground Equipment

June 27, 2018    
A family who has installed a playground in the backyard of their home in a planned community is embroiled in a fight with the association over the structure, which was installed as a gift for their daughter who had a kidney transplant and will be returning home soon. The family moved to the...
In the News

Association Hatches Plan for Removing Pet Chickens from Community

June 27, 2018    
A Michigan family has been told by their homeowners association that they can’t raise chickens at their home in a planned community. In a letter to the family, the association demanded that the family comply with “applicable covenants” and remove the chickens they were keeping in...
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