How to Keep the Board Full and Fresh

by Joanna Rojas | July 17, 2019 3:41 am

This week, we’ve got some practical tips on how associations, their current boards, and their management companies can effectively recruit new members for the board of directors. Board recruitment has long been a challenge, and many associations find it harder than ever to find fresh, qualified, and willing replacements. “It’s an especially huge issue in…

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4 Tips for Recruiting New Board Members

by Joanna Rojas | July 16, 2019 3:31 am

Board recruitment is a challenge many community associations face, and, for some, the problem is only getting worse. Long-standing board members are aging out or simply want to step back, but no one seems willing to fill their shoes. “It’s an especially huge issue in smaller associations, where a group of dedicated people serve for…

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Mishandling a Service Animal Request Can Cost Your Board — and You — Big Time

by Joanna Rojas | July 10, 2019 7:14 am

Owner requests to get around pet restrictions with service animals are nothing new, yet associations continue to struggle with how best to handle them. We’ll tell you about a new case that make clear how costly this can prove, not just for associations but also for management companies. “In this case, the HOA did everything…

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Handle Service Animal Requests with Care — or Face Stiff Penalties

by Joanna Rojas | July 9, 2019 10:56 am

From peacocks and pigs to turkeys and skunks, people seem to eat up stories about unusual animal aides. They’re often less amused, though, when their neighbors want community association rules bent for their service animals. A recent case out of Nevada illustrates the potentially steep costs for associations, board members, and management companies of hastily…

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Owners Have Solar Panel Plans; Do You Know What Your Association Can — and Can’t — Require?

by Joanna Rojas | July 2, 2019 4:44 pm

Solar power is making gains in many parts of the country, and more and more community association owners are interested in installing their own panels. Associations traditionally have been resistant to such projects, citing aesthetics and other reasons. We’ll explain how state laws can limit associations’ ability to regulate solar panel usage. Why the surge…

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Solar Power in Community Associations: What Can — and Can’t — Associations Do About Owners’ Solar Projects?

by Joanna Rojas | July 2, 2019 4:31 pm

Polling shows more people than ever are concerned about climate change — and people have always been concerned about their bottom lines. Whether driven by environmental concerns, financial considerations, or both, owner interest in solar power is on the rise in many communities. And, while neighbors may have aesthetic and other objections, state laws might…

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How Neighbor Disputes Can Lead to Association Liability

by Joanna Rojas | June 25, 2019 11:58 am

Community associations often prefer, understandably, to take a hands-off approach to disputes between owners. This week we explain why, under a federal regulation issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), that approach could backfire big time. Abuse and harassment among owners is on the rise, says Sandra Gottlieb, a founding partner of…

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Are Community Associations Liable for Harassment between Owners?

by Joanna Rojas | June 25, 2019 11:03 am

Community associations often prefer, understandably, to take a hands-off approach to disputes between owners. Under a federal regulation issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), though, that approach could backfire. Association Liability for Owner-on-Owner Harassment Abuse and harassment among owners is on the rise, says Sandra Gottlieb, a founding partner of California…

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How to Handle “Chronic Complainers” in the Community

by Joanna Rojas | June 25, 2019 4:27 am

Most community association managers have run into the unpleasant phenomenon of the “chronic complainer” in at least one of their communities. Owners who are never happy and may even turn to the courts for relief, no matter how minor the issue, can cause some frustrating and costly headaches. A judge in the Chicago area recently…

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Access Denier Ends Up on the Hook for Association’s Legal Bills

by Matt Humphrey | June 19, 2019 9:50 pm

Governing documents generally allow associations to enter individual units with proper notice for maintenance and emergency repair purposes. Owners don’t always cooperate, though, and sometimes associations have to go to court to gain access. The good news? As a case involving a California owners association demonstrates, they may be able to recover their costs for…

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