Landmark HOA Legislation Presents Compliance Challenges

December 25, 2018    

Important new legislation is changing how California HOAs will operate starting in 2019. Assembly Bill 2912 began with its purpose “to take important steps to protect HOA members from fraudulent activity by those entrusted with the management of the association’s finances.” The...

Don't Fire Staff Before Investigating Complaint

November 30, 2018    

Unfortunately, you might encounter a situation where a member of the community association you manage complains about a maintenance or other type of worker who is left alone with the member. But what if it isn’t clear exactly what the employee may have done wrong? Sometimes, an interaction...

Avoid Fair Housing Violations When Enforcing Community Rules

November 30, 2018    

There are some common fair housing problems that can arise from community rules. But you can avoid them if you understand where you might go wrong. In general, community rules trigger fair housing problems in one of two ways—either the rules are enforced unfairly or the rules themselves...

FCAR Report: HOA Satisfaction Remains High Across Country

October 29, 2018    

There’s good news for community association managers across the country: For the seventh time in 13 years, Americans living in homeowners associations (HOAs) and condominiums say they’re satisfied in their communities. According to the 2018 Homeowner Satisfaction...

Miami HOA Member Uses Art to Draw Attention to Community Danger

October 29, 2018    

Aside from paint colors, maintenance, or hotly contested board elections, planned communities in various parts of Florida have an additional concern compared to those that are land-locked: rising sea levels.

Association Cuts Down Two Trees to Remove Provocative Banner

October 29, 2018    

A Florida homeowners association cut down two palm trees to remove a pro-Donald Trump campaign sign after a homeowner refused to take it down. After the sign was removed and the trees were cut down, the homeowner responded by hanging additional signs and Trump flags on his home.

Election Season Reveals New Lawn Sign Law

October 29, 2018    

A law allowing political signs in planned communities has come as a surprise to some Columbia, Mo., homeowners living in neighborhoods run by associations. The law prohibits bans on political yard signs, which is in sharp contrast to widely accepted sign bans.

Now, members of associations...

Mayoral Candidate at Center of HOA Kickback Scandal

October 29, 2018    

A Florida homeowners association has sued a mayoral candidate, accusing him of authorizing a company to perform maintenance projects in the community, setting the prices, and then receiving kickbacks from the company while he served on a landscaping committee as part of his tenure on the...

Paying Workers' Comp for Fair Share of Physical Injuries at Community

September 14, 2018    

Q: An on-site employee in the community I manage was injured. The employee had issues from an injury he suffered before...

Unhappy Trails for HOA and Local Equestrian at Land Use Impasse

September 14, 2018    

A Santa Fe homeowners association hopes that mediation will lead to a settlement that would exclude horse riders from using the association’s network of trails. A local ranch owner who has used the trails for 25 years—long before the community was built—is arguing that a so-...

Fighting Challenge to Maintenance Fee Changes

August 20, 2018    

Q: The association for the community I manage is a nonprofit corporation where all lot owners are members of the corporation. The association recently decided to assess higher maintenance fees for those lots that have better and nearly sole...

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...