Feature Articles

Feature Articles



Use Four-Step Strategy to Preserve Contract Termination Rights

January 31, 2019    

Unfortunately, as community association managers know all too well, sometimes the contractors your association hires for such jobs as snow plowing, painting, or providing security don’t perform up to the standards you expect. If you don’t terminate the contract and...

Avoid Injury Liability by Documenting Common Area Inspections

January 31, 2019    

You and your staff should have a risk management strategy set up that covers all of the issues that could lead to liability for the association you manage. One of the big ticket items in terms of liability that your strategy should address is safety hazards in the community. That’s because...

Consider 16 Factors to Avoid Tax Liability for Worker Classification

December 25, 2018    

Like any other business or organization, community associations must file taxes with the government. And tax liability is a huge issue that associations need to be aware of. Improper reporting can land the association in hot water and cost thousands in fines, penalties, and late fees. With the...

Avoid Ex-Employee Litigation with Methodical Termination Process

December 25, 2018    

Managing an association involves day-to-day tasks that, while they should be done meticulously, are also not typically the impetus for lawsuits. Although you might be used to dealing with small issues that aren’t the subject of litigation, don’t be cavalier about bigger decisions,...

Avoid Insider Crimes with Four Safeguards for Employee Hiring Process

November 30, 2018    

Every person who works in your community—from maintenance employees to office staff—will interact with members and potentially have access to sensitive information, including financial documents. When employees are trustworthy, this exposure isn’t an issue. But it’s...

Take Steps to Protect Association from Mold Claims, Lawsuits

October 29, 2018    

Mold in any property can present multiple serious health issues. It has been a controversial issue at residential properties in particular, because it can cause serious health problems and be expensive to remediate. Mold prevention techniques and effective remediation of existing mold should be...

Determine How to Use Association's Unexpected Income

October 11, 2018    

Associations, whether large or small, depend heavily on money to operate. Every aspect of keeping a community safe and running smoothly has a cost associated with it. Too often, associations make the news for negative financial reasons—fraud, bankruptcy, or other shortfalls that disrupt...

Take 10 Steps to Head Off Financial Fraud

October 11, 2018    

Keeping track of finances is an integral part of running a community association. There’s typically a regular flow of money being collected and paid out on a day-to-day basis in order to ensure continuous operations. But, although dealing with cash can be overwhelming, it’s crucial...

Catch Common Overbilling Errors When Using Contractors in Community

October 11, 2018    

With so many things in an association-run community depending on cash flow, one of a manager’s most important duties is to carefully watch costs. But there are so many other aspects of managing a community—such as hiring and training staff, keeping on top of maintenance, and fielding...

How to Handle Disability-Related Requests for Modifications

September 14, 2018    

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990, and the Fair Housing Act (FHA) was amended in 1988 to add protections for individuals with disabilities. But despite the length of time that these laws have been around, there’s still misinformation and confusion about how they...

How to Avoid Court by Using 'Alternative Dispute Resolution'

August 20, 2018    

Inevitably, in any homeowners association or condominium, there will be community-related conflicts. The bad news for associations when a dispute arises is that going to court can be extremely expensive, and the association might end up paying for litigation costs in the end. The good news when...

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,...