Feature Articles

Use Reserve Study to Keep Contributions at Pace of Deterioration

August 15, 2017    

No matter how high the quality of the homes and amenities in your community is, it’s inevitable that over time they’ll need maintenance to keep up their appearance and performance. Ultimately, some will need to be replaced—and members will be required to pay for the expense. It...

Protect Board Members from Harassment

July 7, 2017    

Because the decisions that a board makes very rarely please everyone, you could find yourself having to prevent unacceptable behavior toward board members. A board may have just approved a large special assessment to finance an improvement, and some owners may not be pleased with how the...

Avoid Fair Housing Trouble Over Assistance Animals

July 7, 2017    

Pets can enrich the lives of their owners, and many associations understand this and do allow members to have pets. However, dealing with pets in condominium communities requires balancing the freedoms pet-owning members enjoy on their privately owned property with the rights neighboring members...

Implement Four Methods to Keep Roads Safe in Your Community

June 13, 2017    

Rules passed by a homeowners association are for the good of the community, and safety rules are especially geared towards protecting members. In a planned community that’s laid out in a neighborhood fashion, a major risk of accidents is traffic—specifically, speeding or careless...

Put Five Key Details in View Protection Bylaw

May 8, 2017    

Whether they’re sunset or city skyline views, homes in areas noted for their scenic beauty are a hot commodity. Homeowners who have paid a premium for housing that boasts those views feel they should be entitled to enjoy them—unfettered by other structures or foliage that might later...

Compare Insurance Professionals to Fit Association's Needs, Budget

May 8, 2017    

Having the right kind of insurance and enough coverage under an insurance policy is key to operating an association. After all, insurance can protect the association from liability that might financially sink the community if costs for repairs, lawsuits, and accidents had to come out of pocket....

Use Green Landscaping Practices to Save Money and Resources

April 26, 2017    

By Carolyn Zezima

Take Proper Steps When a Member Declares Bankruptcy

April 13, 2017    

By Andrea Brescia

With almost 800,000 bankruptcy filings in 2016 alone, chances are that someone living in your community will declare bankruptcy at some point. And the likelihood grows if your association is in the South, where the highest numbers of bankruptcies are recorded....

Appreciate Differences When Managing Master Associations

March 9, 2017    

At first glance, an association’s structure and management seem straightforward. A planned community or condominium building typically has a set of governing documents, a board of directors who make sure that the rules and regulations in those documents are followed, and a manager who,...

Tread Carefully When Faced with Sex Offender in Community

March 9, 2017    

The safety and security of the community you manage should be a top priority. You’re faced with many challenges when trying to keep your community safe and secure. You can take care of many cut-and-dried problems on your own or with help from your staff, if you can get the association to...

Rein in Association Expenditures to Keep Costs Low, Members Happy

February 10, 2017    

Finances are a huge consideration for community association boards and managers. It takes money—and sometimes lots of it—to keep a community or condominium building up to high standards and running smoothly. If you manage an association or serve on your association’s board of...

Protect Association from Document Discovery Pitfalls

February 10, 2017    

Legal problems for associations have evolved along with technology that while helpful, can also hurt board members and managers. With the help of technology, you might be able to conduct business more efficiently, but you also need to understand that a lawsuit will potentially require handing...