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Crack Down on Speeding, Texting Behind the Wheel in Community

June 23, 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...

Community Association Professionals Receive Highest Honors in Field

June 23, 2017    

Community Associations Institute (CAI), the leading authority for community association education, governance, and management, has awarded the most prestigious and respected designation—Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM)—to 86 community association professionals. The...

Shedding Light on Association Duty to Handicapped Members

June 23, 2017    

Q: I manage a condominium building that was previously owned before the current association took it over. A handicapped unit owner claims that some elements of the building—namely, some doors—are difficult, but not impossible, for...

Avoid Disputes about View Protection Bylaw

May 18, 2017    

Homeowners who have paid a premium for housing that boasts sunset or city skyline views, or are situated in areas noted for their scenic beauty, feel they should be entitled to enjoy them—unfettered by other structures or foliage that might later get in the way. To this end, some of the...

Board Members Had Immunity in Individual Liability Lawsuit

May 18, 2017    

Although serving on the board of an association is a voluntary duty, unfortunately it can result in board members being sued. An association should do its best to shield board members from individual liability, though. A recent Texas appeals court ruling is an example of a situation where things...

Short-Term Condo Rentals Were Residential Businesses

May 18, 2017    

Short-term condo rentals can help members in an association bring in extra cash. This is especially true when a condo is located in a vacation hotspot, like beach or winter sport towns. But short-term condo rentals have been argued over by many associations and members, with associations that...

Protect Association’s Interests from Bankrupt Member

April 19, 2017    

With almost 800,000 bankruptcy filings in 2016 alone, chances are that someone living in your community will declare bankruptcy at some point. So, what does that mean for you and your association? When a person files for a bankruptcy, the court immediately issues an “automatic stay....

Put Maintenance Staff on Alert for Drug Operations

April 19, 2017    

If one of your management staff members suspects that a homeowner in your planned community is manufacturing illegal drugs, you’ll need to get a handle on the situation as soon as possible.

Association Prevails on Retaliation Claim

April 19, 2017    

Associations often make the news for incidents that reflect poorly on them, or that end in liability. But not every lawsuit against an association is a cautionary tale for a manager and board of directors. A recent New Mexico case highlights what often happens when...

Get Up to Speed on Managing a Master Association

March 17, 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...

Study Uncovers HOA Dissatisfaction

March 17, 2017    

The Coalition for Community Housing Policy in the Public Interest’s most recent national survey has uncovered higher dissatisfaction with associations from their members. A whopping 81 percent of community association residents cited a lack of transparency...

Collecting Rent from Delinquent Members' Tenants

March 17, 2017    

Q: Some of the economically distressed members in the community I manage have decided to lease their homes to tenants to help cover their expenses. At the same time, the landlord-members seem to have made paying...