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Prepare Association for Serious Emergencies

November 16, 2017    

The day-to-day management of a planned community or condominium building can be a heavy workload, filled with tasks that are crucial for keeping the association running smoothly. When you’re busy with the daily duties, however, planning for an event that has only the potential to occur is...

Make Laundry-Room Service Contract Work for Association

November 16, 2017    

Some condominium buildings have a shared, central laundry room for members, instead of washing and drying appliances in units. Even in planned communities with freestanding homes, the association may decide to use a common laundry room. Having a well-maintained laundry room in a condominium...

Association Can Deny Unreasonable Request for Parking Spaces

November 16, 2017    

While responding to a reasonable request for accommodation should be done carefully to avoid liability for the association and a subsequent lawsuit, that doesn’t mean you have to grant all requests. On the contrary, courts often rule that some requests are either overly broad or have no...

Using Drones to Streamline Management Strategy

October 20, 2017    

It seems as if drones—unmanned aerial vehicles without a human pilot aboard—have been increasingly in the news for their use by the military, commercial businesses, and private recreational users. The use of drones in combat has long been talked about, the retail giant Amazon has...

Employee Status Could Determine HOA Liability

October 20, 2017    

Q: I manage a community association through a property management company. The association itself has some employees—namely, a superintendent for repairs—but I am the person who controls his workload. The employee had an accident...

Missing Money Could Lead to HOA Court Case

October 20, 2017    

Homeowners in an Alabama community claim they've been paying hundreds of dollars every year but have no idea where the money is going because there are no meetings, no detailed budgets, and no communication from their association. They are blaming the developer.

The head executive of...

Don’t Get Slapped with Fair Housing Act Claim

September 28, 2017    

No matter how large or small the community association you manage is, you’ll need to employ at least a few staff members. While they should receive training that’s specific to their job, there’s one type of training that’s necessary for everyone: how to abide by the Fair...

Politicians Join Fla. HOA Developer Battle

September 28, 2017    

A pair of state senators expressed their support for residents of a Florida homeowners association at a recent town hall meeting primarily concerned with gaining control of their community. Association homeowners from a community that includes about 27,000 homes are fighting legal battles with...

Be Cautious When Making Decisions about Handicapped Member

September 28, 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...

Ability to Collect Assessments in Danger

August 11, 2017    

A recent amicus curiae brief aims to help protect associations' financial stability. Virginia-based Community Associations Institute (CAI) has endorsed a new amicus curiae brief supporting community association priority lien rights. CAI, an international authority in community association...

Treat Board Member Term Limits Seriously

August 11, 2017    

Sometimes, to comply with the law, association boards must be restructured. If you find yourself in the position of having to deliver the news and help with the restructure, you could be faced with accusations by board members that you’re improperly trying to oust them for your own motives...

Ensure Work Is Up to Par Before Final Payment

August 11, 2017    

Paying a contractor up front to do work for your association isn’t a good idea. If it does a shoddy job, your only recourse would be to sue the contractor for not living up to the agreement. But this can be costly. And it’s avoidable—if you protect yourself from subpar...