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Draft Association-Favorable Contract Termination Clause

February 14, 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. Your association doesn’t want to be in a position in which...

Enforcing Community Rules Without Running Afoul of the FHA

February 14, 2019    

Unfortunately for community association managers, there are some common fair housing problems that can arise from community rules. To avoid them, make sure you understand where you might go wrong. In general, community rules trigger fair housing problems in one of two ways—either the rules...

Understanding When Governing Documents Apply to Home Business

February 14, 2019    

With the increasing trend of workers telecommuting to jobs with companies and the proliferation of online shops whose sellers make or store their merchandise at home, associations have had to deal with the issues surrounding so-called “home businesses.” This is a tricky issue, which...

Determine Worker Status Ahead of Tax Season

January 25, 2019    

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. This is...

Tread Lightly When Fielding Member Complaints About Employees

January 25, 2019    

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

N.J. Condo Association Settles Disability Discrimination Claim

January 25, 2019    

A New Jersey condo association representing residents of a 55-and-older condominium development recently agreed to pay $9,000 to resolve allegations that it refused to sell a condo to a man with disabilities and his wife because the couple planned to have their adult disabled daughter live with...

Avoid ‘Negligent Hiring’ Claims by Vetting Job Candidates

December 20, 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...

Use Tough Acceleration Policy to Keep Members Current

December 20, 2018    

The financial health of an association depends in large part on monthly payments from members. Those payments are integral because they pay for the services and amenities the members expect and are entitled to. Unfortunately, whether it’s because of financial difficulties or a dispute,...

Use Business Judgment Rule to Avoid Association Lawsuits

December 20, 2018    

Typically, if decisions made by the board turn out well, members are happy. But if the decisions lead to unforeseen costly expenses to the community, some members might sue, regardless of the board members’ good intentions. That’s why it’s more important than ever that your...

Engage Members in Mold Prevention in Community

November 15, 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...

Use Well-Planned Annual Member Meeting to Showcase Skills

November 15, 2018    

An efficient annual member meeting not only encourages future member participation, but also exhibits your and the elected directors’ expertise and leadership skills. The success of this meeting goes a long way toward building trust in board members to protect and faithfully serve the...

HOA Managers Seeing Success Across U.S.

November 15, 2018    

Association life continues to thrive across the country, as seen in the 2018 Homeowner Satisfaction Survey, conducted by Zogby Analytics for the Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR). This is great news for community association managers for the seventh time in 13 years. Once...