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Take Stress Out of Change in Management

May 17, 2018    

Although it sometimes seems like an on-site association manager is part of the community because she’s on the property continually, this is a job and, at some point, the manager or the management company will inevitably leave. The question that concerns owners and the board of directors at...

$20M Jury Verdict Raises Alarming Questions for Homeowners

May 17, 2018    

A homeowners association in Las Vegas is facing not just a staggering jury verdict in favor of the family of a teenager who was injured by playground equipment in the community, but also questions from confused members, some of whom feel misled.

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Awarding Legal Fees in Association Lawsuit

May 17, 2018    

Q: A homeowner in the community I manage is suing the association. We’re concerned not only about the cost of litigation, but also that we might be on the hook for the homeowner’s attorney’s fees, not just our own. If the...

Consider Hurdles to Leasing Unused Common Areas to Businesses

April 26, 2018    

If your association is looking for new and creative ways to generate more revenue, can it lease underappreciated common area space to a commercial tenant as a way to add convenience to your members and income for your association? With the rise of mixed-use spaces, the convenience—and...

Dealing with Items Not Mentioned in Guidelines

April 26, 2018    

While it saves a lot of hassle—and potentially litigation—when association guidelines are detailed, occasionally you’ll come across a member with a request to install an item that hasn’t been addressed. But does that mean that it’s permissible for an owner to do...

Member Can't Prove Nonmembers Were Voting at Meetings

April 26, 2018    

Unfortunately, sometimes a member of the community you manage might make accusations that you’ll have to deal with. And it could lead to litigation. But before you panic, remember that to prevail, the member has to be able to back up her argument with evidence. A Florida case highlights...

Advise Members Without Running Afoul of Law

March 22, 2018    

As a community association manager, a large part of your time can be taken up with questions from directors and members that require a response. While you might want to provide as much helpful information as you can, be aware that this area can be fraught with risk for you and your management...

Dealing with Tricky Issue of Association Records

March 22, 2018    

Occasionally, a homeowner will ask to review association records. This can be a tricky issue if you don’t know exactly how to handle this request and what you can and can’t show to a member. A recent court case highlighted the specific issue of associations withholding records based...

HOA’s Open-Garage-Door Mandate Raises Safety Concerns

March 22, 2018    

A California homeowners association is requiring members to keep their garage doors open most of the day on weekdays. The new rule is in response to the association learning that so-called squatters—people living in a home illegally—were inhabiting the garage of at least one home in...

Use Bylaw, not Rule, to Ban Smoking in Community

February 23, 2018    

As time goes on, even more information emerges about how dangerous smoking is not only for smokers, but also for those exposed to secondhand smoke. Secondhand tobacco smoke—Environmental Tobacco Smoke or ETS—has been classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a...

Explain to Board Why Environmental Initiative Is a Must

February 23, 2018    

If you manage a condominium building that’s out of date environmentally, you should consider getting behind a green initiative. You could push for the building to become LEED certified. It’s possible to bring older condominiums up to date environmentally, but you’ll have to...

Governing Documents Often Determine Rental Issue

February 23, 2018    

In some communities, there can be controversy over short-term rentals, with some members being strongly in favor of rentals while others fight to keep the community limited only to unit owners. But the outcome of a fight like this will be largely dependent on the covenants and governing...