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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...

Identifying and Rectifying Association Overspending

February 23, 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...

How to Detect Contractor Overbilling Errors

February 23, 2017    

Carefully watching costs can be time consuming. You may be tempted to pay invoices without really examining them, assuming that if you’re working with reputable vendors or contractors that you’ve worked with before, the charges are correct. But if you...

Take Five Steps to Rid Community of Graffiti

February 23, 2017    

Unfortunately, since the presidential election, there have been several incidences of graffiti in community associations that have been featured on the news. The messages refer to some of the politically charged campaign sentiments. Besides being unsightly,...

Avoid Dispute About Who Should Pay for Unit Damage

January 19, 2017    

The nature of condominium buildings—that is, units stacked on each other—means that occasionally an accident in one condo will affect the adjacent unit. Flooding is a common cause of damage to multiple units, and it can happen from appliances like...

Settlement Can Put End to Member’s Ongoing Feud

January 19, 2017    

If you’ve been dealing with a member whose complaints or legal actions seem to be neverending, there could be good news for you: In some case, a settlement with the member precludes a subsequent lawsuit.

Use Caution When Requiring Adult Supervision

January 19, 2017    

Many planned communities have children living in them, which brings into play safety and security issues. You might think that you’re creating rules that ensure children are safe, but if those rules include adult supervision requirements, you might be on the...