Heating Up and Cooling Down

Heating Up and Cooling Down

Victoria Cohen Homeowners living in Common Interest Development (CID) deed restricted communities, also known as homeowner associations (HOAs), must submit architectural applications to the Architectural Review Committee, or the Board of Directors to obtain permission to install air conditioners, in many cases. As you can imagine, this will add some heat to the already warm weather. So how do you prepare for this? Read More...
HOA Hoarders — It’s Not Illegal to Live in Filth

HOA Hoarders — It’s Not Illegal to Live in Filth

John Richards HOAs are being confronted more and more with hoarding, but when working with the homeowner to correct the problem fails — what is the association to do? Some Associations look to state and municipal governments for help, but these organizations simply don't want to get involved and will only go so far if you live in a private condominium or association. In most cases this leaves HOAs to take corrective action themselves in order to stop the hoarding and restore the quality of life. Read More...
Solar & HOAs — Who Has The Power?

Solar & HOAs — Who Has The Power?

Tyler Lamarr Homeowners are increasingly recognizing both the financial and environmental benefits of installing solar panels on their homes and the solar industry is booming. You may be considering the benefits yourself; but, if you live in or serve on the board of a homeowners association, beware of some important pitfalls before you go solar. Failing to carefully think through the complexities of solar panels in HOAs can lead to costly and contentious conflicts. HOAs and their members should consider several important factors before installing or allowing others to install solar panels. Read More...
HOA Mediation — And Your Community

HOA Mediation — And Your Community

Jill Kalter Oftentimes when someone mentions mediation, divorce instantly comes to mind, not how it applies to your HOA. Some states have adopted mediation as the “go to” standard in HOA disputes prior to entering litigation. The State of Florida Homeowners Association Act requires presuit mediation before litigation.i Colorado’s Judicial Department Office of Dispute Resolution promotes HOA mediation, guiding parties through the system and promoting the benefits of mediation.ii These are just two examples of states that use mediation in HOA disputes. Read More...

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