A Clever Name For a Closed HOA Meeting

A Clever Name For a Closed HOA Meeting

Burke Nielsen The work meeting gives boards the opportunity to get stuff done between regular meetings. But a work meeting is a magical meeting that doesn’t require notification of owners because, well… They aren’t invited. They aren’t invited because in theory, it’s not a meeting at all. No minutes are taken, no motions are made, and no decisions are reached. Sounds pretty good! right? Read More... [et_social_share]
Should Owners Really Read The HOA CC&R?

Should Owners Really Read The HOA CC&R?

Burke Nielsen Don't get me wrong — I'm not saying that homeowners shouldn't read the CC&Rs. In fact, homeowners who take the time to educate themselves on the rules are valuable, and they’re the ones that usually end up leading their community on boards and committees. But next time you find yourself frustrated that they don't know or understand the rules — Maybe the question you should be asking is: “How can I inform homeowners better?” Read More... [et_social_share]
HOA Architectural Control Freaks

HOA Architectural Control Freaks

Peter Harrison Architectural Control is one of the key reasons people either choose to live in or run from an HOA. Some people appreciate the HOA’s ability to enforce architectural controls via an Architectural Control Committee (“ACC”); whereas, others resent the thought of another organization telling them how they can modify or decorate their home. Read More... [et_social_share]
Meeting Minutes Matter™ California Open Meeting Act — Setting Homeowner Expectations

Meeting Minutes Matter™ California Open Meeting Act — Setting Homeowner Expectations

Victoria Cohen When an upset homeowner attends a homeowner association (HOA) board meeting, they believe they have the right to speak to the board, and sometimes demand answers or immediate action by the board. Although most of us would like immediate answers from the board, it is important that the board, management, and sometimes experts, like roofers/plumbers/arborists, and so forth, review the homeowner request before an informed decision can be made. Read More... [et_social_share]
Great Expectations: What Homeowners Want From Their HOA

Great Expectations: What Homeowners Want From Their HOA

Meredith Pond Today, there are roughly 57 million Americans living in managed communities, or HOAs. Of those 57 million, every single one of them has a certain set of expectations about what that should mean. While most homeowners would reasonably expect things like grounds maintenance, snow removal, and maybe some nice amenities, that's not really the point. Residents have some deeper needs, and as an HOA, you have a responsibility to meet them the best way you know how. Read More... [et_social_share]
Don’t Let Your Rules Violate Fair Housing?

Don’t Let Your Rules Violate Fair Housing?

Quinn Sperry It’s not uncommon for homeowner associations to adopt rules that violate federal and state fair housing laws, or the Fair Housing Act (the “FHA”). Violations of the FHA can bring severe penalties, as demonstrated in a recent case where an individual was awarded damages in excess of a hundred of thousand dollars against an HOA. A valuable strategy for board members is to carefully review their HOA’s governing documents with legal counsel and other industry professionals on a regular basis to ensure that the HOA’s rules and other governing provisions comply with the fair housing laws while balancing safety issues that your HOA must address. Read More... [et_social_share]

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