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50 Tips for HOA and Condo Boards, Volume 2: Homeowners Association Management Best Practices
This report is a follow-up to our earlier special report, 50 HOA Management Tips: Best Practices for Homeowners Association Boards. It is filled with new and cutting-edge advice from our editorial team and experts on HOA governance and management from across the country. You'll find tips to minimize your legal risk, tips to improve your collections, tips to manage the human side of HOA leadership, tips to streamline rule enforcement, tips to save your association money, and much more. . . . keep reading

HOA Reserves, Special Assessments, Loans & More: A Homeowners Association Board Member's Guide to HOA Funding Options
The best-run HOAs have boards that are smart with money. Those boards manage their owners' money with care, and when they have unplanned projects that require additional funding, they're equally methodical and thoughtful. What do those boards do that's so smart? They explore every funding option, starting with well-known ideas like drawing on reserves, taking out a loan, or passing a special assessment. Then they unearth funding options that few HOA board members know about. In this special report, you'll discover tips and guidance on funding options from HOAleader.com's expert contributors. . . . keep reading

HOA Management Companies: A Practical Guide for Homeowners Association Boards
In this exclusive HOA management special report, we offer insight and guidance on finding a good HOA manager and determining whether you need an onsite manager, must-have and must-not-have contract language, and tips for responding when your management company isn't doing its job, including guidance on when to cut ties or work toward a better relationship. We also educate going-it-alone boards on best practices for self-managed homeowners associations, and much, much more. . . . keep reading

HOA Policies: 17 Sample Policies Every Homeowners Association Board of Directors Should Consider
In this special report, we lay the groundwork for your HOA board to draft policies and procedures governing a broad scope of condo or homeowners association life by providing you with 17 sample policies released exclusively to you by HOAleader.com's expert contributors. . . . keep reading

HOA Leadership Roles and Duties: A Guide to the Positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Board Member in Condo and Homeowners Associations
We're hearing from a growing number of association members who want more detail about their responsibilities--or who want an easy way to educate their newly elected fellow board members about what, exactly, board members do. What's the president supposed to do? How about the vice president, secretary, and treasurer? . . . keep reading


HOA Boards: Four Ways to Prevent and Ease Board Burnout
October 2009
Let's face it. In many condo and homeowners associations, a handful of people carry the load for the rest of the community. Those heavy lifters can sometimes become burned out. What can you do to prevent burnout? And what can you do to ease the burden when HOA board members are feeling drained? Here are four suggestions. . . . keep reading


FEATURED ARTICLES
Our HOA Board Appointed the Wrong Person. Can We Start Again?
February 27, 2015
In this week's tip, we answer a reader's question about whether a board that appointed a new member--and sorely regrets it--can dis-appoint that member. "The simple answer is no," says Bob Kmiecik, a partner at Kaman & Cusimano LLC, which represents associations throughout Ohio. . . . keep reading

HOA Board Wants a Do-Over: Can It Rescind a Board Appointment?
February 2015
An HOAleader.com reader asks, "Our five-person HOA board comprises four cooperative members and one individual who thrives on conflict and aggressive one-on-one sessions of argumentative, vicious confrontation. She is a past president who has been responsible for driving other officers into vacating their positions in retreat, including one past president, our secretary, and others in her wake. How can she be removed from her position on the board so we can enjoy functioning as a cooperative unit? I should add that she is an appointed member of the board who was brought back after she quit her presidency in a fit of rage during one of her 'discussions.'" . . . keep reading

Are HOAs Private Clubs under the ADA?
February 2015
A reader has asked if HOAs qualify as private clubs under the Americans with Disabilities Act. That would mean they're subject to the act's provisions, among them, things like adding features to facilities to ensure they're accessible to disabled. Our reader says he's seen reports suggesting that only 501(c)(7) organizations (social and recreational clubs) are exempt from the ADA, but also reports that courts judge private-club status on the basis of members' control of an organization, membership requirements, and "substantial" funding from members. "That sounds like an HOA to me," says our reader, who admits he's not a lawyer. . . . keep reading

Who's Responsible for an HOA's Poorly Designed Drainage System?
February 2015
An HOAleader.com reader writes, "I live in a PUD, and my home is the lowest lot on the street of our association, consisting of 26 homes and 4 townhouses. These homes were built 15 years ago before our city implemented city storm-water management guidelines; therefore, the builders didn't have any guidelines regarding downspouts and water runoff. . . . keep reading

Everybody Agrees, So No Need for an HOA Board Meeting...
February 20, 2015
An HOAleader.com reader asks if it's OK to make decisions without a meeting if there's unanimous consent for the action. The question arises because the reader mentions a provision of the Maryland Condo Act, 2-408(c). It states, "Any action required or permitted to be taken at a meeting of the board of directors or of a committee of the board may be taken without a meeting if a unanimous consent which sets forth the action is: (1) Given in writing or electronic transmission by each member of the board or committee; and (2) Filed in paper or electronic form with the minutes of proceedings of the board or committee." . . . keep reading

What's Unanimous Consent, and When Can You Deploy It?
February 2015
An HOAleader.com reader recently asked when a board could fail to notify a fellow member of a vote. As a follow up, here we discuss another part of the reader's question: When and how can boards act without a meeting? . . . keep reading

Don't Brew Up Trouble at Your HOA Board Meetings
February 2015
If your homeowner association is small and your meetings are at a unit owner's home, or if your association is large and your meetings are at a local bar or restaurant, what's the harm in board members having a glass of wine or a cocktail? Here we discuss the pros and cons. . . . keep reading


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