Practical Advice for Condominium and Homeowners Association Leadership

If you are ...

  • on your HOA or condo association's board of directors
  • on a homeowner association committee
  • a professional community association manager
  • an advisor or vendor to community associations will help keep your homeowner or condominium association up-to-date with HOA laws and out of legal trouble . . . prevent and resolve conflicts in your community . . . make HOA management easier . . . save you money, time and headaches . . . and much more!

Start Your Free 7-Day Trial »

Browse by Topic »

Upcoming Event

How to Choose and Work with Your HOA's Manager

An Exclusive Webinar
With Practical Tips for Condo and HOA Boards

Thursday, May 14, 2015
2-3 p.m. Eastern

Learn more or Register now »

Members save $30!


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'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'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

How to Choose and Work with Your HOA's Manager How to Choose and Work with Your HOA's Manager Live Webinar
A good HOA management company can make your life so much easier. With your direction, it'll do the heavy lifting in overseeing nearly all of your HOA's operations, including running interference with sometimes challenging owners. The hard part for you is finding the management company that's the best fit for your HOA and board vision. Join us for an information-filled webinar on May 14 on how to choose and work with your management company, with insights from an experienced community association manager and an equally experienced community association lawyer. keep reading

HOA In No-Win Situation: Should It Have Stood Its Ground?
April 2015
An HOA in Missouri has reversed its decision denying homeowners' request to allow the Make-a-Wish Foundation build a playhouse in their backyard for their daughter, who's battling cancer. Here's the rub: The HOA was probably right in the first place that the proposed playhouse violated the CC&Rs. So was this a time when rules should be waived? keep reading

HOA Parking Problems Persist: Prepare to Prevent Them
April 17, 2015
The management company for a Colorado HOA hired a private company, Parking Authority LLC, to enforcing parking restrictions in the community. The result: One couple got a ticket for having expired license tags. So in this week's tip, we begin addressing the many touchy and difficult questions this incident raises for HOAs. keep reading

As Though Parking Doesn't Already Anger HOA Owners Enough…
April 2015
The management company for a Colorado HOA hired a private company, Parking Authority LLC, to enforcing parking restrictions in the community. The result: One couple got a ticket for having expired license tags. This raises many questions: Why is the HOA management company hiring a private company to enforce parking restrictions? Isn't this something the HOA expects the manager to handle? What authority does the company have to ticket for expired tags? Here our experts weigh in. keep reading

To Reimburse or Not: Should the HOA Cough Up?
April 10, 2015
In this week's tip, we respond to a reader who wants reimbursement for legal fees personally expended to get an HOA board back on track. He's president of his HOA, and last year he hired a lawyer to rein in rogue board members. The pressure the lawyer put on them prompted them to resign. Can the reader be reimbursed? keep reading

How to Protect Yourself and Your HOA from the Neighborhood Sociopath How to Protect Yourself and Your HOA from the Neighborhood Sociopath
On-Demand Webinar
Run into any owners or residents who show contempt for and consistently disregard your HOA's rules? One in 25 people is a sociopath, or a person who regularly exhibits asocial or antisocial behavior. Sociopaths look like your everyday neighbors, but they can be scary and intimidating--and they can turn your HOA into a battleground. Learn how to wisely and safely handle the most difficult owners and residents you'll ever face, led by two community association experts with decades of hands-on experience in advising associations. (Recorded April 9, 2015.) keep reading

Is There Any Doubt These Legal Fees Are a Common HOA Expense? Yes.
April 2015
An reader asks, "I'm the president of an HOA. Last year, I had to hire a lawyer to rein in my rogue board members. They were constantly holding illegal meetings without my knowledge amongst a slew of other things. My question is how can I, if possible, recoup those fees? Due to the pressure my lawyer put on them, they have all since resigned, and I finally have a wonderful board." Here are the arguments for and against this being an association expense. keep reading

Improve your compliance with HOA laws—and train your homeowner association board in best practices more easily

Sign up today for a FREE TRIAL to Membership. Benefits include:

  • Updates: the latest new laws and court cases affecting HOAs
  • Analysis: Plain-English explanations of what those developments mean to you
  • Advice: Step-by-step guidance on best practices for homeowner associations
  • Tools: Checklists, Sample Policies and Forms to keep your community association in compliance with HOA law
  • Community: Access to HOA board members across the country who understand the challenges you face

Click here for quick FREE trial sign-up.

About's attorney editors and experienced journalists constantly research the latest developments in HOA law affecting homeowner and condominium associations across the U.S. Then we publish plain-English analyses of what those developments mean to you as an HOA leader, and what you need to do now to comply with HOA laws, steer clear of legal trouble, avoid or resolve conflicts within your homeowners association, make HOA management easier, and safeguard your community association's property values and quality of life.

You can sign up for free trial Membership here.

Get help for your common-interest development, condo association, community association or HOA board today. With your trial membership, your homeowners association will get practical advice on HOA law, condo law, HOA management, HOA rules, and much more. Don't forget your entire HOA board can join with a group membership. It's an easy and affordable way to train your entire HOA board. Improve your HOA management skills today.