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In this report you'll discover tips from our editorial team and experts on HOA governance and management from across the country on how to plan, properly notice, and execute an HOA election. These are tips you can begin implementing immediately to make your elections run more smoothly and withstand challenges from disgruntled homeowners. keep reading
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
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
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
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
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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
In this week's tip, we send a warning signal about your balconies and porches. It's dangerous not to stay on top of their maintenance. A California HOA lawyer says there's now increased scrutiny on the state's balconies as a result of a tragic incident in which six people were killed. This isn't just a problem in California. A similar porch collapse happened in Chicago more than 10 years ago, killing 13. keep reading
A California HOA lawyer says there's now increased scrutiny on the state's balconies as a result of a tragic incident in which six people were killed. This isn't just a problem in California. A similar porch collapse happened in Chicago more than 10 years ago, killing 13. Here's what you need to know about the safety of your limited common elements. keep reading
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. Join us for a cutting-edge webinar on April 9 on 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. keep reading
In this week's tip, we give you a heads up on a "butting" trend--associations snuffing out smoking. A Michigan condo fire damaged four condo units, and the fire marshal blamed an owner who smoked on his balcony. And after two condo fires, a Canadian fire chiefs now wants owners who are carless when smoking to pay. Are these reports sign of a trend toward stricter condo rules when it comes to smoking? keep reading
A Michigan condo fire damaged four condo units, and the fire marshal blamed an owner who smoked on his balcony. And after two condo fires, a Canadian fire chiefs now wants owners who are carless when smoking to pay. Are these reports sign of a trend toward stricter condo rules when it comes to smoking? Are condos coming up with new ways to regulate smoking in units or limited common elements? Should they? Here's the latest. keep reading
In response to a recent HOAleader.com article discussing noise, a reader writes, "The International Building Code (adopted by almost everyone) has required a minimum amount of noise suppression between units (walls, floors, ceilings, etc.) in multi-dwelling buildings for more than 25 years, requirements related to both fire safety as well as environmental health. The HOA can require a higher level, but has a duty to make sure owners know about the requirements. It's the city's job to enforce the building code (like all laws), not a group of people on an HOA board." keep reading
In this week's tip, we talk about killing wildlife. Sounds awful, but wildlife can cause difficult and expensive problems. The topic arises because a Katy, Texas, HOA admits it has removed ducks from its grounds, much to the dismay of some homeowners. It happened in the Grand Lakes Homeowners Association. One homeowner told KHOU in Houston that recent minutes of the board said that in March, 66 ducks had been killed. The board didn't admit to killing the ducks to KHOU but did confirm the "lawful and humane removal of the ducks…because of overpopulation." keep reading
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