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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


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Want to Report HOA Delinquencies to Credit Agencies? May Not Be Wise
December 19, 2014
An HOAleader.com reader asks if it's permissible for an association to report delinquent assessments and property liens associated with delinquent assessments to credit reporting agencies. In this week's tip, we explain that the answer is unclear in many states. But others sometimes can, or do, on your behalf. . . . keep reading

Can You, and Should You, Report HOA Delinquencies to Credit Agencies?
December 2014
An HOAleader.com reader writes, "Are HOAs capable of reporting delinquent HOA assessments and/or property liens associated with delinquent assessments to credit reporting agencies?" Here we discuss whether you can do that and, more importantly, whether it's a good idea. . . . keep reading

Does Helping Owners Share Rides Drive Up Your HOA's Risk?
December 2014
You've heard it here from our experts before: Again and again, they say, "Stay in your lane!" By that, they mean that your HOA shouldn't undertake activities that fall outside the scope of the association's stated and legal mission. . . . keep reading

Florida Court Rules Against Bank: How Major is the Ruling for HOAs?
December 2014
A Florida appellate court has held in Bermuda Dunes Private Residences v. Bank of America that Bank of America took title as first mortgagee to a property--and paid less in delinquent fees to HOAs as a result--though it didn't have the rights as the first mortgagee. How big is this ruling for HOAs in Florida and beyond? . . . keep reading

Florida Court Smacks Bank in Foreclosure Action: Will It Matter?
December 12, 2014
In this week's tip, we discuss a recent Florida case that may--or may not--have implications for HOAs throughout the state and beyond. The case is Bermuda Dunes Private Residences v. Bank of America. In it, Bank of America brought a foreclosure action against an owner in the Bermuda Dunes condo association. It also sought from the association a final figure for past-due assessments, and the association claimed $17,987.84 was owed. The bank, however, claimed that amount didn't take into consideration Florida's law allowing first mortgagees a safe harbor. They're required to pay no more than 12 months of past-due assessments or 1% of the amount due, whichever is less. Factoring in the safe harbor, the condo association would be due only $2,551.20. . . . keep reading

Can You Use Your HOA's Operating Budget to Pay a Loan?
December 2014
An HOAleader.com reader writes, "The board of a condo in Maryland in which I am a unit owner and a newly-elected director is proposing to take out a loan for replacing expensive building items. And it's stating, 'The loan payment will come out of the operating budget, so obviously we would need a budget that would cover repayment of the principal and interest.' . . . keep reading

Easier Enforcement of Your HOA's Rules: Steps to Create Enforceable Rules, Effective Fines, and a Fair Violation ProcessEasier Enforcement of Your HOA's Rules: Steps to Create Enforceable Rules, Effective Fines, and a Fair Violation Process
HOAleader.com On-Demand Webinar
Enforcing rules doesn't have to be a pitched, tense, and unpleasant battle between your homeowner association board and your homeowners. With some smart planning, you can make enforcing your HOA's rules fairer, quicker, easier, and less stressful. Join us for an in-depth webinar on December 11 led by two community association experts: a lawyer with more than a decade of hands-on experience in advising associations on how to create and enforce rules, along with a veteran association manager with insights on the day-to-day operations of rules enforcement. You'll get practical ideas, systems, and processes you and your condo or HOA board can begin to take advantage of the minute the webinar ends. . . . keep reading


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