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HOA Checklists: Your Road Map for an Entire
Year of Homeowner Association Operations HOA Checklists: Your Road Map for an Entire Year of Homeowner Association Operations
This report is intended to be your road map for an entire year of operations that you begin using today and turn to for years to come. It provides you with checklists compiled by our editorial team with substantial input from experts on HOA operations and management from across the country to ensure you're steering your association in the right direction and not letting crucial issues slip through the cracks. keep reading

HOA Elections: A Guide to Managing the Election Process at Condo and Homeowner Associations HOA Elections: A Guide to Managing the Election Process at Condo and Homeowner Associations
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

50 Tips for HOA and Condo Boards, Volume 2: Homeowners Association Management Best Practices 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 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 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

 
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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
Owner Disputes HOA's 15-Year-Old Debt. Does He Have a Point?
May 27, 2016
We're helping out a reader in this week's tip. Paraphrased, our reader's beef goes like this: "Hey, my board just passed a special assessment for a 15-year-old loan I never knew about. I call baloney!" Our experts offer a range of opinions on this issue, from never having seen it to saying it happens all too frequently. keep reading

Is This HOA's Special Assessment Necessary? Or Wise?
May 2016
An HOAleader.com reader asks, "Just moved into small (40-member) condo association in [New York state]. Just received notice of a special assessment to pay off an outstanding loan of 15 years ago. [I] had no idea [the] loan existed. [Am I] required to pay off something that happened 15 years ago?" Here our experts explain if an HOA could really be required to pay a 15-year-old debt and if a special assessment is the right way to proceed. keep reading

Smart Rules for Your HOA's Clubhouse
May 2016
If you rent out your clubhouse or other facility--or even if you just let owners use it for free for get-togethers--you should provide guidance on what's OK and what's not. Here our experts provide a road map you can use to create rules tailored to your HOA. keep reading

What You Need to Know to Effectively Regulate Parking in Your HOA What You Need to Know to Effectively Regulate Parking in Your HOA
Webinar on Demand
One owner runs a small roofing business and parks her oversized commercial truck--complete with the company's name and phone number stenciled on the doors and ladders attached to the sides--in her driveway. Another owner has a beautiful 26-foot boat parked in front of his house. Then there's the owner who has so many guests that others complain there's never anywhere for their guests to park. What a pain parking issues can be! Perhaps it's time to ease the pain for everybody in your community by regulating parking in a sensible way. We can show you how. Watch this exclusive, on-demand webinar now. keep reading

Know How to Avoid Lawsuits Over HOA Collection Tactics
May 20, 2016
In this week's tip, we double back and cover what you need to know about the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. We at HOAleader.com talk about it a lot. It's actually a pretty complicated law that many people don't fully understand. keep reading

What HOA Board Members Need to Know About the FDCPA
May 2016
We at HOAleader.com talk about the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act a lot. It's actually a pretty complicated law that many people don't fully understand. "It's a gigantic issue for us," states Susan Hawks McClintic, co-managing shareholder and the chair of the community association transactional practice group at the law firm of Epsten Grinnell & Howell in San Diego. "Part of the problem is that I don't think everybody, even attorneys, understands the ins and outs of it. So it's so easy to make a mistake." keep reading

HOA Owner Turnover: Was It Something You Said?
May 2016
On just one Chicago street, there's a small, six-unit condo association that nearly always has at least unit for sale. The street is lined with similar condo associations, but just across the street, those condo associations haven't had units available for years. Does this disparity mean anything? Here we address whether your HOA's turnover rate is a problem and what you might do to lower it. keep reading


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