Practical Advice for Condominium and Homeowners Association Leadership
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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
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
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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
Your HOA is tax-exempt, right? Or is it a nonprofit? They're the same, aren't they? In this week's tip, we explain the difference in the context of a recent Internal Revenue Service ruling denying tax-exempt status to an under-24 unit condo association. keep reading
When you volunteered to serve your community association as a board member, did you realize you were agreeing to set aside your own interests and act as a fiduciary on behalf of the entire association? Are you confident you know every scenario where you might trip up and expose yourself to personal liability by failing to live up to this important duty? Set aside an hour of your time to learn what you need to know and ensure you're not risking your own financial security by making common--but easily avoidable--mistakes while volunteering as an HOA board member. Join us for in an in-depth webinar on February 25. keep reading
An under-24 unit condo association has been denied tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service. What? You're not tax-exempt? How could that be? Here we explain the ruling and discuss whether it's an outlier or offers lessons for other community associations. keep reading
In this week's tip, we tackle a tough question: Must you accommodate a disabled owner if the accommodation isn't absolutely, positively necessary but is just something helpful to the owner? Here's the back story. An HOAleader.com reader says one of the HOA's owners uses an electronic wheelchair to leave the home. That owner would like permission to attend the annual HOA meeting remotely, even though the building and meeting room are both accessible. And the HOA's bylaws apparently don't provide for remote access. keep reading
An HOAleader.com reader asks: "Our HOA is in Pennsylvania. We've already sent out our notice of annual meeting. Proxies may be executed by homeowners who wish to vote but are unable to attend. A young homeowner, who uses an electric wheelchair when she leaves her home, has requested 'remote access' to the annual meeting. keep reading
Whether it's farmer's markets, ride-share parking spots or sign-up sheets, or seminars for owners from local experts, you might want to consider hosting new activities at your HOA to build a sense of community. But there are risks. Here we offer tips for improving services while keeping your HOA's legal liability in check. keep reading
In this week's tip, we give you a heads up on a debate started with comments in a recent HOAleader.com webinar on what boards must know to strengthen HOA rules and fine procedures. One of the panelists, Matthew A. Drewes, a partner at Thomsen & Nybeck PA in Bloomington, Minn., who heads the law firm's community association representation group, said he advises his HOA board clients to stay out of the owners' processes for choosing renters. keep reading
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