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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

Feeling Ignored? How to Be Heard at Your HOA Board Meeting
November 21, 2014
In this week's tip, we listen to--and help--a reader who's been feeling ignored. Our reader piped up during an executive session of the board to offer an amendment to a motion--and was utterly ignored and even chided afterward for interrupting the meeting. What happened? And how can he be heard next time? . . . keep reading

Recognizing Board Members During an HOA Board Meeting
November 2014
An HOAleader.com reader writes, "At a recent annual meeting of unit owners at which I was newly elected to the board, an executive session of the new board occurred, and a motion was offered and debated. I wanted to amend that motion before it was voted on, and without getting the attention of the chair called out, 'I wish to amend it.' The other board members refused to discuss an amendment and later on accused me of interrupting the meeting. What did I do wrong and should have done? Did I need a second or something like that to get an amendment to a motion accepted and debated? Background: The motion that was offered I believed was contrary to a state (Maryland) statute, and I wished to have it amended so that it was not contrary to that statute before voting on the motion." . . . 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 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

Adjourning and Ducking into an HOA Executive Session: Can You Do It?
November 14, 2014
Raise your hand if your board has done this: "Our board all of the sudden announced it was going into executive session, and they asked us to leave the room." The question we get fairly frequently from readers is: Can they do that? . . . keep reading

Getting to Your HOA's Executive Session, Step by Step
November 2014
We hear this complaint frequently: Our board all of the sudden announced it was going into executive session, and they asked us to leave the room. Can they do that? Your right to adjourn a board meeting and then to reconvene in private in an executive session depend on your state's law. Here, we offer up a sampling of the laws in three states to explain who can call an executive session meeting, when can it be done, and how, including on what type of notice. . . . keep reading

HOA Board Members and Fiduciary Duties: What You Must Know to Fulfill Your Duty to Your Association and Protect Yourself from Personal LiabilityHOA Board Members and Fiduciary Duties: What You Must Know to Fulfill Your Duty to Your Association and Protect Yourself from Personal Liability
On-Demand Webinar
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. . . . keep reading

You Sue an HOA Owner, Win, and Get a Money Judgment. Can You Foreclose?
November 7, 2014
In this week's tip, we offer insight on how to collect a money judgment against an owner. More specifically, if you, say, go to small claims court and get a money judgment against an owner, does that automatically turn into a lien against the owner's unit? . . . keep reading

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