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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


FEATURED ARTICLES
What to Do When Your HOA's Owners or Employees are at Risk from Within
March 27, 2015
In this week's tip, we discuss the murky and scary topic of your duty when you suspect someone within your HOA is a danger to others. It's rare, but violence happens at HOAs. The latest? On Oct. 3, 2014, Jeremy Holland, the property manager of The President of Palm Beach condominium association, was shot in the head allegedly by a former doorman who'd been fired the month before, according to the Palm Beach Daily News. Thankfully, Holland is recovering. . . . keep reading

HOA Owners and Employees Can be Annoying. What If You Think They're Dangerous?
March 2015
On Oct. 3, 2014, Jeremy Holland, the property manager of The President of Palm Beach condominium association, was shot in the head allegedly by a former doorman who'd been fired the month before, according to the Palm Beach Daily News. Thankfully, Holland is recovering. . . . keep reading

Can You Ask Your Developer to Beef Up Funding Pre-Transition?
March 2015
An HOAleader.com reader asks, "Our HOA is still under developer's control using 'deficit funding' as a way to help support our HOA. We are presently about 70% complete and expect to [do] a 'take-over transfer' within the next 12 to 18 months. Since 2012, construction has increased the community by about 80 new homes. All those recent sales have produced a fund referred to as 'capital contribution' that's collected at closing. . . . keep reading

How to Protect Yourself and Your HOA from the Neighborhood SociopathHow to Protect Yourself and Your HOA from the Neighborhood Sociopath
Live Webinar
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

Avoid Big Communication Problems at Small HOAs
March 20, 2015
This really happened at a small, six-unit association in the Midwest: Several owners typically take their issues and concerns to one or the other of the three board members. On Super Bowl Sunday, one of the owners was angrily texting a board member over and over. The board member responded several times, "Please bring your concerns to all members." . . . keep reading

Small-HOA Challenges: When Owners Deal Privately with One Board Member
March 2015
Small associations often operation less formally than mega-associations, and often that works to everybody's benefit. But the familiarity that comes with compact associations can also result in difficult situations. Here's an example that actually happened at a small, six-unit association in the Midwest: Several owners typically take their issues and concerns to one or the other of the three board members. On Super Bowl Sunday, one of the owners was angrily texting a board member over and over. The board member responded several times, "Please bring your concerns to all members." . . . keep reading

What Election Records Can Owners See After the Election
March 2015
An HOAleader.com reader asks, "Tabulating the election was performed by a recently hired employee [at our Florida association] . . . Some members asked if they could view the tabulation. Denied. Candidate now wants to view ballots . . . President of board says, 'That could create a problem, and you're not entitled.'" . . . keep reading


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