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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

HOA Policies: 17 Sample Policies Every Homeowners Association Board of Directors Should Consider 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

 
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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


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Know How Far to Stretch Your HOA Manager
July 24, 2015
In this week's tip, we begin analyzing a recent Florida Supreme court's advisory opinion in an effort to help you understand the line between what your manager can do and what you're better off turning to your attorney to handle. keep reading

What HOA Managers Can and Can't Do, Says Florida Supreme Court
July 2015
How close to the giving-legal-advice line can managers get without improperly veering into the practice of law? In May, the Florida Supreme Court answered that question in an advisory opinion. It spells out the activities community association managers (CAMs) can and can't perform without improperly practicing law without a license. Here we offer highlights, along with an analysis from one of our Florida experts. We also discuss what boards in other states need to know. keep reading

Dissenters in Your HOA: Let Them Have Their Say?
July 17, 2015
Where's that line that separates keeping your operations running smoothly and stepping on your owners' right to express their dissatisfaction? In this week's tip, we tackle the issue of free speech at HOAs. The topic arises from the actions of the board at the Tiber Island Cooperative Homes in Washington, D.C., which passed a rule restricting owners' speech rights after dissenters began challenging the board. keep reading

HOA Accused of Throttling Speech
July 2015
The board at the Tiber Island Cooperative Homes in Washington, D.C., passed a rule restricting owners' speech rights after dissenters began challenging the board. A shareholder, John Jordon, opposed the change and is now publicizing the issue--including getting the ACLU involved and writing about it in a Washington Post article. Here we discuss what happened and offer tips to protect speech while also providing a reasonable way for owners to offer feedback. keep reading

New HOA Board Members? Here's How to Run a Successful Board Orientation
On-Demand Webinar
Want your condo or homeowner association board to operate effectively, no matter how many members come and go over time? It's not a pipe dream. It's an achievable reality if you create and implement a new-board orientation to help just-elected or just-appointed members hit the ground running. Watch this on-demand webinar to hear from two experienced community association lawyers everything you need to know to craft an effective and timeless new-board orientation program. keep reading

Your HOA May Be Able to Relax Its Parliamentary Procedures. Here's Why.
July 10, 2015
In this week's tip, we keep the discussion going on a recent article that triggered reader responses. The topic: The ongoing debate in the HOA community over whether Robert's Rules of Order are worth using if your HOA has the option to decline to adopt them. One of our readers raised an interesting issue, and that's whether you can loosen Robert's Rules depending on the type of meeting you're conducting: "Where most professionals get confused is that parliamentary procedure for boards is supposed to be much more relaxed than for larger membership meetings." We've contacted an expert to get the answer. keep reading

More on Robert's Rules: Should You Loosen Up Your HOA Meetings?
July 2015
Recently, we reported on a debate in the HOA community over whether Robert's Rules of Order are worth using if your HOA has the option to decline to adopt them. That prompted several HOAleader.com readers to write in offering additional insights on the use of the parliamentary procedures. keep reading


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