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How to Protect Yourself and Your HOA from the Neighborhood Sociopath How 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

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

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

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

How to Create a New-Owner Orientation Program for Your HOA How to Create a New-Owner Orientation Program for Your HOA
On-Demand Webinar
Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to create a new-owner orientation program at your homeowner or condo association -- lead by a knowledgeable community association manager and an experienced community association lawyer. 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

Does an HOA's One-Vote-Per-Unit Rule Apply to Married Board Members?
March 2015
An HOAleader.com reader asks, "My husband and I own a townhouse in a development of 56 units. Our board was down to one [person], and we are now both on the board trying to get it together. We now have five members consisting of two couples and one single board member. The question has come up since we only have one vote for one unit, can we each have one vote as a board member, or do we together only get one vote as we vote on board issues?" keep reading

Our HOA Board Appointed the Wrong Person. Can We Start Again?
February 27, 2015
In this week's tip, we answer a reader's question about whether a board that appointed a new member--and sorely regrets it--can dis-appoint that member. "The simple answer is no," says Bob Kmiecik, a partner at Kaman & Cusimano LLC, which represents associations throughout Ohio. keep reading

HOA Board Wants a Do-Over: Can It Rescind a Board Appointment?
February 2015
An HOAleader.com reader asks, "Our five-person HOA board comprises four cooperative members and one individual who thrives on conflict and aggressive one-on-one sessions of argumentative, vicious confrontation. She is a past president who has been responsible for driving other officers into vacating their positions in retreat, including one past president, our secretary, and others in her wake. How can she be removed from her position on the board so we can enjoy functioning as a cooperative unit? I should add that she is an appointed member of the board who was brought back after she quit her presidency in a fit of rage during one of her 'discussions.'" keep reading

Who's Responsible for an HOA's Poorly Designed Drainage System?
February 2015
An HOAleader.com reader writes, "I live in a PUD, and my home is the lowest lot on the street of our association, consisting of 26 homes and 4 townhouses. These homes were built 15 years ago before our city implemented city storm-water management guidelines; therefore, the builders didn't have any guidelines regarding downspouts and water runoff. keep reading

Owners Ready to Serve, But HOA Board Refuses to Fill Vacancies
January 16, 2015
A HOAleader.com reader asks if it's OK for his fellow board members to refuse to appoint two ready and willing owners to fill vacancies on the board. In this week's tip, we tackle whether that may be a breach of a board member's fiduciary duty. keep reading

HOA Board Declines to Fill Vacancies: A Breach of Fiduciary Duty?
January 2015
An HOAleader.com reader writes, "In our condominium with an allotted number of five board members, we have only three--one of whom is me, a recently-elected member--following the recent resignation of our treasurer and our president and our management company dropping us. keep reading

Emergency Situation: Only One HOA Board Member Remains
December 26, 2014
In this week's tip, we deliver a rapid response to a reader who's the last person standing on an association board. What can a lonely board member do to get others to serve--and fast? The easiest thing--and we use that term advisedly--is for our sole remaining board member to appoint a fellow board member, and then for the two of them to appoint another, and so on. (Of course, first he has to convince them to serve, but we're assuming he's got some sympathetic neighbors who are willing to step up.) keep reading

Solo Board Member Needs Immediate Help: Can This Situation be Fixed?
December 2014
An HOAleader.com reader writes, "Our association has struggled for years to get members to volunteer for the board or for that matter anything else. We began one year ago with the five members that are required for the board. Since that time, one by one they have either quit, moved, or given up and walked away disgusted with the amount of work that's needed and the abuse and disrespect of the members of the community. keep reading

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