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Are You Marketing Your HOA to the Public? Should You Be?
June 26, 2015
Here's an interesting question: Should you, as a board, actively take steps to promote your HOA in your broader community? In this week's tip, we address a reader's concern about his board's "advertis keep reading

Is the HOA in the Business of Selling Itself?
June 2015
An HOAleader.com reader asks, "Several new board members are real estate agents or owners with many lots they want to sell. The board has authorized 'advertising' monies not in our budget. The focus is quickly becoming sales of lots. Our documents state our primary focus is 1) Maintaining common areas and 2) Maintaining building and architectural requirements. Our documents do not say anything about 'advertising.' Anyone else dealing with this issue?" keep reading

New HOA Board Members? Here's How to Run a Successful Board Orientation
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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. Join us for a July 16 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

How One Arizona HOA Battled Criminals
June 19, 2015
Our experts hesitate to advise their clients to take on the responsibility for crime fighting. In this week's tip, we highlight an Arizona HOA that's doing just the opposite. The Circle Tree Owners Association in Mesa is made up of 250 condos, and it used to be a mess, says homeowner and manager David Russell. keep reading

Arizona HOA Changes Rules: No Sex Offenders or Felons--Part 2
June 2015
An Arizona HOA has passed new rules to restrict residency from certain convicts. In Part 1, an owner and manager of the HOA explains the whys and hows of his HOA's tactic to maintain the low-crime conditions the community. Here in Part 2, our legal experts discuss the pros and cons of this HOA's moves. keep reading

Arizona HOA Changes Rules: No Sex Offenders or Felons--Part 1
June 2015
An Arizona HOA has passed new rules to restrict residency from certain convicts. Here in Part 1, the manager of the HOA explains the whys and hows of his HOA's tactic to improve the community. In Part 2, our legal experts discuss the pros and cons of this HOA's moves. keep reading

HOA to Owners: Drought or Not, Artificial Turf Is a No Go
June 12, 2015
In this week's tip, we continue to update you on fast-moving events in drought-stricken California, where HOAs are beginning to deal with the effects of the drought and recently enacted water restrictions. (Keep reading if you're not in California; we promise you'll still learn something valuable about HOA management.) keep reading

California Drought Fallout: Fined for Fake Grass
June 2015
California HOAs are beginning to deal with the effects of the drought and recently enacted water restrictions. Kicking it off is an HOA that has just fined owners for installing artificial turf. Sounds extreme, but there's more to this story than it seems. Here we explain the facts and talk about the pros and cons of this HOA's approach to the owner's move. keep reading

It May be Time to Shelve Robert's Rules at Your HOA
May 29, 2015
In this week's tip, we go boldly where few have gone before. We ask whether you should table Robert's Rules of Order. Many experts aren't fans at all. "There's a certain level of decorum you want at your meetings, but it's hard to have a lay person follow them," says Joshua Krut, a partner at Weiss Serota Helfman Cole Bierman & Popok, a law firm with offices in Ft. Lauderdale and Coral Gables, Fla. "I've seen only one or two presidents who were able to follow them over all these years in my practice. They're very technical, not necessary, and it's confusing to owners or the audience also." keep reading

Keeping HOA Meetings in Order: To Use Robert's or Not?
May 2015
Do you follow Robert's Rules of Order during meetings? If so, why? Few states or governing documents require HOAs to use Robert's Rules, but some HOAs voluntarily adopt the long-established guidelines. Yet many experts aren't fans at all. keep reading

Another Emerging HOA Issue: Tiny Homes
May 2015
A homeowner association expert recently revealed to us a new issue arising at some of the community associations she represents: Tiny homes. They're often on a trailer so they can easily be moved, so homeowners are moving them onto their property. And that's creating challenges for HOAs in all kinds of areas, including when it comes to architectural rules. Here we explain and offer advice. keep reading

Here's a New One on Us: An HOA Rejuvenation Period
April 2015
An HOAleader.com reader asks, "HELP! We are past our rejuvenation period. What will happen to the association?" Unfortunately, we don't have much insight for our reader. Our experts--every single one of them, despite their decades of experience in advising associations from the management and legal side--have never encountered a "rejuvenation period" that applies to community associations. keep reading

When There's a Good Reason to Not Enforce Your HOA's Rules
April 24, 2015
Put yourself in this real-life board's shoes. An owner's young daughter has cancer. The Make-A-Wish Foundation offers to build a playhouse in her backyard. But you believe the playhouse doesn't comply with your HOA's architectural guidelines. Enforce your rules, or have a heart? An HOA in Missouri did both, first enforcing its rules and then changing its decision. keep reading

HOA In No-Win Situation: Should It Have Stood Its Ground?
April 2015
An HOA in Missouri has reversed its decision denying homeowners' request to allow the Make-a-Wish Foundation build a playhouse in their backyard for their daughter, who's battling cancer. Here's the rub: The HOA was probably right in the first place that the proposed playhouse violated the CC&Rs. So was this a time when rules should be waived? keep reading

7 Types of Stale, Out-of-Date HOA Rules You Should Freshen Up Now
April 3, 2015
In this week's tip, we give you a jump start on improving your rules. It's a good idea to freshen them up every once in a while, and our experts say there are seven types you should review and consider overhauling today. Here are the first two: keep reading

Is It Time to Rethink These 7 Types of HOA Rules?
April 2015
Fighting too much with owners over your HOA's rules? Maybe the rules are out of date and or just don't fit with emerging trends and owners' wishes because your community has changed. Here our experts offer their wisest counsel on seven types of rules they suggest you review and consider overhauling. keep reading

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