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Is This HOA Board's Insurance Policy Fair to Owners?
August 2015
A Colorado lawyer recently blogged about a condo association that has a $50,000 per-unit deductible on its insurance for water-related incidents, and its policy is to require owners to cover those deductibles. Here we weigh many questions, including whether this is smart in the first place and whether it actually saves the condo much on its insurance premiums. 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

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. 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

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

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

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

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