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New HOA Board Members? Here's How to Run a Successful Board Orientation 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

Tips to Ensure Safety in Your HOA Pool
June 2015
Pools are opening at HOAs across the country now. Here our experts suggest four rules and practices to ensure HOAs meet the standard of safety they're required to uphold. 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

Time to Get Your HOA's Drone Rules Off the Ground
May 8, 2015
In this week's tip, we'll fly a few thoughts about drones past you. They're not just for the military anymore, and you need to get ahead of this fast-growing trend before your HOA's airspace needs its own traffic controllers. keep reading

Drones at Your HOA: What You Need to Know
May 2015
Drones aren't just for the military anymore, and HOAs need to get ahead of this fast-growing trend. Here we discuss whether HOAs can expect owners or businesses to begin flying drones within the HOA and whether HOAs can restrict their use. keep reading

What California HOAs Need to Know About New Drought Restrictions
May 2015
The huge--and dry--state of California's governor just imposed water restrictions to deal with the dangerous conditions. How must HOAs proceed? keep reading

California Court Hands HOAs Big Win on Short Term Rentals
May 1, 2015
In this week's tip, we share good news: A California court has shown that it totally gets how HOAs operate and issued an opinion in March sure to buoy the spirits of HOA board members far and wide. In Watson v. Oak Shores Community Association, a California appellate court has upheld an HOA's restrictions on short-term rentals and fees related to rentals. Oak Shores is a community in Bradley, Calif. keep reading

California Court OKs Short-Term Rental Restrictions, Related Fees
May 2015
The debate over owners' posting their units on short-term rental sites like Airbnb and HomeAway should again heat up. That's because a California appellate court has held that HOAs can restrict owners' rights on this front. Here we explain the decision and its implications, plus we share insight on how this issue continues to evolve across the country. 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

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