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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

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

As Though Parking Doesn't Already Anger HOA Owners Enough…
April 2015
The management company for a Colorado HOA hired a private company, Parking Authority LLC, to enforcing parking restrictions in the community. The result: One couple got a ticket for having expired license tags. This raises many questions: Why is the HOA management company hiring a private company to enforce parking restrictions? Isn't this something the HOA expects the manager to handle? What authority does the company have to ticket for expired tags? Here our experts weigh in. keep reading

How to Protect Yourself and Your HOA from the Neighborhood Sociopath How to Protect Yourself and Your HOA from the Neighborhood Sociopath
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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. Learn 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. (Recorded April 9, 2015.) 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

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

This HOA Board May Not Be Asking the Right Questions About a Rule Change
March 6, 2015
In this week's tip, we offer an HOAleader.com reader guidance on whether changing governing documents and grandfathering some owners' situations creates different "classes" of owners. Our experts say that may not be the most pressing question for our reader. keep reading

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