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Door-to-Door Salespeople and Political Canvassers: Why They're Different at HOAs
April 29, 2016
In this age of Clinton, Cruz, Kasich, Sanders, and Trump (we put those in alpha order so as not to appear to favor any of them; that's sort of the lesson of this tip), how should your HOA handle door-to-door activities--from salespeople to political canvassers? keep reading

Rentals in Your HOA or Condo Getting You Down?
What HOA Boards Need to Know About Regulating Rentals Rentals in Your HOA or Condo Getting You Down? What HOA Boards Need to Know About Regulating Rentals
On-Demand Webinar
Rentals are one of the toughest issues to control at HOAs, and they've become even more difficult to oversee now that websites like Airbnb and VRBO have caught fire, facilitating short term rentals for home owners. What's a responsible HOA or condo board to do? View this "must watch" webinar on how to create a smart--and enforceable--rental policy at your HOA. You'll hear two community association lawyers with decades of hands-on experience in advising associations share their best advice. keep reading

Door-to-Door Sales: Can Your HOA Ban It? What about Political Canvassing?
April 2016
An HOAleader.com reader asks: "We're an age-restricted private community with 112 units (singles, twins, and quads). At each of two entrances, we've posted 'private property' with 'no solicitation.' We've recently experienced a few door-to-door solicitations by alleged electric generation suppliers. (We're in Pennsylvania, which has a shop-for-electricity program). We've cited our no-soliciting signs and asked them to leave. keep reading

Hoverboard Update: Feds Issue New Advisory
April 2016
Two months ago, we discussed the risks that hoverboards pose for HOAs. Right after our article was published, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released new data on the seriousness of the problem and issued further guidance on the devices. keep reading

Marty McFly Was Right: Hoverboards Are Coming to Your HOA
February 19, 2016
In this week's tip, we take you Back to the Future. An HOAleader.com reader asks: "How, if at all, are other communities with HOAs and private roads regulating hoverboards? We've been seeing them all over since Christmas in the unseasonably mild New York winter weather. I've heard they're dangerous and possibly illegal." keep reading

Hoverboards Are All the Rage! What Your HOA Should Know
February 2016
An HOAleader.com reader asks: "How, if at all, are other communities with HOAs and private roads regulating hoverboards? We've been seeing them all over since Christmas in the unseasonably mild New York winter weather. I've heard they're dangerous and possibly illegal." Here we'll talk about the risks of hoverboards and whether HOAs should address them. keep reading

Apps May Help You Oversee Your HOA. But are There Privacy Concerns?
February 2016
An HOA manager and a board member have created new apps that help users navigate HOA management and living. But do they raise privacy concerns? keep reading

Resist Temptation! Don't Insert Yourself in HOA Owners' Rentals
January 22, 2016
In this week's tip, we give you a heads up on a debate started with comments in a recent HOAleader.com webinar on what boards must know to strengthen HOA rules and fine procedures. One of the panelists, Matthew A. Drewes, a partner at Thomsen & Nybeck PA in Bloomington, Minn., who heads the law firm's community association representation group, said he advises his HOA board clients to stay out of the owners' processes for choosing renters. keep reading

Should You Get Involved in Renting HOA Owners' Units?
January 2016
Stay out of owners' processes for choosing renters. That was the advice at a recent HOAleader.com webinar on what boards must know to strengthen HOA rules and fine procedures. It came from one of the panelists, Matthew A. Drewes, a partner at Thomsen & Nybeck PA in Bloomington, Minn., who heads the law firm's community association representation group. keep reading

Improve Your HOA Meetings: What You Need to Know about Robert's Rules and Other Parliamentary Procedures
Webinar on Demand
Watch this in-depth webinar led by two community association professionals experienced in advising boards on improving their operations--both are lawyers, and they have a combined four decades of experience helping boards make better decisions. You'll get a road map to help you decide what parliamentary procedures you should follow, and how to use them to improve relationships among board members and between board members and owners. keep reading

In the Thick of a Lawsuit with an HOA Owner, Think Twice Before Doing This
January 8, 2016
In this week's tip, we offer a suggestion to avoid torpedoing yourself in litigation. The issue stems from a question from a reader who's embroiled in litigation with the HOA over a drain pipe. In a new twist, the HOA is now alleging violations of pet rules, though the reader contends the board hasn't consistently enforced pet rules in the past. keep reading

If You're in a Lawsuit Against an HOA Owner, Is This a Good or Bad Idea?
January 2016
An HOAleader.com reader asks: "I live in [Los Angeles], and I'm in the middle of a lawsuit with my HOA. (The suit is over a common area, shared, drain pipe.) "I've been a condo owner in this building for 10 years. Recently the board sent me a letter stating I have to get rid of one of my dogs. I own two and have had them both since I purchased my unit. The three previous boards used to state, 'Our pet policy runs in accordance with the city,' which is three. The CC&Rs state, 'Only one dog or cat.' Other owners have two pets but haven't been sent this letter. keep reading

Can You Make Owners Insure Things the HOA is Responsible to Maintain?
December 2015
An HOAleader.com reader asks: "Are there any limits to a board's authority to add rules? Specifically, can a board add a rule to the association rule book that requires homeowners to purchase insurance to cover items the CC&R makes the board or association responsible for repairing or replacing? It would seem the association would be responsible for insuring what the association is responsible for repairing. It would also seem that such an insurance requirement belongs in the CC&R and not in association rules that can be added or amended by a simple board majority." keep reading

Group Homes are Sprouting Up in HOAs; What You Need to Know
December 2015
Group homes for all sorts of residents--from Alzheimer's patients to special-needs adults--are popping up in more and more HOAs. One of our experts has even run into the issue within his own community. "I haven't had it an association I represent, but I had it in the neighborhood where I live," explains Harry Styron, a community association attorney at Styron & Shilling in Ozark, Mo. "There's a recovery house--actually, there are several--for people with substance abuse problems. They live together, and there's a church that serves them located nearby. keep reading

You Won't Find This HOA and Owner Kissing Under the Mistletoe!
December 4, 2015
In this week's tip, we try to suss out who's naughty and who's nice when it comes to holiday lights. The question in Idaho is whether an HOA is acting like Scrooge over last year's festivities in a different location. Last Christmas, lawyer Jeremy Morris and his wife Kristy hosted a light show complete with carolers, Santa, and Dolly the camel at their home in Hayden, reports the Spokesman-Review. The word spread on Facebook, and thousands flocked to the spectacle, which raised funds for two charities. keep reading

Bah, Humbug! What If Owners Created Traffic with a Holiday Display--Last Year?
December 2015
A lawyer/homeowner is scoffing at his HOA's pre-emptive strike to curb a flashy Christmas display. Who's the Scrooge here? keep reading

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