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HOA Rules

Subtopics: Violations, Enforcement, Use Restrictions

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Smart Rules for Your HOA's Clubhouse
May 2016
If you rent out your clubhouse or other facility--or even if you just let owners use it for free for get-togethers--you should provide guidance on what's OK and what's not. Here our experts provide a road map you can use to create rules tailored to your HOA. keep reading

What You Need to Know to Effectively Regulate Parking in Your HOA What You Need to Know to Effectively Regulate Parking in Your HOA
Webinar on Demand
One owner runs a small roofing business and parks her oversized commercial truck--complete with the company's name and phone number stenciled on the doors and ladders attached to the sides--in her driveway. Another owner has a beautiful 26-foot boat parked in front of his house. Then there's the owner who has so many guests that others complain there's never anywhere for their guests to park. What a pain parking issues can be! Perhaps it's time to ease the pain for everybody in your community by regulating parking in a sensible way. We can show you how. Watch this exclusive, on-demand webinar now. keep reading

HOA Don't Preach: Madonna's Condo Bans Unsupervised Kids
May 2016
'Material Girl' Madonna is reportedly suing her New York City condo association for the right to leave her minor kids behind when she's not in town. According to TMZ, the condo passed a rule prohibiting children from living in a unit without their parents. keep reading

Your HOA's Pet Rules May Be in Jeopardy
May 6, 2016
In this week's tip, we let you know about a new service that may contribute to the erosion of your pet rules. Started in New York City in March, Pet Friendly Realty NYC boasts that it's a residential real estate agency that specializes in working with buyers and renters to determine if they're eligible to live in their new home with their pet, regardless of building restrictions. keep reading

Eroding HOA Rules: Agency Promises to Help Buyers Beat Pet Bans
May 2016
A new company has been launched to help owners and renters determine if they qualify for an exemption from an apartment or condo's pet prohibitions. Here we explain the service, but more importantly we talk about whether you should be worried that your pet restrictions are eroding to the point of meaninglessness. keep reading

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

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