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HOA Board Members and Fiduciary Duties: What You Must Know to Fulfill Your Duty to Your Association and Protect Yourself from Personal Liability HOA Board Members and Fiduciary Duties: What You Must Know to Fulfill Your Duty to Your Association and Protect Yourself from Personal Liability
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When you volunteered to serve your community association as a board member, did you realize you were agreeing to set aside your own interests and act as a fiduciary on behalf of the entire association? Are you confident you know every scenario where you might trip up and expose yourself to personal liability by failing to live up to this important duty? Set aside an hour of your time to learn what you need to know and ensure you're not risking your own financial security by making common--but easily avoidable--mistakes while volunteering as an HOA board member. Join us for in an in-depth webinar on February 25. keep reading

What to Know About Hosting HOA Activities to Make Owners' Lives Easier
January 2016
Whether it's farmer's markets, ride-share parking spots or sign-up sheets, or seminars for owners from local experts, you might want to consider hosting new activities at your HOA to build a sense of community. But there are risks. Here we offer tips for improving services while keeping your HOA's legal liability in check. keep reading

Before Bidding Adieu to the Recession, Take These HOA Lessons
January 2, 2016
In this week's tip, we aim to start the new year by looking back. The recession that began around 2008 hammered HOAs for years. Thankfully, the worst seems to be over, and each day looks brighter and brighter for today's HOAs. keep reading

4 Lessons from the Fading Recession to Kick Off the New Year
January 2016
The recession that began around 2008 hammered HOAs for years. Thankfully, the worst seems to be over, and each day looks brighter and brighter for today's HOAs. That doesn't mean, however, we should put the recession behind us just yet. Before we do that, we should mull what that awful economic downturn has--or should have--taught us. Here our HOA experts do that, offering four lessons smart boards will remember going forward. 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

HOA Owner Repairs Basement. Waits Years. Seeks Reimbursement. What to Do?
November 27, 2015
A reader has written in and asked how to handle an owner's $8,000 request for basement repairs made in 2008. Yes, basement. And yes, 2008. Our experts say a lot of necessary information is missing. keep reading

More on Who's Responsible for Which HOA Unit Repairs
November 2015
Under what circumstances would an HOA be required to repair basement leaks in single-family homes or townhomes? An HOAleader.com reader has an interesting question. Here we ask our experts to help us answer. keep reading

HOA Developer to Board Control: 5 Things to Do
November 2015
Every association has at least one big transition, and that's from developer control to owner control. It's a crucial time when boards need to quickly get on top of the association's business. "There are certain things to check on when transitioning from a developer- to a resident-controlled entity," says Gregory S. Cagle, a partner at Savrick Schumann Johnson McGarr Kaminski & Shirley in Austin, Texas, and author of Texas Homeowners Association Law. "When the developer controls all aspects of the association, the owners are typically in the dark. And when the association is handed over to the owners, there are a lot of things they have to do." keep reading

HOA Checklists: Your Road Map for an Entire
Year of Homeowner Association Operations HOA Checklists: Your Road Map for an Entire Year of Homeowner Association Operations
This report is intended to be your road map for an entire year of operations that you begin using today and turn to for years to come. It provides you with checklists compiled by our editorial team with substantial input from experts on HOA operations and management from across the country to ensure you're steering your association in the right direction and not letting crucial issues slip through the cracks. keep reading

Risky Business: Tennis Coach Uses HOA Facilities Possibly for Nonresidents
October 23, 2015
In this week's tip, we answer a reader's question about whether a tennis coach can and should be training nonresidents on HOA courts. Our reader is on the right track when questioning potential liability because this arrangement does expose the HOA to risk in a way it doesn't need to be exposed. keep reading

Tennis Coach Offers Side Training on HOA Courts. Any Problem with That?
October 2015
An HOAleader.com reader who's a member of a tennis club community association asks, "Our condo … CC&R does allow a tennis coach. But it doesn't allow running of a business. Our tennis pro is taking students from outside of our complex, and we don't want to be liable for any outsiders getting hurt while taking lessons. What are our obligations? Is the tennis coach our HOA employee, a vendor, or a contractor? When my old HOA included a neighborhood watch, we were told to take them off of our HOA for liability issues. It's too confusing." keep reading

Manager Working to Help Hoarders and His HOA
October 9, 2015
In this week's tip, we get the inside story of an HOA manager who's working to resolve the challenges posed by hoarders. If Dave Russell encounters another hoarder at the association he manages, Circle Tree HOA in Mesa, Ariz., he'll have to start using both hands to track them. keep reading

What You Can Learn from One HOA Manager's Approach to Hoarders
October 2015
If Dave Russell encounters another hoarder at the association he manages, Circle Tree HOA in Mesa, Ariz., he'll have to start using both hands to track them. "I've had this problem five times," he laments. "Statistically, you have to look at this. I've had five unit owners out of 256 units who are hoarders. That's a big problem. And this isn't a low-end neighborhood. I've found with these hoarding cases that most are pretty well-to-do people. They come from all walks of life and every occupation." keep reading

Building Codes: Should Your HOA Care What They Say?
September 2015
In response to a recent HOAleader.com article discussing noise, a reader writes, "The International Building Code (adopted by almost everyone) has required a minimum amount of noise suppression between units (walls, floors, ceilings, etc.) in multi-dwelling buildings for more than 25 years, requirements related to both fire safety as well as environmental health. The HOA can require a higher level, but has a duty to make sure owners know about the requirements. It's the city's job to enforce the building code (like all laws), not a group of people on an HOA board." keep reading

The Flaws You'll Find in Fundraising for Your HOA
August 28, 2015
In this week's tip, we weigh whether you should consider fundraisers to cover HOA expenses. Short answer: Our experts have concerns. But it's not out of the question. The idea comes from a blogger who advocates holding fundraising events like holiday display tours; knitting, gardening, or car maintenance seminars with owners who have a particular expertise serving as instructors; neighborhood sales; and hosted dinners after which guests can leave donations. keep reading

HOA Need Repairs? Have a Fundraiser! Or Not.
August 2015
Trying to avoid spending money or raising assessments? One blogger advocates hosting fundraising events to help pay for HOA expenses. Examples: Holiday display tours; knitting, gardening, or car maintenance seminars with owners who have a particular expertise serving as instructors; neighborhood sales; and hosted dinners after which guests can leave donations. keep reading

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