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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

Is This HOA Board's Insurance Policy Fair to Owners?
August 2015
A Colorado lawyer recently blogged about a condo association that has a $50,000 per-unit deductible on its insurance for water-related incidents, and its policy is to require owners to cover those deductibles. Here we weigh many questions, including whether this is smart in the first place and whether it actually saves the condo much on its insurance premiums. keep reading

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. Watch this on-demand 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

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

Man Down! What to Do If Someone's Injured on Your HOA's Property
June 5, 2015
In this week's tip, we address a reader's concern that a slip-and-fall on HOA pavement scheduled for repair will turn into an ugly lawsuit. Here, we give you a hand with the first of four steps you need to take if you hear someone's been injured on your HOA property. keep reading

4 Steps to Take When Someone Is Injured on Your HOA Property
June 2015
An HOAleader.com reader asks, "A gentleman living in an over-55 community fell on pavement that was to have been repaired and was injured....having to undergo surgery, rehab. etc...physician now tells him it will be another six months or a year before he gains mobility....now cannot be employed....is this a suit in the making?" keep reading

How to Determine How Much Insurance Your HOA Needs
April 2015
An HOAleader.com reader asks, "I'm a new board member concerned that our HOA doesn't have sufficient liability insurance, particularly an umbrella policy. We are a 125 single-home gated community in California with very limited common-use areas. No pools, tennis, golf, club house, etc. Only a perimeter and a wash area (for rain water collection). Based on my limited research, it would appear a minimum of $5 million would be required. Some noninsurance resources have suggested $20 million or more, but that seems high for our needs. Thoughts?" keep reading

Does Helping Owners Share Rides Drive Up Your HOA's Risk?
December 2014
You've heard it here from our experts before: Again and again, they say, "Stay in your lane!" By that, they mean that your HOA shouldn't undertake activities that fall outside the scope of the association's stated and legal mission. keep reading

What Insurance Provisions Should Be in Your HOA Management Contract?
December 2014
An HOAleader.com reader writes, "I'm a board member at a 710-unit private-residence HOA in South Carolina. We're in the process of renegotiating the management contract with our offsite property manager. I'm seeking to have a mutual indemnification provision in the contract so that each party is responsible for its own negligent acts. I'm also looking to require the property manager to add the HOA as an additional insured on the property manager's automobile and commercial general liability policies. keep reading

How to Treat Your HOA's Reserves--and Is This Manager Going Rogue?
November 2014
An HOAleader.com reader writes, "I am in a dispute with the management company as to how the reserve funds should be handled. He insists that the monthly minimum of 10 percent of gross income that should be set aside for reserves not show up … as an expense. Please verify if you can, when a check is written to fund the reserves should it be posted as an expense or against the 'Other liability' [line]? keep reading

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. keep reading

Can You Spot Where This HOA Went Wrong?
October 3, 2014
In this week's tip, we cull lessons from a very ugly dispute at an HOA. The Quail Hill HOA in Irvine, Calif., has been the battleground for a war between two factions who've vehemently disagreed over whether the HOA should allow a local swim team to use one of the community's pools and whether it should have contributed funds to the swim team. keep reading

How Not to Run Your HOA: Lessons of a Pitched HOA Battle
October 2014
The Quail Hill HOA in Irvine, Calif., has been the battleground for a war between two factions who've vehemently disagreed over whether the HOA should allow a local swim team to use one of the community's pools and whether it should have contributed funds to the swim team. keep reading

Get Cooking: Is Your HOA Kitchen a Gold Mine or a Land Mine?
September 2014
An HOAleader.com reader writes, "The HOA I am doing some research for in Florida has a pretty extensive kitchen that's used entirely by the membership and for the membership. I was interested in any feedback that discussion group members could provide me on any HOA's that have the same arrangement… Also, whether or not your HOA has a kitchen for the members and by the members, without any professional and paid help, what advice can you give us regarding the following: Your thoughts on providing food services to the public; thoughts on steps that should be taken to provide food services to the public; any experience you may have on the potential revenue benefits of expanding the kitchen (I'm really speaking of lunch or dinner services) to the public. Do you feel that some professional help would be necessary if services were expanding to invite the public?" keep reading

Is a Home-Based Day Care Center a Banned Home-Based Business? Maybe?
August 15, 2014
Do you know whether your state permits your HOA to ban home-based day care centers? In this week's tip, we discuss that very question. In many areas, zoning rules prohibit businesses from operating out of residential homes. But in California, that's not the case with child-care centers. Despite what governing documents or local laws on home businesses may be, the state's health and safety code protects home-based child-care centers from being banned or restricted in single-family homes. keep reading

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