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"Do Your Chores or Pay Up!" Can You Say This to Owners in Your HOA?
October 10, 2014
In this week's tip, we discuss a question that an HOAleader.com member posted on our discussion forum on an issue that's all too common, especially at small, self-managed HOAs: When we "assign" work to owners, if they don't do it, can we charge them to have it done? . . . keep reading
When HOA Owners Don't Do "Assigned" Work
October 2014
An HOAleader.com reader writes, "We have an eight-owner unit, and the landscape maintenance is volunteer; however half of the owners do all of the work, and the others do absolutely zero work. My question is this: Can the board assess owners for their equal portion of what the maintenance would cost?" . . . keep reading
HOA Elections: A Step-by-Step Guide to Plan, Properly Notice, and Execute Successful Elections at Your Homeowner Association
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HOA Elections: A Step-by-Step Guide to Plan, Properly Notice, and Execute Successful Elections at Your Homeowner Association Watch this in-depth on-demand webinar led by two community association lawyers who've devoted their extensive--and impressive--careers to solving the challenges HOAs face every day. You'll log out of the webinar with valuable, workable tactics you can implement immediately to make your election process smoother, more successful, and less contentious. . . . keep reading
HOA to Owners: We Hereby Ban Gaudy and Distasteful Holiday Decorations
September 2014
Here's a challenge: Who decides what's tasteful and what's tacky when it comes to holiday decorations? That's essentially the issue raised by this question from an HOAleader.com reader: "We have approximately 100 units in our condo community. A few owners have consistently erected gaudy, distasteful Christmas decorations, often before Thanksgiving and leaving them up until after January 5. While it's difficult and tricky to dictate what's 'tasteful,' they are an eyesore, especially since these are ground-level condos connected townhome style. . . . keep reading
HOA Holiday Decorations: The Limits to Your Ability to Regulate
September 19, 2014
Here's a challenge: Who decides what's tasteful and what's tacky when it comes to holiday decorations? After an HOAleader.com reader asked how to ban "gaudy, distasteful Christmas decorations" that are an "eyesore," we begin unpacking that very question in this week's tip. . . . 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
What to Do When a Day Care Pops up in Your HOA
August 2014
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. Is that true in other states, too? And what does that mean in practice for HOAs? Here are the ABCs. . . . keep reading
HOA Owner Killed by Tow Truck: Avoid Problems at Your HOA
August 8, 2014
In this week's tip, we discuss the tragic case of the Florida HOA owner who was recently killed while trying to prevent his car from being towed from in front of his home by the towing company the HOA had hired to regularly patrol the grounds to remove parking violators. . . . keep reading
Has Your HOA Hired a Towing Company? Be Sure That Vendor Acts Reasonably
August 2014
It's an awful tragedy--and one you don't want to repeat at your association. A Florida HOA owner was recently killed while trying to prevent his car from being towed from in front of his home by the towing company the HOA had hired to regularly patrol the grounds to remove parking violators. Here we explain what happened and offer lessons from this very sad case. . . . keep reading
Easier Enforcement of Your HOA's Rules: Steps to Create Enforceable Rules, Effective Fines, and a Fair Violation Process
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Easier Enforcement of Your HOA's Rules: Steps to Create Enforceable Rules, Effective Fines, and a Fair Violation Process Enforcing rules doesn't have to be a pitched, tense, and unpleasant battle between your homeowner association board and your homeowners. With some smart planning, you can make enforcing your HOA's rules fairer, quicker, easier, and less stressful. Join us for an in-depth webinar on July 31 led by two community association experts: a lawyer with more than a decade of hands-on experience in advising associations on how to create and enforce rules, along with a veteran association manager with insights on the day-to-day operations of rules enforcement. You'll get practical ideas, systems, and processes you and your condo or HOA board can begin to take advantage of the minute the webinar ends. . . . keep reading
Do It for the Kids! How Your HOA Can Avoid Fair Housing Lawsuits
July 4, 2014
In this week's tip, we unpack the lessons of a settlement announced in May by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with a Denver-area apartment complex over its rules governing kids' behavior in the complex. The settlement requires the owners to, among other things, build a $10,000 playground. . . . keep reading
Does Your HOA Have a Kid-Related Rule Like This One? Rethink It.
July 2014
In May, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a settlement with a Denver-area apartment complex over its rules governing kids' behavior in the complex. The settlement requires the owners to, among other things, build a $10,000 playground. . . . keep reading
HOA to Owner: No Cleanup? Then We Tear Down
June 27, 2014
Thinking of demolishing an owner's property to teach a lesson about complying with HOA rules? A Texas appellate court in Evans v. Davis and Happy Hide-A-Way Civic Club says that's a very bad idea. . . . keep reading
Does "Self-Help" for Your HOA Include Demolishing an Owner's Home?
June 2014
We really don't think you'll ever do something like this. But on the off chance that you're thinking of demolishing buildings on an owner's lot to teach a lesson on upkeep, we suggest you don't. Case in point: Evans v. Davis and Happy Hide-A-Way Civic Club, a November 2013 opinion from a Texas Court of Appeals reminding HOAs that they can't demolish an owner's property for failure to maintain it without following some basic rules. Here's the skinny. . . . keep reading
When HOA Owners Say, "Those New Rules Don't Apply to Me!"
June 13, 2014
In this week's tip, we answer a reader's question about whether a new $500-per-pet deposit--when there was none before--is enforceable without exception. In some instances, depending on your state law, your governing documents, and your past practice, you may be required to "grandfather" in existing owners. That means you exempt them from new rules that may cause a hardship for a period of time or until some event happens. . . . keep reading
Do Big HOA Rule Changes Require Exemptions? And What's a Fair Pet Deposit?
June 2014
An HOAleader.com reader asks, "I have lived in a Dallas condominium for 11 years, and I have had two pets for the past seven years, which is in compliance with our current rules and regulations. The board is proposing a rule change which will require all pet owners to pay a $500 deposit for each pet. I consider this proposal to be a 'substantial change' to our rules and regulations and will only apply to new owners, and existing owners cannot be required to pay this deposit. Any substantial change to our rules in the past has not included present owners." . . . keep reading
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