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Is This HOA Board Being Reasonable? Lawn-Care Regs During Droughts
April 2014
In January, California's governor issued a statewide drought emergency and called for residents to ration their water use. Still, some boards are reportedly still enforcing HOA rules requiring owners to keep up lawn maintenance. Here our experts discuss wither these boards' actions are reasonable and if boards should take alternative measures. . . . keep reading
How to Simplify the Tracking of Your HOA's Rentals
April 4, 2014
In this week's tip, we offer groundwork that will help you track and monitor your HOA's rental restrictions. Rental caps are hotly debated but perhaps less common than the debate level suggests. . . . keep reading
Tips for Monitoring and Enforcing Your HOA's Rental Cap
April 2014
If your association has a limit on the number of rental units permitted, you need a process for monitoring who's renting, including possibly a waiting list if you're at already at your max. Here we offer tips for tracking rentals easily and fairly, enforcing it, and for communicating your system to homeowners. . . . keep reading
Owners: You've Exceeded Your HOA Guest Limit!
March 28, 2014
In this week's tip, we address a thorny yet persistent problem: Your HOA has rental restrictions. But you're constantly facing the question of owners with frequent guests--sometimes when the owners aren't even present--whom you suspect are actually renters. . . . keep reading
How Many HOA Guests Are Too Many? And What If the Owner's Not Home?
March 2014
Here's a common problem: Your HOA has rental restrictions. But you're constantly facing questions about owners with frequent guests--sometimes when the owners aren't even present--whom you suspect are actually renters. . . . keep reading
When a Home-Based Business Breaks Bad
March 14, 2014
In this week's tip, we tackle one of the difficult questions HOAs often face: Why is this home-based business acceptable, but that one isn't? . . . keep reading
Operating a Business Out of an HOA Unit: When It Turns Into a Problem
March 2014
You already know it's wise to implement Smart Rules for Home-Based Businesses. But even then, you'll run into gray areas because some businesses are more quiet and less intrusive than others. . . . keep reading
When Security Clashes with HOA Aesthetics, Which Wins?
March 2014
A Texas home owner is battling his HOA over the burglar bars he and his neighbors have installed on their units' windows and doors. Here we offer tips for walking that fine line between allowing residents to secure their units and maintaining community aesthetics. . . . keep reading
The Pros, Cons, and Enforcement of HOA Dress Codes; Discussion Forum Follow Up
February 2014
An HOAleader.com reader asks, "We have a golf course, restaurant, and bistro. Our golf course and restaurant have a dress code, but our members aren't complying and the staff doesn't approach violators [to say] they're not being served because they're in violation of the dress code. What can we do?" . . . keep reading
Are You Going Too Far in Searching for HOA Violations?
February 14, 2014
In this week's tip, we weigh whether the board at the Highland Park North Neighborhood in Pflugerville, Texas, went too far when it reportedly used Google Earth to "search" its owners' yards for violations of its HOA rules. . . . keep reading
Can You Employ High Tech to Spot HOA Violations?
February 2014
The board at the Highland Park North Neighborhood in Pflugerville, Texas, has admitted to using Google Earth to "search" its owners' yards for violations of its HOA rules, according to local news outlet KXAN. Is this a good or bad idea? Our experts aren't crazy about the idea, but not for the reasons you may think. . . . keep reading
Barnyard Animals Beginning to Rule Your HOA Roost? Bah!
February 7, 2014
In this week's tip, we go whole hog on the issue of whether to ban barnyard animals in your HOA. . . . keep reading
Is There a Mooooo-vement Toward Barnyard Animals in Your HOA?
February 2014
Jose Canseco's recent tweet about his HOA's complaint against him for excessive goat noises is funny--and a sign of what may be a growing problem at HOAs. As more home owners turn to raising their own chickens and other animals that used to be exclusively farm animals, you may need to be on the ready. Here we discuss the growing trend and ideas to address it without relying only on your animal instincts. . . . keep reading
Sue the Owner! No, Sue the Guest! Which is Best?
January 24, 2014
In this week's tip, we answer a reader's question about whether you can go after owners' guests who damage HOA property. . . . keep reading
Can You Go After HOA Owners for Their Guests' Damages?
January 2014
An HOAleader.com asks, "A guest of one of our homeowners recently rammed into our driveway gate at 3 a.m. because the guest didn't have the remote control required to open the gate to exit. The incident was witnessed by several homeowners (after he crashed the gate), and we know which homeowner he was visiting. We'll be filing an incident report with the police and seeing if we can file a hit-and-run claim with his insurance company. Some feel we should be able to hold the homeowner of which this person was a guest responsible for the damage. What do you suggest is the best course of action to limit the cost to the HOA?" All of our experts reach the same conclusion... . . . keep reading
Clearing the Smoke on HOA Tobacco and e-Cigarette Bans
January 17, 2014
In this week's tip, we discuss recent trends in HOAs regarding smoking--even with the newfangled e-cigarettes. One of our experts recently drafted the first smoking ban at one of his associations, including in owners' units. In addition, an HOA in Virginia has banned e-cigarettes. Can and should you ban smoking and e-cigarettes? . . . keep reading
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