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Easier Enforcement of Your HOA's Rules: Steps to Create Enforceable Rules, Effective Fines, and a Fair Violation Process
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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
Reality TV Calls: What's Your HOA's Answer?
May 23, 2014
Quick question: What's the name of the HOA where Vicki Gunvalson of the Real Housewives of Orange County lives? It's Cota de Casa. Which brings us to this week's tip. There's a growing trend of reality TV shows looking to film in HOAs, with the premise of their shows being that living in an HOA is a pain in the behind. If that happens at your HOA, our experts say there are issues you should consider. . . . keep reading
The 'Real' Issues in Allowing Reality TV to Film in Your HOA
May 2014
Several reality TV production companies are pitching shows in HOAs, with the premise that living in an HOA is a pain in the behind. Could your HOA become the next Coto de Caza, the HOA made famous because Vicki Gunvalson of the Real Housewives of Orange County lives there? . . . keep reading
Owners Acting Like HOA Police Officers: How to Arrest the Problem
May 16, 2014
In this week's tip, we answer a question from a reader who wants to advice on how to handle homeowners who've taken upon themselves to police other residents--for example, asking to check cups for alcohol at the pool--to the irritation of many. . . . keep reading
When HOA Residents Act Like Police Officers, Should the Board Step In?
May 2014
An HOAleader.com reader asks, "Our residents and guests are being harassed by a tag team match of residents when an infraction occurs, i.e., [we have] a no-alcohol sign, but they check paper cups for alcohol. The pool is for everyone's enjoyment, and many of the residents feel they are being watched while at the pool. Any suggestions on how our board can handle this situation? How do other community pools operate?" . . . keep reading
Colorado HOA Residents Have Beefs; You and Your HOA Board Should Listen Up
April 25, 2014
In this week's tip, we explain how complaints by Colorado lessons can be very instructive for your board to keep in mind. There are 8,857 HOAs in Colorado, which includes condos and co-ops, totaling 880,326 units, according to the 2013 Annual Report from the Colorado HOA Information and Resource Center, the Colorado state agency that serves as a resource for residents of community associations. In 2013, it received 1,248 complaints from 327 different complainants via mail, phone, email, its website and in person. . . . keep reading
What You Can Learn from Homeowner Complaints About HOAs in Colorado
April 2014
What You Can Learn from Homeowner Complaints About HOAs in Colorado Problematic communication between HOAs and homeowners was the most common type of complaint reported to the Colorado state agency that serves as a resource for residents of community associations, according to the 2013 Annual Report from the Colorado HOA Information and Resource Center. Many homeowners said they weren't being kept informed about their HOA, and their complaints included not receiving notices of HOA board meetings. . . . keep reading
The Twists and Turns of Calculating HOA Fines
April 2014
An HOAleader.com reader asks, "My HOA governing documents state the amount of any fine shall be determined by the board, and shall not exceed one month of the annual assessment for the first offense; in my case, this is $115. So is it legal for my HOA, relying on the Florida Statutes FS 720.305(2), to charge me with $1,000 for a first non-monetary violation?" . . . keep reading
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
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