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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
Update: Has Florida Law Changed for When Nobody Runs for Office?
July 2014
In a September 2012 HOAleader.com article, we discussed state laws and offered tips for proceeding when nobody runs for the board. One of our Florida experts noted that under Florida laws governing HOAs, the problem solves itself because board members serve until their replacement is selected. . . . keep reading
Ferocious Recall Fight Fractures HOA: What Can You Learn?
June 6, 2014
In this week's tip, we tell the tale of a recall battle at the 396-unit Palm Harbor, Fla., condo association called Tuscany at Innisbrook. It's led to the resignations of three board members, counter-accusations against the leaders of the recall, and damage to the reputation of a 30-year community association veteran. . . . keep reading
Recalls, Part II: What Can You Learn from this HOA's Bitter Recall Fight?
June 2014
This is the second in a two-part series on what you can learn from board recall fights. In this article, we discuss a risky conflict of interest and how to distinguish between the two types of recall battles. The first lesson of the Tuscany at Innisbrook recall ruckus is one even Michael Perez, CEO of Ameri-Tech Community Management, which manages 25,000 units in the Tampa Bay area, and former president of the Tuscany board, agrees with. Our experts, though not commenting on the specifics of the Tuscany situation, say it's unwise for management companies to open themselves up to claims of conflicts of interest by allowing their employees to sit on the board of an association they manage. . . . keep reading
Recalls, Part I: What Can You Learn from this HOA's Bitter Recall Fight?
June 2014
This is the first in a two-part series on what you can learn from board recall fights. In this article, we discuss the basic allegations against and response from a board president in Florida who recently faced a recall drive. If you want a sense of how nasty and divisive board recalls can be, look no further than Palm Harbor, Fla. In a 396-unit condo association called Tuscany at Innisbrook, a recall battle exploded, even featuring dueling Facebook pages, one advocating for recall and the other supporting the board. On April 27, 2014, a majority of owners claims to have voted to serve recall notice on several board members. . . . 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
What's a Majority for HOA Voting Purposes?
April 2014
An HOAleader.com reader writes, "Our articles say: These articles may be amended by owners representing at least 75 percent of the total votes held by the members. We have 134 total votes. We understand this to mean we need 100 votes cast and that a majority of the votes cast determines the outcome of the ballot for or against the amendments. Is this correct? We have consulted two HOA attorneys, and each one answered the question, then came back a day or so later and changed the answer doing a 180 flip. We're extremely confused now. We just wanted them to give us a straight yes or no. The majority of the 75% or not." . . . keep reading
Fussing with Your HOA Election Can Risk Your Board's Integrity; Discussion Forum Follow Up
March 2014
An HOAleader.com reader asks, "I live in a 600-unit condominium in Dallas. Three of our five board positions are open for election, which is scheduled to close Jan. 30, 2014. A notice to submit nominations was posted in our weekly newsletter; only three people submitted their nomination for the three positions prior to the deadline. The current board is unhappy that we only have three nominees, so the board has cancelled the election eight days prior the election deadline, reopened the nomination for an additional week, and rescheduled the election two weeks later, February 15. Although a majority of owners have already voted, the board has voided the original ballots and has said everyone must vote again." . . . keep reading
Recent Trends in HOA State Laws: Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan
March 2014
Here we continue our occasional series in which our experts tell us the HOA/condo legislative trends they're seeing--both proposed and actually passed--with an eye toward educating board members nationwide about changes they may encounter in their state soon. The latest changes include interesting developments in Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, and Michigan. . . . keep reading
When to Remove an HOA Board Member From Office--But Not the Board
December 2013
An HOAleader.com reader asks, "[I'm c]urrently on a HOA board in Arizona, which is part of a large condo complex. Our current president has taken numerous actions that are not in the best interest of the owners. What is the proper procedure to remove the current president from that position and move him to strictly a board member role, knowing that he will most likely quit? (Big ego.) Here, we answer two questions: Is that typically how it's done: you remove a director from office--but not the HOA board--by a majority vote of the board? Also, that's a serious step to take. So when is removing a board member from office warranted, especially since you'll still have to work with that person on the board? . . . keep reading
Don't Get Caught in These Three Common HOA Lawsuits
November 30, 2013
In this week's tip, we reveal three of the most common reasons HOAs get slapped with lawsuits. . . . keep reading
The Top Seven Reasons HOAs Get Sued
November 2013
Smart HOA boards need to know the answers to two questions: What are the most common reasons associations get sued? And how do they head off those costly cases? Here are answers. . . . keep reading
Can Members Bring Their Lawyer to HOA Meetings?
October 2013
In May, a California court held in SB Liberty v. Isla Verde Association that HOA boards aren't required to allow owners' lawyers to speak, or even attend, homeowner association meetings. Here we discuss the case and broader questions like: Is there ever a need for owners to have their own lawyer attend an HOA meeting? Should you let such a participant speak? Can you ask the lawyer to leave? What happens if the lawyer tries to hijack the meeting? . . . keep reading
California Court Reinforces Law Requiring HOAs to Give Dissidents Equal Time
September 14, 2013
In this week's tip, we discuss a recent California appellate court ruling that offers lessons for HOAs throughout the country. . . . keep reading
California Court Interprets Broadly Law Requiring Equal Access to HOA Board Opponents
September 2013
In June, a California court held in Wittenberg v. Beachwalk Homeowners Association that an HOA election can be invalidated if a board fails to follow the state law requiring that it give its opponents equal access to media, like websites and e-newsletters, and common areas. Here we explain the California case and discuss what associations in other states should take away from it. . . . keep reading
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