A lot of homeowners don’t think about their outdoor structures too often. I’m talking about your sheds, decks, fences, or pools. But the fact is, these structures are part of your home and need the same maintenance and care that you need to give to your house. Ignoring your regular maintenance can end up costing you big in the long-term, or worse – lead to an avoidable accident. Always keep an eye out for signs of water damage like mold and rot. Rotted wood needs to be replaced, because it compromises the strength of the structure. Read the article…………….
Our clients often ask us what can be done about homeowners who are clearly violating the Association’s governing documents. Both the North Carolina Planned Community and Condominium Acts (“Acts”) have mirror provisions and procedures for the imposition of fines. Imposing fines often causes a great amount of heartburn for Boards as they are tasked with enforcing the Association’s governing documents against a neighbor. While it can be an uncomfortable position to be in, our advice is that if the Board is not willing to enforce their governing documents, the documents might as well not exist. Read the article…………….
More and more people these days are either telecommuting or engaged in the “gig economy” – freelancing out of their homes. Many of these home businesses are not an issue for the association – but some are. With more owners not wanting to buy in developments that disallow home-based businesses, condominium associations need to address the issue in a way that is fair to all of their residents.
An HOA board election is a meeting of the membership during which homeowners come together to elect officials to serve on the board of their HOA. (Membership meetings should not be confused with board meetings, which are meetings where members of the HOA board discuss and vote on association business issues.) Read the article……………..
One of the most important, and sometimes dreaded, tasks of the board is to take detailed meeting minutes. The secretary board position is often one of the hardest spots for HOAs to fill, but today we want to dispel any preconceived ideas about meeting minutes. Despite their reputation, meeting minutes can be simple and straightforward to handle. Read the article………………