All You Need to Know About Board Member Roles

Whenever new members are elected to serve on their Board of Directors, a new tone is set for the association.  Each new Board member brings a dynamic to the meeting that sets the tone for the operation of the association. These new volunteers are, most of the time, homeowners who have a vested interest in the protection of their property values and the direction the community takes into the future. Each of them can make their role as important as they choose and become as involved in the association operations as they desire.    Read the article………………

How HOA Communities Can Change their CC&Rs

Covenants, conditions and restrictions-otherwise known as CC&Rs-are part of a suite governance documents the regulate homeowners association-run communities. As we discussed in prior posts, CC&Rs and bylaws are legal documents filed with appropriate legal authorities, which means changing these important documents is not to be done lightly.  However, there comes a time in every HOA community when circumstances change. Perhaps your CC&Rs were created 20 years ago and certain sections no longer remain relevant. Or perhaps your community demographics have changed from an older resident population to a younger one. There are a host of reasons a community would need to alter their CC&Rs. But it’s critical to understand that doing so requires adherence to a process both internal to the community and legal.     Read the article………………

How to Enforce HOA and Condo Association Rules

Your community rules exist to protect residents, preserve property values, protect financial integrity and generally to make your community a great place to live. As an HOA or condo association board, it is your fiduciary responsibility to enforce your CC&Rs, bylaws and rules and regulations documents.  Consistent, accurate and legal enforcement of your governing documents is imperative for your community to thrive over the long term.    Read the article…………………

5 Effective Personality Types for the HOA Board

There are many types of personalities that can hurt your Homeowners Association Board. But, it doesn’t take much to turn this around, as the same personalities could be your best allies. How do you make the turn, you ask? Evaluate each of your HOA board member personalities – yourself included – following our 5 Effective HOA Board Personality Types. Start aligning roles and tasks based on their individual skill sets!    Read the article……………….

Creating Additional HOA Revenue

Unexpected expenses are unavoidable, even for an HOA. Whether they come as a result of natural causes, like weather or pests, or from unforeseen maintenance issues, there may come a time when your HOA dues simply can’t cover the costs of running the community.  Below are some ideas of how to bring in extra funds to help your HOA get back on track financially:    Read the article………………

HOA Fees, Credit Ratings, and More

Too many people fail to pay attention to the impact HOA fees have on homeownership. HOAs are serious about collecting the fees owed to them. When fees are unpaid, it can have devastating consequences for current homeowners and people looking to buy another home who left unpaid fees at a previous community.      Read the article……………

When there’s water damage in a co-op or condo, who pays for the repairs?

If you’re facing a water damage issue in your apartment, who ends up paying will depend on where the water is coming from, and in some cases, who caused the leak, says Steven Wagner, a co-op and condo attorney with Wagner Berkow LLP and a longtime board member of his own 420-unit Manhattan co-op. It will also depend on whether your building is a co-op or a condo.     Read the article…………….

9 Suggestions to Help Limit Speeding in Community Associations

Over the past few years, our firm has heard horror stories from association boards and residents regarding owners, residents and vendors speeding and/or failing to obey traffic signals on association streets.  Drivers who do not obey the speed limit within an association are a growing problem for community associations. Association residents want to feel safe in their front yards or while they are walking in their neighborhood. Traffic speed limits are designed to keep association members safe by posting maximum vehicular speeds. Factors such as street location, street size and number of vehicles per day are all used to determine the safest speed vehicles should travel.  Set forth below are 9 suggestions for associations with speeding problems:   Read the article…………………..