In addition to the articles below, there are four videos available for viewing, including an introduction to serving on a board of directors, tips on board and general meetings, what a board needs to know about insurance and reserves in community associations.  Please feel free to link to these videos from your association or management web site, providing new board members with a quick and easy introduction to community association governance.

 

Serving on the Board – Articles from the Web

Boards – General Information

  • Three Reasons to Become an HOA Board Member December 15, 2017 Do you have great ideas about how your community can be managed more efficiently?  Would you like to become more involved in your HOA’s daily operations?  Do you have the time, dedication and enthusiasm to regularly volunteer your skills for the benefit of your community?  If so, then you’re a perfect candidate to run for a seat on your HOA board of directors. If you’re still on the fence about whether or not to run, here are three reasons you ...
  • The Business Judgment Rule Is Both Shield and Sword (NY) December 14, 2017 Many members of co-op and condo boards sleep well at night because of the Business Judgment Rule. It shields boards from second-guessing and legal challenges – provided they act in good faith and in the lawful and legitimate furtherance of a corporate purpose. But boards need to remember that the protections of the Business Judgment Rule have limits. This shield can be turned into a sword.     Read the article…………….
  • Advice for New Community Association and HOA Board Members November 29, 2017 Whether you emerged victorious after a heated political battle, or ran unopposed, you’re now an HOA or community association board member. Thank you for volunteering to serve your community. Now that you’re stuck (just kidding), let me start by saying that serving on a board is a great way to meet neighbors and help steer the future direction of your community. The down side is that it takes time and energy above and beyond your already busy schedule. After spending ...
  • Some do’s and don’ts for HOA board members (NV) November 27, 2017 Q: I have recently moved to Nevada, then into a very nice community. Being the type of person I am, I noticed issues that concerned me and have now gotten myself elected to the homeowners association board of directors, and then onto the president’s position. I have been following your articles since moving here and see that you are a fount of information, and I would like to ask your assistance.     Read the Q&A……………
  • Do condo and co-op board members have to disclose conflicts of interest? (NY) November 22, 2017 The state legislature recently passed a law that will make life a little more difficult, and legislators hope, a little less ripe for self-dealing, for co-op and condo board members.  “The law, which goes into effect January 1st, requires co-op and condo board members to disclose any potential conflicts of interests to their fellow owners annually, and if there is nothing to report, to distribute a report reflecting that,” says co-op and condo attorney Steven Wagner of the firm Wagner ...
  • Kass: CondoGate: Is there a Scandal in your Community Association? November 21, 2017 Question. I own a unit in a condominium association. It is managed by a property management company. The wife of the President of the Board of Directors has been employed by that management company. The President has monopolized the other Board members and keeps increasing our condominium fee every year since he became President. The management fees have also increased. Management is working for the President and not for the entire Board and our members. What the President says, management ...

Boards – General Archives

Board Meetings

  • How Emotions Infect Healthy Association Board Meetings December 13, 2017 What causes otherwise polite people to lose their cool in community associations.   A rather unfortunate product of today’s news media fed culture is that – from talk radio hosts, to the nightly news – emotions in conflicts are held in higher regard than truth. There can be beauty in dissonance, but only when paired with a sincere quest for finding common ground, rather than protecting or promoting our egos. The key is recognizing what damages this quest.    Read the article……………..
  • Hold a Board Meeting in Under 1 Hour December 6, 2017 Sixty minutes is generally a reasonable goal for the length of any board meeting, but you have a lot of ground to cover and need to make progress! This week, we want to offer some tips to maximize meeting time and ensure that meetings are structured, effective, and engaging.  Remember, a board meeting is a business meeting. For meetings that run smoothly and stay on track, consider implementing these 10 easy steps:    Read the article……………….
  • Effective Habit #1 – Be Proactive Or Plan Ahead November 14, 2017 You can control your Co-op or Condo’s destiny (whether you are an Owner, Board Member or Management) by getting ahead of various situations. Unlike a reactive board, who are often waiting for things to happen, proactive boards anticipate, think ahead and make things happen.    Read the article……………….
  • Taking the Angst Out of Writing Meeting Minutes November 6, 2017 How many of you have been to the meeting immediately following an election, ready to choose officer positions and you get to secretary and not a single Board Member volunteers? Property Managers, Board Members and Homeowners have all witnessed this I’m sure. That is because one of the daunting tasks of the secretary is to take the meeting minutes. Taking meeting minutes frightens Board Members so much that many Boards will outsource this duty rather than do it themselves. The ...
  • How to make condo meetings fun again September 8, 2017 Condo board directors attend a lot of meetings. Most condos have at least one board meeting a month and managers many more. During board meetings, directors make decisions that affect the entire condo community and property.   Read the article…………….
  • Owner Participation at an Association Board Meeting – The Fine Art of Herding Cats September 7, 2017 Here is part three of the on-going conversation about keeping order and control in association board meetings, and getting the business done. This time, the focus is on participation of members in an association board meeting.  In recent years, I am sorry to say I have attended too many association board meetings where an off duty police officer was required to prevent disruption and chaos. Here are my thoughts on ways to conduct board business, efficiently and effectively, while still ...

Board Meetings Archives

 

Annual/General Meetings of the Members of a Condominium or Homeowner Association

  • 6 Tips on How to Run an HOA Annual Meeting Effectively (MN) November 8, 2017 Time for an annual meeting? All homeowner associations (HOA’s) are required to have an annual meeting each year. In addition to any other specific requirements which may be within an association’s declaration, the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act (the “Act”) requires that certain business must be conducted at each annual meeting. The statute requires there to be an election of directors and an annual report made which covers financials, capital expenditures, statements of insurance coverage and whether there is any ...
  • Bob’s AGM tips (ON) November 7, 2017 Directors, managers and condo lawyers will spend at least the next year struggling through intricate implications arising with respect to the major amendments to the Condominium Act, 1998 (“the Act”) and its many new regulatory provisions flowing from the Protecting Condominium Owners Act, 2015. Managers have the obligation to refrain from rendering professional advice beyond their expertise. Provide advance notice and allow lawyers more time to respond. Budget for increased legal fees to enable your lawyer to properly analyze and ...
  • How to Have Successful HOA Elections September 20, 2017 One of the centerpieces of a successful HOA is a well-organized election process. However, in order to ensure that your HOA elections succeed every year, it’s important to take heed of a few key rules: follow your governing documents; send out proxies; ensure that you have a quorum; document your elections appropriately; know who can vote; and take the time to count votes correctly.    Read the article……………..
  • How to make condo meetings fun again September 8, 2017 Condo board directors attend a lot of meetings. Most condos have at least one board meeting a month and managers many more. During board meetings, directors make decisions that affect the entire condo community and property.   Read the article…………….
  • HOA Meeting Basics August 22, 2017 HOA board meetings are designed to transact essential business. They should be carefully choreographed to that end rather than a rambling discussion. Members should be welcome and encouraged to attend and observe. To that end, provide a Member Forum at the beginning of the meeting for owner comments, questions and complaints (It’s the American way).     Read the article……………

Annual/General Meetings Archives

 

Parliamentary Procedure

  • Robert’s Rules for Condominiums and HOA’s July 17, 2017 Most community associations use parliamentary procedure to govern board and owner meetings. In the United States, the most popular form of parliamentary procedure is Robert’s Rules of Order. Complicated? Surely. But if you understand a few basics, you can learn how to run a civil and efficient meeting.  Here’s the key to Robert’s Rules: 1) Motion 2) Second 3) Debate 4) Vote. The entire meeting should follow those steps.   Read the article…………….
  • Challenging the Chairman of a Meeting May 10, 2017 Have you ever been at a meeting that you did not believe was being run properly? Is the chair ruling every motion out of order? Were you unsure on what you could do or did you feel like there was nothing you could do? Fortunately, there are actions that you can take in these situations. If your group utilizes Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, then there are several procedures that allow you to challenge the chair if you believe ...
  • Recap – Motions at Meetings April 18, 2017 It is AGM season again. Rather than re-invent the wheel, I decided to highlight a post from two years ago about motions at meetings using Robert’s Rules of Order. I posted a Chart that I had made summarizing the motions that I see most often at condominium meetings.   Read the article…………..
  • Fractions and Votes Under Robert’s Rules September 25, 2016 Condominium and homeowner association documents contain many different voting requirements. For example, the required number of votes to elect a director is usually different than the number of votes required to adopt an annual budget.   The math involved in determining voting requirements doesn’t usually have whole round numbers. Suppose a planned community has 173 lots. The Bylaws require a quorum of 20% of the owners at the annual meeting. The quorum requirement, then, is 34.6. But does 34.6 mean that ...
  • Must We Follow Robert’s Rules of Order??? (AZ) February 12, 2016 Robert’s Rules was first published in 1876. The most recent version (the 11th Edition) was published in 2011 under the name Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (abbreviated RONR). One can also stumble on its online version by clicking here. It was created by Henry M. Robert III as a guide for conducting meetings and making decisions as a group.   Read the article…………

Parliamentary Procedure Archives

 

Duties & Responsibilities of Board Members

  • Project Management: What Every Board Member And Manager Needs To Know October 17, 2017 Your association is gearing up for a large project. Maybe it’s time to re-do the clubhouse or plan for that $2M dollar concrete restoration project that was put off for far too long. Other large scale projects can include painting, concrete restoration, interior restoration, deck/paver repair or replacement, and foundation repairs, and so much more.  Too often, associations rely on untrained personnel to handle these projects such as a board member or manager. Doing so, is penny wise but pound ...
  • Does a Colorado HOA and/or the members of its board owe fiduciary duties to the general members? October 10, 2017 Does a Colorado homeowners’ association and/or the members of its board of directors owe fiduciary duties to the general members? It’s a simple question with a somewhat complicated answer.  To start with, a fiduciary is a person who is required to act for the benefit of another person on all matters within the scope of their relationship. A good example of a fiduciary is the trustee of a trust. Fiduciaries traditionally owe duties that include good faith, loyalty, due care ...
  • Preventing Community Association Fraud: Part One – The Board’s Role October 6, 2017 As a homeowner who lives in an association, you put a lot of trust in the people designated to manage your association’s money. So it can come as quite a shock if you discover that one of those people has been stealing from your association’s funds. Fraud can leave you and your neighbors feeling betrayed and vulnerable. Unfortunately, it happens more frequently than you might think:    Read the article……………….
  • Avoiding Community Association Conflicts of Interest: Best practices for board members and property managers September 23, 2017 HOA board members, as well as property managers, are bound by codes of ethics (written or unwritten) to put the interests of their respective associations ahead of their own. Conflicts of interest, or even the hint of conflicts, can create major issues for the community or property management company. We know we are supposed to avoid conflicts of interest, but to what extent? If there is a potential conflict, how should we approach it so that the community can still ...
  • HOA Volunteer Immunity and the Standard of Care September 21, 2017 Unfortunately, one of the most persistent and justifiable worries of volunteer HOA board directors is their vulnerability to lawsuits. In order to gauge one’s own vulnerability, it’s important to consider the many layers of potential immunity and general protection that apply to one’s unique situation. These include the federal Volunteer Protection Act of 1997; one’s state laws protecting volunteer HOA directors; protections within one’s HOA governing documents; protections within one’s HOA insurance policy; and any personal umbrella insurance one may ...

Duties & Responsibilities Archives

 

Working With Residents of Community Associations

  • Dealing With Difficult People In Your Homeowner’s Association November 21, 2017 Living in a homeowner association, there is likelihood of running into someone that is, how should we say it, less than happy. We all have to deal with difficult people at some point. Some focus on what they don’t like about a person (loudmouth, condescending tone, etc) and then hope they will change. Not surprisingly, this rarely creates the change we desire.     Read the article………………….
  • Tips for HOA Board Members to Set Boundaries with Homeowners October 18, 2017 As a volunteer of the Board of Directors, you have the opportunity to help the homeowners in your community through issues that impact one of their biggest investments. Unfortunately, at times, owners forget that you are a volunteer of the Board and not a full-time employee. It’s very important to set boundaries with homeowners and fellow HOA board members on the appropriate time to discuss HOA related issues and do HOA related tasks.    Read the article……………..
  • National Night Out for Community Associations: Your Ticket to Community Partnership October 10, 2017 National Night Out: it’s one of the biggest community-building events of the year. While the rest of the nation typically celebrates National Night Out in August, throughout Texas and Florida, this event is held on the first Tuesday in October. If your community association hasn’t participated in the past, it’s a great time to start making plans for next year!    Read the article……………
  • Owner Participation at an Association Board Meeting – The Fine Art of Herding Cats September 7, 2017 Here is part three of the on-going conversation about keeping order and control in association board meetings, and getting the business done. This time, the focus is on participation of members in an association board meeting.  In recent years, I am sorry to say I have attended too many association board meetings where an off duty police officer was required to prevent disruption and chaos. Here are my thoughts on ways to conduct board business, efficiently and effectively, while still ...
  • How To Defuse A Conflict September 4, 2017 Anyone who’s ever had to defuse a tense work meeting or even a stressful Christmas dinner knows that sometimes thoughtful de-escalation is the best (and often only) way to get what you want. But some of us have hot tempers, or a tendency to bluster, or are simply ignorant about how to manage conflict — whether it’s at a family event, a work meeting, or on the global diplomatic stage.    Read the article……………..

Working With Residents Archives

 

Administration of Condominium and Homeowner Associations

  • Do You Know Where Your Electronic Records Are? November 22, 2017 A thousand dollars here, a thousand dollars there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money – as in, $1.35 billion. In the wake of massive data breaches at Equifax, Target and the National Security Agency, that’s how much money jittery Americans are spending annually on cyber insurance, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.  Fearing data breaches similar to those that have been grabbing headlines, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), including co-ops and condos, are fueling the accelerating ...
  • Quick Tips for Association Board Members: The Four B’s of Writing Minutes for Board Meetings November 15, 2017 The minutes of any meeting of the Board of Directors for a Condominium Association or a Homeowners’ Association are public records per Florida law. The minutes are required to be kept for 7 years. Fla. Stat. 718.111(12); Fla. Stat. 720.303(4). The minutes are the most requested and most useful of all of an Association’s records. A homeowner that wants a general understanding of what the Association has done over a period of time should be able to learn this information ...
  • Characteristics of the Best Condo Property Manager in the World September 27, 2017 only want World-class Property Managers (WPM) to manage my condo. After working with many managers over the past ten years, I know first-hand that WPMs make my job as a condo board director much easier.  What makes a WPM so amazing? I have found it often comes down to a variety of core skills that they need to the job well:    Read the article…………..
  • HOA Homefront: I demand my comments be in the minutes (and when will I see them?) September 9, 2017 Q: Does the HOA board have an obligation to put homeowners’ reasonable comments, questions and other details in the minutes? For example, several months ago, the board invited the landscaper and other representatives to speak about the chemicals they use. Several of us wanted less used. At a recent board meeting, I asked if the comments of homeowners, board members, and landscapers were entered in the minutes. The answer I was given was no, because the board didn’t vote. What ...

Administration Archives

Directors & Officers of Condominium and Homeowner Associations

  • Condominiums and Conflicts of Interest: How to interpret the rebuttable presumption (FL) October 9, 2017 The legislature recently amended Chapter 718 of the Florida Statues, relating to condominiums, to create a rebuttable presumption that a conflict of interest exist in certain situations. A conflict of interest is a real or seeming incompatibility between one’s private interests and one’s public or fiduciary duties. Black’s Law Dictionary (10th ed. 2014). For example, if a board member owns a landscaping company that provides services to an association, the board member’s private interest in obtaining a profit may be ...
  • Problem Boards: What to Do When Your Board Breaks the Rules October 5, 2017 A condominium, cooperative, or homeowners’ association elects a board for a specific purpose: to manage the community’s day-to-day business, oversee special projects, and draft and uphold the rules and regulations that keep life orderly and harmonious. In fact, the board has an inflexible fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the community as a whole.  This means that boards have an obligation to stay consistently on the side of good, advocating for residents and promoting neighborly well-being – ...
  • A Guide To HOA Board Responsibilities October 3, 2017 Serving on the board of a homeowner association is a high calling. Well meaning volunteers are elected to roles that are critical to the well being of the HOA. But what exactly is a board member supposed to do to fulfill this charge? Here’s a handy guide:    Read the article………………
  • FAQs on HOA Board Member Roles and Responsibilities October 1, 2017 The president leads the Board and is responsible for overseeing and handling many of its procedural duties. In order to succeed in this role, the Board president must be knowledgeable about the community’s CC&Rs and governing documents and understand how to run an effective meeting. He or she serves as the authority on all association rules and governing documents, and appoints committees if dictated by the bylaws. The president also leads community and association meetings, handling such responsibilities as calling ...

Directors & Officers Archives

 

Fiduciary Duty of Board Members

  • Fiduciary Duties 101 – Limiting the Liability of the Board December 7, 2017 A fiduciary duty creates an obligation to act for another’s benefit. A board of director’s fiduciary duty is to the association and its members. So what are the core duties of an association director? Individual loyalty, good faith and fair dealing in conducting the association’s business, care, and obedience to follow and enforce the association’s documents.   Read the article……………….
  • How does a board member legally act in the best interest of homeowners? November 19, 2017 Q: I am a member of our homeowners’ association board of directors who was recently appointed to fill a vacate position. I have never acted as a board member. I read some materials relating to the work of board members which stated that board members owe the homeowners a fiduciary duty. Could you explain what that means in the context of the work board members do while acting in that capacity?      Read the Q&A…………………..
  • Fiduciary Duties 101 – Limiting the Liability of the Board November 15, 2017 A fiduciary duty creates an obligation to act for another’s benefit. A board of director’s fiduciary duty is to the association and its members. So what are the core duties of an association director? Individual loyalty, good faith and fair dealing in conducting the association’s business, care, and obedience to follow and enforce the association’s documents.     Read the article……………
  • Portland Place property owners claim association failed to fix sewers (MO) November 10, 2017 Property owners are suing homeowners’ association trustees, citing alleged breach of fiduciary duty and constructive fraud.   Mark T. McCloskey and Patricia N. McCloskey filed a complaint on Oct. 23, in the St. Louis Circuit Court against Sanjay Jain, Russell John and Richard Gemberling, Portland Place Association trustees, alleging they breached their duties to maintain the sewer lateral in Portland Place.      Read the article…………….

Fiduciary Duty Archives

 

Board Ethics

  • Creating A New Code Of Conduct – When Is It A Good Time? November 30, 2017 It has always been the obligation of Board members to serve for the benefit of the entire community. Doing so requires that they carry out their duties in good faith with the care of ordinarily prudent people. To safeguard and promote the welfare of the community, The Condominium Act provides for personal liability if a director or officer breaches their duty and as a result there is a violation of criminal law, an improper personal benefit or their act “constitutes ...
  • Condominiums and Conflicts of Interest: How to interpret the rebuttable presumption (FL) October 9, 2017 The legislature recently amended Chapter 718 of the Florida Statues, relating to condominiums, to create a rebuttable presumption that a conflict of interest exist in certain situations. A conflict of interest is a real or seeming incompatibility between one’s private interests and one’s public or fiduciary duties. Black’s Law Dictionary (10th ed. 2014). For example, if a board member owns a landscaping company that provides services to an association, the board member’s private interest in obtaining a profit may be ...
  • Kickbacks: Don’t get accused of taking them (FL) August 30, 2017 Despite all the great work done by volunteer condo and HOA board members, the actions of a few bad apples have resulted in law changes that could label a casual lunch meeting an illegal kickback!  Board Members (and Managers) cannot accept anything of value from someone providing or proposing to provide services to their association without paying for it. So, don’t assume your Vendor or Manager will pick up the tab when you meet for lunch to review a proposal ...
  • Creating an HOA Board Member Code of Ethics August 10, 2017 As you create your HOA board, your goal is to create a solid platform for providing the best possible living experience for all of the members of your community. Unfortunately, there will be times when there is conflict within the HOA–or worse, times when members have a conflict of interest. Creating a solid HOA board member code of ethics is one of the best ways to ensure that members are committed to honest board service.    Read the article…………….

Board Ethics Archives

 

President/Vice President

  • Neighborhood Friend: HOA president desires to keep neighborhood a great place (TX) October 24, 2017 It’s hard when people don’t follow the rules, but Oak Creek Estates Homeowner’s Association board president Ulyesses Wright takes it with grace. Wright is an active community member, focusing on keeping Oak Creek a pleasant neighborhood to live in. He’s active in his church, boy scouts and Hebron High School. A long time Carrollton resident, Wright knows how to connect with the community and neighbors.   Read the article……………
  • A Guide To HOA Board Responsibilities October 3, 2017 Serving on the board of a homeowner association is a high calling. Well meaning volunteers are elected to roles that are critical to the well being of the HOA. But what exactly is a board member supposed to do to fulfill this charge? Here’s a handy guide:    Read the article………………
  • FAQs on HOA Board Member Roles and Responsibilities October 1, 2017 The president leads the Board and is responsible for overseeing and handling many of its procedural duties. In order to succeed in this role, the Board president must be knowledgeable about the community’s CC&Rs and governing documents and understand how to run an effective meeting. He or she serves as the authority on all association rules and governing documents, and appoints committees if dictated by the bylaws. The president also leads community and association meetings, handling such responsibilities as calling ...
  • Think Like a CEO: What Successful Home Association Presidents Do May 4, 2017 Successful CEOs and association presidents have a lot more in common than you may think To be an association president who inspires and leads a board, you must approach your responsibilities with professionalism. The role shouldn’t be something to be half-heartedly filled or the last item on your daily to-do list.  Being association president is an honor, and you respect that position when you lead a drama-free, united and benevolent association.  One way of maintaining professionalism is by studying successful CEOs ...

President/Vice President Archives

 

Secretary

  • Quick Tips for Association Board Members: The Four B’s of Writing Minutes for Board Meetings November 15, 2017 The minutes of any meeting of the Board of Directors for a Condominium Association or a Homeowners’ Association are public records per Florida law. The minutes are required to be kept for 7 years. Fla. Stat. 718.111(12); Fla. Stat. 720.303(4). The minutes are the most requested and most useful of all of an Association’s records. A homeowner that wants a general understanding of what the Association has done over a period of time should be able to learn this information ...
  • Taking the Angst Out of Writing Meeting Minutes November 6, 2017 How many of you have been to the meeting immediately following an election, ready to choose officer positions and you get to secretary and not a single Board Member volunteers? Property Managers, Board Members and Homeowners have all witnessed this I’m sure. That is because one of the daunting tasks of the secretary is to take the meeting minutes. Taking meeting minutes frightens Board Members so much that many Boards will outsource this duty rather than do it themselves. The ...
  • A Guide To HOA Board Responsibilities October 3, 2017 Serving on the board of a homeowner association is a high calling. Well meaning volunteers are elected to roles that are critical to the well being of the HOA. But what exactly is a board member supposed to do to fulfill this charge? Here’s a handy guide:    Read the article………………
  • FAQs on HOA Board Member Roles and Responsibilities October 1, 2017 The president leads the Board and is responsible for overseeing and handling many of its procedural duties. In order to succeed in this role, the Board president must be knowledgeable about the community’s CC&Rs and governing documents and understand how to run an effective meeting. He or she serves as the authority on all association rules and governing documents, and appoints committees if dictated by the bylaws. The president also leads community and association meetings, handling such responsibilities as calling ...

Secretary Archives

 

Treasurer

  • Five Qualities of a Good HOA Treasurer October 18, 2017 One of the most important jobs on the board of a homeowners association is the position of HOA treasurer. The position is much more than a simple knowledge of how to manage finances, (although this is also important). There are many qualities of a treasurer that are are valuable, but we have put together a list of five of the most important qualities that a treasurer of an HOA should possess.    Read the article…………….
  • A Guide To HOA Board Responsibilities October 3, 2017 Serving on the board of a homeowner association is a high calling. Well meaning volunteers are elected to roles that are critical to the well being of the HOA. But what exactly is a board member supposed to do to fulfill this charge? Here’s a handy guide:    Read the article………………
  • FAQs on HOA Board Member Roles and Responsibilities October 1, 2017 The president leads the Board and is responsible for overseeing and handling many of its procedural duties. In order to succeed in this role, the Board president must be knowledgeable about the community’s CC&Rs and governing documents and understand how to run an effective meeting. He or she serves as the authority on all association rules and governing documents, and appoints committees if dictated by the bylaws. The president also leads community and association meetings, handling such responsibilities as calling ...
  • Presenting Your HOA’s Monthly Financial Results: Best practices for board treasurers and property managers August 31, 2017 Most neighborhoods and their property management companies utilize accountants to prepare the monthly financial statements. As a board treasurer or property manager, you receive a monthly package of financial data that needs to be reviewed with the board. The board members want you to cover the highlights in a brief presentation, so they can react to any pressing items and then move on to other business. This can be quite a challenge for even the most seasoned professionals.    Read ...

Treasurer Archives

 

Committees

  • Committees – Do We Need Them? Part 2 December 13, 2017 For the board to be able to evaluate the conduct of committees it is important that periodic reports be submitted. These reports should be provided to the board (usually via the community manager) in writing and in advance of the board meeting, or as set forth in committee guidelines established by the board.   Read the article…………..
  • Committees, Do We Need Them? November 7, 2017 Yes. The board may delegate authority to the manager and they may also utilize the committee structure to assist them in carrying out their duties and responsibilities. Some committees are mandated by the association’s governing documents, usually in the CC&Rs and/or bylaws.     Read the article………………
  • Creating an HOA Budget Committee October 24, 2017 Your homeowners association has set up a board of directors that will help govern the HOA. Not every responsibility, however, must rest with every member. To work alongside and within your board of directors, you need a budget committee that will help control the finances of your homeowner’s association.     Read the article…………….
  • The Condo Association Board Engineer Profile August 7, 2017 This week’s Condo Association Board personality profile is the Condo Association Board Engineer. The Condo Association Board Engineer may not ACTUALLY be an engineer – but they think like one. Everything can be broken down into a solvable puzzle – whether the challenge is related to building systems or Owners. The Condo Association Board Engineer Mantra – “If everyone sacrifices a little bit, we’ll have this problem solved in no time.” Gets Along With – The Accountant. Both share a love for ...

Committees Archives

 

General

  • Three Reasons to Become an HOA Board Member December 15, 2017 Do you have great ideas about how your community can be managed more efficiently?  Would you like to become more involved in your HOA’s daily operations?  Do you have the time, dedication and enthusiasm to regularly volunteer your skills for the benefit of your community?  If so, then you’re a perfect candidate to run for a seat on your HOA board of directors. If you’re still on the fence about whether or not to run, here are three reasons you ...
  • The Business Judgment Rule Is Both Shield and Sword (NY) December 14, 2017 Many members of co-op and condo boards sleep well at night because of the Business Judgment Rule. It shields boards from second-guessing and legal challenges – provided they act in good faith and in the lawful and legitimate furtherance of a corporate purpose. But boards need to remember that the protections of the Business Judgment Rule have limits. This shield can be turned into a sword.     Read the article…………….
  • Advice for New Community Association and HOA Board Members November 29, 2017 Whether you emerged victorious after a heated political battle, or ran unopposed, you’re now an HOA or community association board member. Thank you for volunteering to serve your community. Now that you’re stuck (just kidding), let me start by saying that serving on a board is a great way to meet neighbors and help steer the future direction of your community. The down side is that it takes time and energy above and beyond your already busy schedule. After spending ...
  • Some do’s and don’ts for HOA board members (NV) November 27, 2017 Q: I have recently moved to Nevada, then into a very nice community. Being the type of person I am, I noticed issues that concerned me and have now gotten myself elected to the homeowners association board of directors, and then onto the president’s position. I have been following your articles since moving here and see that you are a fount of information, and I would like to ask your assistance.     Read the Q&A……………

General Board Articles Archives