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Important Things to Know When Serving on a Board of Directors (FL)

Serving on the Board of Directors of any corporation can be a great opportunity for both personal and financial growth. As with everything in life, however, in order to receive, one must also give. This article will summarize the responsibilities

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How to Handle Aggression Against HOA Board Members

Ideally, all HOA board meetings would be organized, calm, and simple. However, that’s not usually how life works when you manage a homeowners association. With many homeowners comes many opinions, and there is usually one owner who believes their opinion

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Just named a director on your new condo board? Better get busy

I have just been elected president of our new condominium. Our new board of directors has just taken over from the developer, but frankly we are at a loss as to where and how to go. Any suggestions?     Read

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The Business Judgment Rule

Community Association board members frequently ask, “What is the standard we’re held to when we vote and make decisions?” The standard of conduct in Oregon and Washington is colloquially known as the “Business Judgment Rule.” Application of the Business Judgment

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HOAs Gone Haywire, Part II: How To Avoid The Most Common Pitfalls Of HOA And COA Management

With 66 million Americans and climbing currently living in common interest communities such as Homeowners’ Associations, Condominium Associations, retirement communities, vacation timeshares, and gated subdivisions, both the benefits — enhanced control over their environment and property values — and the

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When the Inmates Take Over the Asylum and a Good Board Loses Control

Those of us who have been involved in representing community associations (in my case, for over forty-five years) have, no doubt, experienced a situation where so-called dissidents in a community association, for clearly irrational reasons, strive to seize control of

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HOA Generationalizing

Homeowner associations can be a melting pot of age groups which carry unique values and perceptions of the world. At times, these values can clash at the HOA level and the board is challenged to restore balance and harmony with

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When a Board Breaks Bad: Righting the Ship at Your Co-op or Condo

Owners and shareholders trust their elected boards with their very lives. Okay… it’s probably not a life-or-death scenario, but residents of co-ops and condos do put a great deal of faith in their association’s representatives to have their best interests

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Overreaction in a Condo Association

One of my favorite sayings about Condo Associations is “the emotions are so high because the stakes are so low.” Now that’s not to say that serious things can’t happen. Sometimes you’re dealing with major projects or special assessments that

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Are Non-resident HOA Directors Bad For The Community?

“Hello, I live in a condo complex with 69 units. I am on the board with eight other people. Three of our board members do not live in our complex. They own a unit and rent out their units. What

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Business Judgment Rules does not Apply to Unauthorized Acts

The South Carolina Supreme Court held that association board decisions must be evaluated individually to see if the business judgment rule applied, and the business judgment rule did not apply when the board acted beyond its authority. Although this case

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What to Expect as a New Board Member in a Condo Association

Joining your Condo Board is the ultimate leap you can make in terms of your participation in your Condo Association. Far beyond being an involved Owner or a committee member, joining the Board involves a new level of dedication, thick

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How To Recognize Volunteer HOA Board Burn-Out

It would be hard to overstate the importance of volunteerism: it’s quite simply how a lot of work gets done, from large, national programs to smaller and more localized organizations. According to the National Corporation for National and Community Service

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The Power of Ongoing Education for HOA Board Members

As a volunteer board member on your community’s homeowners association, you are not expected to understand the complicated logistical and legal details that govern the community. However, the more you know about the ins and outs of property management, the

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So You Want to be a Board Member – Now What?

I wish someone had told me the nuances of trying to cultivate a community while also trying to manage a business,” said Pat Burke, the current president of the Fieldstondale co-op in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, when asked

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How to Have Efficient Condo Association Board Discussions

Having efficient Condo Association Board discussions is the goal of every sane individual. One great way to speed up meetings and cut through wasted time is my ultimate secret. However, there are more ways to trim the fat of Board

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Techniques for Assessing Condo Association Owner Opinions

As a Condo Association Board, you are elected to represent the views and interests of the Owners of your Association, while also upholding your fiduciary duty. Your Association’s hot topics may be much less dramatic than those in current politics,

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Creating Harmony on Your HOA Board

Part of the fun and reward of serving on the board of your homeowners association is getting the opportunity to listen to the many perspectives of other board members before reaching a decision that will best serve your community.  In

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Three Bad Habits of a Reactive Condo Association

One of the worst habits of a bad Association is that they are completely reactive, not proactive. Instead of proactively getting a handle on their Association, they wait for problems to crop up. This approach often results in higher costs,

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Politics and the Board – How to Be a Politically Savvy Board Member

The vast majority of HOA and community association board members volunteer so they can do their part and give back to their communities. Politics doesn’t necessarily factor into your decision, but in reality, board members have been appointed or elected

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Risks and Rewards of Association Self-Management

There are both advantages and pitfalls for common interest realty associations (CIRAs or associations, plainly) that wish to self-manage.  A self-managed association typically employs an onsite professional manager who works directly at the board’s behest and is given authority to

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Homeowners Associations – Business Judgment Rule

Palm Springs Villa II Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Erna Parth Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (June 21, 2016).  The “business judgment rule” refers to a judicial policy of deference to the business judgment of corporate directors in the exercise

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The Ultimate Secret to an Effective Condo Association Board

Today I’m going to share with you the Ultimate Secret to an Effective Condo Association Board. This secret is incredibly simple in practice, but very difficult to master and act upon. However, if you make this your guiding tenant, you

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The Game Of Association Life

Just like in the Game of Life, a board has to have a plan to succeed. Whether it is taking the quick route by attacking an issue head-on, or taking time to get educated on the issue first, a board

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Five strata leaders to avoid

As we choose our national leaders, it’s a good time to consider who we elect as strata chairman, or woman. Most are plugging away, doing all the stuff that nobody else wants to do, unappreciated and unrewarded.  But others’ motives

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HOA Board Members Can Be Sued

“You’ve been served” is a phrase no one ever wants to hear. While lawsuits against board members are usually unsuccessful, it’s still important to protect yourself and your board from the threat. Since we hate legal speak as much as

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Did You Know You Can Budget For Education?

One of the greatest investments a society can make is in the education of their young. The same principles apply to members of a condominium or HOA board. Educating those who have volunteered their time; charged with making decisions that

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Does The Business Judgment Rule Protect Directors Who Violate Governing Documents?

In Palm Springs Villas II Homeowners Ass’n, Inc. v. Parth, 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 485 (June 21, 2016), the Court of Appeal considered whether the business judgment rule is available to a director who violates the corporation’s governing documents.  

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Three Ways to Calm Hostile Owners in a Condo Association

As a Board in a Condo Association, there are times that you’re going to have to do some unpopular things. You may fire a popular but ineffective staff member, issue a Special Assessment, get rid of a popular amenity, or

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Effective policies for Managing Emergency Situations in a Condo Association

I recently wrote about how important it is to protect the powers of the Condo Board. To ensure you run a transparent and open Condo Association, you must protect your Board powers. But the reality is that life is messy.

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Coping with Change in your HOA

Change can be tough, and while it makes some people nervous, it also provides HOAs with the opportunity to improve their community. So, to help you manage change in a positive way, we thought we’d share a few helpful tips

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Tips if being on a homeowners associations board

There are lots of homeowners associations in our valley and I am sometimes asked what legal issues those considering a run for the HOA board should be aware of. I first ask them if they have the time and if

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What Keeps Board Members Up at Night?

You can hear the clock ticking…you take a look at it and its 2 am! You just can’t fall asleep. Why? Your Condo Association had a very heated meeting tonight regarding roof replacement. The Board Treasurer wants to use the

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Fighting Apathy #6: Protecting Board Powers in a Condo Association

One of the themes I reiterate is that being in a Condo Association is about compromise and knowing when to back down. But I also have mentioned that there are times where you need to lay down on the tracks.

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Stopping Trouble From Derailing Your Association

Every association faces trouble in one form or another over the course of time. Some boards do a good job of preventing trouble, resulting in few occurrences, while other boards seem to constantly be battling trouble, both on their board

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Encouraging Community Association Members to Be Familiar with the Governing Documents May Reduce Violations

“How do you get them to read?” Sterling Jenkins, CEO and Co-Founder at Gladly, who has both lived in and managed community associations, recently posed this question to the Community Associations Institute group on LinkedIn. Mr. Jenkins acknowledged the importance

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Running for the Board of Directors in Your HOA

Question: I want to run for election to our Community’s Board of Directors. What exactly does the Board do? What can it not do? Please advise.    Read the Q&A……………

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What Your Association Board Does for You

As a recognized homeowners association, our community has a board to help our HOA run smoothly. The board consists of volunteers who execute a wide variety of tasks you may not be aware of; however, their work affects every single

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4 Signs Your HOA Board is Becoming Fatigued

Board members have a lot of responsibility, but just like anyone, they can become fatigued and tired of running the HOA. When that happens, however, the neighborhood suffers, so it’s important to understand the signs of HOA board fatigue, so

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How to Assign Work in a Condo Association

As a Condo Association Board, your job is to set the policy and direction for your Association. You are the executive board for the Condo, and that means you need to assign out work to be done – whether it

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Basic Responsibilities That Come with Being an HOA Board Member

Your community within your homeowner’s association is more than just a neighborhood. In many ways, it’s a lot like a business. Collectively, the regular assessments that each homeowner pays amounts to tens of thousands of dollars that need to be

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The Top 10 No-No’s for Board Newbies

With the co-op and condo board election season now in full swing, it’s a safe bet that many boards will soon be welcoming neophyte members. Here are the Top 10 mistakes newly elected members should avoid:     Read the article…………

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Glass House Management in Your HOA

Homeowner association boards are elected to handle HOA business. Some do it better than others because of training and natural ability. While good business practices are fundamental to getting the job done right, “people” practices are equally important.     Read

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7 Mistakes New HOA Board Members Should Avoid

Congrats, you’re the newest HOA board member in your community! Chances are if you made the move to get elected to the board, there was a reason why you wanted to get involved in your community—whether there were specific changes

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The Types of Board Members in a Condo Association

Board members in a Condo Association come in many varieties, but at the end of the day, they’re either bad at their job, good at their job, or great at their job. Today we’ll cover the major archetypes of Board

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The Role of the Board of Directors in a Homeowners Association

An effective Board of Directors in a homeowners association is one that understands its duties under the governing documents and statutes and works as a team to effectively and efficiently provide the required services to its members.  Read the article…………

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How to Be the World’s Worst HOA Board Member

You don’t want to be that guy (or gal) do you? You know the one – unreliable, uninformed, and unmotivated. It seems like every Association or organization has this type of person that everyone just puts up with or secretly

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The Business Judgment Rule

Board members often ask us, “What is the standard of conduct for the board of a common interest community?” The standard of conduct is known as the Business Judgment Rule. According to this rule of law, actions taken by directors

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How to Improve Your HOA’s Written Communication

The key to an effective homeowners association is top-notch communication. That includes correspondence between community members, board members, your homeowners association management company, and vendors.   Read the article………….

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Four Quick Tips to Improve Your Board’s Letters and Reports

Community association board members spend a lot of time communicating — whether it’s with one another, community members, vendors or your management company. If communication is ineffective, the whole community could end up paying the price. With so much of

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