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Solar Panels: Let the Sunshine In But Only After Approval (CO)

Colorado law prohibits associations from adopting rules or regulations that effectively prohibit the installation of solar panels on homeowners’ properties, but associations are allowed to adopt reasonable rules governing such installation, which can be based on aesthetic considerations and to

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It’s all about the Planning! – Tips to getting an Association Loan

The key to obtaining an association loan is to be prepared and follow best practices. The planning that is done two, and even three years before the association actually needs the loan, is critical to getting a loan approved by

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Should You Hire A Landscaping Company To Help Your Community?

No one wants to be surrounded by boring or unappealing green areas, especially not homeowners. According to REALTOR® Magazine, quality landscaping can increase the value of your home by 12 percent.  One of the perks of living in a HOA

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The Condo Association Board Accountant Profile

This week’s Condo Association Board personality is on the Condo Association Board Accountant. The Accountant loves numbers and money, specifically making sure your Association has plenty of it. This is an important consideration for most Associations, as money makes the

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Are Free Elections Guaranteed in New Jersey’s Planned Communities?

Governor Chris Christie recently signed a bill that changes how elections in Fair Lawn’s Radburn neighborhood are run — which will impact the approximately 7,000 common interest communities in New Jersey. The so-called “Radburn Bill” changes how residents are elected

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Insights into Reactive and Predictive Maintenance Programs

Maintenance and repairs are important activities with respect to the ongoing success of an HOA. There’s no reason reactive and predictive maintenance programs should seem mysterious. In fact, gaining insight into the differences between them is fairly simple. Read on

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5 Ways to Build Transparency as Condo Laws Tighten Financial Disclosure Requirements

Transparency in operations is key for condominium associations to build trust and ensure accountability amongst community management. Did you know that an association’s financial health and management of association finances is often a deciding factor for potential condo owners to

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5 Tips For Hiring A Good HOA Community Manager

Choosing a community manager is one of the most important decisions that a HOA and condo board will make. Talk about pressure! You need to be careful in your selection because the people who work on your community’s management team—especially

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Appreciating Volunteers in your HOA Community

Most HOAs we work with rely on the help of volunteers to keep their community running smoothly, and while a job well down is something to be proud of, a little recognition goes a long way. Since volunteers can save

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5 Tips about How HOA’s Determine HOA Assessment Rates

There is a lot about the question how are HOA assessment HOA rates determined that you may not know; indeed, here are five tips that everyone should keep in mind regarding this topic.    Read the article………………

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Five Paths to Reducing Your HOAs Carbon Footprint

It’s one thing to want to reduce your carbon footprint in an HOA, but how do you actually go about doing that? Here are five pathways that might help.   Read the article………………

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Robert’s Rules for Condominiums and HOA’s

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

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Three Templates Every HOA Should Have!

Sending out violation letters, entering invoices, issuing work orders, attending meetings, following up on action items – managers and board members have a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it. When it comes to completing

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Don’t Pick The Wrong Fights For An Aging Parent

One of the biggest challenges baby boomers face is managing the lives of their aging parents. It can not only be time consuming and costly, but it can also create a fine line to walk when going to bat for

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Maintenance Matrix for Condominiums

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Buying a Home in a Community Association: Part One – Dispelling Common Myths

If you are in the market to buy a new home, it’s very likely that at least some of those that you see are located in a community with a homeowners association (HOA). An HOA is an organization that makes

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Use of Drones by Homeowner Gets Tempers Soaring at Florida HOA Community

The use of drones by owners and residents of units in HOA and condominium communities has created concerns across the country over potential privacy and safety issues for community association managers and their boards of directors. Sales of drones to

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Ethics at the condo, Part 1

Ethics in condominium associations may seem like an odd topic, but ethics should pervade every part of our lives, personally, professionally and at condo associations, and not knowing of some of the ethical issues can lead to problems. There will

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What’s the difference between HOA officers and directors?

Q: The developer of our community has sold all of the lots and turned control of the homeowners’ association (“HOA”) over to the homeowners. The bylaws for our HOA refer to “officers” and also to “directors” and “the board of

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Email Security as a Board Concern: Two Views Once That Sensitive Info Gets Out There, You Can’t Take It Back

As we’ve recently seen in the news–from the Democratic National Committee email leaks about Bernie Sanders from last year’s presidential election, to the latest in the Trump-Russia brouhaha–emails aren’t always the safest and securest method of communication. And once that

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Board Members: Who are these guys and what do they do?

When I think of a Board of Directors, the first thing that comes to mind is a dark lit room, with men in suits, sipping scotch and joking about their last golf outing. Funny thing, times have changed. If you

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Enforcing Mechanic’s Liens Against Condos in Maryland & DC

This article discusses the unit owner notice and party inclusion requirements necessary for establishing and enforcing a mechanics’ liens against a condominium in Maryland and the District of Columbia.   Read the article……………

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Association Committees

Committees can be a productive tool for condominium and homeowners associations. Committees, such as budget committees or architectural control committees, can promote increased participation by owners, benefit from unique owner expertise, and help reduce the workload imposed on volunteer board

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Three Condo Association Governance Tips

Governing a Condo can be an exceedingly trying task. One of the big surprises you’ll face as a new Board member is sorting through what’s important and what is not. Some things that seem really stupid turn out to be

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Why Hire Insured and Certified Vendors for your HOA?

To us, it’s clear why it is important to hire insured and certified vendors for your HOA, but sometimes members of the HOA Board might need some convincing. Here are five reasons to consider doing so.    Read the article……………

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16 Inexpensive Landscaping Tips For HOAs On A Budget

If your homeowners association finally has some room in the HOA budget to commit to landscaping efforts, summer is the best time to get started on re-doing those common areas.  IKO Community Management’s experts get into the weeds about how

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Collections and HOA Dues

In a perfect world, everyone would pay his or her fair share and everything would be just. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, and your HOA likely won’t be either. In most cases homeowners are generally good about paying their

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Consider This Before You Hire An HOA Attorney

Just look at any HOA forum and you can see that HOAs face a wide range of issues. Some are pretty common, while others are simply dumbfounding. While reading and participating in these online forums, I often see questions that

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What Boards Should Know About Finances: Keeping Your Community in the Black

Money, money, money. The world runs on it. And your building’s well-being depends on it.  The issue is not just having funds, but managing them. Handling the finances for an entire building or association is a major responsibility, and boards—even

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Hiring—and Paying—Contractors: Who Holds the Purse Strings?

Co-op, condo and HOA living represents a unique social arrangement; it’s a paid-for membership club and a home at the same time. Many people enter into this arrangement without a complete understanding of the responsibilities of membership. Others, fully aware

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Inadequate Reserves: The Risks of Not Keeping Up

There are few feelings worse than encountering an unexpected expense and finding the piggy bank empty. That is why reserve funds and reserve studies are such important elements in the financial well-being of co-ops, condos and homeowners associations. It pays

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HOA Blog Part V: Distinguishing Between Condo and HOA Fees, Fines, and Penalties (FL)

Back in Part 1 of this series, we noted that subtle distinctions exist between the rules regulating condominiums versus rules regulating homeowner’s associations. And, in keeping with that subtly, much of what has been discussed in Parts 2, 3, and

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6 Tips about Proper Pool Maintenance for your HOA

It’s midsummer now, and HOA pools everywhere are open. The pool is a high maintenance community feature. When it comes to proper pool maintenance for your HOA and money-saving tips, what you don’t know might just surprise you. The following

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The Recipe for Better Association Board Meetings

Let’s face it: community association board meetings can be difficult to get through. Bring a room full of volunteers together and you’re likely to get as many opinions as occupants in the room. It’s usually not a recipe for a

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When Express Maintenance Obligations In A Declaration Of Condominium Are Not So Clear (FL)

For example, let’s examine the replacement of the unit’s windows. Pursuant to the maintenance obligations in the declaration of condominium, the unit owner is responsible to maintain, repair, and replace all parts of the unit and the fixtures and equipment

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7 Risks of Being a Self-Managed Homeowners Association

Many HOA boards think they have it all together and can easily manage the homeowners association on their own. But can they really? While there are various factors involved when it comes to whether or not a homeowners association can

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Condo Association Social Media Tips

In a digital age, a Condo Association cannot rely on the “old way” of doing business. Paper mailers – an email – while necessary, are not sufficient. If you want to have an effective and connected Association, you need a

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Top 50 Questions for Your CAM Knowledge Base

Creating a powerful, search engine-like knowledge base answers relevant questions for your community residents requires investment in time and resources. Therefore, we present a guide that will give your community association management company a head-start in creating a knowledge base

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Is a Loan Right for Your Community?

At a time when many condominiums are old enough to require major repairs or renovations, community associations can be overwhelmed by the cost. The word is definitely out that a community association loan may be a viable option for many

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Are You Properly Maintaining Your Homeowners Association?

How is your homeowners association holding up? Do you have buildings in need of repair? Has the HOA board set aside funds for inevitable future repairs? If you don’t know the answer to these questions, then it’s time to find

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Why the HOA Must Approve Architectural Control Requests

The role of the Architectural Control Committee for your homeowners association, or HOA, is to ensure that the community’s property values are preserved. Without an architectural control committee your neighbor could easily paint his home bright blue with pink shutters

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What is the role of a CPA in a Homeowners Association (HOA) ?

Both board members and homeowners have an interest in the money end of an HOA’s business. After all, it’s the owners who have to pay higher fees when the homeowners association goes over budget. And it’s the Board who is

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Smoking Complaints-The Saga Continues

Given the municipal smoking ban in public places(1) and the proven harm of secondhand and third hand smoke, many Boards continue to be besieged with complaints from residents of transmission of smoke into their homes. These complaints can range from

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A Quick Guide to Encouraging HOA Volunteerism

Sometimes people who buy a home in an HOA neighborhood may not be used to the core concepts of an HOA. In most places, you take care of your property and keep to yourself. Maybe you get to know one

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Negligent Security Claims: Reducing Liability for Associations (FL)

In recent years, Condominium and Homeowner’s Associations have become a target for negligent security lawsuits and claims. Typically, a resident or guest of an Association is a victim of a violent crime and the crime victim later sues the Association.

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Poor Communication Causes Most Problems For HOAs in Florida

Most interpersonal issues stem from miscommunication. This is especially true in the business world – communication is the bedrock of every successful relationship.  The same basic principles apply to the management of a property you own. Maintaining clear lines of

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7 Tips to Create a Powerful Knowledge Base for Your Residential Community

Have you received phone calls to your office from residents constantly asking about the community’s guest policies? Or, how to obtain another parking sticker? Reading long, traditional documents may be too difficult or time-consuming compared to the ease of calling

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The Informed Condo Association Owner

Many Condo Owners – possibly the majority – purchase a Condo property without a full appreciation of what they’re getting into. They anticipate that by owning their property, they will be free from any sorts of burdens. These individuals are

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Be aware of HOA fees & what they provide

Being familiar with HOA fees and charges is an important part of budgeting. Though there aren’t any average HOA dues, factors vary from universal expenses shared by the residents and can be charged by the square footage of a unit.

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Your HOA and Home Repair Scams

As the weather starts to draw people outside to plant flowers and make improvements, dodgy contractors and other types of business start targeting homeowners with scams and rip offs.  A scammer will usually use some sort of fear tactic, suggesting

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