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Understanding Residential Irrigation Users to Target Water Conservation Extension Programs

Water scarcity is one of the most important current issues, and Extension can play a role in helping people conserve water in the home landscape. Residential irrigation users make up an important target audience. The study reported here showed that

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Pre-Planning for an HOA Disaster Response: Roles and Responsibilities

Disaster planning is critical for anyone–but it’s doubly significant for HOAs and others in positions of authority. If a natural disaster strikes in your area, are you prepared to respond? Knowing the roles and responsibilities your HOA has in times

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Profitable Community Association Management: Blending Efficiency and Quality

A community association management company serves two principal sets of stakeholders. The association desires attractive amenities and an aesthetically-pleasing community. While property owners want the same to maintain their assets’ values, they also seek to avoid burdensome dues.   Read the

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What to Do When an HOA Board Member is Breaking the Rules

The ultimate goal in a homeowners association is for everyone to be respectful and live together peacefully. However, it’s hard to accomplish both of these goals when you have members breaking the rules – especially if it’s a board member.

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Columbia, Maryland was an early template for smart growth. It turns 50 this week.

One part real estate project, one part social experiment, Columbia, Maryland is one of the most ambitious and successful planned communities ever built in the United States. Inspired by purposely planned and built “new towns” in postwar Britain, Columbia joined

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Enforcing Long Unenforced Rules In Your HOA

It may come as little surprise that quite a few homeowner association boards fail miserably in rule enforcement, especially in self managed HOAs. Let’s face it, confrontation with neighbors is not something most people look forward to. So when certain

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Five Tips for Effective Enforcement of HOA Rules

One of the biggest mistakes we see are boards making inconsistent rulings or being very lax with what their CC&Rs say. While it may seem easier to let some things slide, like ignoring people who leave garbage bins in their

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When the HOA Should Step in to Resolve Homeowner Disputes

Homeowners in your association are bound to get into disagreements at one time or another. It can be tricky for the board to decide when HOA dispute resolution is necessary, or when they should stay out of it and let

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Legal & Liability Issues for Programs & Activities: Get Covered

As more and more co-ops and condominium communities seek to attract residents, boards and managers have turned to attractive new programming opportunities for individuals and families. Whether it’s a rooftop Fourth of July party, a gardening workshop, or an off-site

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Liability & the Law: Reducing Liabilities in Co-op & Condo Communities

It’s no secret that insurance is a necessity for any building or association. Nevertheless, the expense of coverage means that issues of liability and risk are all too often examined only after problems have occurred. Usually, insurance holders address matters

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How to Record Actionable Condo Association Meeting Notes

Every month, your Condo Association holds a monthly meeting. While at times this meeting may be as exciting as watching paint dry, typically there are important decisions being made. You might be deciding on finances or maintenance, helping monitor committees,

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Pool Guidelines

Time to cool down and make a splash! Summer means pool time for many community associations. Are your pool guidelines in line with the Fair Housing Act (FHA)? Check the FHA blog for specifics:   Read the article…………..     Read the

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Monsoon Season Madness – Be Prepared!

“We can’t do anything to prevent the monsoon, but we can prepare.” Weldon B. Johnson, The Republic | azcentral.com With summertime comes monsoon season, you never know when a big dust storm or heavy torrential downpour may hit! Is your

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Managing the condo manager

Many condominium associations have management companies; many are simply too small to have one; and many near yearly consider whether they should have one. Regardless, much of the information that follows should be followed by all, even those who will

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane….Actually, It’s a Drone

Drones are everywhere. The government uses drones, Amazon.com uses drones, weather forecasters use drones, and, low and behold, homeowners use drones. The question then becomes what, if anything, can an association do to regulate drones.    Read the article…………….

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Tips to Prepare Your Association for Summer

Summertime is fast approaching, and so are all the joys of having fun under the Southern California sun. Thanks to the warm weather and clear skies, summer is the perfect season to make major headway on HOA management projects. Make

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Insurance Reminders for Condo Associations at Start of Hurricane Season (FL)

With hurricane season now underway, Florida condominium associations should take the time to ensure that they and their owners are prepared for a storm. In addition to ensuring that hurricane shutters are operational and all of the necessary supplies are

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Communities for Those 55 Years of Age or Older

Recently we have been approached by multiple associations inquiring about making their housing community one that is restricted to those residents that are 55 years of age or older. The ability and requirements for establishing or becoming a housing community

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Emails Are a Legal Minefield for Co-op and Condo Boards (NY)

A recent decision by the state’s highest court drives home a lesson every co-op and condo board member needs to heed: if you use your employer’s computer, tablet, or smart phone to communicate board business, expect zero privacy. While the

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Community Gardens in Your HOA

Community gardens are all the rage right now, and for good reason. Gardening offers people the chance to grow their own food and reap the rewards of hard work and diligence. But beyond that, a community garden offers a group

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Summer is Prime Community Time

One of the primary objectives of a community association board of directors is to facilitate and encourage a sense of connection within their physical community.  There are multiple ways a board can boost community, including using committees comprised of homeowners,

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The State of Smoking: LegalMarijuana vs. Smoking Policies

While the exhortation to “smoke ‘em if you got ‘em” has never really gone out of style, one should take caution before lighting up just anywhere. Many places, from restaurants to airplanes to hospitals, expressly and strictly forbid anyone from

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Resident Rights: Knowing Them, Upholding Them

To paraphrase the Declaration of Independence, all men and women are created equal with certain inalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That may not be the case if you live in a condominium, co-op, or HOA,

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Real Estate Advice: What to expect with condo documents (MA)

Q: I am in the market for a condominium. This will be my first home. Can you explain the different documents I should be getting and the purpose of each?    Read the Q&A……………..

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Is the Robot Apocalypse Inevitable in the CAM Industry?

You know what I can’t stand? The thing that turns me into a “get off my lawn you rotten kids!” gasbag in .03 seconds? Electronic restaurant kiosks. You know those little touch screens that sit at the edge of your

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How Condo and Co-op Communities Take Advantage of Outdoor Environs

Most people don’t usually think of New York City for its ample greenery. Crowds, traffic, and tall buildings–there’s a reason why it’s usually referred to as a “concrete jungle”. While the Big Apple has its lovely parks, including the most

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5 Ways You Can Make Your HOA Community Greener

Being environmentally friendly is becoming a crucial aspect of daily life. Lowering your neighborhood’s carbon footprint is something that your HOA board can do to better the Earth while teaching your community about nature and conservation.  However, going green in

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Condo Association Board Personalities

Condo Boards are made up of all sorts of people. They come from different backgrounds and may be great at their jobs – or really bad. Board members tend to have several different types of personalities, which strongly influence how

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Water Shortage Restrictions Override Deed Restrictions (FL)

Homeowners associations may not require lot owners to pressure wash their homes, or to water or replace their lawns while there are water shortage restrictions in effect.   Read the article…………..

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Weed Tips to Avoid the HOA Letters

Lawn maintenance can kind of be a hassle, but with some patience and some weed tips and tricks, you can have a beautiful lawn and landscaping in no time. Avoid the HOA warning letters with these weed tips, and keep

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What Homeowners Should Know About the HOA Documents

A few months ago I wrote an article titled “Should Owners Really Read the HOA CC&R’s”. I must admit, the title was intended to get the attention of community association professionals. As a result some of the comments on social

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Service Animals And Your Condominium Or Community Association

As a professional community manager for the past two decades, I have seen a rapid growth in the number of service animals within condominium and community associations.  Currently, about 79.7 million households – or 65 percent of all households in

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Creating a Communications Plan for Managing Your Residential Community

Communications is an incredibly essential part of any business. When it comes to managing your residential community, you’ll most likely agree that it is a core part of your operations. Whether you are managing a condo, HOA, or multi-family units,

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Why a HOA Strategic Plan is Key to Your Homeowners Association

Your HOA’s strategic plan is a high-level planning tool and document designed to capture your organization’s values and goals while providing direction and motivation to your members. Ideally, the HOA board drafts the strategic plan through a progressive series of

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Understanding HOA Fair Debt Collection Practices: Practice Tips

If you work for an HOA, serve on its Board of Directors, or own a property covered by one, there are a few things you should know about debt collection practices. So, to help you develop a greater understanding of

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How to pass a special assessment with less pain

In the language of community associations, the words “special assessment” are among the most heated. No one enjoys being commanded to come up with extra money, but few associations can avoid the occasional levy.  A special assessment is an amount

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The Death of Civility – Why Do Community Association Board Members Serve?

I have been to a number of community association meetings in the past year, and too many of them were contentious, confrontational, loud, rude and generally ugly. I have written a number of Codes of Conduct for adoption by boards

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Associations, inform insurer of accidents — even if you think you’re in the clear

Q:  My association has a comprehensive insurance program with property, liability, fidelity, umbrella, directors and officers, and workers’ comp coverage. Recently an owner hired a cable company to install equipment at the owner’s expense. The worker was inside our attic

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Be Prepared for Florida’s 2017 Hurricane Season

Florida hurricane season is underway and residents of the Sunshine State may be in for more storms than usual. State officials are warning Floridians to be prepared, noting that Tropical Storm Arlene’s April appearance may be a harbinger.  According to

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Tips for Competitive Bids in Your Homeowners Association Community

A large part of running an HOA is hiring contractors. If your board doesn’t do their homework, your community could end up pay more than you should. Before hiring or renewing a contract with a third party, make sure you

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Avoid Over-watering in Your Association

With temperatures already on the rise, you may be worrying about keeping our plants watered and thriving. While plants die without proper water, the same is true of plants that receive too much water. It is easy to tell when

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How to Avoid Condo Association Lawsuits

Every Condo Owner – and Board – seeks to live in a harmonious community – one where people have great parties and other events, special assessments don’t happen, and things are great. Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in.

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Understanding the pros and cons of Homeowners’ Associations

As a homeowner in an estate or boomed-off area, a buyer may be required to join a Homeowners’ Association (HOA), which means adhering to numerous rules and regulations stipulated by the HOA.   Read the article…………..

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Directors: No One Voted For Me

I don’t want to sound ungrateful, and as much as I appreciate the fact that I have earned the trust of the board members in the communities we manage, I must remind all directors: No one votes for the manager.

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Want to green your HOA? Follow our tips for a smooth process Source: https://www.environmentguru.com/pages/elements/element.aspx?id=5032936 © EnvironmentGuru.com

For those of us who live in communities with a Homeowners Association (HOA), we know that it can be a challenge to jumpstart new community projects. From the initial idea to breaking ground on the project, there are many meetings,

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What Not to Do When You Receive Communications from Your HOA Board

In our busy world of the internet, mobile phones, television, email, social media, and daily conversation, we’re on 24-7 information overload. We’re communicating non-stop all day, and when we finally reach the comfort of our home we just want to

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Consider the Source

The internet can be a wonderful resource but BEWARE: Not everything you read on the internet is true or accurate. It is also not a substitute for professional advice.  Sometimes, bad internet “advice” is easy to spot. For example, hopefully

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Communication to Renters: Why It Matters To Your Association

Does your board and management team communicate to the renters in your community? If no, why not? In communities where renters makeup a significant portion of the residents, they are often overlooked by the people running the community.  “I’ve never

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What NC Community Associations Need to Know about Fair Debt Collection

Nearly all Community Associations (“Associations”) must cope with owners who fail or refuse to pay their periodic assessments (also known as “Dues”). When this happens, the Association, typically acting through its property manager, may first attempt to collect the delinquent

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Beware When Revising Your Pet Policy

Want to make sure you get a quorum at your annual meeting? Announce that the board is going to discuss one or more of the following: redoing the lobby; raising maintenance; modifying the building’s pet policy.  “Any change to a

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