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Weeding Out Your Yard

Nothing ruins a beautiful, well-manicured summer lawn like weeds. From those ugly ones that have thorn-like leaves to the tall, unsightly ones that demand to be seen, weeds are an equal opportunity annoyance. As an HOA board, it’s important to

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In Heavily Flooded West Houston, a Neighborhood Comes Together to Save Itself (TX)

One of the first rescues was 120 pounds of wet, terrified Rhodesian ridgeback, wide-eyed and shaking on top of a kitchen counter. It was Sunday, August 27. A neighbor kid had been pet-sitting for the dog’s out-of-town owners, when he

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5th Cir. Holds Threat of Lawsuit to Collect Partially Time-Barred Debt Did Not Violate FDCPA (TX)

In a split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently decided that attorneys representing a condominium association did not violate the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by threatening non-judicial foreclosure on debt that was partially

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Twin Creeks v. Sunset Ridge, 03-16-00653-CV (TexApp Dist 08/25/2017)

In this case of first impression, appellee sued appellant seeking a declaration that an amended restrictive covenant filed by appellant that required club membership was invalid as to condominium owners under the Uniform Condominium Act §82.0675(a) due to appellant’s failure

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Rule Skirting and How to Avoid it in Your HOA

Let’s be honest – every HOA struggles with residents who skirt the rules. Sometimes it’s a one-time thing, and other times it’s chronic. No matter what rules are being broken, every HOA needs to address the issues without coming across

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Guidance for Working With FEMA for Debris Removal Following Hurricanes Harvey & Irma

As storm victims struggle to survive after the devastation and loss caused by Hurricane Harvey, the first thing individuals and community associations should do is register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Community association residents are most

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Four Ways Active Adult Communities Are Changing to Emphasize Lifestyle

Developers are taking note of the new demands placed by buyers in adult communities. Ten years ago the average buyer age was 72 years-old; now it is 62 years-old. With the younger age comes an expectation of services and amenities

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What Happened When a Texas Homeowner Association Opted to Sign with a Single Hauler

Ever think that your homeowners or condo association is plowing ahead with an ill-considered project? Ignoring its own rules? Now and then, here and there, many people feel this way, but at the same time they are daunted by the

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Avoid Misunderstandings about Dues

Across the country people are wondering how and where their HOA dues are being used. It’s a good question to ask, but it also one that an HOA board should be able to answer quickly and easily.  To reduce miscommunication

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Social Media Best Practices for HOA’s

With the growing use of social media and its unique ability to bring people together, most businesses, including HOAs, are using various platforms to more effectively do business. As an HOA, your board should explore the use of social media

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5 Tips to Keep Homeowner Association Fees Down

If you’re a Board member looking at how to keep fees in a homeowner association down, we have five things you can do to help reduce expenses. Without further delay, here they are:    Read the article…………….

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HOA Board Liability

As a board member you obviously care about your community and its well-being – good for you! Your community will benefit from your dedication and personal investment. But something you and your fellow board members should consider is personal liability

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What You Should Know about Why Homeowner Associations Have Fee Increases

Why homeowner associations have fee increases is not mysterious; here are a few things that everyone should know about it.  The short answer to fee increases is that the cost of goods and services in general increase so naturally the

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Improving Quorum for Your Meetings

Most board members, and even homeowners, have heard the word “quorum”. However, many don’t understand it or its importance for doing HOA business. In case you’re not familiar with the definition, a quorum is a minimum number of board members

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HOA Living: Homeowner Rights and Responsibilities

If you are looking at buying an HOA property, or if you already live in one, then you want to know what your homeowner rights and responsibilities are. Well, we can help you with that. Read on for the list

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Millennials and New HOA Demographics

As millennials begin families and start to settle down, they are becoming one of the largest groups of home-buyers. From 2010-2015 the percentage of millennials moving into San Antonio homes went up 14.4%. That makes San Antonio the second most

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Managing Your Vendors in an HOA Community

As a board member, you are responsible for many aspects of your association. One of these tasks is selecting projects to complete and the vendors who will work on these projects. Whether it’s scheduling routine pool maintenance or arranging for

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What is an HOA Reserve Specialist?

An HOA reserve specialist conducts a study of the major capital systems within an homeowners association. The specialist evaluates the condition of major items, estimates when the item will need replacing, and projects the cost of replacement. The purpose of

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Lightning and Your HOA Community

When most of us think of summer, we think of hot sunny days by the water, but the summer months in Texas are also known for their wild storms. It can be hot one minute, and the next second the

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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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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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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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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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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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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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2017 Legislative Update Report (TX)

On May 29, 2017, the Texas Legislature concluded the 2017 legislative session. For the first time since the enactment of Chapter 82 of the Texas Property Code in 1993, the Legislature made no modifications to Title VII of the Texas

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Discouraging Wildlife in Your HOA Neighborhood

Waking up to a chorus of cheerful birds or looking out your windows to a gecko sunbathing on a rock is something most of us enjoy. While we always encourage HOAs to enjoy the nature that surrounds their homes, it

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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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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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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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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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Tips for Understanding the Role of an HOA CPA

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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Service Animals & Your HOA

No matter what your community’s pet policy is, service animals are almost always allowed. Unlike pets, service animals are not subject to the same rules, so here are some general things to consider when dealing with service animals.    Read

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Tree Care for Your HOA

With spring in bloom and hot weather becoming the norm, it’s important to make sure your trees are properly cared for. We often hear about communities who ignored their trees until many were sick or dying. Instead, we encourage your

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HOA & Pet Policy: What You Need to Know

Almost everyone has a soft spot for animals, and just about every HOA allows pets within certain guidelines. Since pets are a reality, it is important for your HOA to establish clear, understandable, and easy to find guidelines on pets.

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Package Theft in your Community

While worse during the holiday season, package theft is a year-round concern for anyone who shops online. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, there are people who drive around communities looking for unattended boxes sitting on porches. If you or anyone you

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Help Your HOA Board Members Understand Crime and Fidelity Insurance

While nearly all HOAs have some type of policies on the books, many HOA boards have little or no idea what type of insurance they have or need. This can potentially lead to expensive litigation and claims that can cost

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Outdoor Spring Cleaning 101

With spring in full swing, it’s time to start working on that spring cleaning checklist. While almost everyone has a list of indoor spring cleaning tasks, you don’t want to forget about the outside of homes and common areas.  Here

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Making Transparency a Priority in Your HOA Board

Nothing will sink your HOA board faster than secrecy. While there are times when confidentially is necessary, most often HOA board business is public information and required to be easily accessible to homeowners. Boards should always focus on clear communication

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“Succeeds to the Interests of” Does Not Require Assumption of Obligations

The individual insured, Robert Primo, previously served as a director and treasurer of Briar Green Condominium Association in Houston, Texas. In 2008 and, shortly before resigning, Primo wrote himself two checks from Briar Green’s account totaling roughly $100,000. Briar Green

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Package Theft in your Community

While worse during the holiday season, package theft is a year-round concern for anyone who shops online. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, there are people who drive around communities looking for unattended boxes sitting on porches. If you or anyone you

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Preparing for Pool Season

Summer is quickly approaching, which means pool season is just around the corner! If your community is fortunate enough to have a pool, boy are you lucky! To ensure that the pool season goes smoothly, you want to make sure

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Chapter 13 Plan, Not Texas Law, Governs HOA Payments

A Texas homeowners association that applied Chapter 13 plan payments first to pre-bankruptcy delinquencies, leading to improper late fees, penalties and interest, was penalized by a bankruptcy court March 27 ( In re Daulton , 2017 BL 96621, Bankr. S.D.

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Energy Efficiency and your HOA Community

Taking your HOA to a place of energy efficiency doesn’t have to mean accepting a different standard of living. With today’s technological advances, becoming energy efficient can be as simple as switching out light bulbs or practicing strategic landscaping. Going

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All About Executive Sessions for HOA Boards

Unlike traditional board meetings, executive sessions are held by the HOA board to discuss privileged or confidential material generally tied to disciplinary action or personnel matters. Having a good understanding of when and how to conduct executive sessions can save

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Long Canyon Phase II and III Homeowners Assoc. v. Cashion, 03-15-00498-CV (TexApp Dist 03/03/2017)

Appellant, a homeowners association, alleged in a letter to owners Chris and Lisa Cashion that the Cashions damaged a drainage easement. The letter, part of a long-standing dispute, threatened fines and a lawsuit. The Cashions responded by suing for harassment,

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HOA Housekeeping 101: Proper Waste Removal and Outdoor Neatness

The word “housekeeping” may call up images of shower scrubbing, dusting and vacuuming; but the kind of housekeeping we’re talking about has to do with maintaining proper waste removal and outdoor neatness in your community.  When sidewalks are swept, poop

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Understanding Your HOA Documents

Understanding your governing documents is essential to every association – without governing documents, an HOA would not exist! These documents serve a specific purpose in the community and allow the association to function.  An association board or individual board member

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