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Tips to take on your HOA head on

Think your HOA is going overboard? There may be something you can do to right the ship.  Start by attending the HOA meetings regularly. That’s where the decisions about your neighborhood are made. Know when meetings are held and how

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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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How to Prepare for Presenting Your Great Idea to the HOA Board

You live in a homeowner’s association. You have a great idea. You’re not on the board, and elections are months away. What next? Present it. Presenting a good idea, whether to the HOA board or to a boss or to

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Fighting Apathy #4: Leading a Condo Association Resistance Movement Part 1

Sometimes Condo Boards do dumb things. Sometimes they make bad decisions – maybe because of ignorance, maybe because of stupidity, maybe even because of greed or corruption. They might fire a beloved employee, take away an oft-used amenity, raise fees,

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Rules: You May Be Surprised What Your HOA Board Can Do

Those who live in condos, co-ops and housing developments governed by an HOA are subject to a variety of rules and regulations that may seem a bit unfair — but they often don’t become aware of a Board’s power until

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10 Things Homeowners Wish Your HOA Board Knew

Homeowners choose to buy a home in a managed association for a combination of reasons. They like the standards that maintain property appearance and values. They have access to amenities they might not be able to afford on their own.

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Why Condo Association Boards Act Slowly

One universal complaint about Condo Association Boards is that they are slow to act. Even for the most basic of requests, Owners are frequently frustrated by the fact that it takes weeks, or even months, for a Board to get

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How to Help a Condo Association Board Make Decisions

One of the greatest challenges that Management is helping the Condo Association Board make decisions and take action. While Management has latitude in many issues, most major decisions rightfully belong with the Board.   Read the article………

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Bah Humbug! What to Do if an HOA Board Member is a Scrooge

There seems to be one in every homeowners association. That one HOA board member that consistently disagrees, goes against the majority, or at the very least enjoys playing devil’s advocate. Do you have a scrooge – a mean spirited, miserly

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Taming Your Fear of Speaking Up in HOA Board Meetings: 4 Tips

The fear of public speaking is one of the most common fears. And when you’re a member of an HOA board that often requires speaking up as part of your duties, overcoming this fear to can be scary and daunting.

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Battling Bully Board Members and Homeowners

You’ve seen them (and felt your anxiety level rising).  The homeowner who takes four “guest only” parking spots for his cars. The board president who goes on a vendetta by holding secret meetings, making unapproved purchases and breaking confidentiality rules.

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I Really Don’t Like My Neighbor’s Tenants

It is an all too common situation, especially in coastal communities, mountain retreats, and college towns: You bought a home in a planned community that has a homeowners’ association with thoughts of being able to enjoy a quiet, family-oriented neighborhood.

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Solve homeowners association problems with politics

An attorney who specializes in condominium- and homeowner-association law said electing a new board of directors is often the best and cheapest solution to problems with an ineffective or incompetent association.     Read the article………..

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Confessions of a Manager: What Every HOA Board Should Know

Do you want to be the best Board you can be? Then you’ve found a goldmine because we asked a seasoned and experienced HOA manager what he hoped all HOA board members would learn early on to help them run

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Getting an HOA Approval for House Color

Some homeowners associations have strict rules regarding what color you can paint the exterior of your home. In other communities, they may require you to get an approval before you paint your house a different color. Check out these tips

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We Don’t Hear You: Handling Board Complaints

Communication is vital to running a successful condo complex or co-op building. So what happens when dwellers complain that board members are not listening and—even worse —ignoring their problems?  Well, you can bet it will not foster warm, fuzzy open

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The Secrets to Handling Negative People in Your Board of Directors

All-in-all, many board members are people who simply care about the community in which they live and who sincerely want to do what is right for the condominium residents. They are often fairly well organized and willing to help out

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Roles and responsibilities of a community association board

To uphold their fiduciary duty, boards must run their community associations according to governing documents, applicable law and good business sense. Some responsibilities are given to all board members, while others are assigned to specific officers.     Read the article……..

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5 Reasons There’s a Disconnect Between the HOA Board and Homeowners

The success of a homeowners association is based on the members and Board working together. If the community is not taken care of, it will catch up with Association, affect property values, decrease the quality of living, and create a

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Is your condo association run by a ‘bully board?’

“Bully boards” are so prevalent in the world of condominiums that the term is commonplace among community association property managers and real estate attorneys.  It’s a moniker used to describe condo and homeowner association boards that are so drunk with

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Dealing with a rogue condo board

Most boards in condominium associations are filled with well-meaning, pleasant men and women who willingly give up free time. They do this, strangely enough, to volunteer at odd hours to help run their association, including setting budgets, interviewing contractors, answering

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5 Ways to Get ‘Sticky’ with Award-Winning Community Associations

For a Community Association Management Company, there is one metric that is especially important to your success, but hard to quantify. Let’s call it Stickiness. Stickiness is the ability of your management company to retain communities, but it’s more than

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“We want to remove the board because we want to fire the manager”

So, this won’t be like my usual posts where I share a recent case or discuss a section of the Condominium Act, 1998. Today I’m going on a rant about the relationships between owners, directors, and managers.     Read more……….

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Your Board’s Presence Is Present Enough: Don’t forget to say “Thank you” this holiday season

We’ve all received the party invitation with a note letting us know that gifts are not requested–Your presence is present enough. Some of us take the cue, while others go above and beyond and bring a gift despite the note.

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How to Work with All the Members of the Board

Some people are just negative, making it hard to work with them. While you may simply want to avoid those people, it’s impossible to avoid them when they are part of your board. Learn the importance of handling difficult people

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When Boards Don’t Play by the Rules: Controlling Rogue Board Members

Many if not most boards of trustees get along famously. There are boards that have had the same members for decades and run their communities without a hitch. But sometimes boards don’t get along so well.     Read more………

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Are You Being Reasonable, or Are You Harassing Your Association? It May Turn Expensive

Many homeowners are unhappy about the management of and/or by their community associations: They don’t give me financials on time. They don’t give me the documents I want. I don’t see where my dues are going. I wasn’t provided the

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How to have a yard sale in a homeowners association

Do you live in a homeowners association (HOA) and want to plan a yard sale to get rid of the stuff your family no longer needs? Don’t post flyers all around town advertising your sale just yet. Before you have

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Frustrated? Stifled? Trying to Get Something on the Agenda of Your HOA?

I commonly receive questions about meeting and committee agendas. Owners want to get something on the agenda for an upcoming meeting. Sometimes the owner is also a board member.  And somehow the item never gets on the agenda, or is

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The Board and Homeowner Struggle

One of the most often asked questions we hear from disgruntled homeowners is “who gave the board the right to tell me how to live my life?” This is a question we hear almost every day, and it is one

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When HOA boards behave badly

Q: Your June 7 column addressed the rights of the HOA board or the board members when they believe an association member’s conduct is bothersome. What about the converse – where an HOA board acts contrary to the clear mandate

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Courting a new association? How to impress the board

In a highly competitive market it’s hard to stand out. One of the ways you can do that is in the sales documents you provide for potential new association clients.  Examples of sales documents might include:      Read more……

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Homeowner Legal Options Against HOA Abuse of Power

Homeowner Associations (“HOAs”) are intended to operate in the community’s best interest, making the community a more pleasant place to live while also maintaining property values. Unfortunately, HOAs sometimes become a source of disputes and disagreement that hinder rather than

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Belong to an HOA? Dude, I Feel Your Pain. How to Cope…….

Since Aaron and I bought our condo last year we’ve been learning quite a bit about what it means to live in a home with an HOA board. An HOA or Homeowners’ Association, is a property owners’ organization that creates

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Tips For Dealing With A Homeowners Association

Knowing how to deal with a homeowners association is probably something that most home buyers don’t think about before buying into an area that has one. In the past 50 years the growth of homeowners associations, or HOA for short,

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Have You Thanked Your HOA Board Member Lately?

While many owners in Common Interest Development (HOA) communities have unflattering opinions about the board members who govern their neighborhoods, the truth is, they’re generally working to protect your home and investment. Let’s walk through what HOA board members do

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Board/Owner Do’s & Don’ts: What Makes a Board Successful

It only takes a few minutes of Googling to uncover the traits that make a successful person or business owner. For example, Entrepreneur magazine’s Steven Key wrote the article, “5 Qualities of Successful Persons,” which included such traits as open-mindedness,

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Battling Bully Board Members and Homeowners

There are always a couple of television stories year after year about the out of control homeowners’ association board or the homeowner who is battling their HOA over a community parking space, fence or dog. According to the Community Associations

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What to do when your get into a fight with your HOA

Some of the residents who call Belfair Park townhomes home question how their association dues are being spent. Brian Dechane and several of the 10 residents point to the declaration and bylaws that state the developer is responsible for lawn,

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You vs. the HOA

Typical HOA disputes in the State of Florida fall into two categories: 1) Unpaid assessments, often with a lien and/or foreclosure by the HOA 2) Covenant violation disputes, with or without fines, which can be a lien and/or foreclosure *****

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Tips When Attending a Homeowner’s Association Board Meeting

Every common-interest community conducts board meetings, and every resident of that community is permitted and welcome to attend these meetings. Most boards will post a meeting schedule on their community website or send a notice to the community. Residents should

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6 Tips for Dealing with Strict Homeowner’s Associations

They’re strict, they can charge you fees if you step out of line and they arguably may have more control over your home’s aesthetic appearance than your mother-in-law—who are they? Your Homeowner’s Association.   Read More……

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Community Manager’s Minute: Soothing the Angry Board Member

This month, Julie Adamen focuses on tips to help deal with 2 common board member conflicts: How to deal with a board member who has an agenda, and how to mitigate conflicts between board members – both incredibly helpful topics

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Dealing with Unruly Homeowners at Board Meetings

What a touchy topic!! I have been on both sides of this issue — as the homeowner and as the attorney representing the association. Maybe I have too much leftover pixie dust, but I believe these situations can be resolved

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Because the Board Says So

Generally, thanks to what’s known as the business judgment rule, boards have broad latitude in making, amending and rescinding house rules — the good, the bad and the decidedly wiggy. If board members think a situation needs to be addressed,

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The Privilege of Being a Board Member

Members of community associations and, in particular, the boards of directors, are being asked to make tough decisions regarding the use of community funds. Acting in the best interests of the association, many boards seek legal and other professional advice with regard

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Community Manager’s Minute: Act, Don’t React to Micromanagers

Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary defines micromanagement as “manage[ment] especially with excessive control or attention on details”. Julie defines it as the time-consuming, energy draining, ever-maddening, demoralising busy-work that accomplishes little. In today’s first video, Julie talks about why board members micromanage

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How to Deal With a Fence Repair Notice from your Homeowner’s Association

Most homeowners that live in neighborhood subdivisions will have some sort of Homeowner’s Association (HOA) in place with the goal of keeping minimum standards in order to protect the neighborhood property values. Periodically they will make the rounds in the

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Limits of Board Power: Use vs. Abuse – and How to Tell the Difference

Everybody sometimes disagrees with the decisions of their co-op, condo or homeowners association board. Maybe the choice to rearrange the garbage receptacles out front seems ridiculous, or the ongoing clattering of machinery on the roof is driving the top-floor residents

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Battling Bully Board Members and Homeowners

You’ve seen them (and felt your anxiety level rising). The homeowner who takes four “guest only” parking spots for his cars. The board president who goes on a vendetta by holding secret meetings, making unapproved purchases and breaking confidentiality rules.

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