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NOLO.com has compiled an excellent list of articles from its web site.  “Living Under a Homeowners’ Association

General Information for Owners

  • Understanding HOA Governance: Your Secret Weapon December 13, 2017 Many homeowners aren’t entirely clear about the mechanics of governance that apply to their homeowners association. It’s understandable–when you become a member of a homeowners association, you become a member of a non-profit mutual benefit corporation. This corporation is governed by Bylaws, Rules & Regulations, Covenants, Conditions& Restrictions (CC&Rs) and usually involves a property management company. For a quick run-down of who does what, review our article titled, “Community Management: 3 Things You Need to Know.” In the meantime, sorting ...
  • 9 Things You Need to Know About Homeowners’ Associations December 7, 2017 When you purchase a condominium, townhouse or another type of property in a planned development such as a leased land property or a gated community, you are obligated to join that community’s homeowners’ association (HOA) and pay monthly or annual HOA fees for the upkeep of common areas and the building. If you are considering purchasing one of these types of properties, you should be aware of the following nine things about homeowners’ associations and how they work before you ...
  • Homeowners Guide to Understanding HOAs December 6, 2017 With 69 million Americans living in common interest communities, nearly all of us have at least heard of HOAs. In states like Florida, you would be hard-pressed to find a neighborhood that isn’t governed by a homeowners association. Even with the rapid growth of common interest communities, many homeowners don’t really understand how they work and what they can do to make their community better.   While “Resident Discontent” and “Resident Apathy” may not be the most serious concerns for HOAs ...
  • Where Do HOA Fees Go? November 27, 2017 If you have recently purchased a home that is part of a homeowners association, you may have already starting paying your HOA fees. Each member of the community, along with signing the governing documents that provide the community with order and stability, must pay weekly or quarterly fees. You may be wondering where the HOA fees go that you pay each month.    Read the article………………
  • Don’t be surprised by HOA fees November 24, 2017 If you’re planning to buy a condominium or any other property with a homeowners’ association (HOA), you need to understand the impact of HOA fees before you sign the contract.    Read the article……………….
  • Tips for Dealing With Condo Association Enemies November 13, 2017 Making enemies in a Condo Association is inevitable. Unfortunately, while they might be your enemy, they’re also your neighbor. Though you might be tempted to escalate the hostile activities, as a Condo Association Board member, that’s not really a great idea. The key to dealing with Condo Association enemies is to ensure that you are taking the high road and de-escalating the situation.     Read the article……………..

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New Owners

  • New Resident Screening and Avoiding Disparate Impact Claims September 20, 2016 Most well-run community associations incorporate a new tenant application and approval process, and some even utilize such a program for new owners. A typical new resident screening program includes criminal background checks, credit checks, employment verification, and prior rental history. A community association is likely to deny any prospective new resident whose background check produces questionable items. But are associations cognizant of the liability concerns pursuant to recent changes in federal law regarding disparate impact claims for administering a flawed ...
  • 6 Must-Haves in a Condominium Welcome Package May 26, 2016 It’s the condo board’s job to ensure that newcomers to the building feel welcome. For the sake of both the newcomer and the community-based atmosphere of a condo building, condo boards are responsible for ensuring that new residents are well-settled and aware of the buildings rules and regulations. A great way to receive new residents is to prepare a welcome package that shares valuable building and community information with the new addition to your condo family. What goes in an ...
  • The Need for Move-In Orientation September 9, 2015 Though the questions posed at the opening of this article are among the most frequently cited, there are many other issues that buyers may not even realize until long after their closing or moving in day. Just consider the specific areas where problems might arise: HOA contact and informational issues, emergency issues, building access and usage issues, insurance issues, and storage concerns.    Read the article…………
  • Why It’s Important to Read the CC&Rs in Your Homeowners Association October 12, 2014 Do you remember receiving the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) when you moved into the Association? Do you know that they are very important to you as the homeowner? Have you taken a look at these documents lately? If not, now is a great time to brush up on the do’s and don’ts of your community. There is no time like the present to make sure you are in compliance.  Read more………
  • Fences or flamingoes: Be sure you know your homeowner association rules September 29, 2014 A new homeowner moves into a neighborhood governed by a private association, receives an invitation to a potluck that doubles as an annual meeting and shows up with a bottle of wine and a dish to pass.    Read more………
  • Who’s Responsible for Repairs? Board and Owner Maintenance Responsibilities August 22, 2014 Say you’re in bed, and you hear what sounds like the shower going. It’s late, and you’re tired, so you pay it no mind. You wake up at 4 a.m. to get a glass of water and find half the rooms in your apartment flooded— you forgot to turn the shower off! You throw blankets and towels on the floor to soak up the water and call your building’s maintenance staff.    Read more……..

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