Vendors and Community Associations

  • Discover the Truth About Your Contractor (WA, OR) April 20, 2017 A recent newspaper article warned homeowners of an inspector who had been fined more than $80,000 by Oregon’s Construction Contractors Board (or “CCB”) for performing illegitimate inspections and using the license number of an inspector who had the same first and last name. It is a reminder that licensure comes with important consumer protections, including insurance and bond requirements and other reporting obligations intended to put owners on notice of a history of problems.    Read the article……………
  • When To Retain a Licensed Engineer April 10, 2017 It is commonplace for businesses and community associations to retain an accountant, or a lawyer, or a financial advisor; but how often does one think about retaining a Professional Engineer?  Engineering oversight on your technical projects pays for itself in lower total cost, higher quality, financial security, and legal resilience, and for an investment that may be surprisingly reasonable compared to the cost of a failed project. An engineering opinion can move mountains with contractors, insurance companies, banks, and lawyers. ...
  • Protecting Your Homeowner Association in Contracted Work April 10, 2017 I cannot tell you how many times this has happened: The phone rings…it is a board member at a homeowner association frantically telling me a story that starts out…we were referred to a company that (pick one): my brother in law swears by; another homeowner association used; my irrigation guy, who I have used for ten years, recommended; was advertised in our local paper; had a special one-time discount; happened to be working in our neighborhood and therefore could do ...
  • Correcting HOA Maintenance Dysfunction April 7, 2017 Here’s How The Problems Start:  The board of directors of a homeowner’s association is entrusted by the residents to hire a contractor to perform a complicated reconstruction project. Unfortunately, condominium board members are not very good at writing contracts or issuing requests for proposal or collecting bids. When a contractor is selected, the scope of work is often poorly established. The expectations between the community and the contractor begin to diverge. Soon, a law firm is engaged my some residents ...

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Vendor Contracts

  • Five proven steps to landing your first HOA client (Landscapers) March 2, 2017 I was 14 years old working in my father’s landscape business over the summer when I saw them. I was impressed by the fully uniformed staff with the logoed trucks all working together. This company did everything in the fancy community.  They had a truck that did just irrigation. Another that did just trimming and detailing and another that did all the gorgeous seasonal flowers in front. There was even a shiny pick-up truck that went around just checking on ...
  • Control the Negotiation Before It Begins December 10, 2015 Countless books and articles offer advice that can help deal makers avoid missteps at the bargaining table. But some of the costliest mistakes take place before negotiators even sit down to discuss the substance of the deal. That’s because people fall prey to a seemingly reasonable—but ultimately faulty—assumption about deal making.      Read the article…………
  • HOAs, Contracts – A Checklist and Basic Guide October 21, 2015 Samuel Goldwyn said that “an oral contract isn’t worth the paper it is written on.” Unfortunately, the same can be said for many written contracts. The purpose of this brief article is to identify key provisions that should be included in association contracts. A well written contract can reduce liability exposure, reduce the risk of litigation, and help ensure that associations meet their objectives.     Read the article…………..
  • Vendor Consolidations September 9, 2015 Board members, community managers and homeowners are constantly hiring vendors for various reasons, such as landscaping, painting, fencing, roofing, etc. However, some vendors just do a better job than others, which is why some communities with HOAs have pre-approved vendor lists. When something needs to be done, it has to be performed by one of the pre-approved vendors.   Read the article………..

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