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Court says solar panels must go (MO)

A Missouri appellate court rejected a homeowner’s appeal of an order to remove solar panels from property in the Lake of 12 Oaks subdivision

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Fiduciary Duty and What it Means for Your HOA Board

As board members, your community has entrusted you with the “power” to make decisions on their behalf and in the best interest of the community.

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6 Elements of a Successful Monthly Meeting

We’ve cut our meetings down to an average length of approximately 75 minutes and completed numerous small projects, and we are planning better for the larger, longer term needs

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HOA Moves Peacocks Out of Cypress Neighborhood (TX)

In a statement to ABC-13, the Cypress Mills HOA said they “voted to approve the relocation of four peacocks living within the neighborhood. In order to prevent further property damage and safeguard against potential incidents

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How to Run Concise HOA Board Meetings

HOA board members have full time lives and jobs outside of the association, so it’s important to work towards efficient meetings

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Newport News (VA) family says HOA won’t help with serious plumbing issues in Courthouse Green

A Newport News family asked NewsChannel 3 to take action for plumbing issues that have gone unresolved in their home.

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Conflict at Your Association – You Don’t Say (Webinar)

Remember that few boardmembers or business partners are truly experts in their field. Conflict is reduced when boardmembers come with a spirit of learning

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Rancho Santa Fe (CA) residents say solar panels created ‘blight’ in neighborhood

The property in question is not located within the Covenant and the home is located within the Rancho Del Sol homeowners association.

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Done by Dinner: How to Conduct a (Meaningful) Board Meeting in Under an Hour

When you consider that association board members are volunteers who have full lives and careers outside of their community, it’s easy to see why one of the most important things a board can do is run efficient board meetings.

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It’s the Seventh Inning Stretch……Let’s See Where We Are (CO)

Since the Assembly convened on January 13, 2016, eight bills have been introduced that mention or reference homeowners associations.

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The Drone Debate: Should Drones Take to the Skies at Your Co-op or Condo? (NY)

In addition to reducing safety concerns, Glen Oaks Village’s drone has proven to be cost-effective as well.

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Is Your HOA Reserve Fund Being Managed Properly?

The quality of the strategic planning of your homeowners association can actually make or break your community

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3 Tips to Dodge the Pitfalls of Poor HOA Security

there are a lot of pitfalls that can affect your neighborhood’s security, making it more vulnerable

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HOA Involvement in Keeping the Community Safe

Important details for associations to consider when purchasing or updating security for the community.

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Solar panels have another day in court (MO)

The three judge panel also noted the distinction that Hausman was requesting forgiveness for having the solar panels rather than permission to erect solar panels.

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Maintaining Financial Health as Your HOA Ages

The HOAs that have not adequately planned may face major dues increases, special assessments, bank loans, or worse.

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Need Help for Bank “Zombie Foreclosures” in Homeowner & Condominium Associations?

If you have a zombie property in the neighborhood and other approaches have not worked, you may want to consider filing a complaint with the CFPB.

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Effective HOA Meetings

It’s not difficult to run an effective HOA meeting – all you need to do is follow these simple guidelines

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Creekside neighbors to vote on mandatory golf club dues (OR)

The Creekside Estates Homeowners Association Board will meet March 26 to authorize a vote on mandatory membership in a nearby golf club

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Community tries to go green with LED streetlamps, but FPL makes it tough (FL)

The Valencia Lakes Homeowners Association wants to do the economical, eco-conscious thing, but has run into roadblocks with the electric giant

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Stapleton (CO) HOA won’t allow installation of homeowner’s radon mitigation system

The board had indicated that they would consider approving an interior system. However, Brian Coy, owner of 5280 Radon, said that an interior system would not be feasible.

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Changes in Nevada HOA Legislation

Nevada recently changed its laws regarding HOA assessment liens, and it’s made a huge difference.

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Litigating Construction Defects in Community Association Property: Part IV

This article will discuss how to quantify damages and will discuss the mediation process

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HOA Repairs: Who Is Responsible?

Typically, the board is responsible for repairs and upkeep in all the common areas, such as clubhouses, pools, common walkways, common stairways and parking areas.

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The Importance of Mediation (OR)

For Oregon community associations, mediation may be required before filing a lawsuit. With a couple of exceptions, associations or owners must offer to use alternative dispute resolution

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Managing Your Association’s Stormwater

A big misnomer is that a stormwater system is constructed to deal with flooding. This is not the case.

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Explosions in the Sky

Community associations typically have broad authority to limit or prohibit the use of fireworks on association property.

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Woman who bilked HOAs ordered to make $2 million restitution (CA)

The owner of a now-defunct management company in Thousand Oaks was ordered Thursday to make more than $2 million restitution for systematically looting two HOAs

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6 Investigates Follows-Up: Calallen (TX) Neighborhood HOA Out At Least $61,000

The report claims someone with the name of “Plimper” was connected to the unauthorized spending. And, several HOA members confirm Jessica Plimper was the HOA president at the time.

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Lawsuit alleges unfair trade practices by Mill Creek developer, Hargray Communications (SC)

Hargray agreed to pay D.R. Horton 3 percent of its quarterly revenues generated from the provision of its bulk services to the development’s homes.

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Condo boards should work smarter, not harder

It’s time for board members to work smarter, not harder. Here are a few strategies that will help associations save time and money, so board work won’t be such a chore

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Don’t You Be My Neighbor (ID)

The Idaho Legislature decides if homeowners should be allowed to rent homes temporarily despite HOA pushback

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Bird battle has NW Houston (TX) neighborhood divided

A bird battle has the Woodwind Lakes neighborhood divided over ducks

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HOA Files Lawsuit Against Grow House Owner, Renter (CO)

The HOA has been trying for a couple of years to get rid of the marijuana grow house located in the Antlers at Sageport

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Association Rules Specifying Children Can Spell Trouble!

Why is it such a problem for associations to specify children in their rules? Doing so subjects a board to a potential discrimination claim as families with children

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Neighborhood Gate Opens Up HOA Troubles (GA)

Many residents and some board members also blame the property management group, Sentry Management, for the new tension which spilled into a recent meeting

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Drones in Community Associations

What can community associations do to limit or regulate drones? The answer is: not much

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Alamo (CA): License-plate camera plan divides neighborhood

A homeowners association is facing pushback from some residents who say they don’t want a license-plate camera system that the association board is considering.

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Hoarding in Your Condominium: What Every Michigan Association and Property Manager Should Know

At the extreme, hoarders may fill units and/or limited common elements with debris, combustible material, food or other unsanitary or unsafe materials

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Residents fear Harleton (TX) dam eroded by storms

the Lake Deerwood Homeowner’s Association has said nothing can be done to fix the dam until the rain stops,

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Dozens of Lowcountry homeowners associations sue property manager

More than 50 HOA’s from Seabrook to Summerville filed a lawsuit this week alleging that a manager billed at least some of them for services that weren’t provided

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Woman who stole from Calabasas (CA) HOA sentenced

A woman convicted of embezzling about $1.6 million from homeowners associations in Simi Valley and Calabasas has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

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Valley HOA board claims authority to order residents to paint homes (AZ)

Dozens of residents from the Rancho El Mirage community attended an HOA board meeting. They wanted to know why the HOA is requiring more than 700 homeowners to paint their houses

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House bill could damage Florida’s real estate recovery

House Bill 1357 would result in placing new restrictions on an association’s ability to collect past-due assessments

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Maintaining Roofs: Repairs, Replacement, and Responsibility

“The two worst things for roofs are sun and people,” he says. “If you can keep people off your roof, you’ve added a lot of life to your roof; if you can keep the sun off your roof, you’ve added a lot of life to your roof.”

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Association Homeowners’ Protection Act clears Senate panel (NJ)

Legislation that would require homeowners associations to make available contact information for governing board members and other information was approved by a state Senate panel on Monday

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FHA Condo Approval Changes

If this new act passes, a lot will change, and it’s important for condo owners to understand these changes because they may make it easier for condos to become, and remain, FHA approved

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Fireplace Safety in Your Home and HOA Community

It’s important to remember a few tips for fireplace safety to make sure your home, and the surrounding homes in your HOA community, stays safe this winter

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Condo-monium over construction defect fable undone by real Colorado market statistics

It’s cockamamie construction bull crap that the home-builders have been using to blackmail Colorado into letting them off the hook when they build stuff that falls apart

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No Rest for the Weary: Let’s Call It a Night on Night Board Meetings

Board members, managers and business partners all have to find some time to get together to discuss association operations and governance plans

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