How to Handle Absent Condominium and Homeowners Association Board Members (FL)

Each election season, condominium association members elect one or more directors to serve on the association’s Board of Di­rectors. Many members consider their options carefully, understanding the importance of the board and the impact its decisions have on each condominium owner. Each candidate should also consider the responsibilities before running for a board position.  Read the […]

‘Heartbeat of this HOA:’ Ocoee woman helps make neighborhood a community (FL)

Here at News 6, we get a lot of emails about neighborhood homeowners associations.  Most are complaints that go to our investigative or consumer units.  But residents of one Ocoee neighborhood felt so strongly about someone on their board, they nominated her for the News 6 Getting Results award.    Read the article…………………………….

Top 10 Tips for Effective Condominium Governance: A Board Member’s Guide to Success (AZ)

Steering a condominium board towards success demands more than just good intentions and hard work. It requires a blend of strategic foresight, legal savvy, and community spirit. In our latest guide, we share the key strategies for crafting a harmonious, well-managed condominium association. From mastering the nuances of legal compliance to nurturing a vibrant community […]

“A ‘CliffsNotes’ Guide for New Condominium Board Members” (FL)

The election is over, and you have earned a coveted seat on your condominium association’s board of directors. Now what? This helpful guide will provide you with a “CliffsNotes” version of important things to remember as you embark on your journey as a director.   Read the article…………………………….

Mum’s the Word When Disclosure Leads to Breach of Fiduciary Duty

It is common knowledge that a director has a fiduciary duty to his or her association and its members. To be a fiduciary means that the director has accepted the highest duty imposed by the law…….This duty also obligates the director to place the interests of the association and its members as a whole over […]

Understanding Director Conflicts of Interest in Florida Condominium Associations

In the realm of condominium associations in Florida, directors play a crucial role in decision-making processes. However, their actions must adhere to certain legal standards to ensure transparency and fairness. This article explores key legal cases and statutes that shape the landscape of director conflicts of interest in Florida condominium associations.    Read the article…………………………….

Here Are the Top Reasons Why People Run for Co-op and Condo Boards (NY)

Serving on a co-op or condo board is nice work if you can get it. The pay is terrible (that is, nonexistent). The hours can be long. The level of satisfaction among shareholders or unit-owners can range from sky-high to the bottom of the basement. When things go wrong, it’s the board’s fault; when things […]

Boards & Boundaries: How ‘Available’ Should You Be?

In multifamily residential communities, where neighbors share common space, amenities, and maintenance—if not actual walls—establishing and maintaining boundaries can be a bit tricky.   Read the article…………………………….

Roles and Responsibilities of Effective Board Members

Understanding the roles and responsibilities of effective condominium and HOA board members is critical. Community association directors should always be scrupulous and dedicated volunteers who wish to do their part for the effective administration and oversight of their enclave.   Read the article…………………………….

How to Build a Great HOA Board

Ever wondered what it takes to cultivate a thriving and effective HOA? The key to any successful homeowner’s association is having a competent and dedicated board of directors. Read the article…………………………….

Term Limits to First Impact Longstanding Condo Directors in 2026 (FL)

The Florida legislature’s confusing rollout of board member term limits for condominium association directors created many initial questions about how and when the term limits applied. Some directors still have lingering questions and uncertainties, so hopefully, this article will help to resolve those. Read the article…………………………….

The 2024 Board Planning Guide for Community Associations. A Best Practices Guide for Board Members and Community Managers.

Over the past 20 years, community associations have become an essential part of modern living. They provide homeowners a sense of community and help maintain an enjoyable quality of life for homeowners and residents. However, managing and operating a  community association can be challenging, especially when it comes to planning for an entire fiscal year. […]

Business Judgment Rule: Lessons for Co-op and Condo Boards (NY)

The business judgment rule often serves as a perceived safety net for boards, shielding them from legal scrutiny. However, this rule is not an impenetrable shield and boards should be aware of the nuances. Simply put, the business judgment rule states that, with four exceptions, a court cannot overrule a co-op, condo or HOA board-issued […]

Ask the HOA Expert: Welcome to the HOA Board!

The annual homeowner association meeting convenes. The president announces that the floor is open for nominations. A fellow homeowner say to you, “You know, you would make a good board member.” Before you have a chance to reply, some body movement indicates that you are willing, ready and able to serve.   Read the article……………………………..

The Role of an HOA Board: Responsibilities and Best Practices

Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) are an integral part of many residential communities. They play a pivotal role in maintaining property values, ensuring the welfare of homeowners, and fostering a sense of community. At the heart of every HOA is its board of directors, a group of elected volunteers responsible for making critical decisions and overseeing various […]

Elevate Your Co-op Board Game (NY)

Ever found yourself navigating the tricky waters of a coop board with that one steadfast but hesitant volunteer? Picture this: a decision hangs in the balance, and despite the collective will of the board, this one individual assumes/ possesses the power to halt, delay, or even stop progress.   Read the article…………………………….

HOA Homefront: Q&A on elections and board shenanigans (CA)

Boards should not be playing tactical games to preserve their power. It’s a volunteer position, and if the community would prefer different leadership, egos need to be set aside in favor of the HOA’s democratic process   Read the Q&A………………………………

A Proposal To Overhaul Condominium Management (HI)

A mid-20th century vignette: A young man stands in tall grass, hands in his pockets, gazing wistfully at an empty diner.  Though condominium living, emerging at around that period, is not exactly the cherished tradition that restaurant diner culture was back then, it will go the way of the abandoned diner cars, if the current […]

All About the HOA Board of Directors (Your HOA Governance Questions Answered!)

Your home is more than just a place to live, it’s an investment. In fact, Community Associations are centered around the idea of helping maintain and improve property values in order to protect the investment of every member, or homeowner, in the community. Just like any investment, careful management and strategic planning are essential for […]

What You Need to Know About Handling Conflicts of Interest on Your Michigan Condo Board

A condominium association is governed by its board of directors. In Michigan, it is common that members of a board of directors are uncompensated volunteers. It is also common that co-owners elect board members who have a particular set of skills or knowledge relevant to running a condominium, whether that be knowledge of accounting, construction, […]

Surviving the Holiday Season as a Board Member

The holiday season can be a stressful time for board members, but with the right approach, you can navigate it successfully! Managing a community during this busy period and handling the conflicts that often arise doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Here are some valuable tips to help you effectively manage your community and reduce stress […]

Are E-mail Discussions by HOA Directors Aloud? (CA)

Below is a helpful tip from the Davis-Stirling.com Newsletter by ADAMS | STIRLING PLC regarding the directors having discussions in emails. It reads as follows . . . Seventeen years ago, the Open Meeting Act for HOA meetings went into effect. Everyone assumed that emails among a quorum of directors constituted a board meeting and was […]

Reader Questions: Who’s the Boss – Manager or Board? (CA)

Q:  I am president of an HOA with management whose performance has been lackluster. Lackluster is characterized by little to no communications unless initiated by the board, not following through with board instructions, and inability to manage our violations process in a steady and predictable manner.   Read the Q&A……………………………..

The Corporate Transparency Act: Your Questions, Answered (NC)

The Corporate Transparency Act was created to provide law enforcement with beneficial ownership information related to specific business entities to detect, prevent, and punish terrorism, money laundering, and other misconduct.    Read the article…………………………….

How To Deal With The Rogue Board Member (MI)

The Board of Directors is charged with making the important decisions of the association. Whether it’s hiring a management company to deal with the day-to-day affairs of the association or making the tough decision to pass an additional assessment to cover the cost of an improvement, the actions of the Board affect every member of […]

The 1st Step in becoming an association board member? Education (FL)

Running a residential Owners Association in Florida is a business, not a social function. Condominium and Homeowners Associations are corporations structured similarly to well-known public and private companies in which the Board of Directors has specific responsibilities and obligations.    Read the article……………………………….

The 1st Step in becoming an association board member? Education (FL)

Running a residential Owners Association in Florida is a business, not a social function. Condominium and Homeowners Associations are corporations structured similarly to well-known public and private companies in which the Board of Directors has specific responsibilities and obligations.   Read the article…………………………….

Keys to Effective Homeowner Association (HOA) Leadership

I recently facilitated an election at a contentious HOA meeting. The lone board member called a special meeting to fill the vacant board seats and she was concerned it would not go smoothly due to conflict amongst the members.   Read the article……………………………..

Enforceable Vs. Unenforceable HOA Rules: A Guide For Association Boards

HOAs—Homeowners Associations—play a pivotal role in maintaining community standards and fostering harmonious living environments. While understanding the importance of balancing residents’ rights and ethical considerations can be challenging, association boards can create enforceable and ethical rules while fostering a harmonious and inclusive community.   Read the article………………………..

Tips for Successful HOA Board Succession Planning

As an HOA board member, a key part of your role is ensuring the success of the board and community beyond your tenure. Otherwise, your board and community may face issues with leadership transition and financial stability.   Read the article………………………..

Protecting Your Future – Risk Management + Community Associations

Community associations, by and through their Boards of Trustees, are responsible for overseeing and maintaining common areas, enforcing rules and regulations, and managing the business of the association. Like any business, associations face a spectrum of potential challenges and risks that can undermine their stability and cause financial or other hardships (not to mention unnecessary […]

Codes of Conduct for Association Volunteers (CA)

Generally, board members of common interest developments are volunteers dedicating their time, skills and energy to serve the communities within which they live. Indeed, without these director volunteers, community associations would be unable to properly function. Similarly, committee members are volunteers who work on specific projects within a community.   Read the article………………………..

Approving and Signing Association Contracts (OH)

Associations act through their boards of directors. This means that, for an association to take any action, the board of directors must collectively vote to approve that action. As it relates to contracts, boards of directors should vote to approve contracts and document all votes approving contracts in the association’s minutes. The minutes should read […]

“Business Judgment Rule” Applies to HOA (CA)

California’s common law “business judgment rule,” as described by the courts, protects from court intervention “those management decisions which are made by directors in good faith in what the directors believe is the organization’s best interest.”  Read the article………………………..

Court Steps in to Force Recalled HOA Board to Step Down (CA)

The Court of Appeals recently ruled in Lake Lindero Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Barone that Corporations Code section 7616 may be used to validate a recall election removing the former board of an homeowners association (“HOA”), in addition to validating the election of a new HOA board.   Read the article………………………..

Ousted board member entitled to indemnification (MI)

Q: One of the directors of our association was wrongfully removed by other members of the board. He sought reimbursement of his legal fees in bringing an action to gain his reinstatement.  Read the Q&A……………………………

The Rules for Removing an HOA Board Member

Most of the time, HOA board members can be counted on to do what’s best for a community and its residents. Even if a board member disagrees with the rest of the board or with a resident, you can usually safely assume that the board member is doing his or her best to make smart […]

How to Run for a Position on Your HOA Board

Running for a position on your Homeowners Association (HOA) board can be an exciting and rewarding experience. It offers an opportunity to have a direct impact on your community, work with your neighbors to improve the quality of life, and ensure that the association’s rules and regulations are enforced fairly and consistently.  Read the article………………………..

7 Essential Yearly Reviews for Community Association Board Members

As a board member of a community association, it’s crucial to regularly review important aspects of your association’s operations to ensure its success and meet the needs of residents. In this blog post, we will discuss seven key areas that community association board members should review each year.   Read the article………………………..

13 Common Challenges And Issues Of HOA Board Members

It is important to outline the many issues of HOA board members in community associations. By understanding what these issues are and how they affect HOA management, board members can learn to avoid or overcome them. In doing so, boards can manage their associations with more thought and preparation, allowing their communities to thrive.   Read […]

Why D&O?! (CO)

Putting it in today’s terms, one of my biggest “cringe” moments being an HOA insurance specialist is when a Board of Directors decides they do not wish to procure Directors and Officers Liability Insurance (D&O). In my mind, (and I’m sure many of you share this same opinion), this coverage is absolutely necessary to protect […]

Political advocacy: A fine line for board members

Most board members campaign for a seat because they are passionate about making positive changes and improvements that will benefit the community as a whole. After all, not just anyone will volunteer their time and energy for an entire election term.   Read the article………………………..

A condo board’s guide to fixing people problems

If the police are called to break up a fight at a board meeting, most directors will recognize that a problem has been allowed to escalate overtime. Fortunately, most condo boards will never find themselves in a situation such as this. Still, many other less dramatic yet problematic situations can go unrecognized and, if not […]

The Importance of a Board Member Code of Conduct Policy (CO)

Situations involving conflict are always easier to address and resolve when a prior relationship between the parties has been established. Every time I’ve facilitated a New Resident Orientation with new owners in a community, I have always encouraged them to make it a priority to introduce themselves to their neighbors sooner than later so that […]

HOA Board Member Roles

As a homeowner in a community governed by a homeowners association (HOA), commonly referred to as a Community Association, you may be curious about the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors are elected by the association members to serve as their representatives and make decisions on behalf of the […]