Understanding Robert’s Rules of Order: A Guide for HOA Board Meetings

Maintaining order and fairness in meetings is crucial when managing a homeowner’s association (HOA). Robert’s Rules of Order provides a structured framework to ensure that all board members have a voice and that decisions are made efficiently. This article will explore Robert’s Rules, their origins, and how they can be applied to board meetings.   Read […]

Flying Flags in Arizona’s Community Associations

As many of Arizona’s community associations may know, Arizona law provides that community associations may not prohibit the display of certain flags. The applicable statutes are A.R.S. § 33-1808(A) and (B) for planned communities, and A.R.S. § 33-1261(A) and (B) for condominiums.   Read the article…………………………….

Everybody Hates Assessments: Handling the Unpleasant Inevitable

Ahh, the pleasures of home ownership; a space to call your very own, to arrange and enjoy as you see fit, all while building equity. It’s a key component of the American Dream—but when the faucet leaks in your condo or co-op unit, there’s no more calling the landlord. You’ve got to fix it yourself. […]

Respecting Rules & Rights: Strategies for Dealing With ‘Problem’ Residents

Everyone wants to be a good neighbor—at least that’s what we’d like to believe. But, living in small spaces and sharing common areas can (and unfortunately does) lead to occasional conflict. That’s the unintended but inevitable consequence of shared interest community living. What one resident considers normal or acceptable may not be seen as such […]

Financial Literacy for Board Members: Knowing More = Governing Better

When a condo or co-op resident runs for a seat on their board, the decision to do so generally comes from a desire to ‘step up’ and participate in the governance of the place they call home, and the building or association community as a whole.   Often, the residents willing to serve on their board […]

How to Deal with Difficult HOA Residents (NJ)

Dealing with difficult residents can be a challenging aspect of HOA community management. HOAs (or homeowner’s associations) play a crucial role in maintaining the quality and value of residential communities. When a resident becomes difficult, the Board may struggle to maintain the harmony of the HOA.  It would be easy to blame frustrated and disgruntled […]

The Importance of Policies and Their Roles in Governing Documents (TX)

The increasing involvement of the Texas Legislature over the last few legislative sessions is forcing property owners associations (“POA”) to consider new approaches to governance. This is brought on by new laws and the unlikelihood of POAs being able to achieve the owner vote requirements to amend their governing documents. As a result, to ensure […]

It’s a perfect storm for fire insurance

Westerners have begun looking at their homes differently these days. Are those trees too close? Should I move all that firewood stacked up next to the deck?  Meanwhile, in California, some fire insurers have lost so much money they’ve pulled out of the state. Overall, fire insurance is becoming as expensive and unpredictable as the […]

Top Training Strategies for HOA Board Members

There are over 2,500,000 community association elected members of boards of directors and appointed committee members in the US., according to the Foundation for Community Association Research.  With millions of everyday homeowners making important decisions about community finances and operations, it stands to reason that HOA members should be both knowledgeable and capable in their […]

Understanding Robert’s Rules of Order: A Guide for HOA Board Meetings (NC)

Maintaining order and fairness in meetings is crucial when managing a homeowner’s association (HOA). Robert’s Rules of Order provides a structured framework to ensure that all board members have a voice and that decisions are made efficiently. This article will explore Robert’s Rules, their origins, and how they can be applied to board meetings.   Read […]

Tip to Manage Large-Scale Amenities

We sat down with Aimee Winegar, CMCA, LSM, PCAM, general manager, Worman’s Mill Community Conservancy & Urbana Commercial Conservancy, in Frederick, Md., to discuss the challenges large-scale managers face, from navigating large swimming pools with water slides to fitness centers. Winegar, who has more than 30 years of experience managing large-scale communities, shares her tips […]

The Essentials of Summer: Barbecues and Swimming Pools (CA)

Summer is here, which means homeowners throughout California are going outside to embrace the sun and outdoor activities within the community. Residents and their guests will flock to facility pools and will make plans to cook mouth-watering food at weekend barbecues. During these warm summer months, an association may be faced with an increase in […]

Key trends reshaping the condominium segment

In recent years, condominiums have become extremely popular, especially for homebuyers; since living in a condo brings many benefits, providing a secure living environment, convenient locations, cost-effectiveness, less maintenance to worry about, and enhanced security features, among others.  Thus, more urban dwellers are opting for condominium living as it provides a more comfortable, secure, and […]

Hurricane Season: Is Your Community Association Ready? (FL)

The 2024 hurricane season started on June 1st, and associations must prepare and stay prepared for what is forecasted to be a very active season. Proper preparation can avoid confusion and reduce the risk of damage to the property or delay recovery. Here are our six top preparation tips for associations:    Read the article…………………………….

Will Amending our Governing Documents Help with the Insurance Crisis? (MN)

You have to be living under a rock not to know at least something about what is happening with insurance these days. With rising premiums and other related issues, many associations are stuck between a rock and a hard place. They can’t afford to buy insurance but cannot afford not to have it. Additionally, MCIOA […]

How to assess a resident’s request for an emotional support animal

Multifamily housing providers are faced with increasing requests from residents with disabilities for emotional support animals (ESA). Requests for ESAs are generating more enforcement actions.  In 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported that 60 percent of all complaints concerned denials of requests for accommodations due to a disability under the […]

Fireworks and Effective Rules (OH)

While all of us here at Williams & Strohm, LLC look forward to and enjoy watching fireworks with our friends and families during the Fourth of July holiday, the close living situations that exist in many condominiums and subdivisions typically makes these communities inappropriate locations for the use of fireworks. As Ohio has updated its […]

The Challenges Of Finding And Affording Insurance Coverage (AZ)

Many condominium associations are finding that insurance premiums for their buildings are drastically increasing or that the insurance carriers are not offering to write any insurance coverage, regardless of cost. There are numerous reasons why insurance premiums have increased such as natural disasters around the country, insurers pulling out of the market leaving less competition, […]

The Future of Condominium Living: Trends and Predictions

The condominium living experience is evolving rapidly, influenced by technological advancements, demographic shifts, and changing lifestyle preferences. As we look to the future, several emerging trends in condominium development and management are shaping the industry. For condominium associations and management teams, understanding and preparing for these trends is crucial to ensuring sustainable growth, resident satisfaction, […]

Understanding Robert’s Rules of Order: A Guide for HOA Board Meetings

Maintaining order and fairness in meetings is crucial when managing a homeowner’s association (HOA). Robert’s Rules of Order provides a structured framework to ensure that all board members have a voice and that decisions are made efficiently. This article will explore Robert’s Rules, their origins, and how they can be applied to board meetings.   Read […]

Manage the Risks Drones Create for Community Associations, But Don’t Ignore the Benefits (MA)

When we’ve discussed drones in the past, we have focused mainly on how condominium associations can (and should) regulate their use to mitigate the safety and liability risks these small, unmanned aerial vehicles may create. But risks aren’t the whole story. Drone technology also has many potential benefits that community associations are beginning to recognize.  […]

Last Resort Property Insurance Is a Disaster for Homeowners

In 2022, Veronica Solomon worried about a $1,300 hike in the annual cost of her home insurance. “Am I going to be able to afford my house?” the South Florida resident asked.  Her premiums continued to soar, doubling in four years. No relief was in sight and she was running out of money. In fact, […]

Seasonal Residents – stay involved with your Owners Associations (FL)

Seasonal residents of Florida have long been referred to as “Snowbirds” because they come here during the winter months to enjoy our warm weather, beaches, and tropical lifestyle, then head back “up north” for the summer.  For this article, we are talking about owners of Florida properties in Association-governed buildings or communities who only occupy […]

Florida Condominium Terminations: A Comprehensive Guide

Florida’s condominium terminations can be complex and multifaceted, governed by specific statutes and association governing documents. Understanding the legal framework, types of terminations, and the procedural steps involved is crucial for condo owners and associations navigating this path. While the current South Florida climate, terminations are on the rise, not only sought out by developers, […]

Poolside Etiquette: How to Enjoy Your Community Pool Responsibly

As summer heats up, so does the activity at community pools. A community pool offers residents a great way to cool off, relax, and socialize with their neighbors. Still, it’s important to remember that a neighborhood pool is not the same as a private pool. While a backyard pool is only subject to a homeowner’s […]

HOA leaders tell how they transformed neighborhood with water-saving landscaping — and secured rebates for the projects

While many homeowners associations in America stand between residents and eco-friendly, water-wise updates, one HOA has gone the opposite direction by making money-saving and environmentally conscious upgrades to common areas.  For Paul Morsen and Richard Theisen, the president and the treasurer of the Hampton Bay Homeowners Association, converting to water-wise plants was “a no-brainer.” As […]

Structural maintenance: Fla. condominium prioritizes prevention

When the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Fla., partially collapsed three years ago this month, Daniel Gonzalez knew he had work to do at The Admiral’s Walk, the 18-story condominium in Boca Raton where he has served as manager since 2009.  Gonzalez called Howard Somers, the condominium’s board president, to develop a plan to […]

Deferring Maintenance In Your HOA

Deferring maintenance in a homeowner association has negative and lasting effects. While postponing maintenance may seem to be a money-saving technique, the consequences are usually a much higher cost over time.   Read the article…………………………….

How to Combat Elevated Costs with Property Management (MA)

Navigating property maintenance can be complex. However, it’s even more difficult when money and finances get involved, especially when inflation is causing rising costs. Yet, there are ways to make sure your property is getting the necessary care while preventing you from breaking the bank. Here are four ways to combat elevated costs with property […]

Condo reserves a growing issue (Part 2)

A few weeks ago, we wrote about condo and co-op reserves and the new Florida State law. This new law, passed in the wake of the Surfside collapse in 2021, mandates condo and co-op buildings at least 30 years old do milestone structural inspections by Dec. 31, 2024. They must do additional milestone structural inspections […]

Feeding Wild and Feral Animals in HOAs

As development continues to crowd out open space previously occupied by wild animals, North Carolina community associations find themselves increasingly close neighbors with deer, racoons, foxes, and other “wild” animals. These animals come into yards and happily munch on gardens, landscaping and occasionally someone’s beloved cat or dog. Combine development issues, poor control of domestic […]

Preventing Another Tragedy: New Resort Safety Measures Unveiled

Following the devastating collapse of the Champlain Tower South condominium in Florida three years ago, the resort industry has faced a critical call to action regarding building safety. This article explores the importance of proactive measures in safeguarding resort structures and guests.   Read the article…………………………….

Managing Disruptive Residents in Your Condominium Association

Living in a co-op, condo, or HOA often involves dealing with disruptive residents who create problems ranging from noise disturbances to more serious conflicts. Industry professionals note two main types of troublemakers: those who inadvertently break rules and those who deliberately disregard them, with the latter often proving more challenging. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated tensions, […]

HOAs and golf courses

Imagine living 10 minutes away from your favorite golf course. Not only could you sleep in a little bit later if you have an early tee time, but you could probably play multiple rounds in a single day. Plus, there won’t be any debate about who will be hosting weekend get-togethers. Your friends will happily […]

Condominium Associations Need to Check Their Insurance Policies (PA)

Section 3312(c)(2) of the Pennsylvania Uniform Condominium Act requires that the Association’s insurer “waives its right to subrogation under the policy against any unit owner of the condominium or members of his household.” This means when the Association’s policy pays for damages to the Unit or Common Elements, the insurance company cannot try to get […]

What to do When One of Your Board Members Violates the Rules

Many associations have at least one or two homeowners that think that they can do whatever they want and/or act as if the rules do not apply to them. It can be difficult enough to deal with someone who refuses to follow the rules, but what if that person is on the board? Despite what […]

Behind the Scenes of Your Utah HOA Rule Enforcement & Site Visits

Utah homeowners associations (HOAs) help maintain the peace and beauty of their communities. However, homeowners can feel targeted when told they’ve broken the community rules. This has caused many misconceptions about how rules and regulations are enforced.   Read the article…………………………….

The Role and Responsibilities of an Association Board Member

Being a board member in an association is a position of significant responsibility and influence. It involves overseeing the management and maintenance of the property, ensuring the well-being and satisfaction of the residents, and adhering to legal and financial obligations. This role is integral to the smooth operation of the community, requiring a blend of […]

10 Things Community Association Boards Are Doing Right

Community associations play a crucial role in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life within residential communities. In California, where community associations are prevalent, boards are implementing innovative and effective strategies to ensure their neighborhoods thrive. Here are the top ten things community association boards are doing right:  Read the article…………………………….

Maintaining Community Standards: Dos and Don’ts for HOA Board Members

As an HOA board member, you play a crucial role in maintaining the integrity and appeal of your community. Upholding community standards is not just about enforcing rules; it’s about fostering a sense of pride, safety, and cohesion among residents. Balancing fairness and flexibility while addressing violations requires a thoughtful approach and effective communication. Let’s […]

Financial management: Understanding how community managers drive sound decisions

Community association managers wear many hats and must be well versed in a wide range of skills, all of which are equally important. One component of a manager’s role is to completely understand the financial management aspects of a business. This means knowing and interpreting the financial pieces as well as the nuances that come […]

Fiduciary Duty – Mandatory for Condominium & HOA Board Members

When Florida residential Condominium and HOA Board members are elected or appointed, they automatically and immediately enter into fiduciary relationships with all property owners in the building or community. This means the Association’s Directors and Officers are obligated to put the interests of property owners (Association members) above any personal motivations or views. Words used […]

Moving into a condo? Make sure you know what you’re getting into (IL)

Kate Liebelt moved into her condo at Park Millennium — a posh, towering 480-unit building in the Loop — in 2020 and was looking forward to enjoying the property’s pool, location and vibrant community.  But Liebelt and other residents said problems have started to surface — from broken elevators without a clear maintenance timeline to […]

What You Need To Know About The Growth In Condo/HOA Recall Elections (AZ)

Two of HOAleader.com’s expert community managers say they’re seeing a notable spike in recall elections.  Is it possible these two managers are somehow in the eye of recall tornadoes that have touched down only in their states—Oregon and Florida?  Unfortunately, no. Some of our other experts are also tracking these events that can leave destruction […]