What are HOAs? Should you live in one? What to know about the rules. (SC)

In South Carolina, HOAs are a hot topic of discussion among homeowners.  Although homeowners may dread forking over those hefty monthly dues, homeowners associations ensure community guidelines are adhered to. They also maintain the neighborhood’s appearance.    Read the article…………………………….

How to Get the Most from Your HOA

Living in a community governed by a Homeowners Association (HOA) can offer numerous benefits, from maintaining property values to fostering a sense of belonging. However, to truly make the most of your HOA experience, it’s best to understand how to engage effectively with it. Here are some practical tips and tricks to help you build […]

How to voice out your concerns about HOA dues increase

When you live in a community managed by a Homeowners Association (HOA), you understand your responsibility to pay regular dues to help maintain the quality of your neighborhood. However, a significant increase in contributions might seem suspicious, especially when the change was not communicated properly to you. As a homeowner, you have the right to […]

Understanding Home Rentals in HOA Communities: A Homeowner’s Guide

As homeowners choose to rent out their properties within HOA communities, it’s essential for homeowners to understand the implications, responsibilities, and best practices associated with leasing their homes. Whether you’re a first-time landlord or looking to optimize your rental strategy, here are key considerations to keep in mind.    Read the article…………………………….

How to Oust Your Condo Board or HOA

Close to 30% of Americans live in a property governed by a condo board, homeowners association (HOA), or other community association—more than 70 million people. These associations are generally responsible for property upkeep, enforcement of community rules, and acting as a go-between for residents when disputes arise. Most people have a good or at least […]

Understanding Your Condo Association’s Declaration: A Guide for Homeowners

Living in a condominium community comes with numerous benefits, including shared amenities, maintenance services, and a sense of community. However, it also entails certain responsibilities and obligations outlined in the condo association’s declaration. This document serves as the foundation for governance within the community, establishing rules, regulations, and guidelines that all residents must adhere to. […]

Civility in Community Associations: Does it Even Exist Anymore?

It seems the growing trend is that tempers flare so much faster than in days gone by. One of the more difficult situations to deal with is when a cantankerous member of the association goes out of their way to make life miserable for their neighbors and/or their board.  Read the article…………………………….

What Is a Condo? Everything You Need to Know

Tired of living in an apartment? Need to downsize? Then a condominium, or a condo, may be the home solution for you. But what is a condo?   Read the article……………………………

What Is a Homeowners Association (HOA) and How Does It Work?

A homeowner association (HOA) is an organization in a subdivision, planned community, or condominium building that makes and enforces rules for the properties and residents. Those who purchase property within an HOA’s jurisdiction automatically become members and are required to pay dues, which are known as HOA fees.   Read the article…………………………….

Navigating HOA Rules: A Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners

Living in a community governed by a Homeowners’ Association (HOA) offers numerous benefits, but it also comes with a set of rules and regulations that homeowners must adhere to. Navigating these rules can sometimes be challenging, but understanding them is crucial for harmonious community living. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the essential aspects […]

What is a homeowners association (HOA) and how does it work?

An increasing number of homes across the U.S. are governed by private organizations known as homeowners associations (HOAs). These groups exist to enforce community rules, maintain common areas and provide security, which can bring peace of mind to homeowners. However, living in a community governed by an HOA also requires paying dues and forgoing some […]

Understanding Limited Common Elements (FL)

Limited common elements in Florida condominiums, as defined by the Florida Condominium Act, refer to common elements exclusively reserved for the use of specific units or groups of units, as outlined in the condominium’s declaration. This definition highlights that limited common elements represent a subset of common elements. Examples of what might be designated as […]

HOA Homefront: Avoid these HOA myths

There are HOA myths that are harmful. Here are some of the most common ones. Governing documents are boilerplate. Most HOA homebuyers read their purchase contract but ignore the CC&Rs, bylaws, and rules. Those documents are binding whether or not they are reviewed, so avoid surprises and read them.   Read the article………………………..

What Do I Need to Know About My Homeowner Association?

If you own a home or rental property in a condominium or in a housing development where the homeowners share certain common property, you are probably a member of a condominium owners or homeowners association – collectively referred to as a common interest realty association or CIRA.   Read the article………………………..

HOA Homefront: Avoid these HOA myths (CA)

There are HOA myths that are harmful. Here are some of the most common ones. Governing documents are boilerplate. Most HOA homebuyers read their purchase contract but ignore the CC&Rs, bylaws, and rules. Those documents are binding whether or not they are reviewed, so avoid surprises and read them.     Read the article………………………..

Condo Gardening Tips: How to Grow Your Garden in a Condo

Those with a garden or an indoor garden are familiar with the advantages of having plants in a condo.  Choose plants that grow well in low light, or install rail planters if your condo doesn’t get much natural light.  Start an aquatic garden if your condo has no balcony and little to no natural light.  […]

Living in a Community

Being a good owner and neighbor in an association is essential for maintaining a harmonious community and fostering positive relationships with your neighbors. Here are some tips to help you become a good owner and neighbor in an association:   Read the article………………………..

HOA rules: 9 common violations that can cost you

When you’re on the hunt for a new place, you might come across homes in a community with a homeowners association, or HOA. Some believe an HOA’s rules and regulations protect and enhance property values, while others think of HOAs as over-reaching neighborhood patrols.  Read the article………………………..

Homeowner and Condominium Owners Associations: 10 Frequently Asked Questions (FL)

Understanding the laws that govern homeowners and condominium owners associations is crucial for both board members and owners. These laws encompass various aspects of COA and HOA activities, such as board meetings, association fees and the multitude of responsibilities that HOAs and COAs must fulfill.   Read the article………………………..

Can I rent your pool? Understanding the impacts of the new sharing economy

Community associations are familiar with the challenges associated with long-term home rentals and have become well acquainted with short-term rentals over the past few years, but a new trend in the sharing economy has been making waves recently: rentals for residential components such as swimming pools.   Read the article………………………..

Condominium & Homeowner’s Associations FAQS (GA)

How can an HOA tell me what to do? HOAs and condo associations are created when the property and community are first being developed. Before the developer sells the first property, documents are recorded with the local city or county creating obligations that attach to the property itself such that they are binding on anyone………….Read […]

An HOA Member’s Bill of Rights – HB919 (FL)

Sometimes HOAs are simply forgotten about when it comes to new laws. There’s usually a hands off approach by The Florida Legislature. Not this year. This year a new act was created called the “Homeowners’ Associations Bill of Rights.” Florida Statute.303.   Read the article………………………..

Approaching a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) To Build A Garden

I sat down and thought through plan that was rooted in mutual benefit. All deals in life should be win-win, and this was no exception. We had a very successful garden build and long-term relationship with the HOA as well as our neighbors as a result of the garden. Overall, it was a total success, […]

First HOA Meeting? Here’s What to Expect

A knowledgeable homeowner is a helpful homeowner. If you’re new to an HOA community, then you may not know what to expect when it comes to meetings held by the board. In this guide, we’ll cover what to expect when attending your first HOA meeting as a homeowner.   Read the article………………………..

Here’s What Happens if You Violate Your HOA Rules

It’s estimated that there are over 370,000 homeowners associations across the U.S…….But it’s not just HOA fees you have to worry about. You also have to make sure to follow the rules your HOA sets. And if you don’t, the repercussions could be quite severe.     Read the article………………………..

5 Common Scenarios Where You Need a Condo Property Damage Lawyer

Accidents, disasters, and other unforeseen events can cause extensive damage to one’s condo unit. In these situations, you must know your legal rights as a property owner to ensure you receive fair compensation for the damage inflicted on your home.   Read the article………………………..

Condo Column: A board appreciation

Many of these columns have given boards of directors (and owners) advice on how to operate their condominium association a little bit better. But I have too often overlooked thanking board members for the work they do. So, I started out writing a thank you, but thought it might be a bit better if it […]

Best Plants for Instant HOA Curb Appeal (CA)

Whether you are needing a sprucing up or wanting to try out a new HOA front yard design, plants are a great way to do it on the cheap. This summer, you can spend some time creating the front yard of your dreams with plants that flower and grow beautifully all year round. If you […]

The Homeowner’s Guide to Architectural Review Requests

One of the greatest joys of being a homeowner is being able to make your space your own. However, when you live in a community with an HOA, you may find that there are some extra steps that are needed prior to making any changes to your home.   Read the article………………………..

Can You Lose Your Home if You Stop Paying Your HOA Fees?

When you buy a home that’s subject to ongoing HOA fees, it’s important to make sure those dues fit within your budget. But what if money gets tight or your income decreases and you start to fall behind? Not paying your HOA fees could have unfortunate consequences, so it’s important to avoid that situation to […]

What Are Your Legal Rights As A Homeowner In An HOA Community? (CA)

Homeowners in a homeowners association (HOA) community have specific rights protected by law. Hence, community residents must know their legal rights and expectations from the HOA. After all, they pay for the upkeep and maintenance of the community.   Read the article………………………..

How Much Pee Is There In Your Condominium’s Swimming Pool?

If you do pee in the pool, you are not alone. A study has proven that people do urinate in pools, and even measured the volume of urine “added”.  Scientists in Canada have found that, over three weeks, swimmers had released 75 litres of urine – enough to fill a medium-sized dustbin – into a […]

How to Get Your Residents to Take Pride in Their Community (MO)

As communities get larger and residents become more isolated from one another, fostering community pride can be a challenge. Even small communities struggle to get residents to take pride in their community. This, of course, does not mean that residents dislike where they live. But, they may not feel as invested in the community as […]

How to Get the Most out of Living in a Community Association

Living in a community association can be a great experience. Still, it’s important to remember that there are rules and regulations to ensure everyone enjoys their time living there. In this article, we’ll discuss ways to get the most out of your community, get involved in community events, and get to know your neighbors.   Read […]

HOA Initiation Fees: What Are They & Do I Have to Pay?

If you’re considering joining a homeowners association (HOA), you may wonder about the costs associated with doing so. One of the potential expenses you may encounter is an initiation fee. This article will demystify HOAs and their initiation fees and help you understand if you’ll need to pay one when joining an HOA community.   Read […]

But My Constitutional Rights?! (VA)

Among the criticisms often levied at community associations is a claim that boards of directors cannot infringe on residents’ Constitutional rights. With Bill of Rights Day being celebrated on December 15th, marking the anniversary of the ratification of the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution in 1791, now is a timely opportunity to […]

Why Can’t We…

Unit owners often move from private homes and do not understand that the condominium form of ownership in Florida is somewhat unique. In many instances some individual liberties must be curtailed for the good of the community as a whole.   Read the article………………………..

What Do I Do When I am Really Mad at My HOA?

I get many inquiries each week from people that are really mad at their HOA or Condo Boards. It might be about assessments, madcap spending, meanness or rudeness, unreasonable behavior, playing favories, directors doing things owners are not allowed to do (like breaking the rules). What can an owner do?   Read the article………………………..

Top 10 Important HOA Rules Every Homeowner Should Know

Homeowners associations have an overall objective of maintaining curb appeal and preserving property values. To do this, associations operate the community, which involves responsibilities such as collecting dues, maintaining common areas, and enforcing rules. Homeowners association rules come in a variety of forms. And while no two communities will have the exact same rules, some […]