Everything you need to Know about HOA Bylaws, Regulations and CC&Rs

As much as we might not like to admit it at times, homeowners associations have rules and regulations in place for a reason. Mostly, they are for community safety and structure. If you find yourself questioning whether your HOA has the authority to regulate a certain item or action, check its governing documents and bylaws, […]

Let it snow: Texas community creates winter wonderland

While nestled in the heart of Spring, Texas, where snowfall is a rare sight, the Windrose Community Association has found a creative way to bring the joy of winter to its residents. For years now, this close-knit community has been making cherished memories by building an annual winter wonderland and snow hill for the children. […]

Client Alert – Corporate Transparency Act

Millions of entities across the United States must get ready to comply with the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), a new federal law that goes into effect on January 1, 2024. Subject to a few limited exceptions, the CTA requires all new and currently existing entities to file reports with the federal government, identifying information about […]

A Neighborly Guide to Enjoying Christmas Lights in Your Neighborhood

The holiday season is upon us, and one of the most cherished traditions is driving around neighborhoods to admire the twinkling Christmas lights. To help you make the most of your neighborhood Christmas light tour, we’ve put together a guide with tips for being a considerate and courteous neighbor during the festive season.    Read the […]

Fireplace Safety

As the colder weather sets in, many people are rushing to light their fireplaces to create a cozy and warm ambiance. If you have a woodburning fireplace in your home, it’s crucial to keep fireplace safety in mindto ensure the well-being of your household and your neighbors in your HOA community during the winter season. […]

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 […]

Update from Austin: 88th Texas Legislature Special Session 3

The third special session for the 88th Texas Legislature called by Governor Greg Abbott began on October 9th. The Governor set out the issues that can be brought forth for this session in a proclamation. Those issues include: education freedom, border security, public safety and property ownership. The bill property owners associations are watching is […]

The How-To’s of ACCs (TX)

A new year is quickly approaching and, after hours of inspiration from watching Fixer Upper, homeowners may be feeling inspired to add on to or remodel the exterior of their homes and update their landscaping. On top of that, the extended drought has led to many needing unexpected repairs, giving owners an excuse to undertake […]

Update on New Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Condominium Seller Guidelines

Following the collapse of the Champlain Towers South Condominium in Surfside, Florida, in 2021, government backed mortgage lenders, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, issued temporary project review requirements relating to significant deferred maintenance in condominiums, co-ops, and similar developments.    Read the article……………………………..

Hierarchy of Governing Documents

A POA’s governing documents, also referred to as the dedicatory instruments, are composed of a variety of document types that form the foundations for the operations of the community. While each document is important, each document has a different degree of authority and control over the functions of the association. In this article, we examine […]

How Texas HOAs Are Keeping Low-Income Renters Out

A state law will prohibit homeowners associations from discriminating against tenants using rental vouchers. The practice is more widespread than lawmakers realized.   Read the article………………………..

What Board Members Need to Know on POA Budget Season

For many, the start of fall marks the hope of cooler temperatures being near, but for POA community managers and board members that is another story. September means the heat is really cranked up with the stress of budget season falling upon the POA industry. The requirements on how the budget should be set depends […]

Why Your Board Should List All Damages Following a Hurricane

In the aftermath of a hurricane, community associations face numerous challenges, including assessing and documenting the damages caused by the storm. While the immediate focus is often on cleanup and recovery, it is crucial for association boards to prioritize the comprehensive listing of all damages incurred.    Read the article………………………..

The Role of HOA Management in Safeguarding and Improving Property Investments (TX)

Owning a home means more than having a place to live; it’s a valuable investment we cherish. Many neighborhoods are blessed with a Homeowners Association (HOA) to safeguard and nurture this investment. This remarkable alliance consists of fellow homeowners who unite to manage and care for the community.   Read the article………………………..

How Your Condo Board Can Ensure Balconies Are Clear Before a Hurricane

As a condo association board member, the safety and well-being of your residents should be your top priority, especially when it comes to preparing for natural disasters like hurricanes. One area that requires particular attention is the clearing of balconies before a hurricane strikes. Balconies can become potential hazards during high winds, posing risks to […]

Chickens and Your HOA (TX)

It’s no secret that owning chickens remains a hot topic within HOAs across the country, but many people have a lot of fear around the idea. Whether it be noise, smell, property value, or other concerns, homeowners and board members alike want to know, is having chickens in your community worth it?   Read the article………………………..

2023 Legislative Updates and How They Impact Your Community (TX/AZ)

That’s a wrap! We’ve reached the end of our 2023 legislative session in almost every state. If you live in an HOA in Texas or Arizona and want the breakdown of what you need to know moving forward, we’ve got you covered!  If your community is in a state other than Texas or Arizona, check […]

How an HOA Can Promote Community Engagement and a Better Quality of Life (TX)

Residing in a community governed by a homeowners association (HOA) presents a multitude of benefits that extend far beyond mere property value maintenance. Notably, the prospect of enriched community engagement and an elevated quality of life for all residents stands as a paramount advantage.   Read the article………………………..

How to Prepare Elevators in Your High-Rise for a Hurricane

Keeping your community functional, safe, and beautiful can be particularly challenging if it is located in an area that is prone to hurricanes. Here are some of the most important things to consider when preparing your high-rise’s elevators to reduce the likelihood of damage during a hurricane.   Read the article………………………..

88th Texas Legislative Session Action Items

The 88th Texas Legislative Session has reached its conclusion. Several bills have passed that will require actions from POAs. Learn more about the actions POAs will need to prepare to take in the months ahead with our action items update below.   Read the article………………………..

To Feed or Not to Feed…Feral Cats (TX)

Amidst the recent drama involving Governor Abbott and the Texas Senate following the conclusion of the 88th Texas Legislative Session, a largely unknown bill was able to slip through the legislative process mostly unopposed that could have drastic implications on our communities. This bill involves Trap, Neuter & Release (“TNR”) programs and feral cats.    Read […]

Social Media in Your Community (TX)

Throughout history, communication has changed drastically. From petroglyphs in caves telling the stories of ancient hunts and battles, to the pony express taking letters across the frontier, to the notification of “you’ve got mail” signaling an email has arrived, the barriers to communication have steadily dropped over time. That evolution has continued over the last […]

ACC Request Denied? Here are the Steps to Making a Proper Appeal

If you live in a community with an HOA, then you likely know that home improvement projects require approval from your association’s Architectural Control/Review Committee (ACC/ARC). While this extra step can feel tedious when you’re ready to break out the paint and tools, it is important as it helps your community maintain a cohesive look, […]

How Your Board Can Foster a Sense of Community Among Residents

Building a community where everyone feels welcome is not always easy, but there are several steps your association can take to create a community that goes beyond the appearance of homes and further enhances the lives of your members.   Read the article………………………..

Social Media in Your Community (TX)

Throughout history, communication has changed drastically. From petroglyphs in caves telling the stories of ancient hunts and battles, to the pony express taking letters across the frontier, to the notification of “you’ve got mail” signaling an email has arrived, the barriers to communication have steadily dropped over time. That evolution has continued over the last […]

How Water Activities Boost Wellness in Active Adult Communities

Pools are a wellness catalyst in many community associations. Many people find aquatic exercise a favorable and beneficial way of living a healthy lifestyle. Water activities have a greater advantage, with notable results for active adults with health challenges.   Read the article………………………..

88th Texas Legislative Session Action Items

The 88th Texas Legislative Session has reached its conclusion. Several bills have passed that will require actions from POAs. Learn more about the actions POAs will need to prepare to take in the months ahead with our action items update     Read the article………………………..

Texas Court of Appeals Upholds Rental Time Period Restriction Amendment

A recent opinion from the Texas Court of Appeals, Angelwylde HOA, Inc., v. Fournier, No. 03-21-00269-CV (Tex. App. Mar. 17, 2023), held that a 12-month minimum rental restriction, which was adopted in accordance with the amendment provision in the CC&Rs is valid and enforceable. While the case law is not binding upon Arizona community associations, […]

Handling Vandalism in Your Community

HOAs want nothing more than to create healthy, happy, safe, and clean communities. But too often, things happen that are out of the control of the HOA and may put this vision in jeopardy. Case in point: vandalism. Read the article………………………..

Drought-resistant HOA Guidelines (TX)

What I often ask clients is, “What would someone think is reasonable after hearing the facts and not being involved in the emotion of the decision? Also, what would the neighbors think?” The best thing to do is to have guidelines as to what is appropriate and what is not. Having town meetings to discuss […]

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………………………..

Are Your Pets Good Neighbors?

You try your best to be a good neighbor: you put your trash bins out on the right days; you keep your property neat and well kept; and you respect community areas and the people in them.  You are a good neighbor—but what about your pet?    Read the article………………………..

What Are the Responsibilities of an HOA Management Company? (TX)

Homeowners Associations (HOAs) are organizations where homeowners work together to manage their properties and ensure a high standard of living for all residents. Managing an HOA might be a complex process because HOA’s volunteer board members often have jobs and other responsibilities.   Read the article………………………..

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………………………..

Bill Spotlight: HB 1367 The Possible Never Ending Election Season (TX)

The bills of the 88th Texas Legislative Session are taking shape and early indications are this session will be another with great effect on the property owners association (POA) industry. One bill that is catching the eyes of many from this legislative session is HB 1367, relating to a board member’s violation of certain laws […]

88th Texas Legislative Session Updates

The property owners’ associations (POA) industry saw, in month of January, the 88th Texas Legislative Session continue its fast start for bills that may have potential effects on POAs. A wide range of bills have been filed including those related to recalling board members, free speech in POAs and, of course, chickens. Our February Legislative […]

Why Are My HOA Fees So High? Inflation’s Impact on Your HOA Assessments

Whether your HOA’s assessments are monthly, quarterly, or yearly, it’s that time of the year again where you may have noticed the dues are higher. While it can be frustrating and may feel unnecessary, there’s a reason behind those increased assessments, and recently, that’s been inflation.   Read the article………………………..

88th Texas Legislative Session Bills Filed So Far

The 88th Texas Legislative Session has unofficially started with bills that potentially affect property owners associations (POAs) already being filed. Before the session kicks into high gear later this month, let’s look at what has been filed thus far. The bills discussed below were filed prior to December 13, 2022.  Read the article………………………..

How to Set Goals for Your Community Association

Goal-setting is an annual task that every community association should perform. It’s a great way to maximize the effectiveness of your association in the coming year.  The goals set serve as a roadmap to maintain and improve your community. They keep your community on track, accountable, and financially sound.   Read the article………………………..

Creating an Emergency Management Plan for Your Community

Although it can be hard to predict when and where an emergency might happen, that doesn’t mean that you can’t be prepared when a crisis impacts your community. By establishing a clear plan for disaster management ahead of time, you can help mitigate the effects that an emergency will have on your community and ensure […]

Here’s Why You Should Join Your Community Association Board

If you have thought about giving back to your local community, joining your community association’s board is a great way to do that. As a board member, you are a leader in your community, and other residents rely on you to make choices in the best interests of the entire community and those living there.  […]

Deep Fried Turkeys: Don’t Let Your Holiday Go up in Flames

A time filled with gratitude, food, and – disaster? The Thanksgiving holiday, with all its warm spirit, can unfortunately bring danger as well, especially when fried turkeys are involved.  Thanksgiving leads the holiday season with the most home cooking fires, as there are approximately two to three times more fires on this food-driven holiday than […]

88th Texas Legislative Session Preview

The time has come. The unofficial start to another legislative session is here. Bill filing for the 88th Texas Legislative Session begins Monday, November 14. Following the 87th Texas Legislative Session, uncertainty continues to reign over the POA landscape. Managers, board members and POA attorneys are waiting to see what potential bills could rock the […]

Must Have Insurance Policies for POAs (TX)

Insurance has quickly become a hot topic for the POA industry. Claims are on the rise and as a result, combined with economic factors, rates for policies are costing more than ever. Along with the increase in claims and rates, there has been a decrease in coverage amounts and fewer available polices for POAs are […]

Is Your Association Ready for a Recession?

With inflation on the rise and economists forecasting a potential recession in the near future, it’s easy to start worrying about your finances and the finances of your community. A recession could result in job loss, difficulty finding employment, and cost of living increases, which could impact homeowners’ ability to pay assessments as well as […]