Thoughts on Achieving Financial and Social Sustainability (TX)

In Texas and nationally over the past 15 years we have seen a higher number of condominium projects being developed. The reasons vary, but include a desire for greater density as a means to accommodate higher land prices and/or construction costs, changing demographics, and/or a means to offer the option for homeownership with a higher […]

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 […]

The Corporate Transparency Act: HOAs Don’t Need That Kind of Transparency

One of the hottest topics in the HOA-world over the past year has been the implementation of the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA). Although enacted by Congress in 2021, registrations under the CTA became mandatory for newly formed HOAs on January 1, 2024, and will be mandatory for all incorporated HOAs on January 1, 2025. The […]

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 […]

Plaintiffs accuse homeowners association of negligence after dog attack (TX)

In a gripping case that underscores the importance of community safety and responsible pet ownership, two women have filed a lawsuit against a homeowners association and several residents following a dog attack. The complaint was lodged by Roxanne Roy and Elizabeth Hill in the Harris County District Court on May 29, 2024, targeting Towne Lake […]

How the POA Industry has Responded to a More Active Legislature (TX)

Put together the letters P, O, and A and you will have created an acronym with negative connotations for many people across the United States. As a result, state legislatures in many states are increasing regulations against an industry designed to be self-regulated by its members to protect property values. Moving into the Lone Star […]

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 […]

Texas House Bill 614’s Impact on HOA Transparency

“It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.” ? Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free  Maraboli’s quote is an excellent reflection of HOA (Homeowner Associations) communities where members have struggled to understand their HOAs rules and regulations and have been penalized as a […]

Steps to Manage Increasing Hostility and Misinformation on POA Social Media Pages

Social media has taken root in the daily lives of almost every person in the world. With billions of users, the various social media platforms have enabled communication to be shared around the world instantly. But with that instantaneous communication, negative side effects have appeared. Over the last several years, increasing hostility and misinformation have […]

The FTC Issues a Final Rule Banning Noncompetes in Employment (TX)

On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a final rule making most non-compete clauses unenforceable. Employers who require their employees to sign agreements with confidentiality, non-compete, and non-solicitation clauses should take note of the new rule and its potential implications for their organizations going forward.   Read the article…………………………….

Navigating Election Year in Your Community

Maintaining harmony within your community can be difficult during the best of times. But when election season rolls around, things can get especially tricky. With emotions running high and a wide variety of opinions among homeowners in your neighborhood, keeping things peaceful can feel like a true challenge.  During these times, clear community guidelines can […]

Reserve Studies and Their Impacts on POAs (TX)

The spotlight on POA financials has been shining bright over the last several years. Since the 2021 collapse of the Champlain Towers South Condominium in Florida, state legislators, the media and loan providers, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are more closely scrutinizing the financial state of POAs. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in particular […]

Waging War on HOA Weeds

Why is it that the plants you want to keep green and living always brown and wilt, while the weeds you try to kill flourish and drive you nuts? It’s a problem that plagues every yard, in every community, no matter in what part of the country you live. While the problem is inevitable, there […]

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………………………..