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  • An HOA gone wrong (OR) September 1, 2023
    Earlier this year, I wrote about what can go wrong in HOAs. Our HOA is a case in point. It has moved from a focus of benevolent, fraternal, and charitable activity for all members to a focus on serving only a portion of its members.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘He definitely needs to be recalled’: Sunriver homeowners frustrated after misleading email endorses candidate (OR) August 11, 2023
    Homeowners in Sunriver are voting this month on electing directors to the Sunriver Owners Association board.  In early July, the SROA members received an email from what appeared to some to be the official association, including the SROA logo, endorsing just one candidate, Bob Tiernan, when there are several on the ballot.    Read the article………………………..
  • People living in HOAs could have gardens, hens and bees under bill moving through Oregon legislature April 24, 2023
    People who live in neighborhoods with homeowners associations would have the right to engage in gardening, hen-keeping and beekeeping under a bill moving through the Oregon legislature.   Read the article………………………..
  • Mill Creek Community Association to remove about 50 trees due to laminated root rot infection (OR) February 16, 2023
    The Mill Creek Community Association is knocking down all trees within a fifty-foot radius of any tree infected with laminated root rot.  Many are sky-high Douglas Firs that have been there for decades. It’s estimated 50 trees in total will need to come down.    Read the article………………………..
  • A Homeowners Association in East Portland Is in Knots Over What a $5 Million Repair Might Mean for Its Low-Income Residents February 15, 2023
    The angry homeowners had a clear mission: ditch the entire board. They needed a simple majority of owners by square footage to do so—there are 111 units total at the complex.  At issue was a $5 million siding project the HOA board had recently approved and that was already underway.  Read the article………………………..
  • River’s Edge Golf Course Sold to Homeowners Association (OR) September 13, 2022
    The River’s Edge Community Master Association has purchased Bend’s River’s Edge Golf Course. Jeff Kramer, president of the association said the sale means preserving a precious amenity for homeowners, and an iconic public golf course for the Bend community.   Read the article………………………..
  • Rebellion on Crooked River Ranch (OR) August 31, 2022
    Residents driving onto Crooked River Ranch often encounter a series of placards inviting them to join a rebellion, honk for freedom and sign a petition.  The self-proclaimed rebels say the elected board running the Homeowners Association violates free speech with resolutions that limit input from residents.  Read the article………………………..

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  • Navigating the Challenges of a Hard Insurance Market
    As board members of a homeowners association (HOA), it is crucial to stay informed about the ever-changing dynamics of insurance markets. These markets can fluctuate between being hard or soft, which directly impacts the premiums and coverage options available to your community. In this blog post, we will explore the differences between hard and soft insurance markets and discuss practical strategies for HOA board members to navigate the challenges of a hard insurance market.  Read the article………………………..
  • Food production in HOAs (OR)
    Egg prices were so high in some states at the beginning of 2023 that some people started joking about buying live chickens instead. This way, they could have a personal supply of eggs. But homeowners living in Oregon may soon get that opportunity if they really wanted to try farming their own eggs.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOAs Must Understand Use and Power of Contracts
    The board of directors in a homeowners association (HOA) is responsible for the functionality and governance of the community. One of the powers and duties delegated to the board of directors is the power to negotiate and enter into contracts, which is highly significant to the operation and bylaws of an HOA.   Read the article………………………..
  • How far will you go to reduce your wildfire risk?
    No one wants to lose their home in a wildfire. But what pushes people to act beforehand to protect their property — to cut down overgrown shrubs around decks, prune low-hanging tree branches or clear dead leaves from gutters?   Read the article………………………..
  • Where and why more new homes are getting wrapped into homeowner associations
    In the low-interest rate era that followed the 2008 housing crisis, real estate developers rushed to build housing stock to meet rising demand. Federal data suggests that nonprofit associations have been set up at an increasing rate to govern these new developments.  Read the article………………………..
  • Open Meetings In Oregon HOAs & Condos
    Oregon homeowners associations and condominium unit owners associations are subject to open meetings laws. The laws are found in ORS 94.640 for planned communities, and ORS 100.420 for condominiums. However, each of those statutes was amended by the legislature in 2021 by the adoption of Senate Bill 329. The rules for Oregon planned communities and condominiums are essentially identical.   Read the article………………………..
  • Receiverships in HOAs and Condos (OR)
    Volunteering to serve on the Board of a Community Association can, unfortunately, often feel like a thankless job. In many cases, conflict among the Directors, or between owners and the Board, can make service to the community an extremely stressful experience. Several of our clients have reported that they are finding it difficult to recruit new volunteers willing to serve, and they wonder what will happen to their Association if no members are willing to volunteer. Typically, the only alternative ...

Oregon Condominium & Homeowner Association Article Archives

 

Oregon Condominium & Homeowner Association Laws

Condominium Act

Planned Communities Act

Nonprofit Corporation Act

Tax on homeowners association income

 

Oregon Condominium & Homeowner Association Resources

A Fair Housing Guide for Home Owner Associations in Oregon (PDF)

Community Associations Institute – Oregon Chapter

Oregon Washington Community Association Managers – was established in 2002 to serve community association managers and service providers of the Pacific Northwest. The primary goals are to enhance professional image, represent proposed licensing and legislation, promote education and provide a network for business opportunities.

Central Oregon Regional Council – CORC has been established to provide an opportunity for Central Oregon homeowner association volunteer leaders, community managers, management companies and business partners to participate in local education programs. CORC does this through educational seminars, workshops, luncheon meeting where recognized experts in the industry share their experience and training with attendees.

The law firm of Barker Martin has a number of resources available:

The law firm of Vial Fotheringham LLP has a large number of articles available

Oregon Condominium & Homeowner Association Blogs

Condo HOA Blog

Videos from Vial Fotheringham

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