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/ Owner - July 6, 2012

Working With Managers and Management Firms

  • Setting Expectations for Your HOA Management Company November 8, 2023
    The best relationships between HOAs and the management companies they employ are based on open communication and clear expectations. There is a lot that goes into maintaining property values. However, if you’re not exactly sure what your management company should be doing for your association, it can be difficult to determine if you’re getting the full value of your service agreement.   Read the article…………………………
  • Reader Questions: Who’s the Boss – Manager or Board? (CA) October 28, 2023
    Q:  I am president of an HOA with management whose performance has been lackluster. Lackluster is characterized by little to no communications unless initiated by the board, not following through with board instructions, and inability to manage our violations process in a steady and predictable manner.   Read the Q&A……………………………..
  • What Is the Role of a Community Association Manager? October 21, 2023
    A community association manager (CAM) performs various tasks depending on the size of the community and its unique needs. Also known as a Homeowner’s association manager, a CAM helps oversee the daily operations of a community association. Here are some responsibilities of community association management specialists:   Read the article……………………………..
  • Lifecycle of a HOA: Keeping Property Values High and Communities Thriving (CA) March 24, 2023
    The lifecycle of a HOA is similar to the rejuvenating feeling of spring, with a surge of excitement when there’s newness in the air. Over time, new people move in and buildings get updated, which means communities at their inception look much different 10 or 20 years down the line.   Read the article………………………..

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Working With Attorneys

  • HOA Homefront: 14 things I wish all HOA attorneys knew June 15, 2024
    This is the final installment in a five-part series on HOA roles.  Today’s column is about HOA attorneys.  1. Being an HOA attorney is not simply a job. Being trusted to guide communities is an honor and a sacred obligation.   Read the article…………………………….
  • How to Challenge HOA Fees or Fines: Insights from an Experienced HOA Lawyer June 3, 2024
    As a homeowner in a homeowner association (HOA), you may receive a notice of a fine or fee for a violation of the rules or regulations. While these fees and fines can serve as a deterrent to rule-breaking, they can also be disputed if you believe they are unjustified. Further, it is not uncommon for a roque HOA to use fines and/or fees to harass a homeowner. Here are the steps you can take to challenge illegal HOA fees or ...
  • The Ethics of the Fiduciary Duty from the Litigators’ Lens May 21, 2024
    The topic of an association’s board of directors’ fiduciary duties is not new to this publication. However, as trial attorneys that have seen a lot of HOA litigation, including representing community management companies, we have seen how this duty plays out in court cases for both board members and community managers. Moreover, as our industry has changed, we have seen how certain business practices have raised ethical considerations when those practices are called into question during litigation.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Settlement Agreements Binding Without Signature (FL) May 8, 2024
    The ultimate test of a binding settlement agreement is whether the parties to the agreement have a “meeting of the minds,” which is a mutual understanding of the essential terms of the agreement. At least one court in Florida has now ruled emails between attorneys can constitute an enforceable settlement agreement if the parties’ counsel had clear and unequivocal authority from the client to settle the case and correspondence between the parties’ attorneys showed that no essential terms of the ...

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Working With Accountants

  • The Importance of Professional HOA Contracts (GA) April 26, 2024
    Community associations cannot accomplish all the tasks they are responsible for without getting outside professionals to help maintain and service their assets. With every agreement to provide a service or to supply materials comes HOA contracts.   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA Homefront: New Year’s resolutions for HOA service providers (CA) January 20, 2023
    This is the fourth and final installment of a series on resolutions for HOA members, which previously addressed directors, homeowners and managers.   Read the article………………………..
  • The High Cost of Terrible Service at your HOA or Condo November 15, 2022
    Have you ever been disappointed with the quality or service of something you have paid for? You aren’t likely to spend your money on that item again. Whether it was poor quality or poor service that caused your disappointment really doesn’t matter. The same is true for your Homeowners Association or condominium.   Read the article………………………..
  • How Condo Boards Can Make Sure the Sponsor Pays His Share (NY) June 9, 2021
    At newly built condos, it’s common for construction problems to crop up. But accounting and record-keeping are equally important, as one of your clients recently discovered. What’s the story?  Read the entire article……………………………….

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Working With Insurance Agents

  • How to Choose the Best Condo Association Insurance for Your Community (FL) February 28, 2023
    Condo insurance can be one of the most important yet confusing aspects of managing your Tampa-based condo association. It can be time-consuming and frustrating to ensure all your association’s needs are met, and a policy is chosen that both provides sufficient coverage and remains within budget.   Read the article………………………..
  • The High Cost of Terrible Service at your HOA or Condo November 15, 2022
    Have you ever been disappointed with the quality or service of something you have paid for? You aren’t likely to spend your money on that item again. Whether it was poor quality or poor service that caused your disappointment really doesn’t matter. The same is true for your Homeowners Association or condominium.   Read the article………………………..
  • 16 months after fire razed Thousand Oaks condo building, frustrated residents await repairs (CA) July 25, 2022
    Residents of a Thousand Oaks condominium complex are deeply frustrated that 16 months after a fire ravaged a four-unit building there, it has yet to be repaired.  “It has become extremely difficult for me and the other residents here,” said Mary Troness, who has lived at the approximately 200-unit Wildwood Township community at the corner of Avenida de Los Arboles and La Paloma Circle for close to 40 years.   Read the Q&A……………………………….
  • 2020 Could Make 2021 the Year of Insurance Agency E&O Lawsuits February 16, 2021
    Insurance agents and brokers should prepare for a big agency errors and omissions (E&O) litigation wave to crash their shores in 2021.  Agency E&O claims are a lagging indicator, meaning plaintiffs typically only go after agents and brokers after they exhaust other legal avenues—most often suing insurers—and come up short, according to experts at the 2020 virtual Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) conference.    Read the article…………………………….

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Working With Vendors

  • Hiring a Building Restoration Management Consultant and Advocate (FL) June 13, 2024
    In my forty (40) years of managing community associations, and providing building restoration management services, I have experienced a wide range of repair solutions necessary for many different types of construction due to coastal environment corrosion. The aging of buildings along Florida’s coast lines is not consistent, not typical, each is unique, and all require practical, knowledgeable, resourceful solutions and repair methods.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Service Provider Selection Process for HOA Board Members: A Comprehensive Guide June 10, 2024
    Selecting the right service providers on behalf of the association is a critical responsibility for HOA board members. This process impacts the quality of services provided to the community and reflects on the board’s ability to manage community resources effectively. Here’s a detailed guide to help board members navigate the service provider selection process efficiently and responsibly.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Association Contracts (FL) May 29, 2024
    Whether your community association is a condominium, cooperative, or a homeowners’ association, Florida law empowers your association to enter into contracts in connection with the maintenance and operation of the community. Often times, your association is all but required to contract with third parties in order to maintain and operate the community, as it does not have the in house employees required for specialized, but essential tasks, such as the maintenance and repair of your community’s plumbing, elevators, or fire ...
  • Association Contracts (FL) May 2, 2024
    Whether your community association is a condominium, cooperative, or a homeowners’ association, Florida law empowers your association to enter into contracts in connection with the maintenance and operation of the community. Often times, your association is all but required to contract with third parties in order to maintain and operate the community, as it does not have the in house employees required for specialized, but essential tasks, such as the maintenance and repair of your community’s plumbing, elevators, or fire ...

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Working With the Media

  • A High Point homeowner calls WFMY News 2 after her HOA is slow to respond following roof leak (NC) June 8, 2024
    Peggy McCleod was super excited about her new townhome. She knew the roof needed fixing and the HOA would pay for the repairs, but it didn’t work out perfectly.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Lights, Camera, Lawsuit! Your Property, Common Property, and Intellectual Property August 16, 2023
    Movies and music provide immense amounts of joy and entertainment to people all over the world. Collectively, the movie and music industries are worth upwards of twelve figures in revenue in a single year (for those of you counting the zeros on your hands at home . . . that’s north of $100,000,000,000.00 a year!). Much like you may be protective of your property and your homeowner’s association may be protective of its common property, it is understandable that those ...
  • How to Effectively Handle and Avoid Most Negative News Coverage as an Arizona HOA November 17, 2022
    Whenever you see a story on the news about an HOA, the odds of it being positive are low. As a board member of an HOA in Arizona, your instinct kicks in, and you want to know what they are doing wrong. So, you jump on your laptop, conduct research on HOA Arizona bylaws or PR strategies for board members, but immediately hit a brick wall because you don’t know where to start.   Read the article………………………..
  • Important Takeaways for Community Associations from TV News Report on Rules Enforcement (FL) January 28, 2022
    A report that aired in late November on 7News (WSVN-Fox) in South Florida focused on a local renter in a dispute with her condominium association over her motorcycle. While the property’s rules ban motorcycles, the tenant had apparently been explicitly told she would be allowed to keep and park her motorcycle at the property prior to signing her lease.   Read the entire article……………………………….

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Dealing With Governments

  • Michigan’s New Renewable Energy Siting Law and its Implications on Municipalities July 10, 2024
    Governor Gretchen Whitmer previously signed House Bill 5120 (now Public Act 233 of 2023) into law in November 2023. The regulations, which specifically affect municipalities and developers, create a new siting path for utility-scale wind, solar, and energy storage facilities with the Michigan Public Service Commission (“MPSC”) and become effective on November 29, 2024. Once effective, it is critical that clean energy developers and municipalities become familiar with this new siting process.    Read the article…………………………….
  • State and Federal Condominium Association Repair and Maintenance Funding Initiatives July 10, 2024
    CAI continues to emphasize the importance of building safety through proactive maintenance measures, financial sustainability, and funding for repairs and maintenance in condominiums, cooperatives, and homeowners associations.  Reflecting on the enduring lessons from the devastating Surfside tragedy and the lives lost, CAI remains dedicated to ensuring the safety and resilience of community associations nationwide through advocacy efforts at the federal, state, and local levels.     Read the article…………………………….
  • Local Voices: A story of persistence and response (IL) July 7, 2024
    As of today, with help from the Village, our sewer main is repaired. Below that is a thank-you letter that I did email the mayor and trustees.  The response from the Village and the necessary calls were the components we needed to get this all resolved. I just felt that this was a story that needed to be shared.    Read the article…………………………….
  • City of Rockville Honors Community for Environmental Excellence (MD) July 5, 2024
    “The Mayor and Council and the city’s Environment Commission honored two community members and a condominium association in May with Environmental Excellence Awards recognizing contributions to Rockville’s environmental health and sustainability.  Westmore Commercial Condominium Association, Inc. for Outstanding Leadership in Environmental Practices for inspiring and supporting its auto service members’ efforts to clean up and remove trash and debris, preventing pollution to waterways.”   Read the article…………………………….

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