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Ways to Encourage Members to Attend HOA Board Meetings

February 14, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board Meetings

Successful communities, governed by successful Home Owners’ Associations (HOAs), typically have strong, effective boards of directors.  An effective HOA board of directors conducts their HOA’s business in a professional manner, including having regularly scheduled meetings.  Problems can arise, however, when one or more directors fail to attend those meetings consistently.

Sometimes, a director is absent frequently because of medical or family emergency issues.  In the short term, these can be tolerated or special arrangements (like attending by speaker phone) can be made.  In the longer term, when the director’s absence impacts major decisions such as budget-setting or major projects or legal matters, it may be necessary to ask the director to step down.

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6 Questions to Ask About How the HOA Board Manages Its Finances

February 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Hire an HOA Management Company

The Board of Directors (BOD) for your homeowners association has an immense financial obligation to the community. One of the BOD’s most important jobs is to keep legible and accurate financial reports and records. These reports and records provide an overview of your community’s revenue and expenses against its financial projections or budget.

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How to Actually Get Things Accomplished at Your HOA Board Meeting

January 31, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board Meetings

It’s a new year, and that means a new round of board meetings.  Since the Davis-Stirling act requires that HOA board meetings take place, you might as well take part in achieving the best and most successful meeting possible.

HOA board meetings are a golden opportunity for community members to know the issues that impact one of their most treasured investments…their home.  The following six tips for meetings can help. 

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Reasons Your HOA Board Should Consider Hiring an HOA Manager

January 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board

An HOA functions like a mini-city, collecting funds, managing finances, maintaining facilities and adopting and enforcing rules.  An elected board of directors oversees these activities.  Board members have fiduciary responsibilities, defined in law and HOA documents.  All these activities and responsibilities apply to an HOA whether it has 1,000 units or only 25.

Thus, HOAs are complex, requiring professional expertise to manage properly.  The question is, who will be the HOA manager to do this? Before assuming that members of the board can manage all of the HOA’s affairs, let’s look at what’s involved in more detail.

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5 Ways Your HOA Board May Unknowingly Put the Community at Risk 

January 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Law

As a homeowners association board member, your responsibilities to the community you oversee are many. Homeowners look to their board to keep their community safe, well-maintained and properly managed. Board members are obligated to do everything in their power to meet its members needs while complying with the community’s CC&Rs as well as any state and local regulations. Unfortunately, there are instances where your HOA board may unknowingly be putting the community at risk. Hiring an HOA manager can take the pressure off of your board members. Let’s take a closer look at the pitfalls that can exist and how you can avoid them. 

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HOA Fees: A Clear Collection Policy is Essential for Your HOA Board

January 19, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management, HOA Documents and Contracts, HOA Fees, HOA

Every HOA's number one priority is the legal fiduciary responsibility to enhance and maintain their property.  The only way to do that is by collecting HOA fees.  That's why a clear collection policy is a must-have for your HOA board.

Sounds like fun, right?  Maybe not.  But the new year is a great time to communicate a detailed collection plan for HOA fees.  By managing owners’ expectations about HOA fees and the need for timely payment, you can help your board (and especially your treasurer) meet their goals and reduce the need for costly HOA fees collection.

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Do Your HOA Board Members Know What's Required for Annual Disclosures?

January 16, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Annual Disclosures

You serve on your homeowners’ association’s board of directors. You work hard, preparing for and attending meetings and listening to the homeowners that elected you.  And you do all this on your own time.

Despite your best efforts, your HOA Board may be putting itself in legal jeopardy. Specifically, do you and your board know and understand what is required for annual disclosures?

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How Does Your HOA Board Navigate Owner Requests for Service Animals?

January 8, 2018 at 1:23 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Rules and Regulations

service dogYour homeowners association may have a strict pet policy. Maybe it’s “no pets under any circumstance” or “no dogs over 50 pounds” or bans certain breeds of dogs or limits the total number of pets allowed in each unit. How does your HOA board navigate the situation when an owner requests to have a dog or some other type of animal?

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What Do Your HOA Rules Say About Legalized Marijuana?

December 29, 2017 at 10:51 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations

Do you have to put up with the smoke and smell from marijuana? The simple answer is NO. 

Possession and use of marijuana is now legal in California stemming from the passage of Proposition 64. That brings the total number of states where recreational use is legal to seven. That does NOT mean that your HOA property owner can smoke it and blow the noxious smoke into another unit’s area.

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Bah Humbug! What to Do if an HOA Board Member is a Scrooge

December 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board, HOA Board Meetings

There seems to be one in every homeowners association. That one HOA board member that consistently disagrees, goes against the majority, or at the very least enjoys playing devil’s advocate. Do you have a Scrooge – a mean spirited, miserly person – on your Board? There are ways you can deal with them.

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