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HOA Management Blog

At The Hignell Companies we have been providing professional management services for California Homeowner Association Boards for nearly 30 years. We love sharing our knowledge and perspective. Give us a call at 530-419-6032 if you have any questions.

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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10 Questions Your HOA Board Should Ask Before the End of the Year

November 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management, HOA Board

It’s important for an HOA board to work on ending the year well. It doesn’t matter if your homeowners association plans around the fiscal or calendar year, the questions below apply to both. It’s not too late to ask yourself some of these questions and make a resolution to do these things in the New Year to come.

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Why Keeping HOA Fees Low is a Terrible Idea

November 17, 2017 at 11:40 AM / by Brent Silberbauer

posted in HOA Management, HOA Fees

Working for one of the largest HOA management companies in Northern California I get a lot of phone calls from distressed HOA board members. I hear the same story emerging from these different homeowners association. It’s a sad pattern that is all too common. The story goes something like this:

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Does Winter in Your Homeowners Association Get You Down?

November 3, 2017 at 3:20 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, Resident Tips

Most of us homeowners dread the end of summer—sunny days, mild nights, vacations, the beach, ball games, picnics and so much more. Although fall and winter bring holidays, homeowner association gatherings, the warmth of a fireplace and football (actual and fantasy), for many people the winter months mark the return of seasonal depression.

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Winterizing Checklist for Your Homeowners Association Members

October 30, 2017 at 12:23 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, HOA Maintenance

It’s that time of year—you’ve exchanged your swimsuit from long days at the community Association pool for sweaters and scarves just in time to roll down your sleeves and prepare your home for cooler weather. As we watch the warm days fade into the sunset, consider adding the following items to your winterization checklist, and ensure your home is in tip-top shape for the fall and winter seasons in your homeowners association.

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Tips from an HOA Board for a Safe Halloween in Your Association

October 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, homeowners association, Safety

Halloween is a kid’s delight. It’s a blast to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties and most of all, eat a lot of candy. At the same time, Halloween can be scary for parents. Costumes can be dangerous, too much candy can be sickening and walking around at night can be risky, even in your homeowners association community.

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Tips for HOA Board Members to Set Boundaries with Homeowners

October 18, 2017 at 12:15 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board

As a volunteer of the Board of Directors, you have the opportunity to help the homeowners in your community through issues that impact one of their biggest investments. Unfortunately, at times, owners forget that you are a volunteer of the Board and not a full-time employee. It’s very important to set boundaries with homeowners and fellow HOA board members on the appropriate time to discuss HOA related issues and do HOA related tasks.

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Don't Miss This Free Seminar for HOA Board Members

October 9, 2017 at 1:21 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA

Are you an HOA board member? Do you have questions about legal requirements or making sure you have enough reserves for your homeowners association? This free seminar is designed for you!

Join us on Thursday November 2, 2017 at Canyon Oaks Country Club, 999 Yosemite Drive in Chico, California. There will be a Reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

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