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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.

Tips to Minimize HOA Board Meeting Mayhem

February 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Member of HOA, HOA Board Meetings

For many people, meetings are a fact of life. Whether it’s an HOA board or member meeting in your homeowner’s association, a volunteer meeting at your child’s school or a department meeting at work, being adept at participating effectively and managing meetings is a useful skill.


How HOA Board Members Can Tune in to Meetings Online

February 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board, HOA Board Meetings

Whether you’re out of town or out of commission, you can still attend the homeowners association board meetings by tuning in online. This is not to be confused with a meeting via email, this is not allowed.


Why It's Imporant an HOA Board Pays Attention to the Open Meeting Act

February 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board Meetings, HOA Law

casual_meetingA good number of  Board members understand that being a leader within their homeowners association can be a very rewarding yet sometimes thankless job. If they have been on the Board for any length of time, they also know that change is inevitable. Rules and regulations governing homeowners associations are consistently being reviewed and evaluated, and keeping up on the changes is just one responsibility of the Association board.



Tips for Addressing Open Comments at HOA Board Meetings

November 2, 2015 at 3:57 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, HOA Board Meetings

It’s required by law that time be set aside at each HOA board meeting for members to address the Board. This time for open comments allows members to have a voice about issues in the Association; however it’s important to understand what can and cannot be done during this time.


4 Types of Meetings in a Homeowners Association: Defined

October 19, 2015 at 5:16 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, HOA Board Meetings, HOA Rules and Regulations

What’s the difference between a homeowners association board meeting and an annual meeting, or an executive session and an emergency meeting? Confused? Here’s some clarification.


Guidelines for the Homeowner Forum at HOA Board Meetings

July 31, 2015 at 10:27 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Member of HOA, HOA Board Meetings

In homeowners associations, residents are encouraged to attend and observe HOA board meetings. Does your Association have many residents attend the board meetings? Some Associations have many residents that participate and attend meetings and other communities may never have a resident attend a meeting. This entirely depends on the Association.


Frequently Asked Questions About HOA Board Executive Sessions

February 13, 2015 at 12:03 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Board, HOA Board Meetings

The purpose and protocol for executive sessions in a homeowners association are often misunderstood by both homeowners and board members. HOA Board members may call an executive session to discuss important matters and make crucial decisions involving privileged and private information. Below are some frequently asked questions that you might have about executive sessions that will help to increase your knowledge and fulfill your duty to be informed as a member of the Board.


How to Prepare for Your Annual HOA Board Meeting

January 21, 2015 at 3:33 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board, HOA Board Meetings

Now is a good time to set a date for your annual HOA board meeting if you haven’t already done so. Annual meetings are a common best practice to keep members informed and get them involved. You may be thinking that it’s going to be a waste of time because the majority of members don’t come to any meetings. There’s no doubt that this is one of the most challenging parts of planning the meeting, but there are ways to encourage members to attend.


Tips to Help HOA Board Members Manage Homeowner Forums

December 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board, HOA Board Meetings

All meetings of the HOA board, excluding executive sessions, are open meetings. A required part of every homeowners association Board meeting is the homeowners forum (also referred to as “open forum” or “open comments to the Board”). Homeowner forums are typically held at the beginning or end of meetings, and any owner attending a meeting has the opportunity to address the Board and may do so during the homeowner forum portion of the meeting.


3 Helpful Resources to Support an Effective HOA Board Meeting

September 18, 2014 at 7:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Board, HOA Board Meetings

How would you define an effective HOA board meeting? Most people would see it as time spent efficiently, where issues are addressed, reasonable business decisions are made, and action items are assigned, in an atmosphere of respect and collaboration.