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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.

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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What Exactly Are the Governing Documents in a Homeowners Association?

May 20, 2016 at 1:12 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Documents and Contracts

We’re always talking about the governing documents of a homeowners association, but what are they, why are they important, and what do they say?

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Why a Strategic Plan is Crucial for Your Homeowners Association

March 9, 2016 at 5:04 PM / by HOA Manager

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

Are you reviewing and updating your homeowner’s association’s strategic plan?

A strategic plan outlines priorities and projects for the immediate future and for years to come. It can accommodate revisions as changing circumstances dictate—without conflicting with the vision behind its creation. It also helps determine what the year’s budget will include and suggests what future ones might feature.

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Where Are Your Homeowners Association Documents & What Do They Say?

February 20, 2015 at 2:01 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Documents and Contracts, Resident Tips

As a member of your homeowners association, when you bought a home in your community, you should have received copies of all the Association's governing documents—including the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&RS) and Rules & Regulations—prior to or at the closing of escrow. The CC&Rs explain what the homeowners association is responsible for and what the homeowner is responsible for.

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Do Your HOA Board Members Know Which Documents Are Open for Review?

January 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board, HOA Documents and Contracts

As an HOA board member, you should know what homeowners association documents your members are entitled to review. Association members are welcome to read official association documents. There’s nothing secret about the business of the association. In fact, you should already have copies of key documents like the bylaws or rules readily available.

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Why It’s Important to Read the CC&Rs in Your Homeowners Association

September 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, homeowners association, HOA Documents and Contracts

Do you remember receiving the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) when you moved into the Association? Do you know that they are very important to you as the homeowner? Have you taken a look at these documents lately? If not, now is a great time to brush up on the do’s and don’ts of your community. There is no time like the present to make sure you are in compliance.

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The Process of Changing the CC&Rs in a Homeowners Association

May 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Management, HOA Documents and Contracts

The Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) explain what the homeowners association is responsible for and what the homeowner is responsible for. They also outline how the Association lives together and operates. The CC&Rs are the highest level of documents in the Association, only overruled by the law; not to be confused with the Bylaws, which dictate how the HOA operates as an organization, or the HOA rules which the board has the authority to change.

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Things a HOA Board Should Consider Before Signing a Contract

May 27, 2013 at 8:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board, HOA Documents and Contracts

We’ve all heard the term “read the small print before signing on the dotted line” but how often do we really do this? An HOA Board will be considering and entering into contracts on a regular basis and it’s not uncommon for otherwise cautious people to become jaded by the terms and conditions and just quickly glance over the documents.
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Homeowners Association Documents Part 1: Articles of Incorporation and CC&R's

February 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Documents and Contracts

When I was in High School, I took two years of Latin.I am not sure why. Even at that time, it was a language that was no longer used. Neither my family nor friends were ever impressed with 18 or even 80 conjugated forms of the verb 'porto'.

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California Homeowners Association Documents, Part 2: By-Laws

February 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Documents and Contracts

As I mentioned in Part 1 of this series, my chosen 'foreign' language of study in High School was Latin. Honestly, I had enough trouble with English at the time, yet Latin did become more interesting when I discovered that many of our English words came from Latin. When we consider California Homeowners Association governing documents and legal issues related to them, Latin terms can actually help give us some needed understanding. More on this later.

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