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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.

Outside Safety Tips for Kids at Play in Your Homeowners Association

August 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations, Safety in an HOA

Even though school is in full swing, the warm weather and longer daylight hours will still be with us for a while. For many of the youngest residents that means they have the freedom to play outside to their heart’s content (or at least until mom or dad call them back inside). While homeowners associations encourage kids to enjoy being outside they also want everyone to stay safe. Your HOA board can do just that helping members follow the tips below.

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New Bill Proposes Guidelines for Turf in Homeowners Associations

August 4, 2015 at 3:26 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations, HOA Law

Does your homeowners association have guidelines/specifications for installation of artificial turf?

Bill AB 349 makes the governing documents, architectural or landscaping guidelines, or policies of an Association void and unenforceable if they prohibit the use of artificial turf or any other synthetic surface that resembles grass.

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How an HOA Board Can Fly Through a Fowl Situation in Your Association

July 29, 2015 at 3:47 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Member of HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations

Does your homeowners association have wildlife that has taken up residency in your community, specifically birds? Birds are beautiful, graceful and melodic. They give a sense of being close to nature and add to the feel of a community.

But too much of any one thing is never good. Whether it’s a trail of droppings, territorial aggression or destructive nesting and feeding patterns, birds can make life more expensive and a little more difficult or unpleasant for members living in your Association, maintenance crews, and managers.

Here are some solutions to help HOA board members be proactive.

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How a Drought Brings More Than Water Woes for Homeowners Associations

July 20, 2015 at 2:51 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, Member of HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations

The California Drought is bringing more than just water woes. Some members of homeowners associations are having a harder time conserving water than would be expected, especially in the area of watering landscapes.

One new idea is drought-tolerant landscaping, which usually consists of visually appealing cement, rock, sand, dirt, and plants that need minimal to no water. However, this option doesn’t always align with the policies and procedures of the homeowners association. Below is an excerpt from an article that provides a good example:

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3 Types of Rules in Your Homeowners Association to Respectfully Follow

June 24, 2015 at 11:53 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Management, HOA Rules and Regulations

Fact: About 63 million Americans live in a new suburban community or planned unit development, according to the Community Association Institute. Living in a homeowners association has many benefits – such as recreational amenities, maintenance services, and being part of a community – but it can only function well when the rules of the Association are clearly set and enforced.

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Does Your Homeowners Association Have a Clear Policy for Renters?

June 9, 2015 at 1:37 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations, Tips for Renters in HOA's

Do any owners in your homeowners association rent out their homes? What are the Association’s obligations to those renters? What are their rights in the Association? Can you control how many units in the HOA can be rented?

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What’s the Clubhouse Access Policy for Your Homeowners Association?

June 4, 2015 at 4:38 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations, Safety in an HOA

The clubhouse/recreation center is the “crown jewel” of your homeowners association, offering a common area where members can get to know one another, socialize, and entertain their guests. In order to make the clubhouse safe and enjoyable for all who use it, you need a clear access policy—and that means homeowner’s must have their association ID to access the facility.

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10 FAQs About Parking in Your Homeowners Association

May 22, 2015 at 11:12 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations, Resident Tips

It's sometimes challenging to discuss and answer questions about parking within your homeowners association. While the rules regarding parking in each association are different here are some tips on how to answer common questions.

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Can a Homeowners Association Keep You From Flying the American Flag?

May 21, 2015 at 3:36 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Member of HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations

On Memorial Day, many Americans show respect for their country and choose to honor the veterans who have made great sacrifices for America by raising the star spangled banner or displaying it in some way on their home or in their yard. But can your homeowners association keep you from showing your patriotism and restrict you from displaying the American Flag? While some homeowners association do have flag restrictions, your right to display the American flag is protected by federal law. The excerpt below explains.

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[News] A Homeowners Association Decides to Grant a Little Girl's Wish

March 27, 2015 at 3:01 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, Member of HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations

It seems like the majority of news stories involving homeowners associations these days are negative. You often read about disputes between neighbors, lawsuits, refusal to pay fees, or rules not being followed as outlined in the Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs) and Bylaws. While the governing documents serve the purpose of keeping the Association running smoothly – and are legally binding rules and regulations that each homeowner agrees to when they purchase a home in the Association – are their times when the rules can be bent? In the case of 6 year-old Ella Schultz the answer is yes!

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