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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.

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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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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Homeowners Association Safety Tips for Winter Roads and Trips

September 20, 2017 at 4:12 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Safety in an HOA

Do you live in a homeowners association where snowy weather leads to snow plowing your private roads during the winter months? Preparedness is paramount when it comes to being on the road. With an increased risk of potential driving hazards like sleet, snow, strong winds and frigid temperatures, it’s a good idea to think about ways to ensure you’ll travel safely.

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Simple Steps to Prepare for Emergencies in Your Homeowners Association

September 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Safety in an HOA, Emergencies

September is National Preparedness Month. Take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in your homeowners association. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Ready Campaign, think first about the basics of survival—fresh water, food, clean air and heat.

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Celebrate a Fun & Safe July 4th in Your Homeowners Association

June 28, 2017 at 1:00 PM / by HOA Manager

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

How will you be celebrating the 4th of July? If you’re traveling to visit friends and family or taking a vacation, bon voyage! If you’re sticking close to home and celebrating with barbecues, bathing suits, and bright fireworks in your homeowners association, there are some important things to consider. If you’re an HOA board member, remind residents of the following information.

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How Healthy is Your Homeowners Association?

February 20, 2017 at 2:22 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management

From time to time it’s a good idea for the HOA board to evaluate the homeowners association by giving it a check-up so to speak. Consider using the performance measures below to be filled out among board members. Take it a step further and send it out to the membership, requesting their anonymous participation. It may give your Board some great insight!

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Can HOA Fees Be Claimed on Your Taxes?

February 6, 2017 at 4:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, homeowners association, HOA Fees

Tax season is here and we all want to deduct every last penny we can find. If you’re a member of a homeowners association, have you ever considered whether or not the HOA fees you pay are tax deductible? Every HOA is different, so you’ll want to find out what applies to your specific Association.

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5 Ways an HOA Board Can Encourage Member Involvement in the New Year

December 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Board, Member of HOA

Since a new year is about to begin, this may be a good time for the HOA board to communicate with the Association members about several ways they can help make the community an even better place to live in the next year and beyond. See the list below for ideas to get you started.

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Ways to Help Make Your Homeowners Association Community Better

December 14, 2016 at 2:38 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, Member of HOA

Your homeowners association has a lot going on, and that includes a range of upcoming social events as well several important ongoing projects.

 

The HOA board may also find that the website needs updating, there’s always room for another article in the Association newsletter, and several committees—budget, landscaping, road maintenance and election oversight—are looking for volunteers…the list goes on and on!

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4 Tips to Read Before You Deck the Halls in the Homeowners Association

December 9, 2016 at 3:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, homeowners association, HOA Rules and Regulations

During the holiday season many homeowners association members plan festivities with friends and loved ones. With all of the merriment that’s sure to ensue, it’s important that the HOA board reminds residents who are hosting celebrations to not only be considerate of their neighbors, but also take note of the Association’s rules.

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