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Can You Install Solar Panels on Condominium Common Areas?

August 14, 2018 at 9:02 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations

The Board of Directors for most condominium associations in California have felt very comfortable in the past letting owners know that they could not install solar on the common area roof. The roof is common area after all and its maintenance and replacement are the association’s responsibility. Those things remain true but with the passage of AB 634 the association must allow the installation of solar on the common area roof, as well as roofs of the exclusive use carport or garage of a condominium.

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A Self-Serving Board Member Might Look Something Like This

August 10, 2018 at 8:38 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board

You ran for the board on the platform of remodeling the clubhouse that has become outdated. What you haven’t shared with the members of the association is that your daughter is getting married next year and the clubhouse would be the perfect place for a reception.

The association has never charged for members to use the clubhouse for gatherings and you know that this will be a great way to save some money on the reception, but the brown plaid furniture will never go with your daughter’s theme for her reception.

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4 Tips to Find and Keep Good Vendors for Your Homeowners Association

August 8, 2018 at 3:48 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Contractors

A new member has been elected to your HOA board. Suddenly, you learn that they seem to have a general mistrust of any current vendors of the association, perhaps because they did not choose them. They call for at least three bids on every project, no matter how small. This person seems to be trying to fix something that may not have been broken in the first place.

A board of directors will have its fair share of challenges with new board members automatically calling for new vendors, even when the ones they are working with are really solid.

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When Misguided Attempts to Keep HOA Fees Low Affect the Reserve Fund

August 1, 2018 at 11:25 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Reserve Funds, HOA Fees

The reserve fund of a homeowners association is often misunderstood by members and sometimes the HOA board as well. Some see it as a slush fund that is to be used on a "rainy day"' when the association gets low on cash in the operating account. Others, although they may understand the need to have some measure of reserve cash, do not make the connection that reserve funds are being reserved for the particular components within the community that the association is responsible for, such as roads, roofing, siding, fencing, painting, and equipment replacement.

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What Happens When Members Don’t Follow the Architectural Guidelines?

July 11, 2018 at 10:56 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations

You’re a board member of a lovely homeowner’s association. On most days as you drive through your community you wave at fellow neighbors, share a friendly smile with passersby, and enjoy the neat landscapes and well-kempt houses. This particular day seems to be no different. The sun is shining. The birds are singing. You appreciate the peaceful feeling and aesthetically pleasing views you’re coming home to after a long day at work. 

But then there’s a fluttering of feathers as you turn the corner onto your street. There, at the end of the street, staring back at you is a purple monster of a house. PURPLE. You’re pretty sure it was gray when you left…how did it get to be PURPLE?

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

June 27, 2018 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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Can a Homeowners Association Keep You From Flying the American Flag?

June 22, 2018 at 10:28 AM / by HOA Manager

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

On Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veteran's Day and other patriotic holidays, many Americans show respect for their country 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?

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How to Minimize Maintenance Expenses and Keep HOA Fees From Increasing

June 13, 2018 at 9:32 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Fees, HOA Maintenance

minimize expensesWe all know how important it is to try and consider taking a green approach in our daily routines. What if you could go green while also helping the community in your homeowners association? Residents can help their homeowners association minimize its maintenance expenses, which can also avoid HOA fees from increasing, by observing a few simple green considerations.

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What Are the Qualities of an Invested HOA Manager?

June 8, 2018 at 1:31 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Management, HOA Board

You’re the President of the HOA board in your community and you’re wise enough to know that you’re in way over your head - but you like a challenge and you’re ready to meet it head on. You’ve read your governing documents and know how to keep a basic balance sheet, but that doesn’t mean you understand the CC&Rs or know the difference between the operating and reserve budgets.

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[Survey] How Bed Bugs May Be Affecting Your Homeowners Association

June 6, 2018 at 9:17 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Maintenance

Planned Unit Developments and Condominiums with attached walls tend to have more challenges around confining issues like infestation to just one unit. Bed bugs could have a devastating impact on these communities and it’s good to be aware of just how likely these critters could affect you. 

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