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What Can an HOA Board Do if Owners Refuse to Pay Special Assessments?

March 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA, HOA Board

Homeowner associations are sometimes faced with special circumstances that arise even when they’ve done an excellent job of planning for replacement costs. Large-scale repairs, emergency situations,  or capital improvement projects may occur that put their reserves dangerously low. Special HOA assessments, in addition to monthly HOA fees, could then be the best option.


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, HOA Management, HOA Responsibilities, HOA Documents and Contracts, HOA Fees

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.


What Not to Do When You Receive Communications from Your HOA Board

June 9, 2017 at 3:30 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, HOA

In our busy world of the internet, mobile phones, television, email, social media, and daily conversation, we’re on 24-7 information overload. We’re communicating non-stop all day, and when we finally reach the comfort of our home we just want to catch our breath. However, communication is what we were made for, and it keeps us informed about life around us. So, when you receive communication from the HOA board, there a few things you don’t want to do.


10 Fundamental Principles of a Homeowners Association

January 28, 2014 at 1:55 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA, homeowners association

Even though you live in a homeowners association, and may even be a member of the HOA board, you might be surprised how many of your neighbors, owners and renters, don’t really understand the fundamental nature of common-interest communities or what a big business they are. Many others, including the media and government officials, lack a true understanding of the community association concept.


5 Questions to Consider Before Choosing an HOA Management Company

November 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA

There are many options and questions to consider when choosing an HOA management company for your community. This list of five questions will help to ensure you hire the best fit for you and your community when it comes to an HOA management company.


Tips to Enjoy a Bug-Free Summer in Your Homeowners Association

June 17, 2013 at 8:54 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA, Living in an HOA, homeowners association

As summer approaches it’s a great time to put a few easy best practices in place to keep bothersome bugs from ruining outdoor fun, and encouraging your homeowner’s association residents to do the same. Before enjoying barbecue parties and sleeping under the stars many people spray themselves and their lawns with chemical repellants to get rid of these pests, but there are natural alternatives that are environmentally friendly to the homes and common areas in your association. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy a bug-free summer.


The Basics of How a Homeowners Association is Governed

March 25, 2013 at 8:33 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA, HOA Board

If the Board is responsible for the homeowners association, who's responsible for the Board?

If you’re a new Board Member for your homeowners association, or you’re considering whether or not to become one, it’s important to understand how an HOA is governed, and who the Board is accountable to. A well-governed HOA will not only know what entity has the governing authority over another, but will also listen to feedback from the residents in the association when it comes to how the association is being run.


5 Tips for Keeping Homeowners Association Residents Safe and Warm

March 11, 2013 at 9:05 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA, HOA Maintenance

Have you communicated with your homeowners association members about the precautions they need to take when it comes to heating their homes?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), December, January and February are considered the deadliest months for home fires in the calendar year.  Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires and home fire deaths. That’s why it’s important for you as a Board member to encourage your residents to take extra precautions during the winter. Below are some tips that you can provide to members and why they are important.


Considering HOA Board Candidacy

February 12, 2013 at 2:23 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Management, HOA, HOA Board Meetings

Are you considering running for your California Homeowner Association board? If yes, ask yourself the following questions:


Sidestepping Solicitors in Your Homeowners Association

February 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Management, HOA

Do you find yourself annoyed by the persistence of solicitors' unwelcome knocks on your door? It seems like no matter what they are selling or promoting they always manage to show up on your porch. They come with fliers, door hangers, a rehearsed speech and the distinct ability to ignore the polite decline of the products they are peddling to every person they can reach in your homeowners association - cleaning supplies, appliances, cosmetics, magazine subscriptions, home improvement products, coupons for local businesses and other unwanted items - sometimes even making you feel trapped in your own home.