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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.

5 Ways Your HOA Board May Unknowingly Put the Community at Risk 

January 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Law

As a homeowners association board member, your responsibilities to the community you oversee are many. Homeowners look to their board to keep their community safe, well-maintained and properly managed. Board members are obligated to do everything in their power to meet its members needs while complying with the community’s CC&Rs as well as any state and local regulations. Unfortunately, there are instances where your HOA board may unknowingly be putting the community at risk. Hiring an HOA manager can take the pressure off of your board members. Let’s take a closer look at the pitfalls that can exist and how you can avoid them. 


End of the Drought: Law Changes Your HOA Board Needs to Know About

April 17, 2017 at 3:03 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, HOA Law

The California drought has officially been acknowledged as coming to an end. While this is great news for the residents of California, it’s not back to the normal day-to-day management of homeowners association just yet.


Does Your Homeowners Association Allow Political Yard Signs?

October 28, 2016 at 10:28 AM / by HOA Manager

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

Americans are starting to gear up for voting date and showing support for their preferred 2016 presidential candidate by volunteering at campaign locations, watching the latest debates, and posting political signs on their property. This raises the issue of whether or not a homeowners association can restrict residents from posting political signs. Learn more in the article excerpt below and what the law in California says.


An HOA Board’s Fiduciary Duty: The Key to Avoid Conflicts of Interest

April 15, 2016 at 10:31 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Contractors, HOA Law

In homeowner’s associations, you and every board member are considered a fiduciary and are duty bound to act in the best interests of all residents, not your own best interests.


Why It's Imporant an HOA Board Pays Attention to the Open Meeting Act

February 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board Meetings, HOA Law

casual_meetingA good number of  Board members understand that being a leader within their homeowners association can be a very rewarding yet sometimes thankless job. If they have been on the Board for any length of time, they also know that change is inevitable. Rules and regulations governing homeowners associations are consistently being reviewed and evaluated, and keeping up on the changes is just one responsibility of the Association board.



What to Know About Using Private Drones in Your Homeowners Association

October 14, 2015 at 3:19 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Member of HOA, Safety in an HOA, HOA Law

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a drone! Camera-mounted private drones are becoming increasingly popular. However, the technology and problems that come with them are still new, and enforcing this violation in your homeowners association will bring unique challenges, as well as the ability to locate the operator.


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.


3 Steps an HOA Board Can Take to Resolve Disputes in the Association

July 15, 2015 at 1:51 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Member of HOA, HOA Law

A homeowners association and its members disagree from time to time. The HOA board must provide the homeowner an opportunity to meet and confer with the board. Members must be provided with a fair, reasonable and expeditious procedure for resolving disputes with the Association without being charged a fee. The process is referred to as "Internal Dispute Resolution" (IDR).


The Value of Your Homeowners Association Attorney

December 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Management, HOA Law

There are several individuals that bring value to your association. Your volunteer board, your manager, your interested members that may serve in other capacities, and your supportive and assessment-paying membership. Vendors also can bring great value to your association in many ways. Today, we are considering the value that your association attorney brings to your community.

Like your manager, your community’s legal counsel is one of the most important people, other than volunteers and residents, involved in your homeowners association. Not a volunteer, but a paid and crucial member of your association’s professional team, your attorney is one that is called on to give guidance in many aspects of the association’s ongoing business. And because community association law is complex and ever changing, your association’s attorney is likely knowledgeable in a wide variety of practice areas that can affect your association, including some of the areas mentioned below.

Association Attorneys Have a Vast Array of Knowledge in Matters Such As:

  • Construction warranty
  • Directors’ liability
  • Real estate
  • Contracts
  • Architectural and design review
  • Insurance
  • Employment
  • Environmental law
  • Water regulation
  • Collections and foreclosure

Actions to Take When Your HOA Board is Faced with a Lawsuit

July 16, 2014 at 11:36 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board, HOA Law

You’re being sued, what do you do? You know that being faced with a lawsuit is a serious matter and absolutely should not be ignored. That being said, there are some important actions you need to take as an HOA board member to avoid setting the homeowners association up for failure and getting yourself in a mess you can’t clean up.