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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.

How to Be the World’s Worst HOA Board Member

April 27, 2016 at 8:20 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board

You don’t want to be that guy (or gal) do you? You know the one – unreliable, uninformed, and unmotivated. It seems like every Association or organization has this type of person that everyone just puts up with or secretly doesn’t like at all. Do yourself a favor: look at the following list and be honest with yourself. If you do any of these things, maybe it’s time to change or step down. If you can think of a fellow HOA board member who does this, maybe you could help them!


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.


No More Assessment Increase! (Said No HOA Board Ever)

April 1, 2016 at 9:35 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Fees

The HOA board is thrilled to announce it is lowering assessments by implementing an exciting new program that will actually cut the association’s expenses in half! Here’s how it works.


Why a Strategic Plan is Crucial for Your Homeowners Association

March 9, 2016 at 5:04 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management, HOA Documents and Contracts

Are you reviewing and updating your homeowner’s association’s strategic plan?

A strategic plan outlines priorities and projects for the immediate future and for years to come. It can accommodate revisions as changing circumstances dictate—without conflicting with the vision behind its creation. It also helps determine what the year’s budget will include and suggests what future ones might feature.


How HOA Board Members Can Tune in to Meetings Online

February 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board, HOA Board Meetings

Whether you’re out of town or out of commission, you can still attend the homeowners association board meetings by tuning in online. This is not to be confused with a meeting via email, this is not allowed.


All Homeowners Associations Have These 3 Things in Common

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

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

If you’re part of a homeowners association, you’ll find the following commonalities to be true just about anywhere you live in the country. It’s important to understand these ahead of time before becoming a resident in an association. While some people might find them controlling, they actually give members the opportunity to have a voice in their living community.


Ways Your Homeowners Association Can Help Conserve Water

August 21, 2015 at 3:14 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management, Member of HOA

Do you keep your water running when doing the dishes? Do you wash half loads of laundry? Do you enjoy extra-long, hot showers to start your day? In the midst of the California drought, residents are learning to cultivate new habits to conserve water as a result of the Governor’s statewide declaration requiring Californians to save water in every way possible.


Indoor Water Conservation Tips for Homeowners Association Residents

August 20, 2015 at 2:32 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, Member of HOA, Resident Tips

In the midst of the state-wide drought, residents of California have been mandated to follow water restrictions. Reducing water use means making significant changes in your everyday habits and routine, but it can also mean substantial savings on water, sewage and energy bills for homeowners association residents.


Responsibilities an HOA Board Can't Delegate to a Manager

July 22, 2015 at 2:09 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management, HOA Board

The most important thing a Board needs to know is that it cannot give away the authority to make decisions. The manager is an integral part of a homeowners association, but there are some things the HOA board is ultimately responsible for and can’t delegate to a manager.


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: