It’s inevitable that an HOA will have to hire and work with contractors. In order to get the best work possible from workmen, property managers should take certain steps. Continue reading
When times get tough and money runs short, HOA dues and assessments are often one of the first things to stop being paid. For most people, electricity and credit card bills come first. But, what happens when a resident falls behind on their dues for 6, 7 or even 12 months? Assessments serve an important and necessary function for the community, and associations need to take a stand when serious delinquencies happen. There are several options available, including liens, lawsuits and foreclosure. Which are the right steps to take against residents who have fallen seriously behind?
Sometimes an HOA feels the need to change some of its rules. These can be simple changes, like altering noise bans or facility usage hours, or they can be more severe changes that alter fundamental rules in a community’s charter. When a community finds itself in this situation, one of the most common questions is: do we need a lawyer? Continue reading
Maintenance personnel are some of the most important people in an HOA, and are also probably the most under appreciated. Their work is absolutely essential to keeping a community in working order, and yet, oftentimes, they don’t get the thanks and acknowledgment they deserve. Continue reading
A pipe breaks in an upstairs condo, and the leak damages the roof of the downstairs unit. The downstairs tenant demands that someone pay for the damage. The upstairs tenant says it’s the HOA who should cover it. And, the HOA says that it’s not their responsibility. Who’s right? Is the damage covered by homeowners’ insurance? Should the association have to pay at all? Continue reading
Taiwanese PC manufacturer, Acer, recently announced a new product that they will be bringing to the United States: the Chromebox. The Chromebox is a new desktop computer that uses Google’s Chrome Operating System (OS), and is a practical, affordable piece of technology that many small businesses could find useful for their operations. Continue reading
Not so long ago, online payments seemed like a strange, foreign thing that made people very nervous. Send my money online? How do I know it’ll really get there? How do I know I can trust the people with whom I have to share my financial info? Why can’t I just send a check? Nowadays, most people have gotten over their anxiety about online bill pay, and many HOAs have started accepting online payments. Continue reading
One of the greatest things about living in an HOA is that many of them have their own security that monitors and protects the community. Safety is something that everyone values, and many people gladly pay the extra fees and costs associated with homeowners associations to get it. Continue reading
Now that fall is here, it’s time to start thinking about prepping homes for winter. At first, it may seem like it’s too early, but then you realize that winter isn’t really that far away. The weather is already starting to cool, the leaves are changing color, and the harsh weather will be arriving soon. In order not to get caught off guard (and to avoid expensive repair bills), it’s time to start taking steps to prepare for the winter season.