Category Archives: Community Website

Code Requirements for Sprinklers in HOAs

shutterstock_181813376Sprinkler systems help stop fires and save lives. For many buildings, they are a necessity to stop a fire in its tracks. However, rules and regulations are changing, so it’s important to determine which associations need sprinklers and which don’t. Continue reading

Pros and Cons of Video Taping HOA Meetings

shutterstock_98559113In some states, such as Florida, it is legal for residents to film community association meetings. While there are many benefits to this, there are also some disadvantages as well. Consider the pros and cons of having your association meetings recorded and create regulations to help prevent misuse of recordings. Continue reading

The Budget Busters of 2015

Piggy-bankA new year is coming, which means it is time for planning out new budgets. Careful budget planning is incredibly important for a community association, as it determines how much money they will have to collect from residents and what projects and services it will be able to complete. Continue reading

12 Months Delinquent… What Now?

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?

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Yes or No to Background Checks on Board Members?

shutterstock_75877810While laws vary state by state, there is a general rule that an HOA can set restrictions on who may or may not serve as a board member. As long as the restrictions do not discriminate by race, class, gender, etc. and are applied equally to all candidates and members, it is perfectly within an HOA’s rights to formally adopt its own set of rules preventing certain people from being able to serve on the board. Continue reading

Fannie Mae To Pay Condo Association

shutterstock_31852775In May of this year, the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) was ordered on appeal to pay a Florida community association nearly $100,000 plus costs and attorney’s fees. The ruling stems from a suit involving a foreclosed condo, past due association fees, and how the mortgage giant came into possession of the property. Continue reading

5 Tips for Effective Risk Management

In the world of property management, risk management entails two different types of risk: risk to property, and risk to people on that property. Protecting both is a highly important part of every property manager’s job. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of five helpful risk management tips for property managers. Continue reading

Why Your Amex Is No Good Here

Anyone who has an American Express or Discover credit card has surely had one of those aggravating moments where they try to pay with their card, only to be told their card type isn’t accepted there. Why are American Express and Discover the apparent redheaded stepchildren of the credit card world? What makes them different from Visa and Mastercard, which are accepted as a form of payment pretty much everywhere? Continue reading

Dinner From Anywhere – A Smartphone Controlled Crock-Pot

shutterstock_81704944In a fast paced world, it can be hard to find time to cook a nice meal. Between the job, family, kids, and everything else that demands our attention, it’s no wonder that so many people only find time for takeout and microwavable meals; not the time-consuming alternatives that they’d prefer. Thanks to Belkin’s new smartphone-controlled Crock-Pot, technology has just opened up a new opportunity for members of your community to enjoy slow cooked meals as conveniently as they can order a pizza.  Continue reading

How to Avoid Common HOA Lawsuits

shutterstock_56415409Lawsuits are an unfortunate and inevitable feature of modern business. That goes for institutions and incorporated entities like HOAs as well. While it’s unlikely that an HOA will be able to avoid all lawsuits entirely, there are steps they can take that will at least eliminate some of the possible lawsuits from ever happening.  Continue reading