In the past, payments were made with checks and sent through the mail to reach their destinations. This old method is slow and costs additional money to pay for the stamp and envelope. Luckily, more and more businesses are accepting online payments, and HOAs are no different. Check out the benefits of paying HOA association dues online. Continue reading
Successful HOAs provide unparalleled security and safety for homeowners. Unfortunately, there are many security pitfalls that associations can fall into. Check out these four top HOA security issues and how to avoid them.
To fix any security issues, you have to know what works and what doesn’t, but too many communities fail to perform security audits. During a security audit, the property manager or board, tours the community and identifies potential vulnerabilities, such as a dark, hidden parking lot. When vulnerabilities are identified, the HOA can begin creating a solution to improve security and prevent danger. In the case of the dark parking lot, adding some lights or a CCTV camera are possible solutions. Continue reading
Running an HOA is challenging, especially when community members are difficult. The best way to overcome these challenges is through good communication between the board and residents. When there is good communication, residents understand the rules and reasons, and they are more inclined to come speak when they have a comment or suggestion. Continue reading
Your association is a business, and businesses needs great brands to keep customers coming back. A brand is what helps homeowners understand what living in your neighborhood is like. A brand full of youth and excitement attracts younger homeowners, while a brand focusing on family and kids attracts families. Check out these four tips to help you build the perfect brand for your association. Continue reading
Living in an HOA really is a community effort. Bulk expenses, such as keeping the common areas looking great come out of the dues paid by the residents, making it everyone’s responsibility. However, in many cases, different residents pay different amounts. Can these expenses be divided equally amongst homeowners? Continue reading
HOAs have the right to regulate their communities, but does that mean they have the right to ban sex offenders? Nobody wants a sex offender in their back yard, but there are both pros and cons to banning sex offenders. Continue reading
The holidays are coming! That means it’s time for potlucks, family get-togethers, and lots and lots of cooking. Many HOAs will be having community potlucks, giving residents a chance to show off their cooking skills and share tasty recipes with their neighbors. For anyone who wants to take part in these annual events but is worried that their cooking skills aren’t quite up to standard, there’s a new piece of technology, Drop (getdrop.com), that will help them find great recipes, prepare them to perfection, and then share them with the world. Continue reading
HOAs have long complained about how difficult it can be to collect delinquent fees that they are owed by homeowners who rent out their homes. In response, some states have taken action to allow HOAs to demand payment from the tenants of properties that have past due rent or fees, even though they are not technically the ones who have an agreement with the association.
While many HOAs are breathing a sigh of relief that they now have more avenues to recoup their losses and put pressure on delinquent accounts, these laws have also created a situation where the people being held responsible are technically innocent parties that have been put in the middle of a conflict they may have no control over. Despite this, some associations are resorting to booting residents’ cars, even those owned by tenants and not delinquent owners. Is this going too far? Continue reading
A 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
How an HOA should handle security is a very touchy issue. Which security measures should be taken, who is responsible for implementing them, and how those decisions can leave a community association vulnerable are all important matters that need to be taken up. While this post does not have all the answers, it is a starting guide for which security-related questions need to be asked first, and how to approach them. Continue reading