How Can The HOA Save On Water Costs? May 12, 2021 Bookmark and Share

There are various ways the HOA can save water while still keeping up with maintenance. HOA water conservation, while often done to reduce water costs, is also just a matter of smart community management. Here are a few ways to boost HOA water savings while helping the larger community conserve water as well. In this […]

Everything You Need To Know About Condo Insurance May 10, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Unlike insurance for single-family homes — which is pretty much cut and dry — condominium homeowners insurance can be quite complicated. Why? Because as a condo owner, you need to think about insurance coverage for your unit as well as the insurance covered by your HOA. To provide clarity, here’s everything you need to know […]

8 Essential HOA Communication Tools May 7, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Having the right HOA communication tools can make all the difference in keeping your community in the loop. Having open, effective communication improves life in an HOA, because residents feel included. There’s nothing worse than being kept in the dark about what’s going on. Often, it’s not done intentionally, but it feels that way to […]

Flexible Rules: Steps For Consistent but Lenient Governance May 5, 2021 Bookmark and Share

  Community associations have rules and regulations to provide certainty, order, and safety. Regardless of size or shape, every community association should strive to enforce its rules properly, but there are times when those rules can be flexible too. The goal is simple for association boards: Follow the rules and enforcement procedures detailed in the governing documents. […]

Collecting Assessments: What To Consider When Negotiating A Repayment Plan May 3, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Millions of homeowners are facing or will face short- and long-term economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have already been furloughed or laid off. Paying the bills, including community association assessments, will get that much harder for the homeowners experiencing financial hardship. At the same time, community association boards have an important responsibility to collect […]

Post Responsibly: How To Avoid Legal Risks And Negative Effects On Social Media In Your Community April 30, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Social media tools are a great way for community associations to increase engagement with their residents, but they can leave communities vulnerable to potential legal risks if managed inappropriately. Adopting a social media policy can allow communities to assign responsibility over its use and minimize abusive practices, says attorney Katrina Solomatina of Berding & Weil in Walnut […]

Recording HOA Meeting Minutes? This HOA Meeting Minutes Template Will Help! April 28, 2021 Bookmark and Share

For any meeting the HOA board holds, the secretary should record HOA meeting minutes. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that there’s a proper way to go about this. Here, we discuss just that and provide you with a helpful HOA meeting minutes template.   In this article: The Importance of an HOA Meeting […]

Are You Listening To The Homeowners? Prove It! April 26, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Listening to homeowners is one of the most important roles of the HOA board. When homeowners are heard, it’s when the HOA and the residents can really work together. Although homeowner’s opinions can differ at times, the HOA needs to closely listen to homeowners every chance they get. Here are some tips on how you […]

Enforcing A 1 Hour HOA Board Meeting April 23, 2021 Bookmark and Share

With disagreeing residents, unending topics to discuss, and chatty board members, the idea of a short HOA board meeting seems almost impossible. However, it is entirely possible to have a 1 hour HOA board meeting by following a few simple steps. Here’s what you need to know. In this article: What Is the Science Behind […]

Easily Manage your HOA Pool with Task(and Time) Eliminating Software April 21, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Pools managed by HOAs are easily susceptible to losing revenue channels and offering freedom that is often taken advantage of. Without the ability to constantly overlook the pools management elements, it is difficult to control important aspects such as access control for members and guests, employee relations, and membership payments. Many HOAs accept these disadvantages […]

9 Ways The HOA Make Extra Money April 19, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Income is paramount to the successful running of any organization, HOAs included. While the HOA primarily relies on dues or assessments for HOA revenue, it can turn to other modes of earning cash, too. So, how can the HOA make extra money?   In this article: How Can Your HOA Make Extra Money? 1. Rent […]

6 Typical Rules For an HOA April 16, 2021 Bookmark and Share

If you haven’t dealt with a homeowners association before, you should prepare for rules. HOA rules govern many of the activities of daily residents. HOA’s aren’t for everyone, so before you make an offer on a home and move-in, you should understand how one may affect your living experience. HOA’s are more commonplace in certain […]

Enforce, Collect, and Hire Help: An Association Board’s Biggest Responsibilities April 14, 2021 Bookmark and Share

A community association board consists of volunteers elected to serve on behalf of residents to execute a wide variety of tasks. It’s a big job, but most board members are happy to serve and make the community a great place to call home. The board’s biggest responsibilities include enforcing rules, collecting assessments, and hiring help. Enforcing […]

Seven Ways to Be Heard at Your Next Condo or HOA Meeting April 12, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Residents are encouraged to attend and observe community association board meetings. If you’d like to bring an issue to your community association governing board’s attention, you’re welcome to speak during the homeowner forum—a time set aside just for you. So that everyone who attends has an opportunity for a meaningful exchange with the board, typically […]

How To Collect Unpaid HOA Fees At Closing April 9, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Who pays HOA fees at closing? Does the buyer take on the responsibility or does it remain with the seller? Find out below.   In this article: Who Pays HOA Fees at Closing? What Are HOA Fees? What Happens If You Don’t Pay HOA Fees? Pro-Rated HOA Dues at Closing Who Pays for the HOA […]

Are You Listening To The Homeowners? Prove It! April 7, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Listening to homeowners is one of the most important roles of the HOA board. When homeowners are heard, it’s when the HOA and the residents can really work together. Although homeowner’s opinions can differ at times, the HOA needs to closely listen to homeowners every chance they get. Here are some tips on how you […]

HOA Electric Car Charging Policy: Why Have One? April 5, 2021 Bookmark and Share

With the rise of electric cars in society, chances are you’ve probably seen a few of them in your homeowners association. Pretty soon, you will have owners of these vehicles approaching your HOA board to request the installation of charging stations. And, with that, comes the need for an HOA electric car charging policy.   In […]

Why Is A HOA Management Contract So Important? April 2, 2021 Bookmark and Share

The Board of Directors is used to dealing with homeowner association contracts for any type of goods or services needed by the association. Contracts are a standard practice so that both parties understand their specific roles and duties. That’s why a legitimate contract between you and your HOA management company is important too. From daily […]

Building Trust With Condo Association Goodwill March 31, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Condo association goodwill is an intangible but crucial part of keeping a managed community together. HOA goodwill is not simple to measure, yet it’s something that you can instantly see as soon as you spend time in a community. Let’s look at a few different things you can try to spread goodwill in community associations. […]

7 Wonderful Ideas To Have An Eco-Friendly HOA March 29, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Many homeowners associations are moving towards sustainable practices and eco-friendly solutions in their communities. If you want to be an environmentally conscious HOA, there are several ways to do so. For starters, here are seven wonderful ideas that will transform your community into an eco-friendly HOA. In this article: How to Become an Eco-Friendly HOA […]

Are You Asking Enough Questions Before Hiring an HOA Contractor? March 26, 2021 Bookmark and Share

The HOA board is responsible for making decisions when the community is in need of maintenance or repair. Different skill sets are required based on the area of need, so it’s important to be mindful of the contractor you use to get the job done. It’s easy to go with anyone and assume they’re able […]

Six Tips to Ensure Your HOA Hires the Right Landscaping Company March 24, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Landscaping is probably one of the biggest line items on your HOA budget. Oftentimes, board members are expected to know how to manage the landscaping for their HOA, but rarely given tools to do so. Or, if you work with a property management company, you are one more step removed from process. For us, communication […]

Everything You Should Know About Condo Maintenance March 22, 2021 Bookmark and Share

As anybody who’s ever had his air conditioner go out in the middle of summer can tell you, buildings don’t maintain themselves. This is where condo maintenance comes in.   In this article: Who Is Responsible for Condo Maintenance? Who Is Responsible for Plumbing in a Condo? Who Pays for Roof Repairs in a Condo? […]

HOA Insurance 101: Why Does Your HOA Need It? March 19, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Many HOA board members and residents question the importance of proper homeowners association insurance. Maintaining the correct types and limits of HOA insurance, though, offers a safety net that shields your association from unexpected and possibly disastrous losses.   In this article: What Is HOA Insurance? Does a Homeowners Association Need Insurance? What Does HOA […]

How To Tell If You Have A Successful HOA Management Running The Community? March 17, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Many homeowners associations rely on the services of an HOA management company to function smoothly. Unfortunately, there are some communities that experience bad management. So, how can you know if you have a successful HOA management in your community? In this article: Identifiers of Successful HOA Management 1. Delivers on Promised Services 2. Stays Updated […]

HOA Board Election Rules: Ensuring A Fair And Successful Election March 15, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Every homeowners association requires a set of rules to serve as a guide for their board elections. But, coming up with these exact HOA board election rules can come as a challenge. In this article: Creating Your Own HOA Board Election Rules What to Include in Your HOA Board Election Rules Candidate Qualifications Nomination Procedures Equal […]

What Are HOA Disputes? How To Practice Dispute Resolution? March 12, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Homeowners association disputes are very common. Given the diversity within a community, there’s no guarantee that the members will get along with each other all the time. Nevertheless, HOA board members need to have an effective strategy for dealing with neighbor disputes. Here’s what you need to know about resolving HOA disputes fairly.   In […]

How To Create An Awesome HOA Welcome Packet For New Residents March 10, 2021 Bookmark and Share

HOAs should strive to make a good first impression with their new residents. A warm welcome can go a long way in cultivating a strong, harmonious relationship with your new homeowners. Here’s how to create an HOA welcome packet that your new residents will appreciate.   What Is the Purpose of an HOA Welcome Packet? […]

A Community’s Last Resort: Foreclosing On A Home March 8, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Nobody wants to foreclose on a home—not a mortgage banker and certainly not a community association. Countless Americans lose their homes when lending institutions are unable to collect mortgage payments. In a perfect world, no one would ever face foreclosure—for any reason. That’s why foreclosure should always be used as a last resort, applied only […]

What to know before you buy in an HOA March 5, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Q. I’m looking for a new home, and about half the communities in my area are governed by a community association. How can I find out if living in an HOA community is for me? People choose to live in community associations for numerous reasons. Many owners value the inherent benefits of community associations, which are […]