HOA Landlord Rules

One of the issues that many HOAs grapple with is renters. Some ban them outright, others limit their number. Most live and let live. Interestingly, the HOA has no direct legal authority over renters, only its members. This disconnect creates some practical problems for the board or manager in communicating with tenants since there is…

HOA Volunteer Pheromones

Moths give off “pheromones”, a scent that attracts mates from many miles away. Oh, that it were so easy to attract volunteers at a homeowner association. Just spritz a bit of Eau de Volunteer about and stand back! So what does it really take to attract good volunteers? Here are a couple of suggestions: Develop…

Ask the HOA Expert: Rules With Reason

Homeowner associations (HOAs) are the fastest growing form of home ownership in America. In metropolitan markets, they can account for over 2/3rds of all new home construction. As more buyers choose this form of housing, condos and planned communities are becoming a dominant force to be reckoned with. HOAs are quasi-governments that collect mandatory fees…

Ask the HOA Expert: Board Meetings and Members

Question: We have one unit owner who is requesting copies of the most recent year’s financial records and meeting minutes. He seems to be irate because none of the board meetings were open to the members. We don’t feel that it is appropriate to give him copies of this information although he is welcome to…