Community Living Rules Enforcement

Question. We live in a nice community, but every so often someone breaks one of our rules. Sometimes the infraction is minor — such as washing their car on the public street. Other times, the violation is more serious, such as yelling, arguing and even threatening people. The violators may be unit owners or tenants.…

HOA Board And Manager Authority

To achieve effective communications between homeowners and their homeowner association, it is important to understand the authority that belongs to the property management company, the board members individually and the board as a whole. For example, the management company may be able to solve a problem quickly while at other times, management may not have…

Crunching The HOA Budget

Fall is the time when most homeowner associations count last year’s costs and crunch next year’s numbers hoping to squeeze blood out of the HOA’s turnip. Often it’s so dry, there isn’t even any turnip juice left much less any O positive. But crunch you must. Here are some of the ways to make the…

There are Different Kinds of Community Associations

A large number of American homeowners now live in a community association. But do you know that there are several different kinds of community organizations, and each has a different set of laws, and different legal structures. Oversimplified, the three main types of community associations are condominiums, cooperatives and homeowner associations. Although all three types…

Ask the HOA Expert: What Is An Executive Session

Question: What is the definition of an “executive session”? Can a meeting begin as an executive session, and end as an open session, or vice versa? Answer: There may be a state statute that defines “executive session”. If so, you need to follow it. If there is not a statute, the board generally is permitted…