What are drying services and why do I need them? – Article by Elaine Kwoh

What are drying services and why do I need them? It is necessary to mitigate a water damage to prevent further damage to a home and neighboring units. A homeowner has the responsibility to respond quickly to these occurrences. If negligence is determined, the HOA or your insurance company could deny coverage. There may be … Continue reading

May the Board Transfer Common Area to Members in an HOA or Condo Association? – Article by Beth A Grimm, P.L.C

Often in common interest developments like condos, townhomes and  even single family home developments people look around and see areas of land  that are not being fully utilized and think, “I could use an extra 20 feet  of back yard”, or “If I had that space I would create a gazebo,”  or “That rectangle would … Continue reading

CAI Mortgage Matters Program – What is it, What it does and how it can help Homeowner Associations

Mortgage Matters – Ensuring access to mortgages for the 62 million Americans in community associations Mortgage Matters—Protecting communities, homeowners and homebuyers Ensuring that Americans can obtain mortgages for homes in  community associations. Preserving the ability of community association homeowners to sell their homes. Safeguarding the financial well-being of homeowners and condominium associations. View our free CAI … Continue reading

Art of HOA Tree Pruning – Article by Richard Thompson

Trees are living artwork that decorate the common area. They are beautiful and soothe the soul but are constantly changing. Like all living things, they need care and attention. Trees are pruned to produce an effect in the landscape – that’s the “art” side of pruning. Understanding and being able the tree’s growth and health … Continue reading

To Tow or Not To Tow – That is a Question of Liability – Article by Feldsott & Lee A Law Corporation

Illegal parking is a common problem for Associations. The problem begins the same way every time. Someone, but you’re not sure who, parked his/her car in guest parking. Only that is not the real problem. The real problem is that the car is dirty, dented, and now it is leaking oil over the freshly slurried … Continue reading

Q & A – HOA Towing Facts – Article by Nick Carroll

Does an H.O.A. need a towing contract? Yes! But it is not really a contract it is a general authorization to allow a tow company to enforce towing of fire lanes and vehicles blocking exit and entrances only.  This way the tow company does not need to bother management when they see a vehicle parked in … Continue reading

Investing Association Reserve Funds – Article by Benjamin J. Hong, Esq.

In making investment decisions the Board should use its best business judgment to protect the association’s reserve funds. Always check your association’s governing documents first for any specific investment limitations that have been imposed on the Board. Absent such document specific limitations, the Board should be primarily concerned with the security of the funds and … Continue reading

Mediation: Nuts and Bolts – Article by Margo T. Keller

Conflict is inevitable.  Disputes arise with our neighbors, on our Boards or committees, and within our business and family relationships all the time. There is no shame in having a disagreement that rises to the level of a very serious dispute. The only shame is in not knowing you have many options for resolving the … Continue reading

Amber Poll – What HOA topic’s interest you the most?

Take our poll and let us know what type of articles you would be interested in reading.   Want to contribute an article? Contact me at mark@ambeprm.com.

What Exactly Is A Binding Contract? – Article By David Swedelson, California Condo and HOA Attorney, Senior Partner SwedelsonGottlieb

All to often we are called in to deal with a dispute over a contract that the association entered into with a contractor or vendor. And I am often surprised to learn that the board and management really do not understand what a binding contract is (and what it is not). What needs to be … Continue reading

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