What is a Capital Improvement? – Article by Robert M. DeNichilo

Many HOAs have language in their governing documents that act as a spending cap on capital improvement projects without member approval (often at 5% of the annual budget). However, the term “capital improvement” is often not defined. This often leads to confusion as to whether an expense requires member approval. “Capital improvement” is an accounting … Continue reading

Parking Wars! Community Association Parking Regulation on Private and Public Streets – Article by Andrea L. O’Toole, Esq.

It is no secret that parking enforcement is a sensitive issue for homeowner’s associations and their boards; and, few issues can compete for the title of “most aggravating” amongst association members. An association’s most potent remedy – towing – can lead to frustration, anger and lawsuits. Take, for example, last year’s case where a jury … Continue reading

Delegating Fines – Article by Adrian J. Adams of Adams Kessler PLC

QUESTION: At a recent board meeting, a director questioned the authority of the architectural committee to send out violation notices. He felt it was reserved exclusively to the board. Others argued that the board had given the committee that authority and owners could always appeal their fines to the board. Which is it? ANSWER: Door … Continue reading

Neighbor to Neighbor Disputes – Article by David A. Loewenthal, Esq.

The Top Ten List As more people move into common interest developments, neighbor to neighbor disputes will become an increasingly important issue for both Homeowners Associations, its Board of Directors, management companies, lawyers and most importantly, the actual homeowners themselves. Living within a common interest development largely brings significant benefit in value to its residences … Continue reading

HOAs and Pests – Who is Responsible for Eradication? Broken Screens? – Article by Beth A. Grimm

Here’s a good quandary sent by a reader: “Recently, wasps entered my unit via a broken screen on our kitchen exhaust vent outside the unit. The exhaust vent is on the second floor. The HOA manager hired an exterminator to repair the screen and kill the nest but stuck me with the bill. She says … Continue reading

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