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

AMENDING GOVERNING DOCUMENTS – IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PAINFUL!! – Article by Beth Grimm

Were your governing documents drafted before 1995? Is the Developer out of the project? Do your documents seem to relate to some other association? Are some of the provisions absurd, obsolete or unenforceable? Are your CC&Rs impossible to understand? To interpret? Are you baffled by your Bylaws? Are there conflicting provisions in your documents? Discriminatory … Continue reading

I still owe HOA Fees after I filed Bankruptcy and Surrendered my Home? – Article written by Michael G. Doan

Technically yes. Debtors are frequently surprised to find that they are still personally liable for HOA fees after filing for bankruptcy, even though they have moved out and for all intents and purposes made known their intent in the bankruptcy that they are surrendering their property back to the bank. Such liability is the result … Continue reading

Contract Termination Clauses – How Important Are They? – Article by Beth Grimm, P.L.C.

I am reminded today of the laxity with which many Associations treat contracts. I was reviewing one Association’s communication to owners about a half million dollar assessment for rehabilitation work (about $10,000 per unit) and came across the statement “We were able to get a favorable contract with a no-penalty termination clause.” The reason I … Continue reading

Have a “Q”? Because we have your “A” – An amazing complied list of HOA Q & A – Article by hoaqanda.com

    JUSTIFIED EXPENDITURES Q.  Can the board of directors of our association spend association funds on what amounts to a political issue? The board wants to spend funds to stop a nearby development, based on the belief that it will harm the value of homes in our community. A.  Absent a prohibition in the … Continue reading

How to Protect a Board’s Personal Emails – Article by Robert M. DeNichilo

  Imagine this scenario: a person volunteers their time, and spends countless hours working for the betterment of their community. Many of these hours are late at night or on weekends. They and their fellow Board members exchange countless emails at all hours of the day. The emails are often sent from their work or … Continue reading

Can HOA or Condo Boards or Managers Count Ballots? – Article by Beth Grimm, P.L.C.

“Is there any legal requirements that HOA elections be handled by someone other than the Management Company and Board of Director?”  There is a law on elections in California and it is very comprehensive (long, complicated and in ways difficult to interpret). But what it says on the subject of who can act as an … Continue reading

The Controlling Director – Article by Neighborhood Link

  How many of us have experienced the board member who wants to control all aspects of his or her community association’s operation from finances to personnel to housekeeping? This controlling person just doesn’t want to accept that there is a division of responsibility in the operation of an association. How do you handle such … Continue reading

Paving the Way for Spring: Restoring the Parking Lot after its Winter Pummeling – Article by Liz Lent

When the days finally lengthen and the mornings lose that bitter chill, it’s time to assess the damage wrought by another New Jersey winter. For the board  members and the property manager of a community association, that wintertime  damage can be found throughout the property, from the landscaping and roofing  to the tennis courts and, … Continue reading

“Apples to Apples”…. bidding that’s not rotten to the core…. – Article by Greg Borzilleri

                                                                                                       Believe it or not when presented with a request for proposal (Sometimes referred to as a RFP) it isn’t as simple as throwing a number at the repair and seeing if it sticks.  There is a tremendous amount of work that actually goes into a putting together a proposal whether it is for … Continue reading

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