Neighborhood Watch – How to Start One! – Article from NeighborhoodLink.com

Starting a Neighborhood Watch program in your neighborhood is not hard, but it will take a little time and some proper planning. Step One: Getting started Visit the USAOnWatch.org website which is the national face of the Neighborhood Watch program. There you will find great information to help you get started. Determine the area you … Continue reading

Association Records: What’s Available to the Members – Article by Association Times

The Association Bylaws and CC&R’s usually provide wording on member access to Association records. The books, records, and papers of the Association shall at all times, during reasonable business hours, be subject to inspection by any Member. The Declaration, the Articles, and the Bylaws of the Association shall be available for inspection by any Member … Continue reading

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Should an HOA Risk Accepting the Low Bidder?? The answer is Maybe – Article by Carl A. Brown, RCI, RRO

The purpose of soliciting bids from contractors is, of course, to get the best price or Lowest Bid. All association directors want the best price and all have learned the “three bid rule”. Is the lowest bid always in the best interest of the association? Is the association required to accept the lowest bid? (Answer … Continue reading

Not All Lighting Is Security Lighting: 6 Points for Added Safety – Article by Kim Weiss

There is little doubt that good lighting makes community residents feel more secure at night. Nevertheless, developing an effective security lighting plan can be challenging. The planner must build a strategy that serves the specific needs of the community, accommodates the obstructions on the property, and does not create a nuisance for neighbors.   Crime … 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

The Association Calendar: Guide to Important Dates – Article by Neighborhoodlink.com

As board members change from year to year, it can be difficult to keep track of due dates for various association responsibilities . . . such as when the association audit should be completed, when the sprinklers were last checked, when the annual meeting should be held according to the governing documents, or when legal … Continue reading

HOA Reserve Study Tutorial – Article by Richard Thompson

Every homeowner association should exercise a plan to repair and replace major common area components like roofs, siding, and decks. Healthy reserves are critical to a healthy association because: Buyers examine the Reserves before buying  Lenders examine the Reserves before approving a loan  The board has a fiduciary responsibility to protect the association from financial … 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

Amend Your Way to Efficiency and Cost Savings – Article by David E. Hickey, ESQ

“Reprinted with permission from California Association of Community Managers, Inc. (CACM) The Law Journal (Copyright, 2011, CACM)” Amendments to governing documents can increase the cost effectiveness of an association’s operations. Amendments that can create greater efficiency and cost savings are numerous, but are often unique to each individual set of CC&Rs. However, in recent times, … Continue reading

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