Insuring for Disasters: HOA Budgeting and Planning

The recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida have many of us thinking about what we would do in a catastrophe. For association boards, insurance is the front line of disaster […]

Unforeseen Conditions and Hidden Costs of Construction Projects

Developing a Projected Cost Budget It is not surprising to know that in the initial phases of every proposed construction project, it is the first task of the Construction Manager […]

How Can HOAs Use Reserve or Settlement Funds?

Boards in need of cash may want to use cash in the reserve accounts or from legal settlements, but there are important restrictions.

HOAs and Defibrillators: the Pros and Cons

Should homeowner associations maintain defibrillators (or “AEDs”)? These life-saving devices can also be a source of major liability. Proceed with caution.

10 Tips for New HOA Board Members

New to the HOA board or welcoming new board members? Here are 10 tips to help new board members get up to speed quickly and work effectively.

Can the HOA Trespass to Correct Violations?

Your HOA board wants to go onto a property to correct a covenant violation. Can you? Even if you have legal authorization, should you? There are a number of risks […]

How to Use Your HOA’s Political Power

Your HOA has political power: people who unite around a common cause can change local policies. And your neighbors can help you make big changes.

The Special Assessment

“Special Assessment” is a dirty word in most HOAs. While boards and managers may view a special assessment as a tool to achieve the funding needs of the homeowners association, […]

6 Common HOA Nuisances and How to Handle Them

Smoking, noisy floors, rambunxious children, and barking dogs are often the subject of HOA nuisance complaints. When do these issues qualify as a nuisance and when is the board obligated […]

2016 HOA Legislation & Case Law Review

In 2017, California HOAs will feel the impact of new California laws, federal laws, and court decisions.