Electronic Recordings During HOA Board Meetings

Should Individuals be Allowed to Record HOA Board Meetings? Drama! As the meeting starts the Directors and manager notice an owner pull out a handheld digital recorder and push the start […]

How to Fund a Lawsuit for Your HOA

The question of how a community association will pay for a lawsuit must be decided by the board when the need for litigation arises. Depending on whether the HOA is […]

Under the Surface: Hidden Issues in Construction

Published in the ECHO Journal, February 2014 Buildings are always talking to us…it just may take a “building whisperer” to hear what they are saying. Of the many things buildings […]

Fiduciary Responsibility of Association Directors

The law of fiduciary responsibility can be viewed as having two purposes. The first is moral or educational in nature. The law sets a standard for appropriate conduct of association […]

Cost of Earthquake Insurance for HOAs in California

Earthquake risk keeps growing in California, making earthquake insurance a viable option for HOAs and condominium owners. Learn about the costs of insurance premiums, deductibles, and the types of homeowner […]

Basic Homeowner Association Income Taxes

Published in the ECHO Journal, January 2014 Before jumping into the discussion of homeowner association income taxes, it helps if you get a limited understanding of the tax history. Understanding […]

A New Design for Leadership

Published in the ECHO Journal, January 2014 Policy in this context is a written statement that causes others to take action in the attainment of a stated expectation. Governance is […]

HOA Duty to Address the Upstairs Unit’s Noisy Floors

HOAs of multi-level condominiums or other developments are probably familiar with nuisances caused by noisy neighbors, with a majority of complaints coming from unapproved flooring. Associations have a legal responsibility […]

Ask the Maintenance Panel: Landscaping

Published in the ECHO Journal, November 2004 Each month we’ll address a specific maintenance concern that every association faces.  Our panel of experts is here to help answer questions you […]

The Failure of Voluntary Reserve Funding

Published in the ECHO Journal, November 2006 Revisiting “The Hard Facts: Associations Need Cash!” Author’s note: This article was originally published in the February 2003 ECHO Journal to inform community […]