Education

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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. ...
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 and (and a few benefits) associated with entering someone else's property to resolve a covenant violation. ...
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. ...
"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, to homeowners special assessments are scary: they suggest a threat to financial security and imply possible mismanagement o...
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 to act? ...
In 2017, California HOAs will feel the impact of new California laws, federal laws, and court decisions. ...

Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:30pm
Educational Seminar

DoubleTree by Hilton
Rohnert Park, CA

Free admission for pre-registered ECHO HOA Members! Join us at the Wine Country Educational Seminar and learn from our team of HOA experts. Agenda details coming soon.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Educational Seminar

Fort Mason Conference Center
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123

Join us for an evening Seminar in San Francisco. Attendance is free for pre-registered ECHO HOA Members.

Board Member Essentials

A Board Member's (and Management Professor's) Perspective How good is your association's management company? Are you getting the service you are paying for? Is better service available at a better price? Should you make a change? How can you tell? These questions probably concern board members...

For decades, HOA Boards have communicated news and events to their members using a method developed by Johannes Gutenberg in 1439 – the hardcopy newsletter. Often delivered monthly to the doorstep of every resident, the paper newsletter has reliably provided a snapshot of information for your...

Homeowners association board members and owners often wonder if their manager is really doing what they should be doing. Is the manager doing too much or not enough? To answer these questions, you'll need to create some clear guidelines that you can use to conduct an evaluation. Those guidelines...

Here is a brief summary of the tax reporting and filing requirements for your association, updated for 2017. For further information, contact your association’s CPA or accounting professional. HOA Tax Return Deadlines Employment Tax Returns Standard Deadline: 30 Days After End of Each...