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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 preparedness. But it’s also expensive, and boards planning their budgets have to make tough choices. As insurance is usually ...
Boards in need of cash may want to use cash in the reserve accounts or from legal settlements, but there are important restrictions. ...
Should homeowner associations maintain defibrillators (or "AEDs")? These life-saving devices can also be a source of major liability. Proceed with caution. ...
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. ...

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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...