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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 one of the largest line items, boards should review this annual item for changes, accuracy and cost.

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.

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.

Mold is a serious problem. These 8 strategies can help HOA boards to remedy the problem, help the affected owner, and protect the association from additional liability.

When HOA members decide to remove their board of directors, the board has to participate in the process. This article explains the board's responsibilities.

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