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12 tips for evaluating your current HOA management company or for finding a new one. 

If your association permits short-term rentals (e.g. Airbnb), clear guidelines will help your owners and protect the HOA.

If you live in an HOA or serve on the board, Directors & Officers (D&O) insurance (D&O) provides essential protection. But shoddy coverage or a late claim can jeopardize your community.

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 neighborhood. But we aren’t in 1439 anymore, and there’s an alternative delivery system that is more timely, interactive, and modern – email newsletters.

California law provides owners with access to many HOA documents, including financial records. What are those documents, how quickly must they be provided, and what are the limitations?

Tips for non-Scroogey ways that HOAs can handle 3 common holiday problems: lights, theft, and parking.

Airbnb has been a boon to owners looking for extra cash, but an occasional nightmare for HOAs. In San Francisco, the laws regulating Airbnb are growing more complex. What do you need to know?

California law considers carbon monoxide a "hazardous substance" and rightfully so. With the immense safety concerns surrounding this toxic gas, the board of directors of your HOA may want to consider taking matters into their own hands. Learn about the laws associated with CO detectors and an association's responsibility to take charge. 

Unfortunately, fraud happens in homeowners associations. No strategy will guarantee that your HOA won't be a victim of theft or embezzlement, but your board can take reasonable steps to reduce the opportunity for fraud. By implementing a system of controls, adopting certain policies, properly reviewing your bank statements, and conducting reviews with a CPA, your association can work to prevent fraud

Electric Car charging stationThere are nearly 100,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs)  in California – 40 percent of the national PEV market.  Your homeowners association may have already received requests for charging stations on the property, especially in regions such as the Bay Area, greater Los Angeles, and San Diego where PEV adoption rates are high and many people live in multi-unit dwellings.

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