Educational Topic

How do you know if your HOA manager is doing a good job? Identify problems, and learn how to get better service for your condominium or association.

Communication is one of the most important and overlooked aspects of disaster management within homeowners associations. In fact, communication failure is the most predictable problems in post-disaster reviews

Trees contracting disease, fungus, and other parasitic infections are an unexpected side-effect of a drought. Weakened by a lack of water, trees become more susceptible to disease, making them prime candidates for rot. Find out the causes and types of tree fungus that may be causing your foliage to wither.

If your HOA uses a manager to help run your condominium or townhouse community, that manager should be certified. But what's really in that certification? Find out the differences in experience and training required by the CCAM, PCAM, AMS, and more.

We recommend that HOAs use the Accrual Basis of Accounting for financial statements. Learn the differences between accrual, modified accrual, and cash basis accounting, and how they affect your financials.

From time to time, a community association is forced to sue a member who has violated the governing documents. Many times, these lawsuits are "settled" without trial. Sometimes however, a trial must be held to determine whether and to what extent the association can obtain enforcement of the architectural or other "use" provisions of the governing documents, especially the CC&Rs. This article addresses enforcement of judgments whether obtained by "default"—where the other party does not contest the lawsuit—or following a trial by jury or the court.

Disasters, natural or man-made, occur with alarming regularity. Without proper planning, small events can become overwhelming and burdensome for a board of directors and the affected HOA members. A current Disaster and Emergency Response Plan is a necessity for any community association.

It is not surprising to know that in the initial phases of every proposed construction project, it is the first task of the Construction Manager (CM), along with other trained professionals such as the Architect and Engineer of record, to develop projected cost budgets. These are the anticipated costs the project will generate, including such items as labor, material and equipment expenses. In both the constructability review and bidding phases, there is always one aspect of the cost calculation process that can give rise to confusion on the part of the HOA—the “Unforeseen Conditions” line item.

Although CA State regulates private property towing, it gives each city the freedom to write more restrictive municipal codes.  Some cities require the properties to pay for permits to allow them to tow vehicle using permitted tow companies, who also pay for their permits.  Even before the car is towed, the cost for the private property tow is adding up in the way of permits and license fees to the city.  It is not fair to blame the property manager or the tow company for all of the outrageous fees to claim a vehicle, but it is fair to say the vehicle driver controls the outcome from where they park their car.