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Reviewing and accepting contracts is a regular and important requirement for homeowner associations  boards. However I see many boards that make mistakes in awarding contracts for work on association complexes. This article identifies some of the most common mistakes I see—and believe me, I see these every day.

Many new board members want an introductory guide that states in one place what are their duties and by what authority do they operate. This article discusses general concepts and law related to the powers and duties of association boards. You should be aware that the law differs between the various states, and therefore a board member should seek legal advice before acting.

HOA board meetings are an essential part of running an association. But what exactly does it entail? This article discusses the laws for running your HOA's meetings. 

Attendance at Meetings

Any member of the association may attend meetings of the board except when the board adjourns to executive session.

Your HOA may have a closet full of records, but do you have the right ones? Which records should you keep for reference and which are required by California law? We've gathered a full list of all records your HOA should have on file and how they should be organized. 

The growing category of "green", energy-efficient paints offers both financial and environmental benefits to consumers. By providing a high return on investment, these paints and roof coatings can greatly benefit large companies to individual homeowners, and everywhere in between

HOAs face many options and obstacles when considering whether or not it makes sense to go switch to solar. Condominiums vary by size, shape, zoning, and other factors that determine how conducive the building may be for alternative energy. Converting to solar can save thousands of dollars annually but requires a significant initial cash outlay. Solar power is a big expenditure that brings big benefits: you’re not just reducing your carbon footprint, you’re also ultimately increasing the property’s value and the value of individual units and reducing the property’s energy bills forever.

For many people, their home is their greatest asset, yet studies show that 59% of today’s homes are underinsured. Homeowners should update their insurance regularly to include improvements, major purchases and increased rebuilding costs, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III). “A major home alteration or addition, even a lifestyle change such as marriage, or a family member moving in (along with his or her belongings), should trigger a call to your insurance company.” -Jeanne Salvatore, Senior Vice President and Consumer Spokesperson for the III. The cost of building or repairing a home has increased dramatically in recent years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeowners spent over $359 billion on additions, alterations, maintenance and repairs from 2009-2011, up from $201 billion in 2004. Materials like lumber, cement, gypsum and structural steel products have become more scarce, not only because of the devastation from recent storms and disasters, but also because of increased global demand.

Creating a proactive roof drainage plan is one of the best ways to keep properties in good working order and to avoid costly repairs such as water intrusion, dry rot, premature rusting, foundation challenges, termite infestation and staining.

HOAs create rules to address situations that are not regulated by the CC&Rs. This article explains the process to adopt or change a rule, as well as process that members must follow to repeal a rule.