11 Essential Clauses for Construction Contracts in HOAs

Board members should be aware of these key contract provisions to include in agreements between homeowners associations and contractors. These terms cover everything from liability to attorney’s fees, and give […]

5 Policies You Should Consider When Hiring a Contractor

How does an association select the best bid and the right contractor? Don’t stop at price and quality: investigate these 5 policies before you hire a contractor and save your HOA […]

Exempt or Nonexempt: Employee Classification for Overtime Pay

Personal bankers for Bank of America’s wealthiest clients settled for $22 million. Farmers Insurance Exchange claims adjusters were awarded more than $90 million. Starbucks, PacBell and RadioShack “working” managers are […]

New State Certification Requirements for Electricians

Published in the ECHO Journal, March 2007 Legislation was passed in 1999 requiring all electricians who work for a C-10 electrical contractor to be certified by the state of California. […]

20 Questions: Independent Contractor or Employee?

The rules that define contractor or employee relationships are confusing, involving common law, employment law, and tax law. These 20 questions will help you determine whether your HOA service provider […]

7 Common Mistakes in Approving HOA Contracts

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. […]

Consequences of Employee Misclassification

Published in the ECHO Journal, June 2008 Many associations are tempted to classify a worker as an independent contractor so as to avoid payroll taxes, health benefits, and workers’ compensation […]

How Good Are Your Contracts?

Published in the ECHO Journal, May 2011 The importance of ensuring that a contract the Association is about to enter into is legally satisfactory cannot be overstated. Too often, boards […]

The Dangers of Hiring Unlicensed Contractors

Bewared the Unlicensed Contractor Trap Homeowners and homeowner associations often face expenses to maintain or repair their property. It makes sense to look for the most affordable contractor available to […]

HOA Guide to Painting: How to Choose the Best Color and Contractor

Repainting the buildings in your association can be a daunting task, but we’ve got you covered. Learn how to select the right colors, what finishes to use, how to prepare […]