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Do and Don'ts for Chosing the Right Tree Service for Your HOA
In order to operate a successful community association, there are many important facets of association governance that must be understood and implemented by its board of directors. One of the most important is the budgeting process.
Additional steps you can take to avoid costly Director's & Officer's insurance claims.
Steps you can take to avoid costly Director's & Officer's insurance claims.
Board members must interface with their membership, management team, association vendors and other members of the public pragmatically at all times. Following are my personal "Eight Golden Rules" to assist you with achieving that goal.
It's Your Home and Your Community. Are You Participating in Decisions That Affect Your Greatest Investment?
Effective communities share certain characteristics that serve as the backbone for success.
Learn more about pool safety and the HOA board's liability.
Is your association pool ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant? New Guidelines
IHG Director's & Officer's Insurance
Summary: How long the board should wait after a violation before re-inspecting.
What is an HOA?
All you need to know about filing your association's annual report with the Maryland Department of State.
How to foster community spirit in your association.
During a state of emergency, the board's powers change so officers can act immediately for the protection of the association.
The benefits of starting a social media page for your association and the precautions you should take.
What should and shouldn't be included in your association's minutes.
What you need to know about legal liability and how it can affect your association.
Is your association ready for when a disaster strikes?
The duties of your association's president.
The duties of your association's secretary.
Methods you association can use to minimize losses when homeowners fall delinquent on their payments.
The duties of your association's treasurer.
How homeowner bankruptcy may affect your association and how knowing your rights may minimize your risk.
High-rise and mid-rise condominiums are saving money by upgrading their buildings to a green infrastructure, but many people worry about the cost of these upgrades. Here's how to go green without breaking the bank.
If your association does not have a website yet, you won't be able to wait much longer. But creating a website is easier and less costly than you may think. Here are some tips on who to hire and what questions you should be asking.
There are always many questions about the ratification of budgets. Here is the process your association should use and some tips on how to go about ratifying your budget.
Is your association's playground age appropriate? Here are guidelines and options to consider when building a playground in your community.
What should and should not be discussed outside an board meeting and why.
Your association's board members work hard. It only seems fair that they should receive payment. But what are the rules and regulations about board member compensation?
How to distinguish the duties and the powers of the committee from the duties and powers of the board. Who has authority over what?
Fines are an effective way for an association to enforce rules. However, there are a few important considerations the board should keep in mind about the handling of fines.
Hiring a resident of your association to provide services seems like a good idea, but here's why you may not want to.
Board members have a duty to the association to act in good faith and to make reasonable judgments. The state of Georgia even has laws to impose these duties on your association board.
Trees are a wonderful way to enhance the landscape of your yard and your association's common areas. But many issues may arise if trees are on boundary lines. Here are the rules you should follow and advice about maintenance and insurance coverage.
The relationship between the HOA Board and the Management Company is an important one. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a management company or when choosing to retain yours.
If you serve on an HOA Board you may feel like you have a bull's-eye on your shirt and every resident has a quiver full of arrows. Find out how to put on your suit of armor.
Advice on how (and how not) to communicate with your neighbors while performing board duties.
Simply put, homeowners should have access to appropriate association books and records; and association boards must allow homeowners access to appropriate community records, when requested. Hereis some helpful information.
Satellite dishes have been a source of anger between homeowners, mainly for aesthetic reasons. There are several rules and regulation your association should follow to minimize the tension.
Many people are confused about their association's budget process. Here's what you need to know about completing a budget.
Here are solutions for communities facing traffic issues. There are several considerations for the association board to keep in mind when choosing methods in which to enforce traffic regulations.
A resolution is a formalized board decision with a set format. Here's what you need to know about why resolutions are important and how to go about making them.
Many associations are using collection agencies to handle delinquent payments. Here are some advantages of using a collection agency to collect payments.
Don't fall prey to lawsuits involving your homeowners association. Directors and Officers Insurance is essential for board members. Here is some advice on what your coverage should include plus other precautions you should take.
The myriad of laws that govern a homeowner association are often confusing and contradictory. How can your association untangle the rules?
Who is responsible for maintaining the sidewalks in your association? Find out how you can protect your association from lawsuits resulting from sidewalk accidents.
A summary of the differences between a compilation, review, and audit and an example of each. Which one is the right for your association?
The terms of the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005.
Ten rights according to AARP to protect homeowners that are part of a community association.
Some developers are reluctant to give homeowners access to the association financial records. Here are some suggestions about what to do when the developer refuses to provide you with financial records and what your rights are.
What is the importance of Directors and Officers Insurance and should you have it? What should you look for in a quality insurance policy?