Law is a living thing. It grows, mutates, evolves. A new Arizona case just shook things up big time. Chances are you have not heard about this recent case because attorneys are scrambling to figure out how to deal with it. In summary, outside a few limited exceptions that [...]
Crazy HOA meetings happen all the time. I found a video that made me chuckle because it is exactly how one of my recent board meetings went. After you watch the video I am sure you will be able to relate to either the manager, directors or homeowners. This [...]
The majority of HOAs are great. Sure, they have a lot of rules but they serve their purpose. Occasionally, boards get carried away and adopt strange rules. I've seen a lot of wacky rules over my career as an HOA lawyer. Here are my top 10. Let me [...]
QUESTION: Does a board president only vote in case of a tie?
ANSWER: Tricky question. Many of us jump the gun and simply say a president can vote like any other director unless the governing documents provide otherwise. This can get you into trouble. Many community associations follow Robert's Rules [...]
Over the years we've helped hundreds of clients prepare and plan for future expenditures with Reserve Studies. Reserve Studies serve as a "Road Map" to guide an association through the ups and downs of the uncertain future. However, understanding a Reserve Study is not always the easiest thing to [...]
Drones are quite the "buzz" nowadays. Last month the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Amazon permission to start testing their delivery drones. Imagine getting your packages minutes after ordering them. Amazing.
Since the spike in private ownership of remote-controlled drones, more of us are asking whether homeowners associations can (or should) [...]
QUESTION: We love having HOA "movie night" every so often at our clubhouse for the kids. It has always been a very popular event. I had an attorney friend tell me (I'm on the board) that showing movies may be a copyright infringement. Is that true?
ANSWER: Your friend is [...]
52nd Legislature – Arizona First Regular Session - Update
THE FOLLOWING BILLS BECOME EFFECTIVE JULY 3, 2015
HB2084 – Condominiums, planned communities; associations; disclosures.
ARS §10-11622. Annual report.
Associations shall submit with the annual report a separate statement containing the name of the designated agent or management company for the association, the address, [...]
Many HOAs have problems getting their members to participate. Meetings rarely see large crowds unless there is some emotionally charged issue. Apathy is a problem and can harm the health of an association.
Throughout the life of a community association, members may get to a point that they need to [...]