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HOA Social Media Can Harm: Tips To Avoid Problems

Our world is vastly different than what it was 20 or even 10 years ago. So why not use social media to instantaneously communicate with HOA members? As with everything, social media has many benefits for communities but also has its drawbacks. Communities can get into trouble if they [...]

By |June 30th, 2015|HOA Board of Director Resources|1 Comment

What Would You Do? Meetings Gone Wild

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 [...]

Top 10 HOA Rules That Will Make You LOL

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 [...]

Careful! President Voting Can Be Tricky

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 [...]

Three Easy Steps to Understand Your Reserve Study

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 [...]

By |May 8th, 2015|HOA Reserve Studies|0 Comments

Using Drones To Enforce HOA Violations

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) [...]

HOA Movies and Music: Avoiding Copyright Infringement

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 [...]

By |April 27th, 2015|HOA Board of Director Resources|0 Comments

2015 Legislative Session (New Laws and Bills That Failed)

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, [...]

Top 3 Strategies To Get HOA Votes

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 [...]

By |April 7th, 2015|HOA Board of Director Resources|0 Comments

Assessment Pitfalls HOAs Need To Know

THE PROBLEM
Sometimes a homeowner refuses to pay assessments because he doesn't think the HOA is using that money wisely. I had one homeowner recently tell me he would not pay his dues until the association fixed the roads. Another demanded the park trees be trimmed first. And yet another [...]