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Group Homes in HOAs

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

One HOA president recently told me his community has about 10 group homes, ranging from group homes for the disabled to group homes for troubled youth. Another HOA treasurer told me they have a few that service the elderly. In all actuality, there are more group homes than one may think. The question is often Read More…

Understanding your Reserve Study – Percent Funded Level

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Do we have enough or too much money in our reserve account? This is a very common question board members ask. To answer this question you need to know what your association’s percent funded level is. We should begin by explaining how percent funded level is calculated and how to interpret this. Percent funded as Read More…

Is your Neighborhood Safe from Sexual Predators?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Did you know that in the US a forcible rape occurs every 6min 12secs? Are you a national crime statistic? Do you know how or have you checked to see if maybe a previously convicted sex offender is living in your HOA or neighborhood? As you view this “Is you Neighborhood Safe from Sexual Predators Read More…

Crime — How To Keep It Out!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

As more and more apartment complexes adopt the crime free program (started in Arizona over 20 years ago) more and more violent criminals are moving into HOAs and condominiums.  It is first important to understand what the crime free program is and what it is not.  The crime free program removes violent criminals from HOAs and condominiums. By keeping these Read More…

HOA Reserve Study Process

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Most Homeowners Associations in Arizona operate in much the same way businesses operate (or at least should). Every year board members and management companies sit down and work on next year’s budget. The annual operating budget is full of monthly expenses e.g., insurance premiums, utility payments, payroll expenses etc. Operating expenses are relatively stable and Read More…

Public Streets And Parking Problems

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Many of the roads that run through HOAs are public.  In other words, when the developer built the community, it turned the roads over to the local municipality for maintenance.  Many times the CC&Rs for a community says that members cannot park on the public road but must park in the driveways or garages.  Most Read More…

Sexual predators shouldn’t live nextdoor

Monday, December 9th, 2013

When I was a police officer I had to deal with the worst of the worst.  One of the most difficult things to respond to is any crime involving children.  Those crimes are especially horrific.  I hated them.  Despite our society’s best efforts, crimes against children increase every year.  Perhaps pornography and other poisonous materials Read More…

Is An HOA Director Personally Liable?

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Most of the HOA board directors are volunteers that try hard to do the right thing. The majority are great, hard-working and caring individuals simply trying to make their neighborhood a better place to live. Unfortunately, there are a few rogue boards or directors that give the HOA industry a bad name. Over the last Read More…

Annual Assessments, Liens, and Foreclosures

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

At the beginning of each year, a homeowners association (HOA) has an automatic lien on a homeowner’s property within a planned community for annual assessments and other membership fees that a homeowner is required to pay. This allows a HOA to have a claim or hold on that property to ensure payment of moneys the Read More…

Reducing Liability in Your Community

Monday, August 12th, 2013

What is a “foreseeable risk”? Well, let’s say you have a broken window. You know it’s a vulnerable point in your house, but you keep putting it off and putting it off until one day someone breaks in while you’re away and robs you. The broken window in this scenario counts as a foreseeable risk Read More…

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