Category Archives: How To

HOAs and Violations–Is There a Better Way?

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Property management for homeowner’s associations and condominiums can differ substantially, and perhaps the biggest difference is the process of recording and implementing letters and fines for violations of the covenants, conditions and restrictions of the community. For most communities it … Continue reading

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How to Read a Balance Sheet

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So you’ve decided to become a volunteer director of a major non-profit business!  Welcome to the wonderful financial world of shared ownership communities–condominiums, co-ops and HOAs.  While there are no particular qualifications to become a board member (which is, at … Continue reading

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How To Avoid Getting Taken Advantage Of When Comparing Landscaping Contracts

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Happy new year to everyone! In the south it’s that time of year when we all plant our beautiful annual flowers (although most of our impatiens won’t balloon for another month or so), and so I wanted to take the … Continue reading

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Classic Blog–How to Control Messy Pets in Condos, Co-Ops and HOAs?

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Hi all!  First, I wanted to apologize for the infrequency of my posts during the past couple of weeks.  I had a family emergency that I had to deal with, but I promise to get back on track this week. … Continue reading

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Classic Blog–Emergency Mode! How to Deal With Disasters in Condos, Co-Ops and HOAs

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[Originally published this summer, this blog details how emergencies can be successfully handled by your management team.] Hi again!  The last couple of weeks have been pretty rough at my building–a string of bad luck minor disasters, one after another, … Continue reading

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How to deal with police and other government officials–what is the association’s obligation?

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Welcome to another entry in our How To Series!  Today, I’m going to talk about how to deal with inquiries from police officers and federal agents. In any large community, dealing with visits from police and other government officials can … Continue reading

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How To Screen Renters or Owners, Part 4–How to Create a Screening Procedure that’s Consistent and Fair

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This is the final installment in our How To Series regarding tenant and owner screening entitled “How to Screen Renters or Owners–Some Thoughts And Possible Consequences of Screening Applicants.” So, given all of the difficulties I’ve previously addressed, as well … Continue reading

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How To Screen Renters or Owners, Part 2–Is it Legal?

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This entry is the second installment in our How To Series on screening Condo or HOA owners or renters.  Our first question–Is it legal? Before your condo or HOA board decides to screen owners or tenants, understand at the outset … Continue reading

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How to Screen Renters or Owners–Some Thoughts and Possible Consequences of Screening Applicants

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But, regardless of the outcome of the lawsuit, it illustrates just one of the usually unseen pitfalls of a condo association or HOA choosing to screen potential rental or sale applicants. So I wanted to spend some time in this series of blogs discussing screening in general—what are the benefits, what are some of the drawbacks, and how can board members and associations protect themselves effectively?

Over the next few days I’m going to discuss screening procedures–what can you expect from them, and do they do what you think they do? Continue reading

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