August 7th, 2017

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Aug

Competitive Bidding: Slow Down and Do it Right the First Time Give yourself the time to effectively bid Association work

When does an Association common area repair, capital improvement or maintenance contract need to go out to competitive bid? How many vendors should be invited to bid? And how long should the competitive bid process take? These are three important questions that come up regularly. While there are many variables to consider when determining whether or not to bid out

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Aug

Resident Safety & Security: Not the Association’s Responsibility

Avoid unnecessary liability by following these best practices June, 2017 It seems that resident safety and security is an on-going topic of discussion for all Associations, irrespective of where they are located, the community demographics, or community type – single family home or condominium communities. It does not seem to matter whether the community is gated, if there are cameras

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Aug

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Disputes: Doing Nothing May No Longer be an Option New HUD Rule Changes How HOA’s Address Neighbor Disputes

Historically, Associations have avoided interjecting in neighbor-to-neighbor disputes. Heavy walking, surround sound systems, loud voices and slamming doors were just a few of the commonly voiced resident complaints, and up until now, the response from most Association Boards was that the residents must settle these matters amongst themselves. Effective October, 2016, The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued

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Aug

THE REAL PURPOSE OF BOARD MEETINGS

Understanding the Intended Purpose of Board Meetings March, 2017 We’ve all either experienced or heard nightmares about Board Meetings that are overtaken by unruly, and sometimes downright belligerent, Homeowner Forums. Aggressive residents hurling accusations and insults at Board Members, Association vendors, and often other residents, that proves to not only be inappropriate, but unproductive. Such behavior and discourse leaves me

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