Tag: Homeowner

27
Aug

Tips to increase your HOA value

There is obviously very little I can do about the recession and depreciating home values, but are there things that I could be doing, or our neighborhood can do to increase the value or appeal of our community? How can we set ourselves apart from all of the other communities through the valley? David B. Home values are on everyone’s

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28
Mar

Can HOAs just lock out homeowners from the pool?

Dr. HOA, Last weekend, I tried to take my kids to our community pool, but our card readers did not work. I called our management company, and it told me that our card readers were turned off due to delinquent dues and fines for breaking the rules. I am a few months behind on my dues, but I am working

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2
Feb

Most HOAs have right to own parking policies

Dr. HOA, We recently rented a condominium and had both of our vehicles towed our first weekend living in the community. While moving in, our garage was full of boxes, so we parked one of our cars in front of our garage for the night and the other in a visitor parking spot near our unit. When we woke up

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18
Jan

Can an HOA stop me from making ‘improvements’?

Dr. HOA, I live in a homeowners association that was created in the late 1980s. For years, the association landscape areas were meticulously maintained. But for the past five years, the slope behind my home has not been maintained properly. Fed up with dying trees, dead bushes and overgrown groundcover, I hired a landscaper to remove the dead trees, trim

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21
Dec

Could my HOA face a coup d’e` tat?

We have some disgruntled homeowners in our HOA that are talking of starting their own association. Is that possible? The members have run for the board and were defeated. They come to the monthly meetings and air their complaints. The majority of the time, their complaints are more personal than community-oriented. We, like all communities, have issues and try to

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20
Sep

Earthquake insurance not always a solid buy for HOAs

Dr. HOA, I live in a townhome with a homeowners association. I recently purchased earthquake insurance for my home, but I was told I could only purchase earthquake insurance for the contents inside of my home, not the building itself. How can I make sure the building is insured in case of an earthquake? If I am unable to purchase

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20
Sep

Can a builder hold majority on a homeowners association?

Dr. HOA, We recently moved into a new community, and I would like to join the board of directors. The current board is made up of builder representatives, not homeowners. Is it legal for the builder to control the board? They don’t even live in the community, and I thought it was a “homeowners association.” I am concerned that they

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20
Sep

When it’s time to start wondering about your home

Dr. HOA, I recently moved into a new condominium community. A few days ago, I received a letter in the mail from a law firm stating that they are investigating my community, and my building in particular, for a possible construction-defect lawsuit. They provided a list of items to look for, including yard-drainage deficiencies, stucco cracks, wood deterioration and poor

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20
Sep

My homeowners association can’t do that, can it?

Dr. HOA, I received a correspondence from my mortgage company that my homeowners association filed a lien on my property for outstanding assessments. I never received notice from my association. Admittedly, I fell behind on my HOA assessments due to tough financial times when I lost my job, but is it legal for the association to lien my house? What

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2
Sep

How far can a homeowners association go

Dr. HOA, We lease our property and have tenants that moved in a few years ago with a husband, wife and kids. At some point, the wife and kids moved out and another man moved in. When the lease was up, we renewed the lease to the two men. A few months ago, we received a letter from the HOA

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