Marlene Olivastro

23
Apr

ASSESSMENTS, LATE FEES & COLLECTION ACTIONS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

April 2, 2020 We are in the midst of an unparalleled global health crisis, uncertain of when it will pass and life will return to normal. At the date of this column, approximately 80% of Americans are under a State Order to stay home, businesses are closed, and people are out of work. Unemployment claims are spiking, and millions of

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5
Feb

Board Member Best Practices

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5
Feb

Senate Bill 323 – New Election Law

Keep these Board Member Best Practices in mind to aid you in your success as a diligent and effective Board Member.  Questions or feedback can be submitted to PMP’s own Dr. HOA at mailto:DrHOA@pmprollc.com    

6
Jun

To Lien or Not to Lien

Aggressive Pursuit of Delinquent Assessments is Critical for the Fiscal Health of Your Association Associations are non-profit corporations that rely on zero-sum budgets for operational and reserve expenses. In other words, an Association’s annual budget does not account for an income margin like “for-profit” corporations. As such, it is imperative that projected assessment revenue is received in a timely manner

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23
Apr

Neighbor-to-Neighbor Disputes: Doing Nothing May No Longer be an Option

HUD Rule Changes How HOA’s Address Neighbor Disputes Historically, Associations have avoided interjecting in neighbor-to-neighbor disputes. Heavy walking, loud parties, surround sound systems, 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

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9
Jan

Budget Season is Never Really Over

Budgets and financial statements should be reviewed regularly, and adjusted if necessary. If your Association’s fiscal year-end aligns with the calendar year, your approved budget along with the legally required disclosures has already been mailed out to the membership. While it may no longer officially be budget season, roughly defined as the last quarter of your Association’s fiscal year, is

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21
Dec

Associations Must Embrace Clean Energy

From electric vehicle charging stations to solar panels, alternative energy is impacting our communities.  Americans, and Californians specifically, have been embracing clean energy for years. California boasts about 50% of the nation’s solar generating capacity, and recently became the first state to require solar panels on all new homes, effective beginning 2020. Electric vehicle sales now represent 6.2% of new

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9
Oct

Who Runs the Show?

Board Members should embrace their respective Board positions. Overview Board Members are the elected Directors and Officers of the corporation, responsible for Association governance, overseeing the Association’s operations, and enforcing the Association’s governing documents. Too often, the perception is that these fiduciary duties have been delegated to management, which is not healthy for the Association, its members, or management. Board

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11
Sep

Budget Season is Here! No, Really… Budget season begins much earlier than you may anticipate.

Budget season is here! The reality is, if your fiscal year end coincides with the calendar year, you should begin the budget preparation process by early August. If your fiscal year falls at another time throughout the year, I suggest allowing a full 5 months before your Association Budget Report is due to be received by the membership to begin

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26
Apr

Bridging the Generation Gap

Tools for Effective Multigenerational Communication Communication is becoming ever more complicated and obscure as technology evolves. E-mails have replaced telephone conversations and text messages are slowly replacing e-mails. The generational gap regarding how we communicate is compounding our communication woes. Millennials are communicating via smart phone applications such as Snap Chat (which I still do not fully understand) and Kik,

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