Have you been wondering how having a golf course in your community affects your reserve study? Should you include it in your master study? Or should courses be treated as a separate entity? For this topic we reached out to Peter Miller, RS of Miller+Dodson Associates, Inc., a nationwide consulting firm based out of Annapolis, Maryland. Miller has been working with reserve studies since the 1980s.
Manager’s Perspective: Productive Board Meeting
Do you have that one monthly association board meeting that is the most dreaded of all meetings in your portfolio? Does it last three, four or five hours? Yes, I said five hours. Why?
Regulating Holiday Decorations Within Associations
As Halloween approaches, followed by the winter holidays shortly thereafter, associations should ensure that policies regarding holiday decorations are in place for residents to follow. Such rules must be reasonable, and more importantly, legal.
“I Understand You’re Upset…” – Managers Share Tips for Diffusing Angry Homeowners
As a professional in the property management industry, you want to serve your community members with the highest level of customer service. You want to help each and every one of them, and ensure their happiness. Then, one day it happens. You get a phone call from an angry homeowner…who is yelling at you! Now what? How do you handle it?
I have volunteered with many organizations. I’ve been a soccer and baseball coach, scout leader, a Lions Club president and even an EMT with my town’s first aid squad. I’ve helped many different kinds of people, in many different kinds of situations. In these positions, the vast majority of people I helped appreciated it. I assume thousands, actually hundreds of thousands of other volunteers have had similar experiences.
Creating and maintaining an association budget is part of a board’s fiduciary responsibility. In order to keep your community economically stable, good financial practices are needed to prosper both today and into the future. As fall nears, many associations shift their focus to the upcoming year and begin working on the annual budget process.
The board has recently decided that the roads within your housing complex need to be repaved. As a resident and member of the board, you’re very unfamiliar with how the process works. Board members are discussing engineering terms and bids and contract administrators. And, to be frank, you sit silently in the meeting asking yourself “What even is contract administration?” [Read more…] about Navigating a Construction Project Using a Contract Administrator
Sadly, homeowners associations are sometimes tasked with the responsibility of collecting dues in the aftermath of a unit owner’s death. When an owner dies, leaving his or her unit vacant until its fate is resolved through the legal process, a community’s board of directors faces the challenge of balancing empathy with accountability. But, what happens when a former owner’s successors fail to pay association dues? [Read more…] about Collecting dues from a deceased owner
When it comes to medical marijuana, it’s not what you know but who you know. That’s the best advice experts can give homeowner associations tackling smoking cannabis for medical reasons, according to Joel Meskin, Esq., CIRMS, CCAL, Vice President of Community Association Insurance and Risk Management at McGowan Program Administrators in Fairview Park, Ohio.
[Read more…] about Medical Marijuana Use: Are the Association’s Rules Up in Smoke?
Volunteering your time as a board member on an HOA or any other type of nonprofit organization might seem like a helpful way to selflessly spend your time, but are your contributions really beneficial? If some of these traits look familiar, your volunteer work might be doing more harm than good.