Welcome to the new Association Life website! We’ve taken everything that you loved from our previous site and given it a fresh, new interface and made it easier than ever for you to participate. Now, more than ever: For Community Associations, it’s all here!

  • Managing condo owners’ expectations - Condo owners need to respect boundaries and understand when board directors are “on duty” as a director and when they are “off duty” and being an owner. Let me create a scenario. It’s a Saturday afternoon and you’re out for a walk with your dog. You see a neighbor walking towards you and as he approaches, he begins discussing a recent decision the condo board has made. You are enjoying being outside and do not want to talk shop with an owner and answer his questions. This is a clear example of an owner not respecting boundaries. Nor is it appropriate that a director discusses a decision made by the… Read More
  • 5 Steps to Take if you Suspect Your HOA or Condo Board of Mismanaging Funds - The greatest ally to incompetence and/or larceny is apathy. Even if you are not on the board of directors you need to get involved or your community will suffer. Here are some ideas on how you can help your community stay on the straight and narrow.
  • Important Potential Tort Liabilities for HOAs to Understand - HOAs have historically thought that they were exempt from liability from their residents. What HOAs and residents need to understand is that there are certain legal theories that HOAs can be potentially held liable. Depending on the state where the community is located and the CC&Rs of the HOA, there are many potential areas where HOAs can be liable to their residents for damages. In order for HOAs to fully protect themselves, it is vital that they carefully review their agreements and determine what areas need to be revised or improved upon. If your HOA is looking to shield itself from further liability with residents, it is important to have… Read More
  • Social Media vs. Relationships with Neighbors: Why Your HOA Must Know the Difference - Why Knowing Your Neighbors Is Rare Today In the United States, it used to be common to know your neighbors on your street or in your apartment building. In fact, your neighbors often stayed in the same home for longer periods of time, which made it possible for lifelong friendships in neighborhoods to form. Today, the Internet has greatly changed how we interact with others and the increase of airplane travel has made many families have the opportunity to move more frequently than they did in the past. Due to the limited in person interactions and prominence of digital conference calls, chatrooms, and social media platforms, the way neighbors communicate… Read More
  • 5 Risks of Self-Managed Community Associations - Self-managed community associations typically avoid professional management companies because of the cost. However, these associations have to ask themselves, “is the liability worth the risk?” As financial and legal responsibilities increase, so too do the risks associated with self-managed community associations. The Risky Business of Being a Self-Managed Community Association The majority of self-managed community associations are run by volunteer board members who typically work full-time jobs, don’t have the time to properly run a community effectively, and lack the industry experience needed to mitigate common risks. With this in mind, the five most common risks associated with self-managed community associations include: Meeting Minutes Compliance: Meeting minutes must be recorded,… Read More

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