Tips For Having a Better Annual Meeting- Oregon

Oregon law requires that incorporated homeowners associations hold at least one membership meeting per year—what is commonly called the annual meeting.  ORS 64.201 (1). While associations may hold multiple owner meetings throughout the year, the annual meeting provides association members the opportunity to hear a recap of their association’s activities from the past year, and […]

Parliamentary Procedure: Amending a Main Motion

Most community associations use Robert’s Rules of Order (“RRO”) to govern both board and owner meetings.  RRO is an effective tool which allows the chairperson to keep control of the meeting and at the same time ensure that members of the assembly are afforded the right to make motions, speak, and meaningfully participate in the […]

Tips For Having a Better Annual Meeting- OR

Oregon law requires that incorporated homeowners associations hold at least one membership meeting per year—what is commonly called the annual meeting. ORS 64.201 (1). While associations may hold multiple owner meetings throughout the year, the annual meeting provides association members the opportunity to hear a recap of their association’s activities from the past year, and […]

FHA Extends Temporary Condo Project Approval Guide

On August 29, 2014 the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced the extension of its current condominium project approval guidelines for an additional two years.  Several of the key project approval guidelines were modified in 2012 to make it easier for many condominiums to obtain FHA approval.  Those modified guidelines were originally set to expire on […]

FHA Extends Temporary Condo Project Approval Guide

On August 29, 2014 the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced the extension of its current condominium project approval guidelines for an additional two years.  Several of the key project approval guidelines were modified in 2012 to make it easier for many condominiums to obtain FHA approval.  Those modified guidelines were originally set to expire on […]

How to Avoid Trouble at Your Door: Implementing a Maintenance Plan

Regular maintenance of common areas is one of the core responsibilities of a Homeowner Association or Condominium Development. An Association will always need maintenance. In order to maximize the preservation of property values, every Association should be proactive in identifying and addressing components of the common property which need regular maintenance. Failure to do so […]

Bankruptcy May Not Kill Collections

Lawyers love their legal maxims. One of my personal favorites is incendium aere alieno non exuit debitorem. It means a fire does not release a debtor from his debt. Many people think that a homeowners association’s assessments are completely wiped out when one of its homeowners files for bankruptcy. That is not true. Bankruptcy may […]

AZ Senate Bill 1278

In April 2013, Governor Brewer signed Senate Bill 1278-Parking on Public Streets, which is a law forbidding HOA’s that are formed after January 1, 2014 from regulating the public streets within a neighborhood. This gives some closure to a years-long battle driven by complaints to Arizona lawmakers from frustrated homeowner. When a subdivision is formed, […]

Arizona Senate Bill Explained: Parking on Public Streets

In April 2013, Governor Brewer signed Senate Bill 1278-Parking on Public Streets, which is a law forbidding HOA’s that are formed after January 1, 2014 from regulating the public streets within a neighborhood. This gives some closure to a years-long battle driven by complaints to Arizona lawmakers from frustrated homeowner.  When a subdivision is formed, […]

Amending Governing Documents-AZ

It is always interesting to me to see how many members of homeowner association boards of directors have not read or regularly reviewed their association’s CC&Rs and other governing documents. I think that most would agree that every board member should be familiar with the governing documents of their association. As a member of the […]