ID Senate Bill 1310

Press Release Quoting VF Law Attorneys Re: Senate Bill 1310 In order to address the issue of homeowner association fines in Idaho, Senate Bill 1310 represents the beginnings of a promising effort. This bill, with Senator Rice as the driving force, will streamline existing government regulations, reduce red tape, and minimize bureaucratic waste. “The laws […]

ID Senate Bill 1310 to Positively Impact Idaho Homeowner and Condo Associations

Press Release Quoting VF Law Attorneys Re: Senate Bill 1310 In order to address the issue of homeowner association fines in Idaho, Senate Bill 1310 represents the beginnings of a promising effort. This bill, with Senator Rice as the driving force, will streamline existing government regulations, reduce red tape, and minimize bureaucratic waste. “The laws […]

Utah Embezzlement

A Homeowners Association’s (HOA) board of directors acts like a mini government.  Like a government, it has the power to collect taxes, through assessments, and spend those funds, which it does through a wide variety of vendors, including property managers, contractors and attorneys. Like a government, this authority sometimes leads to corruption. Although it is […]

How to Avoid Getting Sued as a Board Member (Idaho Law)

Defending your association in a lawsuit can be costly, time-consuming, and may hinder your board’s ability to function effectively.  Your association’s board of directors is required to respond and defend the association in all lawsuits filed against them, regardless of the merits of the claims. Simply responding to a lawsuit and getting the court to […]

Rule Making (Oregon Law)

One of the powers granted to Board of Directors in Associations is rule making.  There are few things all board should be aware about this power, and what it means and does. First, rulemaking ability doesn’t allow the Board to pass any rule.  The authority to pass any rule must come from the documents.  I […]

FHA Approval and Rental Restrictions

Most folks involved in the condominium industry are, at least vaguely, aware that obtaining FHA approval for condominium projects has become both increasing important, as well as increasingly complicated over the past few years.  Recent changes in FHA approval requirements and FHA policy have had a significant impact on the availability of FHA financing for […]

Voting Issues in a Community: When Democracy Gets Messy (Oregon Law)

INTRODUCTION According to Community Associations Institute (“CAI”), it is estimated that in 2012, there were 323,600 association-governed communities; this includes homeowners associations, condominiums, and other planned communities comprised of 25.9 million housing units or 63.4 million residents.  This number equates to roughly twenty percent (20%) of the United States’ population.  According to CAI, there is […]

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Common Pitfalls

I am constantly amazed by the ingenuity of the solutions HOA boards come up with to the difficult situations they face.  Faced with tight budgets, demanding residents, and difficult personalities, the obvious answers often don’t work.  Sometimes, though, we get so focused on a particular problem that we lose sight of the big picture – […]

Common Pitfalls HOAs Face, and How to Avoid Them (Oregon Law)

I am constantly amazed by the ingenuity of the solutions HOA boards come up with to the difficult situations they face.  Faced with tight budgets, demanding residents, and difficult personalities, the obvious answers often don’t work.  Sometimes, though, we get so focused on a particular problem that we lose sight of the big picture – […]