Special Assessments

Two of the words most dreaded by community associations are special assessments. When you purchase property governed by a community association, you agree to be subject to the governing documents of the association. The governing documents, usually the declaration or bylaws, give the association the power to levy and collect assessments. In most cases, there […]

Solar Energy, HOAs, and HB 3516

In 2012, new legislation went into effect in Oregon involving the installation of solar energy systems on residential and commercial buildings. House Bill 3516 (2011 Oregon Laws Ch. 464, codified at ORS 215.439 and ORS 227.505) was enacted with the purpose of facilitating the installation and use of solar energy systems. The new law makes […]

Solar Energy, HOAs, and HB 3516

In 2012, new legislation went into effect in Oregon involving the installation of solar energy systems on residential and commercial buildings. House Bill 3516 (2011 Oregon Laws Ch. 464, codified at ORS 215.439 and ORS 227.505) was enacted with the purpose of facilitating the installation and use of solar energy systems. The new law makes […]

Solar Energy, HOAs, and HB 3516 (Oregon Law)

In 2012, new legislation went into effect in Oregon involving the installation of solar energy systems on residential and commercial buildings. House Bill 3516 (2011 Oregon Laws Ch. 464, codified at ORS 215.439 and ORS 227.505) was enacted with the purpose of facilitating the installation and use of solar energy systems. The new law makes […]

Fraud and Embezzlement Challenges Handout

  With difficult economic times over the last several years, the community association industry has seen a rise in thefts and embezzlement in homeowner and condominium associations. Many associations believe their money is safe and it is difficult to steal funds belonging to the association.  This is an unfortunate and incorrect assumption. For the information […]

Fraud and Embezzlement Challenges Handout

With difficult economic times over the last several years, the community association industry has seen a rise in thefts and embezzlement in homeowner and condominium associations. Many associations believe their money is safe and it is difficult to steal funds belonging to the association.  This is an unfortunate and incorrect assumption. For the information on […]

Fraud and Embezzlement Challenges Handout

With difficult economic times over the last several years, the community association industry has seen a rise in thefts and embezzlement in homeowner and condominium associations. Many associations believe their money is safe and it is difficult to steal funds belonging to the association.  This is an unfortunate and incorrect assumption. For the information on […]

Lessons In Democracy From Russia:

Recently I started reading an interesting survey of homeowner associations in Russia. Don’t worry, it’s not required reading for U.S. managers and directors. But Rosa Vihavainen’s book homeowners’ Associations in Russia After the 2005 Housing Reform has a lot to say about both the challenges facing Russian HOAs and how Russians are solving those problems.[i] […]

Review of Homeowners’ Associations in Russia After the 2005 Housing Reform (Idaho Law)

Recently I started reading an interesting survey of homeowner associations in Russia.  Don’t worry, it’s not required reading for U.S. managers and directors.  But Rosa Vihavainen’s book Homeowners’ Associations in Russia After the 2005 Housing Reform has a lot to say about both the challenges facing Russian HOAs and how Russians are solving those problems.[i]  […]

Architectural Control Provisions

When responding to an owner’s request for approval related to construction, maintenance, or repair of their lot or unit, it is best not to delay. A court may consider or view you as an “Ostrich,” with its head in the sand, and might deem the owner’s request as approved – even if the request violates […]