What HOA fiduciary Means

“…No single word encompasses what a Board Member is, or what a Board Member should be, more than the word “fiduciary”… “I reviewed many sources to try and find a good definition of the word, and while all the definitions had the same general idea, the most relevant in regards to HOAs was in the…

Qualifying Your HOA Reserve Study Provider

A reserve study is one of the most indispensable planning tools an HOA can have. And like a roof, getting the best bang for your buck is the way to go. The best reserve studies are put together by trained industry professionals. But unlike roofing companies, there are only a handful of qualified reserve study…

The Right and Wrong of It

The right CAM [Community Association Manager] will meet your expectations and work well with the association.  The wrong CAM will partner with the lawyer to increase billable hours for both of them by fueling disputes. The right lawyer will answer the board’s questions and encourage the resolution of disputes early.  The wrong lawyer will lead…

Nontransparency Leads to Suspicion, Mistrust and Litigation

In candidacy statements included in the most recent Heatherlea Board meeting packet and annual meeting information, as well as at the July 2013 meeting of the membership, members expressed a desire for transparency. Unfortunately, the rogue Board invokes tactics to prevent transparency. Among the nontransparency tactics boards employ are making decisions in private meetings or…

Robert’s Rules of Order And Board Actions

Heatherlea’s governing documents require the use of Robert’s Rules of order for annual and Board meetings. Question: If the board agrees to an action but does not follow the Roberts Rules of Order as far as making a motion, seconding and voting for the motion, is the action legal? Answer: If state statutes or your…

Reasons to Read Board Meeting Packet

The following are some reasons Heatherlea homeowners should read this (and all) Board meeting information packets: Records documenting the Association’s legal expenses over the past year prove the Board’s illegal activities gave rise to legal expenses, not this Blogger exposing the activities. Therefore, the Board members who engaged in illegal activities and have failed to…

Beyond Pesticides On Heatherlea Lawn-Care Bids

From: Drew Toher, Public Education Associate, Beyond Pesticides Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2014 11:53 AM Subject: Pesticide Use At Heatherlea Happy New Year! I hope we can work together to make this year a little safer for those living in and near Heatherlea. I have taken a look at the [landscaping] bids the HOA received.…