HOA Common Sense by George K. Staropoli (SMART!!!)

HOA Common Sense by George K. Staropoli “The political and social changes in our society brought about by the adoption and acceptance of the HOA legal scheme has created a new America of authoritarian, private governments known as HOAs. They function as independent principalities.  The values, beliefs, principles, ethics, and morality of today’s America would…

HOA Wellness Survey by Richard Thompson

The health of a homeowner association is important to measure from time to time. Fortunately, even poor health is curable but identifying the problem precedes the cure. Here are a series of self-diagnosis questions to help you out: 1. Are all board meetings open to members? Yes___ No___ 2. Are all rules necessary, reasonable, uniformly…

Budget Balancing Act by Richard Thompson

Number crunching…what a drag. But money is the grease that makes the HOA wheel turn and having  enough  of  it  in  all  the  right  places ensures  the  assets  and  property  values  are maintained. HOAs have the ability to draw the members into the budget process in a way big government can’t. With a bit of…

When I Fax or Mail the Information, What Excuse Then

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Virginia Regulatory Board No Role Model

Based on the exchange of e-mails today with the Virginia Common Interest Community Board Reviewer of my complaint: Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Complaint against Klingbeil, Powell and Altruz, Property Management (8/30/2013) DPORCompGS it appears the Board is more interested in protecting Common Interest Community Managers than regulating them. For veteran HOA…

"Automatic Fines" for Breaking Trash Rules

This appears to be illegal (sent by Ms. Spellman, KPA Property Manager, by e-mail today): “There is an automatic $50.00 trash violation fine assessed to the unit owner’s account for any unit caught violating any of the trash rules listed below…. “ Virginia Condo Act § 55-79.80:2. Assessment of charges for violations; suspension of services…

Disclosing Financial "Health" Status To Potential Buyers

Q Our condominium is obtaining bids on roofing, siding, painting and  are  looking  at  a  special assessment  of  upwards  of $5,000-10,000  per  unit  owner  due  to inadequate  reserve  funds.  What obligation, if any, does the HOA have to  disclose  this  information  to prospective buyers, especially in view of the fact that the assessment has not…