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Navigating HOA On-Site Parking Policies: Best Practices

Posted on Sunday November 12, 2017

Because on-site parking draws out strong opinions from both residents and board members, it’s imperative that associations be educated about on-site parking and understand what they can and cannot do, especially in regard to resident demands. With such a broad stretch of opinions, how do you approach on-street parking policy as an HOA member? 

Limiting HOA Liability and Confronting Conflict

Posted on Saturday November 11, 2017

As an HOA member, you’re often confronted with a variety of legal issues and gray areas concerning residents. The issues you face will vary, but they often boil down to disagreements between a homeowner and your association, or a dispute against another resident. To help you face the potential for legal issues going forward, we’ve compiled some best practices for dealing with conflict resolution.

Protecting Your HOA From Cyber Attacks, Part 3: Your 4 Steps to Cyber Security

Posted on Friday October 27, 2017

Digital technology has taken over our lives, making everyday tasks easy and convenient. You can use your mobile phone or device to pay rent, order pizza, book a dentist appointment or store photos and documents in “the cloud” without blinking an eye. Arizona community associations are also benefiting from the latest digital technologies.

Protecting Your HOA From Cyber Attacks, Part 2: The Role of Your Board

Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017

The board of directors for your homeowners association (HOA) probably feels it has a lot more pressing issues than cyber security. So it’s understandable that you may not be as focused on keeping up with safety measures to protect your HOA’s sensitive data. However, with cyber attacks becoming more and more prevalent, the financial and personal information that your association maintains is at greater risk.

Why HOA Boards Should Attend Educational Classes, Events and Expos

Posted on Friday September 08, 2017

Let’s face it: Just because you are a member of your homeowners association (HOA) board of directors, doesn’t mean you know everything about running an HOA. The truth is, most board members are not experts; they are simply volunteers who want to do all that they can to ensure that their community continues to be a great place to live.

Protecting Your HOA From Cyber Attacks, Part 1: The Role of Residents

Posted on Thursday September 07, 2017

Ignorance is not bliss, especially when it means potentially leaving your homeowners association (HOA) at risk of a cyber attack. And that’s exactly what you’re doing if you don’t recognize that your HOA is as much of a target as any other small business.

2017 Legislation: New Laws Impacting Arizona Homeowners' Associations

Posted on Thursday May 18, 2017

Each year the Arizona Legislative Action Committee (LAC) monitors a number of bills that could affect community associations across the state.  This year, Governor Ducey passed House Bill 2411 stating that “it promotes transparency and participation for all residents in homeowners’ association governance.”

Four Steps to Creating a No-Smoking Policy in Your Building

Posted on Wednesday March 08, 2017

We have all heard about the harmful effects of smoking and secondhand smoke exposure. Arizona law addresses the dangers of secondhand smoke through its Smoke-Free Arizona Act. The Act prohibits smoking in enclosed public buildings and workplaces, as well as in enclosed, common areas of multifamily buildings. 

Creating and Enforcing HOA Pet Policies That Work

Posted on Wednesday February 08, 2017

With several Arizona cities ranking high in WalletHub’s 2016 listing of most pet-friendly cities, it’s likely that your community allows residents to have pets. Still, your homeowners association (HOA) needs to have a clear policy to prevent residents’ furry family members from becoming a community problem. After all, it isn’t really Rover’s fault if issues arise. It’s up to his owners to clean up after him, to ensure that he remains well behaved and to follow the HOA rules.

Rights and Responsibilities of HOA Residents

Posted on Monday January 30, 2017

As a resident in a homeowners association (HOA), it’s important for you to know what you have a right to expect from your association and from your community management team, as well as your responsibilities to the HOA. Being aware of your rights and responsibilities creates clarity, helps you set realistic expectations and leads to more cohesiveness throughout the community.
 
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of community residents’ rights and responsibilities. Remember that these apply equally to homeowners and renters. 

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