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Squatter Laws: Getting Rid of Uninvited "Guests"

Posted on Tuesday November 01, 2016

While some surprises (birthday parties, a promotion or a new puppy) are good, many surprises such as a flat tire or an IRS audit are not.  One particularly nasty surprise is finding out that someone has broken into your vacant property and moved in.  Thankfully, during the last legislative session, new laws were passed  to deal with “squatters” which allow you to (relatively) quickly and legally remove squatters from your property.

Staying Up on New Legislation: The Role of Your HOA Management Company

Posted on Wednesday October 26, 2016

The 2017 Nevada Legislative Session, which begins on February 6, 2017, is quickly approaching. Find out four things you should expect your management company to do before, during and after the 79th session of the Nevada Legislation convenes.

Six Steps to Fill a Vacancy on Your HOA Board

Posted on Monday October 10, 2016

The sudden departure of one of your board members is never an ideal situation for your homeowners’ association (HOA). It could affect productivity, create confusion and it can worry residents. But sometimes, your HOA simply can’t avoid it.

Five Simple Ways to Manage Your HOA Parking Policy

Posted on Tuesday October 04, 2016

One of the most common challenges that homeowners’ associations (HOAs) face is how to address parking violations.

Moving from Developer to HOA Control: How a Great Transition Team Can Ensure Success

Posted on Wednesday September 28, 2016

Transitioning a community from control by the property developer to control by a homeowners association (HOA) can be a scary time for residents and a challenging process for HOA board members.

Nevada HOA Board Members: Get Ready for Another “Day at the Capitol”

Posted on Friday September 16, 2016

The start of the 2017 Nevada Legislative Session will be here before you know it, and FirstService Residential is already gearing up for its second “Day at the Capitol” event. This event, scheduled for March 28, 2017, provides an opportunity for homeowners association (HOA) board members to make their voices heard regarding HOA legislation.

FAQs: What You Need to Know About HOA Annual and Special Meetings

Posted on Monday September 12, 2016

It is not always easy for homeowners to understand the different types of meetings that homeowners’ associations (HOAs) hold. Even for board members, it can sometimes be confusing to know which type of meeting is the right venue for a particular issue or topic. How certain are you that meetings in your community are being run in accordance with Nevada law and your HOA bylaws?

What It Takes to Have Successful HOA Board Meetings

Posted on Wednesday September 07, 2016

As a member of your homeowners’ association (HOA) board, you are certainly aware of how tricky it can be to run board meetings. Some days you may feel more like a cat herder, a referee or a crisis negotiator than a board member!
So what can you do to ensure that your meetings run smoothly? Enlisting the help of a professional community management company can make a tremendous difference. Read on to learn some techniques—and Nevada requirements—for having successful meetings.

The Benefits of Partnering with a Community Management Company to Oversee Your Staff

Posted on Tuesday August 16, 2016

HOA board members wear a lot of hats, and for many jobs, this works well. However, there is one job in particular that your board should leave to a professional community management company: Human Resources (HR).

How to Find the Best Reserve Study Firm for Your HOA

Posted on Friday August 12, 2016

Your HOA’s reserve fund is an important element in planning for your community’s future. In fact, it may even be the most critical piece of your budgeting, according to Dan Henein, vice president of client accounting at FirstService Residential. Henein explains that “long-term, the reserve study has a tremendous impact on your association’s fiscal health.”

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