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Written By Elina B. Gilbert | Thursday, July 5, 2012 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

If you live in or manage a community where the association pays for water usage, consider the money you may be “flushing” away by using the original water guzzling toilets.  The Devon Condominium Community in Florida was lucky enough to take advantage of a city grant allowing it to replace more than 250 toilets in the community.

The newly installed commodes each use 1.2 gallons of...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Friday, June 22, 2012 | National Legislation

FHA released Mortgagee Letter 2012-11 yesterday, which amends ML 2002-19.  The Mortgagee Letter clarifies certain things that must be done by the mortgagee of a FHA insured loan.  Those affecting associations are: 

  • Upon completion of a foreclosure sale, mortgagees must notify the association of the mortgagee’s...
Written By Elina B. Gilbert | Thursday, June 21, 2012 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

In this day and age it’s a rare situation where an association prevails in a legal action involving assistance animals.  But for the Sun Harbor Homeowners Association, this is a current reality.

Sun Harbor is a townhome community in Florida with a “no pets” covenant.  As with any homeowners association, Sun Harbor remains subject to all pertinent requirements of the Fair Housing Act...

Written By Kiki N. Dillie | Tuesday, June 12, 2012 | National Legislation

Most boards have experienced more than their fair share of frustrations in the short sale process.  In a short sale, the mortgage company accepts less than is due on the mortgage to allow a property to sell to a new homeowner.

It is common for the board, manager, or attorney to be contacted by the homeowner's realtor requesting the board also accept less than is due on their lien. ...

Written By Melissa M. Garcia | Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

A homeowners association in Austin is being sued for failure to conduct an audit, failure to allow homeowners access to financial records, and other money-mismanagement type claims. As stated in this recent story: homeowners are questioning the financial practices of the Sunchase...

Written By Trisha K. Harris | Tuesday, May 29, 2012 | State Legislation

Governor Hickenlooper has signed HB1237, the HOA records bill, into law.  The bill will go into effect on January 1, 2013.  So, what does this mean for you as a manager or board member?

  • The statue defines which...
Written By Melissa M. Garcia | Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

Is your community association made up of people from numerous nationalities and cultures? If so, are you missing out on engaging this segment of your community due to language barriers?  You may want to consider adding a translation feature to your website, blog or other online media platform. This could increase your reach to your community, allowing members and residents of diverse...

Written By Melissa M. Garcia and David A. Firmin | Friday, May 18, 2012 | National Legislation

Based upon an almost three to one ratio of comments received by the Department of Justice in favor of further extending the ADA pool compliance deadline, the Department of Justice, in an announcement on May 17, 2012, pushed back the compliance deadline for swimming pool access to January 31, 2013.

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Written By David A. Firmin | Monday, May 14, 2012 | State Legislation

As a number of the complaints received by the Division of Real Estate's Homeowner Association Office related to transparency of associations, the Colorado legislature attempted to clarify what constituted an association record.  HB 1237 seeks...

Written By Melissa M. Garcia | Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | State Legislation

As reported in today's Side Streets blog post, Aaron Acker has resigned.  Mr. Acker ran the HOA Information & Resource Center, which was created under...

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