Category Archives: Maintenance

Why are HOAs a good thing?

Approximately 65 million Americans (or 1 in every 5) live in homeowner associations, including condominiums and planned communities in the United States.[1] The number of homeowner association communities in the United States has risen from approximately 10,000 communities in 1970 … Continue reading

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Selecting a Management Company

As any board member will tell you, managing the day-to-day operations of an association can be a daunting task. Many associations hire a professional management company to assist them with their responsibilities. But with so many management companies out there, … Continue reading

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Things to consider when hiring a handyman…

Board members and managers frequently ask my firm whether their Association can hire a handyman to complete projects or repairs within their Association. My response is generally yes, but there are a number of considerations that I advise the Board … Continue reading

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No Lifeguard on Duty? HOA Members and Neighbors on Duty

Summer is officially here.  A few years ago, I witnessed the heroic efforts of a bystander revive a young child that nearly drowned at a community pool. Needless to say, as a mother to two young children, I was rattled … Continue reading

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THE FUTURE OF GOING SOLAR?

Arizona law favors the use of solar energy devices by homeowners within community associations. In fact, pursuant to A.R.S. Section 33-439(A), “[a]ny covenant, restriction or condition contained in any deed, contract, security agreement or other instrument affecting the transfer or … Continue reading

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Is your Association Prepared?

By: Beth Mulcahy, Esq. We are lucky to live in a place where we don’t have to worry about extreme weather due to winter storms like other places in the country are experiencing.  But, come summertime, you never know when … Continue reading

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How Should Planned Communities Handle Requests for Solar Panels by Owners… Very Carefully!

  Beth Mulcahy, Esq. A very common question that I receive from planned community boards is: “can we prohibit owners from installing solar panels on their Lot?” The short answer is “no”. Arizona law, specifically, Arizona Revised Statute Section 33-1816 … Continue reading

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Budgeting and Reserve Funding for Your Association is a must!

By: Beth Mulcahy, Esq. Here are our Quick Tips for the Annual Budgeting Process that will make sure your board is assessing the current and future needs of the association. In a planned community, the budget must be approved by … Continue reading

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2016 Summary of Pending Arizona Legislation regarding Community Associations: April 18, 2016

Dear Cyber-Followers: It was another interesting week at the Arizona Legislature!    After 96 days in session, 106 bills have passed and 105 have been signed by the governor. Last week was all about the budget and everything else was … Continue reading

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Emergency Meetings

By Beth Mulcahy, Esq. During the Summer months, there are occasionally emergencies (such as flooding or monsoon/microburst damage) that require immediate board action. In these circumstances, the board can suspend the 48 hours notice of meeting to the membership required … Continue reading

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