Category Archives: Education

The Future of Communications

Effective communication is a cornerstone of any successful community association. In order to effectively communicate requires HOA boards to not only deliver clear, transparent and thoughtful messages to the membership, but also to seek and listen to input from the … Continue reading

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RESPONDING TO A RECORDS REQUEST

Your Board, or management company, received a records request from a member – what should you do next?  First, it is important to keep in mind that Arizona law requires Planned Communities (A.R.S. Section 33-1805) and Condominiums (A.R.S. Section 33-1258) … Continue reading

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Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is human trafficking prevention month, and both Governor Ducey and Cindy McCain are striving to raise awareness on the issue. During a press conference on January 17, 2019, Governor Ducey and McCain explained the importance of Arizonans being aware … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season to Start Thinking About Annual Meetings!

At this time of year, just around the holidays, questions regarding annual meetings fill our “First Friday” phone lines. Yes, your Board must conduct an Annual Meeting! Under Arizona law, A.R.S. Section 33-1804(B) and 33-1248(B) an association must conduct an … Continue reading

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DOG BREED RESTRICTIONS

Pet restrictions in community associations can be a very controversial topic. Animal lovers consider dogs (and pets in general) to be members of the family, so any type of restriction that places limitations on an owner’s right to keep his/her … Continue reading

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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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ARE RECEIVERSHIPS EVER A GOOD IDEA?

Regardless of what issues your community may be facing, receivership should only be considered as an absolute last resort, and only in the most dire of circumstances. Receiverships are expensive, time-consuming and transfer decision/making power to someone outside of the … Continue reading

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LIEN PRIORITY – WHERE DOES YOUR HOA LIEN STAND?

Pursuant to A.R.S. Section 33-1256(B) / 33-1807(B), an HOA lien for assessments, late fees related to assessments and collection fees/attorney fees/costs incurred with respect to assessments has lien priority ahead of all other liens, interests and encumbrances on a lot/unit … Continue reading

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