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Security Cameras

Our HOA board recently installed security cameras in our hall ways, while I personally don’t object to security cameras I believe they should have been more transparent. We were not even notified that they were...
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CC&R Ammendment

I live in a community in Arizona with CC&R from 1966 but no HOA, and we (the community) recently voted to amend them to restrict sort term rentals. The original CC&Rs included the following language...
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HOA board

What happens in the event that either no one wants to run for our HOA board or not enough to meet our bylaws? We have a very small community, 36 lots with 33 owners. Many...
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Question on Agenda

We had a board meeting last night and on the agenda was to “discuss Gerrie’s memorial”. Background on this: a longtime resident died. She lead our pool exercise classes for yrs. The family held funeral...
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Election ballots

During an election, can a candidate for the Board go door-to-door, provide a copy of the ballot (not the ballot that was mailed to the member), collect and then deliver the signed ballots via fax...
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Erosion Problem in a HOA

Our community has an erosion problem. The group of new Board Members, taking office in Jan 2022, want to deny our Civil Eng. Reports defining and outlining our erosion problem. Instead, these new Board members...
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  • From Lisa Wolff on Stop SB 1080

    No on SB 1080

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    2018/04/02 at 10:38 am
  • From Kimbery on Access to HOA records

    The Casa Grande Lakes HOA refuses to allow anyone access to the books, records , or tax returns. They are self managed, no one can even see the ballots. They told us we could see all the stuff then quickly called executive session . I smell a serous problem. They even pay themselves to serve and don’t get a 1099.. Can you see the issues that I see?

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    2018/03/14 at 5:10 pm
  • From Nancy Levine on Access to HOA records

    There needs to be a one source database of current lawsuits against any particular HOA in any county – other than going through county court records which are usually behind. The AARP wrote a good primer on the duties of HOA’s in Florida. There is a Seminole case in District Court of homeowners winning against HOA foreclosure – wherein they assert they have first priority lien over mortgages to foreclose. The maricopa county general’s office gave me the name of a company that audits HOA records if you make a claim or request for audit – I lost the name because after I threatened to have this done, my issues were resolved by HOA. Does anyone know what company does this as an advocate for homeowners in Arizona? Our HOA year end budget looks drastically off – the numbers and justication for costs and special assessments look bogus, but I have no comparison or rule of law to refer to check.

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    2018/02/28 at 1:27 pm
  • From Jason Roy on Access to HOA records

    Nice post! Please share some more tips about Arizona HOA Statutes

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    2018/02/24 at 3:36 am
  • From Matt on Does an alternative to HOAs exist?

    If you are referring to Alternatives to HOA Management, i’d like an answer as well. Such as, Is anyone self governing? I’ve thought about maybe having an Accountant take over the bills and dues and go to self govern. Has anyone done this?

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    2018/02/09 at 2:01 am
    • From Jane on Does an alternative to HOAs exist?

      HOAs are not the norm in older, more affluent neighborhoods or condos in northeast. I have owned or co-owned five properties. One was an old house in an established inner-city neighborhood in Minneapolis. The city and the neighbors minded their own business unless you were posing a public hazard or nuisance.

      Properties 2-4 were condos in Boston. We were self-managed, all of us had access to the financials, and if something was broken we worked together to hire competent help to fix it. We paid nothing out of pocket—all maintenance came out of reserves. Rarely there would be a minor assessment increase for large assessments, but they were always small.

      My fifth property is in Chicago. It is no larger than my last property in Boston with 12 units and one rental, but is “professionally managed.” It has been a nightmare. The Board is corrupt or stupid or both. They fix nothing, but when they do, ythey defer to the management company which hires substandard contractors that over charge us. My monthly dues have skyrocketed. The building is dilapidated and my unit is damaged so badly that I will not be able to rent or sell.

      Property Management Companies control a powerful lobby and they bribe judges and politicians to protect them. Their goal is to make homeownership untenable so that owners will be driven to deconvert (they will buy you out, sometimes forcibly) or forced to sell home at a loss due to poor maintenance and neglect.

      HOAs are not the problem. Property Management Companies, HOA attorneys, corrupt politicians, and inexperienced owners are the problem. Also, investors are a problem. My advice: 1. Avoid property management companies. Require owners to take a self-management course. Hire your own cleaning services and contractors using Angie’s List. Learn to communicate with your neighbors. Use reserves only for necessary repairs and maintenance. Make all transactions transparent. Hire a CPA once a year to audit your books. 2. Impose rental caps and vet renters. 3. Do not permit sales to investor-owners. 4. Require all owners to attend meetings. Record all meetings. 5. Don’t be an asshole.

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      2020/11/14 at 12:45 pm
    • From Dennis on Does an alternative to HOAs exist?

      Matt,

      there are greater than 9500 HOA’s and Condo’s in Arizona. About 5000 are professionally managed by Management companies that belong either AACM or CAI . The remainder are either managed by management companies without professional affiliation and many times training and certification. The remainder are self managed. Where the board does the work them selves or simply hires a CPA to do the financials and a secretary to manage the records. While professional management with organizations certified by one of the two trade organizations is better than the fly by night organizations I’ve seen too many incompetent certified community managers to put much faith in them. Being self managed by board members that truly want to help the organization and do things in the best interest of the community would be far better than trusting your money and community to the fly by night management companies.

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      2018/04/22 at 8:20 pm
  • From Lina Carmely on Access to HOA records

    If you purchase a condominium or co-op, your board may require you to buy condo insurance or home insurance. Be sure to check with your board to see what type of policy is required.

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    2018/01/28 at 7:02 pm