August 31, 2018
If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you’ll have heard this before: Board member education and training is a key to successfully running your community and keeping the peace. With a slew of regulations, laws, and processes that boards have to keep up with, it’s no wonder that a frequent cause of tension or disputes is really caused by confusion or miscommunication. Rarely is it the case that a dispute’s root cause is malice or bad intent.
Let’s be honest: a very, very tiny minority of HOA and condo boards--or their members--have nefarious intentions. Very often, disputes between the board and the community arise because of poor communication, inconsistent application of processes or simply failing to stay up-to-date on ever-changing legal regulations. While disputes in your community are nothing to scoff at, oversights in the legal arena could have dire consequences for not only your board but also for the long-term viability of your community.
August 10, 2018
As an HOA or condo association board, keeping up with the latest legal regulations can be a tough chore. To help you stay attuned to the most recent developments in Maryland HOA law, Comsource has pulled together this update on the 2018 Maryland legislative session as it pertains to HOA and condo association operations.
July 27, 2018
Preventing and managing legal challenges from residents, the government, the larger community or even fellow board members is always challenging. What is sometimes overlooked by HOA boards is the aftermath of legal action against a community. So, the HOA has lost a legal case--now what? Like preventing and managing legal issues, the aftermath of a lost case needs to be planned for and then facilitated carefully.
July 20, 2018
Okay, so you’ve made your best effort to resolve conflict. You’ve attempted mediation but your HOA board is now a party in a lawsuit. Now what?
Every community and every HOA board will encounter conflict at some point. Communities are complicated just like the people that inhabit them. HOA boards that accept and prepare for this reality in their governing documents and through training, while remaining sensitive to resident needs and emotions, are better able to resolve disputes quickly and before they result in a lawsuit.
CC&Rs. Bylaws. Rules and regulations. These terms get tossed around freely, causing a lot of confusion about them and how they relate to the proper governance of an HOA community.
June 15, 2018
Your community rules exist to protect residents, preserve property values, protect financial integrity and generally to make your community a great place to live. As an HOA or condo association board, it is your fiduciary responsibility to enforce your CC&Rs, bylaws and rules and regulations documents.
June 08, 2018
Covenants, conditions and restrictions-otherwise known as CC&Rs-are part of a suite governance documents the regulate homeowners association-run communities. As we discussed in prior posts, CC&Rs and bylaws are legal documents filed with appropriate legal authorities, which means changing these important documents is not to be done lightly.
As part of your board you are an ambassador for the association and the community. How you behave, what you say and what you post will have an impact on how your board is perceived by the residents and the public at large.