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General
Friday, October 3, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
Drought Resistant Landscaping Reduced Water Consumption by 60% »
  A professional drought resistant landscaping makeover of a home in Coppell, Texas resulted in a reduction of...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)
Association Use of IRS Form 1120-H »
An IRS Form 1120-H is the tax filing form used by homeowners associations that want to take advantage of certain tax benef...
Tuesday, December 24, 2013   (0 Comments - view/add)
Happy Holidays! »
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from HOA Member Services!

Current Event
Sunday, March 23, 2014   (1 Comment - view/add)
Judge Rules Car Must be Kept in Garage But HOA Can't Tow it From Driveway »
An HOA member took his homeowners association to court over a dispute about whether he could park his BMW in his driveway...
Thursday, February 13, 2014   (2 Comments - view/add)
Associations Pondering How to Deal With New Marijuana Laws »
The February 12, 2014 article by Lourdes Medrano  highlights the issues that various homeowners associations are now...

News Item
Friday, December 23, 2016   (2 Comments - view/add)
Validation - National Survey Affirms Community Association Success »
  The results of a national survey conducted in this year by Zogby Analytics for the Foundation for Community As...
Tuesday, November 22, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Class-Action Lawsuits are Being Filed Against HOAs for Charging Excessive Fees »
  The Miami Herald has reported the filing of a class-action lawsuit against a homeowners association for alleged...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Accounting Assistant Steals $148,000 from HOA by Setting Up Company with a Similar Name »
September 21, 2016  The Real Deal, a South Florida real estate news provider, has reported that a former accoun...
Thursday, September 24, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
New California Law Will Prohibit HOA Bans on Clotheslines »
California Assembly Bill 1448 ("AB 1448") has been passed by lawmakers and is now awaiting the signature of Governor Jerry...
Sunday, March 1, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
New Laws Affecting HOAs on Track for Passage in Utah’s 2015 Legislative Session »
  HB 98 and HB 99,   two new bills that impact homeowners associations,   are currently on t...

Law
Thursday, January 19, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Two Bills Introduced in Florida re Election of HOA Directors and Mandatory Nonbinding Arbitration »
HB 135 and HB 137 have been filed in the Florida House of Representatives by Representative John Cortes in an effort to im...
Thursday, May 5, 2016   (1 Comment - view/add)
New Congressional Bill Would Allow IRS Deduction for HOA Dues »
H.R. 4696 (HOME Act) introduced in the House of Representatives on March 3, 2016. A new bill entitled "Helping Our Midd...
Monday, September 14, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
New California Law Permits Artificial Turf in HOAs »
California Assembly Bill 349 – signed into law on September 4, 2015. Assembly Bill 349 (AB 349) was signe...
Monday, August 10, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Florida Homeowners Associations Must Take Action to Preserve Their Declaration Every 30 Years »
Florida Statutes, Chapter 712, entitled “Marketable Record Title Act,” (hereinafter “Act”) requires residential homeowners...
Friday, July 17, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Pending New Jersey Legislation Would Enlarge Rights of Members of Homeowners Associations »
  Legislation that is currently pending in New Jersey (A-469) would provide association homeowners the same l...

Case Decisions
Wednesday, March 15, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
N.Y. Court Says HOA “Rules” Limiting Rentals Were Unenforceable »
Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York decision (March 9, 2017). This case involved a dispute between a...
Wednesday, February 8, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Georgia Ct. Removes HOA President for Mismanagement and Appoints Receiver to Take Charge of HOA »
Supreme Court of Georgia decision (February 6, 2017). This case involved a dispute between an individual who had s...
Tuesday, January 24, 2017   (1 Comment - view/add)
U.S. Dist. Ct. Says HOA Violated Fair Housing Laws by Prohibiting Parking of Van in Owner’s Driveway »
  U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, Eugene Division, decision (January 11, 2017). This case i...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017   (1 Comment - view/add)
Appellate Court Says HOA Debt Collection Letters Must Satisfy “The Least Sophisticated Debtor” Test. »
Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals opinion (January 13, 2017). This case involved a dispute between a homeowner (“...
Monday, January 9, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Ct. Rules Homeowner “Waiver” of Order of Application of Funds Paid per Payment Plan is Void »
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, decision (December 23, 2016) In this case, a homeowner that w...

New Form Addition to Store
Tuesday, September 20, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Condensed Booklets of Alabama Statutes Now Available »
Condensed booklets containing Alabama Statutes relating to condominiums and homeowners associations have been added to the...
Monday, September 12, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
New Form: Affidavit of Service »
A new form entitled "Affidavit of Service" has been added to Books and Records section of our library of forms. The Affida...
Monday, May 9, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
New Form Addition: HOA Lease Addendum »
A new form entitled "HOA Lease Addendum"  has been added to the HOA Member Services Store. The form is designed for u...
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
New Form Now Available: Hold Harmless And Indemnity Agreement »
A new form entitled "Hold Harmless And Indemnity Agreement"  has been added to the forms that are available through t...
Thursday, January 14, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
New "Revocation of Proxy" form has been added to the inventory of forms. »
A new form entitled "Revocation of Proxy" has been added to the inventory of forms that is available for downloading from...

Featured Articles
Friday, September 25, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Avoid Litigation by Developing & Implementing Proper Architectural Review Policies »
It is a common practice in common interest communities that are governed by a homeowners association to have provisions in...
Friday, September 25, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Techniques for Soliciting Membership Approval of Amendments to Governing Documents »
  Homeowners associations frequently find it difficult, if not impossible, to obtain the consents of homeowners...
Thursday, September 24, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
HOAs Should Not Selectively Enforce Their Governing Documents »
The directors of a homeowners association (“Association”) are responsible for interpreting and enforcing of the Associatio...
Tuesday, September 15, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Is Your HOA Properly Investigating the People Who it Relies On? »
The directors of a homeowners association are vested with the responsibility of properly managing the business operations...
Thursday, September 10, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
Recovering Collection Costs Incurred in Collecting HOA Assessments »
The payment of homeowners’ association assessments by the individual owners is critical to the proper functioning of a hom...