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  • What Are The Board’s Options When It Comes To Collecting Unpaid HOA Fees?

    A challenge that many HOA communities in Florida encounter is how to deal with delinquent HOA fees. Unfortunately, when homeowners don’t pay their fees, the rest of the neighbors suffer by paying higher fees, receiving special assessments, and less spending on community events. Even if......

  • HOA Security: How To Build A Strong Relationship With Local Police

    We’ve talked about ways to strengthen security within your HOA community, and one of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to establish a neighborhood watch program. In order for your neighborhood watch program to be successful, you need to establish a relationship with......

  • Regulating Vacation Rentals In Your HOA

    Florida experiences an influx of visitors throughout the year, particularly snowbirds wanting to escape the colder temperatures during the fall and winter months. In an effort to capitalize on these visitors, we’ve seen a number of short-term vacation rental companies such as Airbnb, Homeaway,...

  • HOA Labor Day Party Tips & Ideas

    While it’s hard to believe, summer is quickly coming to a close. Labor Day (Monday, September 4th) marks the official end of the season. While the pool and other community amenities in Florida HOA neighborhoods typically stay open after Labor Day, it’s still fun to......

  • Do I Have to Notify My HOA if a Snowbird Parent or Family Member Lives With Me Part Time?

    Florida is known for being a safe haven for snowbirds that want to escape the frigid temperatures that much of the United States is hit with during the fall and winter months. As a result, it’s not uncommon for residents in Florida HOA communities to......

  • Ways to Make Your HOA More Energy Efficient and Lower Operation Costs

    Many HOA communities are looking to “go green” to promote a healthier lifestyle for residents, conserve energy, and lower operation costs. Fortunately, going green doesn’t mean that your HOA community needs to jump off a cliff and take on a completely different way of living.......

  • How Will the Recent Legislative Update Effect my Florida Condominium?

    During the last week of June of 2017, the Florida Governor signed three bills into action that dramatically impact condominium communities in Florida. These three bills are known as HB 1237, SB 398, and HB 6027, and here is an overview of how these three......

  • Back to School Safety Tips for Your HOA

    While it’s hard to believe, summer is officially coming to a close, and the kids are heading back to school. HOA board members should remind community residents to take extra caution this time of year as pedestrians, bicyclists, buses, and other vehicles are all sharing......

  • Should My HOA Start A Newsletter?

    If you’re looking to enhance the sense of community, consider starting an HOA newsletter. Sending out a monthly or quarterly newsletter will help to spark member involvement in the community and keep all members informed of important news. Keeping members in the loop with any......

  • Safety Tips For Summer Travelers And Snowbirds

    The beaches and warm sunshine in Florida attract travelers throughout the year, whether it’s summer vacationers or snowbirds seeking refuge during the winter months. This cycle creates an attractive market for Florida homeowners to rent out their properties. Does your HOA community allow resid...

  • How To Throw A Fab Summer Party (And Stay Within The Community Rules)

    Summer is the perfect time of year to throw a party and get to know your neighbors. The warmer temperatures and extended daylight hours allow for you to expand your entertaining space to the outdoors. While hosting a party is all in good fun, it’s......

  • Stars and Stripes: Can An HOA Set Rules On Displaying American Flags?

    It’s that time of year again when American flags are displayed all over town in honor of our nation’s birthday. If you live in a planned community, you may be wondering if your homeowner’s association prohibits residents from flying the American flag. Generally speaking, HOA......

  • HOA Boardmembers
    How To Work Around Board Member Absences In Summer Months

    Summer is officially here, kicking vacation mode into high gear. Even though many HOA board members will be out of town throughout the summer, it’s critical that you continue to hold board meetings as often as outlined in your association bylaws. Larger HOA organizations with......

  • HOA Community Pool
    Summer Safety Tips for Your HOA Community Pool

    Summer is officially here, and your HOA community pool is the place to be. While swimming is a popular summer pastime, it can also present a number of risks for your HOA. If your HOA has a community pool, be sure to take note of......

  • Which Community Amenities Should You Look For When Choosing a Condo?

    Today’s master-planned condo communities in Florida offer a wide variety of amenities to provide you with the lifestyle you want for yourself and your family. However, with so many community amenities to choose from, it’s worth your while to narrow down your list of which......

  • Top Five Condo Living Essentials to Help You Settle Into Your New Home

    Moving into a new condo in Florida is an exciting experience and provides you with the perfect opportunity to get organized and put your own personal touch on your new home. To help you acclimate to the condo lifestyle, here are the top five condo......

  • Why Must I Pay HOA Common Area Fees If I’m Not There To Use Them?

    One of the most attractive aspects of living in a planned development or condominium is the community amenities that are available to residents. Perks such as a resort-style swimming pool, tennis courts, and an onsite clubhouse drive the demand for your community and increase property......

  • How To Draw Millennials To Your Community

    A common goal that HOA board members share is improving property values. Many communities are currently experiencing a shift in Baby Boomers with grown children moving out and a younger demographic with growing families moving in. Much of the Millennial generation (anyone born between 1981......

  • May Flowers Matter

    Spring is in full bloom, and it’s hard not to notice the beautifully landscaped grounds (or lack thereof) in HOA communities around town. While amenities and location are attractive selling points for a community, the aesthetics and the upkeep of common areas are just as......

  • What Are The HOA’s Responsibility To Disabled And Handicapped Residents?

    Several laws have been established over the years to protect the rights of disabled and handicapped individuals, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Federal Fair Housing Act (FFHA). Both public and private facilities must adhere to these rules and make modifications......

  • Why You Should Know What Type Of Catastrophe Insurance The HOA Has On A Building

    When you purchase a condominium in a planned community, you’re typically obligated to pay a monthly or annual homeowners’ association management fee. This fee goes towards maintaining the quality of life in the community and protecting property values for all of the owners in the......

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