CC&Rs Defined

“CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions), also known as the declaration or declaration of covenants, conditions, and restrictions, is a governing document used primarily for planned communities. More than any other single document, the CC&Rs establishes the planned community because it spells out the essential elements of ownership. The HOA or planned community comes into existence…

Annual Audits & Reviews

Each year William Douglas Management’s Accounting Department seeks quotes from outside CPA firms to perform audits and reviews for our client’s financial records. A quote for performing the HOA’s tax returns is also obtained at the same time. Combining either an audit or a review with the tax preparation, typically offers a cost savings to…

New ADA Pool Accessibility Mandates & the HOA

There has been a great deal of media coverage of the ADA pool accessibility mandates that have affected public pools and hotel swimming pools recently, including a significant amount of miscommunication as to how these new mandates relate to HOA and condominium association swimming pools.   Section 242 of the new ADA Standards for Accessible…

The Media = The Perception = The Reality

It seems like a week does not go by without a negative newspaper article or negative broadcast news story about a homeowner association somewhere. The story usually has an emotional narrative and most of the time appears decidedly one sided against the homeowner association or the HOA’s board. The most common theme of these stories…

Membership Misconceptions

It is easy to forget what some in the membership and the general public perceive about homeowner associations. For example, many disputes over architectural changes may seem petty, but they have larger ramifications if not addressed at this original level. Another example: Some believe that the homeowner association boards of directors have unbridled power in…

Homeowner Associations and the Media

It seems like hardly a day passes when there is not a homeowner association in the news for a myriad of reasons. Some good reasons and unfortunately, some not so good reasons. So it is always best to be prepared and deal with whatever the issue is in the most productive way possible.   If…