Pets – Rules & Regs 

Almost all associations have had pet issues at one time or another. Per the American Pet Products Manufactures Association, there are an estimated 74.8 million dogs and 88.3 million cats in the United States. Additionally there is an estimated 50 million nontraditional or exotic pets in American homes. When drafting Rules & Regulations pertaining to…

If You Play You May Have To Pay

Memorial Day 2012 in Bend, Oregon at the Sunriver Owners Association was a festive event celebrated by 350 residents of the 4,200 home association in their brand new 1,250 seat amphitheater.  The homeowners association did not charge admission or provide the entertainment for the Memorial Day celebration.  Other local non-association related groups sponsored the musicians…

Association Governing Documents

Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions Also known as CC & Rs, Declarations, Master Deed, to name just a few.  By whatever name or abbreviation they go by, these are written rules, limitations and restrictions on use, mutually agreed to (by virtue of purchasing in such a community) by all owners of homes in a planned community…

The Various Association Meetings, An Overview

Questions arise about association meetings such as the differences, legal requirements and procedures.  While association meetings may not have all the same legal requirements and procedures, whatever the requirements, they must be followed. Generally speaking, meeting requirements are found in the association’s bylaws, however, there may be meeting requirements in the association’s declarations.  So what…

The Association Structure

How an Association is Formed A homeowner association or condominium association is a nonprofit corporation formed, usually, by a real estate developer for the purpose of marketing, managing, and selling homes/lots or units in a development. The governing documents of the association grants the developer special voting rights in the operation of the association, while…

Association Terminology

Certain terms are used incorrectly or generically when discussing association issues.  For example, the CC&Rs are often incorrectly referred to as the bylaws or the membership believes they are voting for the officers of the board of directors during an annual meeting. Articles of Incorporation: Are the basic charter of an association corporation which spells…

Short Term Rentals & The HOA

Short term rentals, be it overnight stays or weeklong rentals, seem to be becoming more prevalent in homeowner and condominium associations as of late.  Some blame the advent of online services that help facilitate these activities, or it could seem more prevalent because of the ease of finding out a neighbor is advertising their home…

Swimming Pools 101    

Swimming pools can be a disproportionate expense to an association and in many instances the single largest budget expenditure to an association.  The membership usually does not realize the enormous impact a swimming pool has on the association’s annual budget and many times, ironically, the swimming pool is the least utilized of all the common…