Productive HOA meetings are the foundation of a successful homeowners association. HOAs that treat the gatherings as a business meeting will have shorter, more effective meetings. As a property management company, we have observed a number of methods, or processes, that the best homes associations use, and we’d like to share those with you. Continue reading
On the surface it seems reasonable that the business of operating a homeowners association (HOA) can and should be handled by the homeowners themselves. Those that volunteer their time to serve on the board are motivated to do the best for themselves and their fellow property owners. And since they are volunteers, the costs are minimal. Board members are probably pretty smart, too, and what they Continue reading
A homeowners association is responsible for many things, and perhaps nothing more important than overseeing day-to-day operations of the community. They hire landscapers to mow the grass and trim bushes and gardens. The HOA maintains common areas, like pools or parks that are owned jointly by everyone who purchased a residence in the community.
The HOA budgets for these everyday expenses and also plans for future, large expenditures – both known and unknown. Examples of larger, future expenditures might include the repair or replacement of major common area components, such as roofs, boilers, elevators, decks, swimming pools, balconies, fencing, concrete areas, asphalt surfaces and monument signs. Continue reading
Homeowners associations of any size, and their members, can benefit from creating HOA committees to extend the effectiveness of the homeowners associations’ board of directors.
Homeowners’ boards typically consist of volunteer member residents that are elected to maintain uniform and equitable standards that benefit the community as a whole. Many board members have little or no training in the governance of a homeowners association and lead busy lives as do the rest of us. And that’s where committees can come to the rescue. Association committees can be the lifeblood of associations – they can:
- Gather important information,
- Review facts,
- Assess prospective vendors,
- Submit recommendations to the board,
- Make new policy suggestions or alterations to existing policies,
- Recommend solutions to enduring problems, and
- Speak on behalf of the community-at-large.
Acting in their advisory role, committees can assess problems or issues, and then make recommendations for the board’s consideration. They can Continue reading
Although it’s been the law since 2011, the “Kansas Uniform Common Interest Owners Bill of Rights” (aka homeowners bill of rights) is causing confusion for many homeowners associations in the state of Kansas and the Greater Kansas City area. Also known as “Kansas House Bill 2472,” the law affects “common interest communities” and “homeowners associations” that contain 12 or more units. The law sets forth the powers and duties of the associations and became effective on January 1, 2011.
Notable Provisions of Kansas Owners Bill of Rights
Some of the most notable provisions of the act are as follows:
- Homeowner associations’ budgets. The law requires the board of directors to propose and adopt a budget at least annually, and that “unit owners” be given a reasonable opportunity to comment on the proposed budget prior to the board taking action to approve the budget.
- Authority of the board. The law limits the power of associations to suspend rights or privileges of unit owners that fail to pay an assessment.
- Bylaws requirements. The law requires certain content be included in the by-laws of associations, such as notices of annual Continue reading