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    • Homeowners' Association

    • If your community association allows pets--but with restrictions--you need a plan for dealing with scofflaws. Here are five rules for addressing negligent owners in your homeowner association. 1) Enforce the rules. Though you may love pets yourself, people have bought into your HOA in part because they liked the rules that governed owners' behavior. It's your job--and fiduciary duty--as a board member of your homeowners association to enforce those rules. It doesn't matter that Sparky is [...]

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      Just like zoning laws enacted by local governments to preserve and ensure the safety, health, and character of a community, your HOA covenants and by-laws exist to protect your property values, ensure an expected standard of living, and allow for efficient management of HOA resources. Knowing the HOA covenants/by-laws prior to purchasing ensure you have the proper fit to your lifestyle. Why on earth would you move into a community that you know conflicts with your lifestyle? Know that the [...]

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      Many individuals who are elected to serve on their Association’s Board of Directors quickly discover that they do not have an adequate background for all of the tasks that they must perform as a board member. They realize that they don't have the resources, experience, or knowledge to respond to all of the issues that arise in the management of the Association. As a result, the decision is often made to hire a professional HOA management company. Communities Attract Better Residents As [...]

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      Every home buying process is unique. No circumstances or instances will be very similar. Sometimes, your preferred house may be subject to the rules and regulations of a HOA or Homeowner's Association. In this entry, you'll be presented with the top 4 benefits of living in a HOA Community. Reduced maintenance responsibilities A homeowner's association collect due fees to its members. This is in exchange of lesser maintenance responsibilities within the community. Every member will be [...]

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      February 26, 2018  |    |  Kim Sutter At the Community Associations Institute’s Annual Law Seminar this year, there were several hot topics that community associations are dealing with nationwide that we, here in Indiana, need to keep watch for and deal with so that they don’t become issues in our communities. Marijuana Smoke Infiltration:  States have seen a rise in the legalization of marijuana, some for medicinal purposes only and others for recreational use.  This increased [...]

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      Getting your very own house is always a dream come true. The idea that you can now have a life in the place of your choice in the home you will raise your family is very exciting. But of course, even fulfilling dreams has its own rules you must live by. That is the reason why when we hunt for the house of our dreams, we include the Homeowners' Association in our research. Keep in mind that Homeowners' Association has long been there before you start looking to buy a house in that area. That [...]

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