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View our Latest Educational Webinar


By Mindy Knudsen, Executive Director, UCCAI View our latest educational webinar, "COVID-19 Association Liability and Cleaning Tips: 2020 HOA Case Law & Legislative Update." Our attorney panelists, Quinn Sperry (Jenkins Bagley, PLLC) and Tyler LaMarr (Miller Harrison, LLC) give helpful information about COVID-19 risk management in HOAs, as well as a 2020 Utah HOA case law and legislative update. Scott Evans (RBM Building Services) also gives practical and thorough cleaning tips. Find out how much time you should really spend cleaning high touch-point surfaces. Catch up on other webinars you've missed: Insurance & Risk Management During the Brave New World of [...]

View our Latest Educational Webinar2020-10-20T14:01:15-05:00

How to prepare an HOA budget


Jen Seals, CMCA, AMS; Property Management Systems, Inc. Drafting a proposed budget for your community can be one of the most important, and daunting tasks you face each year.  A good budget will help your board make the tough decisions on maintenance needs, owner requests, emergency situations, unpaid assessments and the other many challenges that an HOA faces throughout the year.  It is essentially a guideline tool that makes it easier to evaluate and protect Association resources. No wonder so many managers and board members find the project intimidating! Thankfully, with the right resources and tools, preparing a draft budget can [...]

How to prepare an HOA budget2020-10-15T18:43:58-05:00

How to Recession-Proof Your HOA from a Maintenance Perspective


By Alissa Thompson When the Great Recession of 2008 occurred, home-owners associations took a hit. Not only was there an increase number of homeowners unable to pay their dues, but continued maintenance was unfortunately overlooked. Without sufficient funds, how can HOAs complete necessary maintenance in their communities if they didn’t plan? As the U.S. economy gets hit by COVID-19, managers need to use preventative maintenance measures to avoid future issues. Maintenance is one of the first things homeowners notice when the community isn’t being taken care of. It also is one of the first things overlooked when an association’s budget gets [...]

How to Recession-Proof Your HOA from a Maintenance Perspective2020-09-10T21:01:50-05:00

Coronavirus and Community Association Insurance


By Joel W. Meskin, Esq., CIRMS, CCAL Fellow, MLIS, EBP; McGowan Program Administrators Managing Expectations during the Pandemic INTRODUCTION: The Coronavirus Pandemic has found most of us with our arms up in the air.  These are definitely unchartered waters. My question, as someone who has been spending a great deal of time answering questions on the Coronavirus and insurance coverage is:  did any prior pandemic, epidemic or outbreak of a communicable disease lead to the myriad of insurance issues we are now being asked to respond with clear and immediate responses.  Maybe our standard response should be “maybe” or “it depends” [...]

Coronavirus and Community Association Insurance2020-09-29T17:06:49-05:00

ULAC Dollar Per Door Campaign


By Jerry Jensen, AMS, Community Association Management, ULAC Fundraising Chair Homeowner Association Representation at the Legislature  It seems that all groups like doctors, lawyers, realtors, builders, developers, etc. have lobbyists who track and propose legislation to promote their "special" interests.  Legislation is often proposed and even passed that affects Homeowners Associations (HOAs) and their Member rights.  Those who serve community associations (managers, attorneys, board members and others) have volunteered massive amounts of time to try to keep up with all the legislation proposed by “special interest groups” outside the community association industry, as well as bills our industry has proposed to try [...]

ULAC Dollar Per Door Campaign2020-09-21T15:56:25-05:00

The Right Reasons for Raising HOA Dues


By Andrew Lester A community association's board of directors is elected by fellow homeowners to make decisions for the well-being of the community, including how the community’s finances are managed. Regulations in every state require that homeowner associations and condominium associations maintain at least two accounting budgets: (1) an operating budget to cover all expenses associated with the functioning of the community, and (2) a reserve budget to pay for planned projects down the line. The annual projection of these budgets, which is determined by the board with the help of professionals such as property managers or accountants, forms the basis for [...]

The Right Reasons for Raising HOA Dues2020-09-10T21:23:58-05:00

We have a reserve analysis. Now what do we do?


By Dale Gifford, PRA, RS, PCAM, AMS, CMCA Regional Project Manager, Complex Solutions, LTD - Silver Sponsor 2020 Each board member should review the reserve analysis and note any questions they may have.The board should then meet and go over the reserve analysis as a group. After this meeting theboard should reach out to their professional reserve provider with any of the questions thatcame up during individual and group review. During the review of the reserve analysis the board should look at each component and see if there is any better information available. This may be an updated installation date, updated [...]

We have a reserve analysis. Now what do we do?2020-09-02T17:49:44-05:00

The U.S. Census and Community Associations


By Dawn Bauman, CAE The U.S. Constitution mandates that the U.S. Census Bureau conduct a census every 10 years. This year marks the 24th time that the U.S. population has been counted since 1790. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, businesses, research institutions, and many others use to provide products and services, as well as influence decision-making for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to support hospitals, fire departments, education, infrastructure, and other resources based on census data. Read the full article here.

The U.S. Census and Community Associations2020-08-21T16:51:47-05:00

Fall Container Ideas So Good, We Can Hardly Contain Ourselves


By Jeremy Bailey, BrightView Landscape Services It’s time for fall, y’all! The pumpkin spice lattes are so close, we can almost taste it. Fall is just around the corner and the only thing we look forward to more than fall flavors are the arrival of beautiful fall colors. Get your property’s containers and hanging baskets in on the fun with bountiful autumnal displays. Here are some ideas to consider: Make the Transition You don’t need to start from scratch in your containers and baskets to give your property a refresh. Some plants, such as red fountain grass and sweet potato vine, will transition effortlessly [...]

Fall Container Ideas So Good, We Can Hardly Contain Ourselves2020-08-17T16:46:31-05:00

How-to Guide for Reopening HOAs and Condos


By Amy Repke Homeowners associations have adjusted to a new normal because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes remote meetings and elections, closed common areas and amenities, and social distancing.   As states lifted their stay-at-home orders and businesses began to open their doors, homeowners associations started to decide how and whether to reopen common areas and amenities. Board members, community managers, and business partners asked: What approach should we take to reopening? How should we phase in operations? Do residents need to sign a liability waiver to use the pool? Do we need to keep anything closed? We expect these questions to continue [...]

How-to Guide for Reopening HOAs and Condos2020-08-10T23:08:25-05:00
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