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The Right Reasons for Raising HOA Dues

2020-09-10T21:23:58-05:00

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?

2020-09-02T17:49:44-05:00

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

2020-08-21T16:51:47-05:00

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

2020-08-17T16:46:31-05:00

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

Inheriting a Financial Mess

2020-08-04T16:21:05-05:00

By Dale Gifford, PRA, RS, PCAM, AMS, CMCA Regional Project Manager, Complex Solutions, LTD - Silver Sponsor 2020 I was just elected to the board. I have read the reserve study and we are so far behind. How willwe ever catch up? As a new board member you may have inherited the financial mess that others have created.Unfortunately some associations are in a less than ideal financial situation. It is important foryou to properly perform your responsibilities as a board member, and to try and get theassociation on the right track to an ideal financial position. As a board you need [...]

Inheriting a Financial Mess2020-08-04T16:21:05-05:00

SB3007 Liability Protection for Community Associations?

2020-07-24T14:39:26-05:00

By Michael Miller, Attorney, Miller Harrison LLC Navigating COVID-19 for many of us has been a challenge. Cases are on the rise, while government leaders try to balance the community's health, worry about the economy, and respect to individual autonomy. Community associations face similar challenges, and association boards are forced to make tough decisions that directly affect their communities. In response to growing concerns regarding legal responsibilities arising from COVID-19, the Utah Legislature passed SB3007, to protect business owners and operators from civil liability related to injury related to COVID-19 exposure.  However, this law's exceptions may make it infeasible for associations [...]

SB3007 Liability Protection for Community Associations?2020-07-24T14:39:26-05:00

How Can My Association Use the Reserve Funds?

2020-08-04T16:22:01-05:00

By Dale Gifford, PRA, RS, PCAM, AMS, CMCA Regional Project Manager, Complex Solutions, LTD - Silver Sponsor 2020 You have your association’s reserve analysis in hand, you have created a reserve fund line itemin your financials, you have opened a reserve fund bank account, and you have made your firstdeposit of reserve funds into your reserve fund bank account. You have reserve expenses andyou want to use those reserve funds, so what are the guidelines you need to follow whenspending the money in your reserve fund? (9) (a) Unless a majority of the members of the association of unit owners vote [...]

How Can My Association Use the Reserve Funds?2020-08-04T16:22:01-05:00

Displaying the American Flag in Utah Homeowners Associations

2020-06-01T14:51:42-05:00

By Quinn Sperry, Attorney, Morris Sperry As Americans, we love our country and those men and women, past and present, who serve and sacrifice for our freedoms. Displaying the Flag of the United States is one way we show our patriotism to honor our nation and the heroes that make this country great.   Recently, the right to fly our nation’s Flag within homeowners associations (each an “HOA”) has stirred some controversy here in our state. When news broke that an HOA in the Salt Lake Valley wanted to restrict its residents from flying Old Glory, owners of that HOA and many [...]

Displaying the American Flag in Utah Homeowners Associations2020-06-01T14:51:42-05:00

How and When to Best Water Your Landscape to Avoid Damage

2020-08-03T16:11:48-05:00

By Jeremy Bailey, BrightView Landscape Services It's warming up outside and soon the blistering summer months are going to be upon us. You know who else is starting to feel the heat? The lawns, plants and trees that make up your beautiful commercial landscaping. When the temperature rises, we sweat, our dogs pant and our plants transpire to cool down. Landscape maintenance professionals may not typically describe plant as sweating but that essential what is happening. Just like us, they draw in extra water so that the water vapors can escape through the plants’ pores, cooling it off. Just as it [...]

How and When to Best Water Your Landscape to Avoid Damage2020-08-03T16:11:48-05:00

Phased Guidelines for Gyms, Pools and Fitness Centers

2020-07-24T14:14:05-05:00

By Beat Koszinowski, CIC, CIRMS; The Buckner Company - Silver Sponsor 2020 The recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak put our country and our state in a very unpredictable and to some extent, terrible situation. Utah has recently started a phased reopening on certain types of businesses and operations.  It is understandable that our customers and owners are excited to start using common area amenities and get to enjoy their pools and gyms. While everyone is eager to get back to a normal life for work and recreation, there is concern on the part of every American as to what they should be doing [...]

Phased Guidelines for Gyms, Pools and Fitness Centers2020-07-24T14:14:05-05:00
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