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Season of Home Improvements – Tools for the Architectural Committee

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Feb 24, 2021 8:00:00 AM

We are less than one month away from the official start of Spring. For homeowners, the change in seasons from Winter to Spring and the renewal that this time represents triggers a desire to rid homes of clutter, finally get around to cleaning behind the refrigerator, and start on home improvement projects. It’s a busy time for community associations both in revamping landscaping and fixtures in common areas, and in fielding architectural review submittals. Now is an important time to nail down your community’s design guidelines and its process in handling these applications, keeping track of history, and performing inspection follow-up to see if applicants who received approval stuck to the plans for their modifications.

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Topics: architecturals

Just Follow The Rules

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Sep 19, 2019 9:27:24 AM

Governing bodies are charged with oversight. In order to prevent oversight from becoming overreach, and even downright tyranny, transparency and accountability are key. Homeowners associations, as governing bodies, must work to preserve visibility into the work of Board Members and Managers alike. An overzealous Board Member, disorganized Manager, or belligerent homeowner can do a lot of damage to the community. A simple internet search returns countless “HOA horror stories” with a couple of common themes: 1. Abuse of power by the Manager or Board (or individual Board Member) and 2. Ignorance of or disregard for the rules detailed in the association’s governing documents on the part of Homeowners, Board Members, and/or the Manager. Here is a real-life horror story pulled from the headlines for each of these themes and a summary of how effective use of software may have prevented the drama.

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Topics: HOA Compliance, architectural reviews, portals, architecturals, community link