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HOA Leader Articles

HOA Leader - The Practical Guide to Homeowner Association Management

Below are links to articles published in the HOA Leader Publication where Christopher J. Shields, Partner is quoted as an experienced attorney in community association law.  We invite you to read them for your own interest and information.

  1. Champlain Towers South: Now Is It Time to Raise Your Condo/HOA Assessments?

  2. Champlain Towers South: What Steps Should Your Condo/HOA Be Taking?
  3. Florida Condo Collapse: Is Your Condo/HOA Doing These Three Things to Avoid Tragedy?
  4. 3 Ways to Outsmart Condo/HOA Owners Who Insist: “They’re Not Short-Term Renters, They’re Guests”
  5. Is This HOA Bylaw Request for Owners’ Information Reasonable?
  6. Florida Allows Law Enforcement Vehicles to Skirt HOA Parking Rules: Should You?
  7. Hey, Would You Mind Parking Your Police Cruiser in Our Condo/HOA?
  8. Court Hits HOA with Liability for Its Kid – Restrictive Rules
  9. Practical Advice for Condominium and Homeowners Association Leadership
  10. An HOA Owner Changes Addresses–Literally–and Doesn’t Tell the HOA
  11. Why It’s Important to Require Condo/HOA Owners to Have Written Leases with Tenants
  12. 8 Suggestions for Addressing Coronavirus in Your Condo/HOA
  13. The Coronavirus and Condos and HOAs: 8 Tips for Boards
  14. The Board’s Best Response When an HOA Owner Builds Without Permission
  15. How to Handle an HOA Owner Trying to Steamroll a New Board
  16. When Condo/HOA Owners Don’t Pay Out of a Personal Account
  17. Whoooooo Should Install a Barn Owl Box in an HOA?
  18. Can This Condo/HOA Board Vote to Change a Meeting Date by Email?
  19. California’s New Accessory Dwelling Unit Law: What HOA Boards Need to Know
  20. What to Do When Kids Playing in Hallways Disturbs Condo Neighbors
  21. FHA Certification: How to Check Your Status and Get An Application Started
  22. Best Practices When Your Condo/HOA is Asked to Conduct a Wellness Check on an Owner
  23. How Not to Reimburse Owners and Board Members for Condo/HOA Expenses
  24. Experts: Debit Cards Are Too Loosey-Goosey for Condo/HOA Finances
  25. Condo/HOA Gardening Policy Dos and Don’ts
  26. Does Your Condo/HOA Need Extra Insurance If You Permit Rentals?
  27. What to Know About Various Ways to Accept Payments from Condo/HOA Owners
  28. Oops! When You’ve Been Doing Things Wrong at Your Condo/HOA for Years
  29. No HOA Quorum for 15 Years–That’s Not a Typo
  30. Are Florida Condos Refusing Residents with FEMA Vouchers?
  31. How Nervous Does This Reader’s Question Make Our HOA/Condo Experts?
  32. Does the Business Judgment Rule Apply to Community Associations?
  33. Racial Tensions and Your Condo/HOA: What You Can Do
  34. Are Racial Incidents Happening at Condos/HOAs More Often or Just Getting More Press?
  35. Seen These New Ploys Condo/HOA Owners Are Deploying to Beat Your Rental Restrictions?
  36. Condo/HOA Owners Are Crafty! Another Way to Try to Get Around Rental Restrictions
  37. Owner Wants Violations Records – To Use Against Your HOA: What To Do?
  38. What to Know About Adding a Concierge Service to Your HOA
  39. HOA Committee Chair Flat Out Refuses to Step Down. Wait, What???
  40. How to Undo This Mess, or Who Can Remove an HOA Committee Chair?
  41. HOA Boards Can Upend their Predecessors’ Decisions. Usually. And It Might Not Be Smart
  42. When You Can and Can’t Undo a Prior HOA Board’s Action
  43. You Should Totally Hold a HOA Town Hall! Wait, What’s a Town Hall?
  44. Is the Tide Turning on Assistance Animals and HOAs?
  45. What’s Your Risk – and Plan – If There’s a Breach of Your HOA Data?
  46. What HOA Election Records You Can Withhold
  47. Lawsuits Booted Because HOA Boards Didn’t Follow Their Governing Documents
  48. What Say (and Not Say) When You’re Recruiting Future HOA Board Members
  49. California Court Allows Owner to Sue for Bad – Faith HOA Board Actions
  50. Here’s What Not Include in Your HOA Meeting Minutes
  51. HOA Treasurer Wants Reimbursement; Board Appears Balk
  52. Did This HOA Board Go Astray in Its Minutes
  53. Delinquent HOA Board Candidates: Can You Spill Beans?
  54. Revealing When HOA Board Candidate Has Been Delinquent
  55. Can This HOA Protect Its Roads from Its Builder?
  56. How Respond Owners Requests for HOA Violation Records
  57. Even Board Members Can Be Excluded from Executive Session
  58. Do You Need an HOA Asbestos Management Policy?
  59. HOA President Out Control: Here’s the Simple Solution
  60. 5 Things Board Members Can Do Stop a Rogue Board President
  61. Should HOAs Try to Combat Zika?
  62. HOA President Is Out of Control: Here’s the Simple Solution
  63. Do You Need HOA Employees to Sign Confidentiality Agreements?
  64. HOA Owner Repairs Basement. Waits Years. Seeks Reimbursement. What to Do?
  65. More on Who’s Responsible for Which HOA Unit Repairs
  66. HOA Rules are Awesome–If You Can Enforce Them
  67. The Problem with Strict HOA Rules: Enforcement’s a Pain!
  68. California Mandates New FHA/VA Disclosures; Should Other States?
  69. Board Member Booted.  Bad Omen for Board?
  70. HOA Board Member Disqualified: What Happens to Actions He Participated In?
  71. New York State Permits Racial Bias Claim Against HOA
  72. HOA Owners Can Give Proxies. Can Board Members?
  73. The Flaws You’ll Find in Fundraising for Your HOA
  74. HOA Need Repairs? Have a Fundraiser! Or Not.
  75. Is This HOA Board’s Insurance Policy Fair to Owners?
  76. How an HOA Board Got Back on Track in Enforcing Rules
  77. Veterans Claim They Were Denied Access to HOA Pool
  78. The Supreme Court’s New Disparate Impact Case: What It Means to HOAs
  79. Florida Makes Phony Service Animals a Misdemeanor.  Now What?
  80. Will Wisconsin Supreme Court Help Associations?
  81. Here’s a New One on Us: An HOA Rejuvenation Period
  82. How to Determine How Much Insurance Your HOA Needs
  83. HOA In-No Win Situation: Should It Have Stood Its Ground?
  84. As Though Parking Doesn’t Already Anger HOA Owners Enough…
  85. To Reimburse or Not Should HOA Cough Up?
  86. Is There Any Doubt These Legal Fees Are A Common HOA Expense?  Yes.
  87. 7 Types of  Stale, Out-of-Date HOA Rules You Should Freshen Up Now
  88. Is It Time to Rethink These 7 Types of HOA Rules?
  89. Update: Has Florida Law Changed for When Nobody Runs for Office?
  90. Four Tips for Peacefully Co-Existing with Your HOA’s Mixed Use of Neighbors
  91. Individual HOA Board Members: Your Authority is Limited
  92. Should You Consider “Factoring” Your HOA’s Delinquencies?
  93. Does Your HOA Have a Kid-Related Rule Like This One? Rethink It.