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  • Connections Between Branding and Communication Associations Connections-Between-Branding-and-Communication-Associations-compressedBranding Is Not Irrelevant for Communication Associations: Here’s Why…   Don’t make the mistake of thinking that branding is irrelevant to your community association. It’s something that associations should consider carefully, because your brand communicates a great deal about your organization. The other reason to consider these efforts is because branding has the potential to reach through all of your association efforts. Think of all the major corporations you could recognize easily such ... Read more...
  • Demystifying Due Diligence Demystifying Due Diligence on peytonbolin.comWhat Due Diligence Means For Board Directors and How To Apply It Flexibly   Directors often hear this phrase: “do your due diligence” before committing to a decision. But what does that really mean? Read on to learn more about the role that due diligence plays for a director and how to use it to aid with big decisions. Due diligence is defined as investigating a person or business prior to a contract ... Read more...
  • 4 Tips for Communities Choosing a Collection Agency 4 Tips for Communities Choosing a Collection Agency on peytonbolin.comBefore you trust them to collect your debts, determine whether you can trust them at all Choosing the right collection agency is about finding the solution that works best for your community. You have a choice to use a collection agency or a law firm; however, collection agencies do not have the ability to foreclose on owners. Collection agencies are best suited for the pre-foreclosure work but beware that you should ... Read more...
  • The Business of Living: Managing Your Association Reserves The Business of Living Managing Your Association Reserves on peytonbolin.comReview the laws and best practices regarding association reserves in Florida Planning ahead for future maintenance needs or even replacements are crucial to the success of a community association. It’s not only in the best interests for the association and the association’s members, but in many cases, it’s required by law that the organization have a reserve fund. Florida law is very clear on this point Every condominium association must fully fund reserve ... Read more...
  • Changing Rules for Smokers in Community Associations Changing Rules for Smokers in Community Associations on peytonbolin.comWhile you likely have rules in place regarding smoking, what do you do when issues arise regarding second hand smoke?   Smoking has received a lot of attention in recent years as a bad and unhealthy habit, but research about the impact of secondhand smoke has reignited the conversation about whether smoke belongs in community associations at all. While it might seem discriminating to have strict no-smoking rules, which will exclude individuals who ... Read more...
  • Should Your Board Grant a Hardship Exemption? Should Your Board Grant a Hardship Exemption? on peytonbolin.comWhen one wrong decision can set an unfavorable precedent for years to come, establishing clear guidelines becomes critically important   We’ve spoken to many board members about rewriting or amending their governing documents, but the question of whether to include the right to grant hardship exemptions can be a tough one. Most of these boards have wanted some flexibility for exemptions regarding the lease or sale of units, conducting maintenance, or making ... Read more...
  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Condominium Elections in Florida A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Condominium Elections in Florida on peytonbolin.comHow you can ensure that your annual meeting or election runs smoothly and adheres to community law The Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Code define the specific processes and procedures for electing association Board members to ensure that elections are fair and that any unit owner interested in running for a seat on the Board has the opportunity to do so. A condominium association’s board is usually elected by the unit ... Read more...
  • Who Is Responsible for Community Upkeep? Who Is Responsible for Community Upkeep on peytonbolin.comTurning to your community for help If you are curious about Home Owners Association or community common areas and upkeep, the answers are going to require a bit of legwork and investigation. After all, the governing documents of towns and HOAs vary widely, and the bylaws, CC&Rs and other articles of incorporation may make it unclear as to who is responsible for what. Is the city in charge of mowing vast ... Read more...
  • Buying a Condominium? Here’s How to Review the Association Buying a Condominium Here’s How to Review the Association on peytonbolin.comWhen deciding where to live, it is more important than ever to read the fine print When you are looking to purchase a property in a common interest development, you aren’t just buying your unit. Instead, you are becoming part of a larger entity that works together to protect and maintain the building, the parking lot, the communal areas, the pool, the gym, etc. Before you decide to become part of any ... Read more...
  • Prepare Your Association for Hurricane Season hurricane season for an HOA on peytonbolin.comHelp Your Community through the Storm When hurricane season rolls around, it’s a frightening and busy time for many different areas of the country. Homeowners need to make sure that their properties are safe from any potential storm and hurricane damage. This is also important for homeowner’s associations. Hurricane season for an HOA presents specific challenges. To make sure the property and the residents are safe, having a policy that details ... Read more...
  • The Need for Move-In Orientation The Need for Move-In Orientation on peytonbolin.comHow to Help New Tenants Where’s the water shut off in case of an emergency? Who is the point of contact for our homeowner’s association? What fire exit plan do I use? These are but a few of the relevant and common questions that a buyer might have when they close on their condominium or apartment, and answers that their Home Owners Association really should supply at the time of the purchase. Though ... Read more...
  • Pet Policies for Your Community Association Pet Policies for Your Community Association on peytonbolin.comHow to make sure Fido is an upstanding member of your community. Does your community association allow people to have pets in the building? Are there rules against it? All associations need to make sure they have their pet policies in order, so residents will have solid answers to the questions they will inevitably ask. What Restrictions Do Policies Contain? It’s important to remember that each association’s policy can be very different, and ... Read more...
  • 9 Questions Homeowners Need to Ask Their Homeowner Association Questions Homeowners Need to Ask Their Homeowner Association on peytonbolin.comGetting to Know your HOA When you are considering buying a piece of property that falls under the auspices of a homeowner association, you need to know exactly what rules and regulations they have in place. Your needs and wants from the property need to be in line with what the HOA expects, and if they are not, it tends to lead to problems down the line. It is better to ... Read more...
  • Advertising on your Community Association’s Website Advertising on your Community Association’s Website on peytonbolin.comShould your Community Association be Reaping the Benefits? Should your community association allow advertising on its website? The answer depends on a lot of factors. Your community association website should have one ultimate goal: enhancing communication. This includes communication between the board, residents, owners, and community leaders. Websites can be used to post notices, conduct surveys, publish board meeting information, upload classifieds, and release inspection requests. Neighborhood links, FAQs, forums, events listings ... Read more...
  • 5 Things to Look for in a Resident 5 Things to Look for in a Resident on peytonbolin .comTips for every Home Owner’s Association While any Home Owner’s Association has its regulations and formal documents that itemize how it is run and what sort of criteria the applicants must meet to qualify for residency, most also stipulate that an interview process occur as well. This allows HOA leadership to get a clearer understanding of the applicant’s personality, outlook, attitude and feasibility as a resident in the community. At the ... Read more...