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Homeowner’s drain tile trenches wreak havoc in neighbors’ yards

Mike HunterQ: A member of our homeowners’ association believes he does not have to follow our subdivision’s covenants, conditions and restrictions (or CCRs). He filled in the natural depression of the drainage ditch in his back yard to level the area. He then built a catch basin at his property line where the natural water flow would normally have gradually drained onto the adjacent lot, and installed drain tile trenches that all empty into a catch basin.

Now during heavy rains, his neighbor has rapids over 4 feet wide and sometimes over a foot deep eroding away his yard.

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Policies, Procedures, Rules, Regulations, and Resolutions: What’s the Difference??

You’ve, no doubt, heard the terms “policies, procedures, rules, regulations” and “resolutions” used many times in the industry.  But have you ever wondered what all these different terms mean and whether there is a difference as to which term you use?  Despite popular belief, there are subtle differences in these terms, which are outlined in the below checklist.  As you will see from the checklist, there are also several similarities between and overlap of the terms.

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Getting Out The Vote

Door Prizes, Proxies Are Used to Boost Annual Elections

While the election format in a condominium community is pretty much the same as  for any other club or organization, property managers and board members are  looking to make the process easier and increase unit owner participation. Unit  owner participation, in particular, can be a challenge as some condos find it  hard to get enough members for a quorum at their annual meetings.  

 To combat low attendance, some community associations are using raffles, or  offering prizes –drawing names from returned ballots at the annual meeting, or combining the  meeting with a cookout or other social event. Other communities with low  attendance are trying to increase proxy voting. And the use of online voting is  definitely trending upward as more business is conducted by computer.  

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Three HOA R’s: Rules, Regulations and Resolutions

Readin’, ritin’ and rithmatic. That just about covers the learning that someone needs to know (as long as you live in the “holler”). But homeowner associations have their own version of the Three Rs called Rules, Regulations and Resolutions. These are the policies and procedures that define the standards of the community. They must comply with state and federal law. For example, the board cannot enact a rule that violates the Fair Housing Act.

Rarely if ever are the Three Rs clearly or fully defined in the governing documents. That is by design to allow flexibility and customization. Amending bylaws is tedious and difficult. The Three Rs can usually be modified as needed by the board. The board may use either rules and regulations or resolutions to accomplish this goal. So what’s the difference? Rules and Regulations are used to address rules of conduct.

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