Category Archives: Ask the Experts

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Proxy default keeps same leaders in charge

(Michael Hunter, Association Answers) Q: I live in a community of 646 single family homes. We have seven members on the HOA’s board of directors, who are elected at our annual meeting. We also have a professional management company. At our annual meeting, the members of the HOA are given the option of attending in person and voting for the board…

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Must an HOA allow therapy dogs and handicap ramps?

In this week’s column, I am addressing questions from two readers that relate to accommodations for disabled persons:

Question 1: We have an owner who has requested that he be allowed to construct a handicap ramp on the front of his home. There is nothing in our CCRs or in our Rules & Regulations that allows or prohibits such structures….

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Must an HOA allow therapy dogs and handicap ramps?

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In this week’s column, I am addressing questions from two readers that relate to accommodations for disabled persons:
 
Question 1: We have an owner who has requested that he be allowed to construct a handicap ramp on the front of his home. There is nothing in our CCRs or in our Rules & Regulations that allows or prohibits such structures. However, all owners must obtain approval of the ARC (architectural review committee) prior to construction on any homesite.

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Working Well With Your Homeowner Association’s Attorney

Love them or hate them. But you must work with attorneys to run your association effectively. Here are six tips for getting the most out of your attorney-client relationship.

1) Get it in writing. “Make sure you have an engagement letter,” says Justin D. Park, an attorney at Romero Park & Wiggins P.S. in Bellevue, Wash. “It really protects both sides.” The engagement letter should identify at least two basics: what you’re hiring the attorney to do and how the attorney will be paid.

2) Designate a contact person. “The best relationships I’ve had with clients have been when they’ve had a clear contact person,” says Park. “Sometimes two or three people will contact me and say, ‘Do this’ or ‘Do that,’ and I don’t have a clear line of communication. It doesn’t matter who it is as long as everybody on the board knows who it is and the attorney knows exactly whom to call. Associations can even designate different points of contact for different purposes. For instance, there may be a board member responsible for dues collection. But if there’s a litigation, contacts go to another person.”

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