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The Myths about Mold, Like Mold, Just Won’t Die [Part 2] Jul 05, 2020

You cannot handle it yourself.  Many mold consultants treat mold as if it were asbestos.  Asbestos is truly dangerous.  Unlike mold, when inhaled into...

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The Myths about Mold, Like Mold, Just Won’t Die [Part 1] Jun 28, 2020

In 2000, right after we survived “Y2K,” a new “toxic mold” panic swept the country, and twenty years (of lawsuits and billions of dollars) later,...

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Reader Questions - They Aren’t Enforcing The Rules! Jun 22, 2020

Kelly:

Residents in our HOA are encouraged to report rule violations. I and others have reported violations directly to the manager, primarily because the phone numbers...

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Reader Questions – Meetings During A Pandemic Jun 15, 2020

Dear Kelly:

Our association cancelled the March meeting and then April’s meeting was held by a teleconference with just the board members. Is this legal? We have...

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Don’t Be Reserved About Reserve Accounts Jun 07, 2020

 

Unfortunately, too many HOA boards overlook or disregard the reserve fund as unnecessary. This is unwise, because the reserve fund is a critical component of the...

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Reader Questions – Are Our Reserves Being Handled Properly? May 31, 2020
  
Mr. Richardson, hello:

Is there a formula for the reserve funds that are necessary, or at least advisable, for a HOA? Also, can an assessment be collected from...
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Wait for the Board to Act May 24, 2020

In community associations, corporate formalities seem to interfere with efficiency. Some argue that if someone is making good decisions, why wait for board meetings and...

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Nine Tips To Reduce HOA Conflict May 17, 2020

Handling conflict is a regular part of governing, managing, or advising HOAs, which are corporations but also neighborhoods. Unlike clubs or churches, when things get...

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Reader Questions – Pandemic Questions Continue May 11, 2020

Kelly, I am on the board and we are having our first HOA virtual meeting next week because of Covid-19. Do we need to have a quorum for that meeting? I appreciate your...

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Reader Questions – Are HOA Board Term Limits Allowed? May 03, 2020
 

Mr. Richardson:

I appreciate your column in the [paper]. Many of your topics are extremely helpful.

According to our election rules and bylaws, no director...

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Reader Questions - Harassment and Handicapped Parking Questions Apr 26, 2020

Hi Kelly,

Perhaps you have an answer to the following case. A homeowner in our HOA (he might have a form of mental illness) is said to have harassed a new homeowner couple...

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Reader Questions – Board Contacts, Discussions, and Elections Apr 20, 2020

 

Kelly: Is the HOA required to supply the state a current list of the board members? Is the list available for public view? I am not a member of the HOA.

G.O.,...

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