BOARD RESOURCES

Check out our growing content library, which provides helpful community management information and resources.
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Board Confidentiality
By: Michael Rome, Esq. of Rome & Goldin, PC
This marks the sixth installment of a series for board members about commonly faced questions and issues. Many of these challenges require a combination of legal, political, and practical solutions. Click here to read more.
Tug of War
Conflicts of Interest
By: Michael Rome, Esq. of Rome & Goldin, PC
This marks the eleventh installment of a series for board members about commonly faced questions and issues. Many of these challenges require a combination of legal, political, and practical solutions. Click here to read more.
Fiduci-WHAT?
Fiduciary Duties of the Board
By: Michael Rome, Esq. of Rome & Goldin, PC
This marks the fifth installment of a series for board members about commonly faced questions and issues. Many of these challenges require a combination of legal, political, and practical solutions. Click here to read more.
Gavel
Keeping Order at Member Meetings
By: Michael Rome, Esq. of Rome & Goldin, PC
This marks the tenth installment of a series for board members about commonly faced questions and issues. Many of these challenges require a combination of legal, political, and practical solutions. Click here to read more.
Community Message Board with Delinquent Owners Listed
Posting Names of Delinquent Owners
By: Michael Rome, Esq. of Rome & Goldin, PC
This marks the twelfth installment of a series for board members about commonly faced questions and issues. Many of these challenges require a combination of legal, political, and practical solutions. Click here to read more.
Fines?
Understanding Fines
By: Michael Rome, Esq. of Rome & Goldin, PC
This marks the third installment of a series for board members about commonly faced questions and issues. Many of these challenges require a combination of legal, political, and practical solutions. Click here to read more.
Regulations & Authority
Understanding the Function & Authority of Committees
By: Michael Rome, Esq. of Rome & Goldin, PC
This marks the fourth installment of a series for board members about commonly faced questions and issues. Many of these challenges require a combination of legal, political, and practical solutions. Click here to read more.
Child Mowing the Grass
Using Residents as Vendors
By: Michael Rome, Esq. of Rome & Goldin, PC
This marks the first installment of a series for board members about commonly faced questions and issues. Many of these challenges require a combination of legal, political, and practical solutions. Click here to read more.
The ABC's for Board Members
Board Member Basics 101
By: Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco Attorneys at Law
This article written by one of the premier legal firms in the state of Georgia that specializes in community association law covers the basics of what every board member needs to know. It is a must read for Board Members and Directors. Click here to read more.
What now?
You're Elected - Now What?
By: Mindy Waitsman, Attorney at Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco P.C.
Congratulations on being elected to the Board and being named an officer. Many newly appointed board officers want to do what they can for their community, but are often unsure exactly what their new position requires. Click here to read more.
Wrong Way Sign
Ten Common Mistakes Made by Board Members
By: Michael Rome, Esq. of Rome & Goldin, PC
Serving on the board for a community association can be a challenging and thankless job, but sometimes it is more challenging that it needs to be. If you avoid the these ten common mistakes, it should make things easier. Click here to read more.
Code of Conduct
Board Code of Conduct
By: Michael Rome, Esq. of Rome & Goldin, PC
This marks the seventh installment of a series for board members about commonly faced questions and issues. Many of these challenges require a combination of legal, political, and practical solutions. Click here to read more.
Good Debt vs. Bad Debt
Writing-Off Delinquent Assessments as Bad Debt
By: Michael Rome, Esq. of Rome & Goldin, PC
This marks the eigth installment of a series for board members about commonly faced questions and issues. Many of these challenges require a combination of legal, political, and practical solutions. Click here to read more.
Rights and Responsibilities
Rights and Responsibilities for Better Communities
By: Community Associations Institute
Perhaps the greatest achievement for any association is creating and sustaining a sense of community among residents and leaders. This goal is best achieved when homeowners, non-owner residents, and association leaders recognize and embrace their rights and responsibilities. Click here to read more.
Model Code of Ethics
Model Code of Ethics for Association Board Members
By: Community Associations Institute
This model code of ethics is not meant to address every potential ethical dilemma encountered by a community association board member, but is offered as a basic framework that can be modified and adopted by any common-interest community. Click here to read more.
Fundamentals
Community Association Fundamentals
By: Community Associations Institute
Each community has its own history, personality, attributes and challenges, but all associations share common characteristics and core principles. This primer was written to foster a better conceptual understanding of how associations function. Click here to read more.
Corporate Governance
Governance Guidelines
By: Community Associations Institute
There are basic expectations that apply to virtually any common-interest community. With this in mind, we developed the Community Association Governance Guidelines - 12 principles that can help association board members increase harmony, reduce conflict and build stronger, more successful communities. Click here to read more.
Rules and Regulations
Guidelines for Creating Enforceable Rules & Regulations
By: Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco Attorneys at Law
The task of creating and implementing rules for a community can be daunting. However, by keeping a few simple guidelines in mind, a Board can successfully create and implement enforceable rules and regulations that will help foster harmony within the community. Click here to read more.
Benefits this way!
Seven Benefits of Hiring an HOA Management Company
By: Chuck Miller at HOAPulse.com
Many newly elected Board members quickly discover that they do not have an adequate background for all the tasks they must perform. As a result, the decision is made to hire a professional HOA management company. What are the benefits of professional management? Click here to read more.
Worst Ever?
The Worst Volunteer Position in America?
By: Raymond Dickey, HuffPost Home
HOA Board members often spend hours of their own time serving their communities. Yet often this group of unpaid volunteers, numbering in the millions who are not only unappreciated, but many times hated by those they help. It could be argued that they are the most despised volunteers in America. Click here to read more.
Quick Reference Check List
Meeting Minutes Checklist
By: HOAPulse.com
This straight forward checklist was created with the Association Secretary in mind. This easy to use document will help ensure no important information is forgotten when preparing your next meeting minutes. Click here to read more.
Avoiding Selective Enforcement
Board's Guide to Selective Enforcement
By: Rebecca Drube, Attorney at Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco
There are two types of selective enforcement: 1) when an association acts arbitrarily by enforcing some covenants but fails to enforce others; and 2) when an association acts arbitrarily by enforcing the same covenant differently against one owner and another. Click here to read more.
Amendments Checklist
Amendments Checklist
By: Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco, Attorneys Specializing in Association Law
This checklist includes essential and helpful provisions so that you can ensure your association's governing documents contain all of the provisions necessary to support your community's goals. To be valid, all of the provisions below must be included in your Declaration or Bylaws. Click here to read more.
Collecting on a Judgment
How Does Garnishment Work?
By: Jimmy Kim, Attorney at Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco
Once an association has secured a judgment against an owner, the most important question is "How can the association get its money?" Garnishment is the most frequently used legal procedure to collect on a money judgment against a delinquent owner. Click here to read more.
Put the Boxing Gloves Down
Avoiding Fight Night - Community Boards vs. Homeowners
By: Neal Bach, CPA on www.bjmco.com/boards-vs-homeowners/
The basic goal of effectively operating the business of the community means that board members have to collect money from neighbors and tell them what they can and can't do. This creates an inherent conflict that can escalate quickly. Click here to read more.
Paint Maintenance is Important
HOA Paint Maintenance
By: Richard Thompson on realtytimes.com
Paint maintenance is no different than roof, landscape, pool, or asphalt maintenance. A good plan requires periodic inspections, timely and proper surface preparation, and repair in addition to quality paint applied at recommended intervals. Click here to read more.
HOAs and Corporate Tax Filings
Federal Income Taxes and HOAs
By: Brett Hersh - Let's Talk Taxes, journal-news.net
Most everyone is well aware of the April 15th deadline to file personal income taxes, but if you are a board member, there is an earlier deadline that you need to be aware of. In addition, the form to use for HOA taxes can be confusing for some. Click here to read more.
HOA Annual Meeting
Having a Successful Annual Meeting
By: Seth Weissman, Attorney at Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco P.C.
Annual meetings can be a pleasant affairs, however, sometimes they are filled with rancor and dissension. In either situation, the board of directors should be familiar with proper procedures for running an association meeting. Click here to read more.
Where did all the volunteers go?
No Quorum, No Board, No Problem?
By: Coulter & Sierra, LLC - Specialists in Community Association Law
Homeowner apathy is a major concern for a large number of community associations. What happens if no one runs for the board? Or what if the entire board resigns? Click here to read more.
Home for Rent
A Guide for the Renters in Your Community
By: Kaycee Wegener on Rentecdirect.com/blog
Unless your association has a total ban on rental properties, tenants are something a board of directors must effectively deal with in order to have a successful community. This guide has some great information to help the tenants in your community understand HOAs. Click here to read more.
Stop! Halt!
Stop! You Can't Do That!
By: Lazega & Johnson LLC, Specializing in Community Association Law
Many associations have experienced owners making changes to their homes or lots without prior ACC approval. What can boards do when self-help is not practical or realistic and fines are ineffective? Click here to read more.
Water, Water Everywhere...
By: George E. Nowack Jr., founding partner of Nowack & Howard
Water damage is the most common casualty claim in buildings with attached units. Written by arguably one of the most knowledgeable attorneys nationwide on community associations and the insurance issues they face, this article is a must read for board members in townhome and condo communities. Click here to read more.
Help! We've Been Robbed!
We've Been Robbed!
By: George E. Nowack Jr., founding partner of Nowack & Howard
Hopefully those words will never apply to your association, however it is important to take the steps now to protect your association. Written by arguably one of the most knowledgeable attorneys nationwide on community associations and the insurance issues they face, this article is a must read for board members. Click here to read more.
Do This, Don't Do That
The Do's and Don'ts of D&O Insurance
By: George E. Nowack Jr., founding partner of Nowack & Howard
Unfortunately we live in an increasingly litigious society. Written by arguably one of the most knowledgeable attorneys nationwide on community associations and the insurance issues they face, this article is a must read for board members. Click here to read more.
Life's Little Instruction Book for Community Residents and Leaders
Pearls of Wisdom for Association Living and Leading
By: Community Associations Institute
CAI leaders throughout the years have shared their advice and pearls of wisdom for better community association life. Here are 130 tips to guide you and ensure a positive community association experience. Click here to read more.
No! You're Out of Order!!
Parliamentary Procedure for Community Associations
By: Jim Slaughter, Attorney & Certified Professional Parliamentarian
Does there always seem to much to do at your association meetings and not enough time to do it? Or does reading a simple report result in a 15 minute tangent? Parliamentary procedure can help turn long, confrontational meetings into short, painless ones. Click here to read more.
Protecting your association when it counts the most
Will You Know a Potential D & O Claim?
By: Ian Graham Insurance Company
A claim is defined by your Association's specific policy language. That said, experience has teaches us valuable lessons on actions that can lead to a claim that needs to be reported to your insurance agent. Click here to read more.
Your Data is Safe - Until It's Not
Understanding Cyber Liability and Risk
By: Neal Bach, CPA & Joe Dreher, AAI - Dreher Insurance
High-profile hacks of established companies are regularly on the evening news. While big companies make big headlines, no business or organization is too small to be hacked, and hackers often find smaller businesses easier prey. Click here to read more.
Are You Prepared?
Is Your Community Prepared for Disaster?
By: Coulter & Sierra, LLC - Specializing in Community Association Law
Too often, community associations find themselves being reactive instead of proactive when it comes to dealing with disasters. The most common "disaster" many boards face is the occasional pipe burst; however, disaster can come in all shapes and sizes. Here are a few things your community can do to be prepared. Click here to read more.
Caution: Rough Seas Ahead
Navigating Community Association D&O Claims
By: Ian Graham Insurance Company
The purpose of this article is to assist your community association with navigating the initial phases of a lawsuit and inform your community association of typical issues it may encounter as litigation unfolds. Click here to read more.
Proceed with Caution!
Identifying Occupancy Issues
By: Coulter & Sierra, LLC - Specializing in Community Association Law
Protective covenants governing the number and type of occupants per dwelling have been subject to much scrutiny over the years. This has a lot to do with the Federal Fair Housing Act, or FHA, by which community associations are bound. Click here to read more.
911, I'd Like to Report a Stolen Car!
Dude, Where's My Car?
By: Coulter & Sierra, LLC - Specializing in Community Association Law
Most associations have parking rules in their governing documents. However, before proceeding with fining the violating owner, or booting or towing their vehicle, boards should make sure to follow the procedures outlined by their governing documents and local law. Click here to read more.
Who, What, When, Why???
The Four W's of Changing the Governing Documents
By: Coulter & Sierra, LLC - Specializing in Community Association Law
Sooner or later, every community association is faced with an issue that was never contemplated by its governing documents. This may be the result of new case law, or a new property trend like Airbnb. Whatever the issue, it is important for associations to stay on top of changes.  Click here to read more.
Caution - Condemned Property!
Government Right of Condemnation
By: Coulter & Sierra, LLC - Specializing in Community Association Law
There is a common misconception that property ownership rights are absolute. However, the government can take away any private property, including your association's, without the owners consent. This is called eminent domain. Click here to read more.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, Etc.
Should Associations Use Social Media to Investigate Violations?
By: Coulter & Sierra, LLC - Specializing in Community Association Law
In the past, association's covenant enforcement was often limited by what boards and/or managers could prove. Nowadays, with the widespread use of social media, community associations may have access to another layer of property owners' actions. Click here to read more.
Yard Full of Political Signs
Political Signs and Solicitation in Associations
By: Coulter & Sierra, LLC - Specializing in Community Association Law
It is officially campaign season in Georgia. Associations may be wondering whether owners can place political signs in their yards or common areas. Boards may also be questioning how best to address door-to-door solicitors that are canvassing for candidates. Click here to read more.
Don't Get Lost in the Dark
Demystifying the Proxy
By: Coulter & Sierra, LLC - Specializing in Community Association Law
It is customary for most associations to send out a blank proxy form, should owners be unable to attend, with the annual meeting notice. Despite their frequent use, proxies can be confusing. Therefore, we have provided answers to five common proxy-related questions. Click here to read more.
Strengthen your Association Through an Understanding of Collections
Fiscal Fitness
By: Vicky Sand and Victoria Baggett of Nowack & Howard
The strength of a community association can be measured by its ability to perform its duties. With the real estate market booming at the moment, it is a great opportunity for boards of directors to make sure their associations are taking advantage of the good times to plan for any future rainy days. Click here to read more.