Community Association Management Smartbrief

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In the News

New Jersey homeowners wary of town taking over dune rebuilding project
More than a dozen residents in Toms River, N.J., are refusing to sign easements that would give the town a strip of their land so it can rebuild necessary protective dunes that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The homeowners say they are worried they might be obligated to open their beaches to the public if parts of it now belong to the town. “We know we need to put in dunes. Dunes are definitely a lifeline for any beach community,” says Patricia Suriani, member of the Surf Cottages HOA board. “What we have wanted up to this point is more clarification of giving this easement.” New Jersey Online (1/5)

HOA evicts homeowner for past due fees
A homeowners association foreclosed and evicted a resident from his house in Jacksonville, Fla., after racking up $532 in unpaid fees. Ken Baxley, who owned the home for four years, admitted he refused to pay the HOA for two years. “I didn’t think they were that threatening,” says Baxley. “I basically blew them off. That was my mistake. I blew off the homeowners association.” WTLV/WJXX (1/4)

Should HOAs base fees on a resident’s income?
A blog reader recently raised the issue of association boards who charge fees for certain community services but only against owners who, in the board’s estimation, “can afford it” while discounting or writing off those fees for others. While there is no reasonable debate that such a practice would be contrary to both the shared ownership statutes and most associations’ governing documents, this begs the question just how often volunteer boards engage in the typical exercise of trying to figure out who are the “haves and have nots” in a community. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (12/31)

Retirement community doesn’t want to pay HOA for youth activities
The homeowners association in the age-restricted Sonora community in Rancho Sahuarita has filed a lawsuit saying the community-wide HOA fees are too high in part because they support youth activities. Sonora residents pay their own HOA fees for an exclusive pool, landscaping, clubhouse and other items in addition to paying fees to the larger association. They claim the fees for the larger Rancho Sahuarita Village Program Association have increased at nearly twice the rate of inflation in the past nine years while the Sonora fees have not risen at all. Green Valley News and Sun (Ariz.) (1/2)

Leadership

It’s time for leaders to get real
Leadership should be about facing up to uncomfortable realities, not about burying your head in the sand, writes George Ambler. Only reality-based leadership can inspire employees or bring long-term strategic success. “Convincing ourselves that things are better or different from reality is never a good idea,” he writes. George Ambler blog (1/4)

7 tips for becoming a better interviewer
If you’re getting ready to interview candidates for a job opening, start by reading over their applications and developing a list of questions, Karen Axelton writes. “Instead of questions that can be answered with ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ ask questions that require an explanation or call on the candidate to elaborate,” she advises. Also, don’t use your computer or engage in any other activity that could distract you during the interview. NetworkSolutions.com (1/3)

Doing Good in the Community

HOA board member on a mission to make neighborhood road a ‘scenic route’
A Lucas Valley Estates Homeowners Association board member is leading an effort to have nine miles of Lucas Valley road deemed an official state scenic route in Marin County, Calif. Liz Dale says if her petition passes, billboards and high-density development will be prohibited. “People who live there come there for the views,” Dale says. “We have a gold mine of scenery.” Marin Independent Journal (San Rafael, Calif.) (1/4)

Professional and Ethical Conduct

Get started on becoming a better leader in 2013
There are plenty of ways to improve your leadership in the new year, writes Daniel McCarthy. A few ideas: Improve your presentation skills, seek out better feedback, pledge to hold yourself more accountable or simply reach out to and thank your mentors. “Don’t
overdo it — just pick one and commit to it,” McCarthy advises.  SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/1)

 

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