LEGAL SUPPORT FOR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS

Realtors and other real estate professionals play an important role in assisting buyers and sellers in transactions involving homeowners associations ("HOAs"). Smith Jadin Johnson is here to help professionals ensure that their clients have all of the information they need to make an educated decision about their particular situation, and to make sure their transaction goes as smoothly as possible.

KonMari Your HOA - Decluttering your Documents with a Records Retention and Request Policy

Being a member of the Board of Directors at your Homeowners Association can be a thankless job. With all of the issues the Board has to deal with, responding to document requests from homeowners should be an easy one. Still, one of the major complaints we hear from Boards is the overwhelming amount of paper, documents, and other files that Associations retain over the years. While many Associations have been able to convert their files to electronic format, many others still maintain paper files.

Ice Dams and HOAs

With the record setting snow fall of the last few months in Minnesota, many homeowner associations are starting to see ice dams. An ice dam is a chunk of ice on the edge of your roof line and is usually caused by inadequate insulation or ventilation which allows escaping heat to melt snow on the roof. When the melted snow reaches the cooler roof line, the water refreezes creating a dam of ice.

CONCILIATION COURT AND HOA'S - A WIN-WIN FOR ALL PARTIES

Enforcing covenants and conditions can be the biggest nightmare for an HOA board, especially once the break-even point has been reached and the developer is no longer involved. The HOA then has to make a series of decisions about when and why to enforce covenants-CC&R's-and sometimes when not to. Everyone has read horror stories on the Internet about HOAs enforcing covenants on residents for lawns a quarter-inch too long, or not watering in drought conditions; yet most of the time, CC&Rs are essential to maintain the look and value of a development.

THE ROLE OF A TREASURER IN A MINNESOTA HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

If you've been elected the treasurer of your homeowner association, then you need to be aware of all of the responsibilities that fall on that position. In this post, we'll discuss what the role of homeowner association treasurer requires of you and provide some tips on how to do the job effectively.

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