HOA Rental Policies – Procedural Flaws That Matter

Condo and townhome owners who are serious about challenging an HOA’s rental restrictions should seek legal advice.  An attorney will analyze the interplay between the association’s Governing Documents, HOA records, federal laws, state statutes and court decisions.  That analysis will reveal if the process used to adopt the rental policy contained significant flaws. … [Read more...]

How to Challenge an HOA’s Rental Policy

Frustrated condo and townhouse owners who are not allowed to rent out their units under the HOA’s grandfather clause or a hardship exception often ask “Is there anything I can do to challenge the rental policy?”  The answer is yes, but the challenges will not be quick, easy, cheap, or necessarily successful.  The options include: … [Read more...]

HOA Rental Exceptions – Grandfathering and Hardships

What can homeowners do when they are caught between the need to rent their condo or townhouse and a policy that restricts rentals in the HOA community? There are two main policy exceptions to explore – grandfather clauses and hardship exceptions.  First, review the HOA Governing Documents.  Was the rental restriction an original provision or was it added later?  … [Read more...]

10 Things WNBA Fans Can Do To Share the Fun!!!

When you are at a sports bar, ask that the closest TV be tuned to a WNBA or women’s college basketball game. Wear your WNBA team gear outside the arena - it's great advertising! Organize a "Let's Go to a WNBA Game" event for your co-workers. Support girls’ basketball in your community by mentoring, coaching, fund-raising and cheering. Challenge unfair, derogatory comments about women's basketball.  Staying silent lets people think you agree. Donate extra tickets to charity or to someone who otherwise couldn't go. Tell everyone how family-friendly and fun the WNBA games are. If … [Read more...]

Rental Restrictions – The Third Rail of HOA Policies

Over the past 10 years, many Home Owner Associations have sought to amend their Governing Documents to restrict leasing.  This topic is so volatile, it could be called the “third rail” of HOA decisions.  In fact, one law firm’s PowerPoint presentation on this topic starts with the slide: Rental Restrictions: How to Best Create Dissension and Animosity in Your Homeowners Association.  … [Read more...]

HOA Rental Restrictions – Owner Perspectives

My homeowner association is trying to take away my property rights!  They say I can’t rent my home to a tenant.  They can’t do that!  I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve heard those words from upset owners of condos and townhouses. … [Read more...]

Eatonville – First African-American Town

Eatonville, Florida is the oldest incorporated African-American town in the U.S.  Established in 1887, it was named after Union Army Capt. Josiah Eaton, a white man who sold his land to the founders.  (About 100 black communities were started after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863. Only a dozen still survive.) … [Read more...]

Don’t Pick Your Pet’s Poison

Easter brings lots of cooking and candy.  It can also bring danger to our household pets.  Too few people know that Easter Lilies are highly poisonous to cats.  The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) website contains an excellent list of almost 400 plants that are toxic to cats and dogs, such as aloe vera and many kinds of ivy.  … [Read more...]

The Minnehaha Bunny

The Minnehaha Bunny has served as a gateway landmark for the Hale, Page and Diamond Lake Neighborhoods in South Minneapolis since its creation by Jeffrey Barber in 2002.  But the huge bronze rabbit has become so much more than that. It is a destination in itself, delighting children and adults with its whimsical and relaxed pose.  … [Read more...]

Hide and Seek

Let’s talk about a real estate bill in the 2011 Minnesota legislative session.  Under MN Statute section 515B.4-108, purchasers of a condo, townhouse or cooperative unit get 10 days to review the home owner association (HOA) disclosure documents.  That 10-day clock starts … [Read more...]

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