Important Definitions for Homeowners Associations

Can Florida HOAs Restrict Solar Panels?

As a homeowners association (HOA) board member, it is your duty to approve of most renovations that take place within your community. However, your HOA should be cautious with regards to restricting the installation or use of solar panels. Florida’s Solar Rights Act protects homeowners who wish to install solar panels on their property.  In … Continue reading “Can Florida HOAs Restrict Solar Panels?”

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Anonymous | Friday, August 2nd, 2019 | HOA |

The 4 Drawbacks of Self-Managing a Condominium Association

Self-managing a condominium association is a demanding duty that often requires board members to devote large chunks of their free time to addressing the needs of their community. For this reason, many volunteer board members who are self-managed come to regret their decision to forgo the assistance of a management company.  In this article, we … Continue reading “The 4 Drawbacks of Self-Managing a Condominium Association”

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Anonymous | Friday, August 2nd, 2019 | Property Management |

How a Homeowners Association Can Reduce Summer Turnover

Summertime in Florida brings a lot of challenges to residential communities, including blazing heat, pesky bugs, and the constant threat of tropical storms and hurricanes. Another persistent challenge that’s unrelated to the environment is the increased turnover rate of tenants in the summer. If your homeowners association requires rental management services, you should expect more … Continue reading “How a Homeowners Association Can Reduce Summer Turnover”

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Anonymous | Friday, August 2nd, 2019 | HOA |

3 HOA Tips for Preparing for a Storm

Hurricane season has arrived, and neighborhoods all over the Sunshine State are scrambling to prepare themselves for the eventual homecoming of annual 100-mph winds and torrential downpours. Although most Floridians have lived through their fair share of hurricanes, whether by locking down their homes and waiting it out or evacuating to the north, the fear … Continue reading “3 HOA Tips for Preparing for a Storm”

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Anonymous | Friday, August 2nd, 2019 | HOA |

Florida HOA Laws Regarding Resident Fines

Most residents are rule-abiding community members that keep to themselves. On the rare occasion that a rule is blatantly and repeatedly violated, a homeowners association (HOA) can impose fines to remedy the situation. However, every state has its own unique laws regarding the extent to which HOAs can enforce rules and fines. In this article, … Continue reading “Florida HOA Laws Regarding Resident Fines”

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Anonymous | Monday, July 1st, 2019 | HOA |

How HOAs Should Handle Homeowner Renovations

There’s nothing that will make your residents consider moving quite like waking up to the grating sound of construction on a Saturday morning. What may initially seem like a simple home renovation can easily turn into a months-long project that’s an ear and eyesore. Homeowners associations (HOAs) must have a plan in place when their … Continue reading “How HOAs Should Handle Homeowner Renovations”

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Anonymous | Monday, July 1st, 2019 | HOA |

8 Common Notices Property Managers Distribute Part 2

Wise Property Management, a Tampa condominium association management company, is a family-owned and operated business committed to providing homeowners associations (HOAs) and condominiums with a variety of important management services. In this two-part article, we are discussing eight of the most common notices issued to residents. In the first part, we discussed several essential notices … Continue reading “8 Common Notices Property Managers Distribute Part 2”

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Anonymous | Monday, July 1st, 2019 | Uncategorized |

8 Common Notices Property Managers Distribute Part 1

A Tampa homeowners association management company provides homeowners associations (HOAs) with a myriad of comprehensive management services including: budgeting, recordkeeping, inspections, and administrative support, just to name a few. One important service that can never be overlooked is the distribution of notices. Some notices are required by the government. Others are authorized by the association. … Continue reading “8 Common Notices Property Managers Distribute Part 1”

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Anonymous | Monday, July 1st, 2019 | HOA |

New Law Requires HOAs to Address Preservation of Documents Annually

Florida-based homeowner associations (HOAs) must always be mindful of the newest legislation being established in the Sunshine State. For example, 2018 saw several significant changes to Florida Statutes, including one law that homeowner associations need to address on an annual basis. In this brief article, a Tampa homeowners association management company will discuss a significant … Continue reading “New Law Requires HOAs to Address Preservation of Documents Annually”

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Anonymous | Friday, May 31st, 2019 | HOA |

3 Common Mistakes Bad HOA Management Companies Make and How the Good Ones Avoid Them

Whether it’s rental management services, accounting and recordkeeping, administrative support, bookkeeping services, or comprehensive association management services, Tampa HOA management companies are responsible for managing a wide range of services. When your HOA works with the wrong company, any of the above listed valuable services can be compromised. That’s why communities prefer to work with … Continue reading “3 Common Mistakes Bad HOA Management Companies Make and How the Good Ones Avoid Them”

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Anonymous | Friday, May 31st, 2019 | HOA |

Fire Safety for Condominiums Part 2

When a fire erupts in one of the condominiums in your community, your residents may only have a couple of minutes to reach safety. Whether they safely escape or not will largely depend on the fire safety plan your condominium association has implemented, assuming a plan has been implemented at all. In part one of … Continue reading “Fire Safety for Condominiums Part 2”

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Anonymous | Friday, May 31st, 2019 | Property Management |

Fire Safety for Condominiums Part 1

A lit candle, a cooking mishap, or an electrical spark can be enough to start a condominium fire that places every one of your residents at risk. Once a fire breaks out, the smoke that fills walkways can blind residents and burn their lungs as they attempt to reach safety. When you are faced with … Continue reading “Fire Safety for Condominiums Part 1”

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Anonymous | Friday, May 31st, 2019 | Property Management |

How Condominium and Homeowner Associations Should Handle Pets Part 2

Some pets are considered members of the family, while others are guard dogs that protect a home from break-ins. But certain pets provide a very specific and important role to pet owners — service animals. There are various types of service animals, and they can make enforcing pet policies tricky. In part one of this … Continue reading “How Condominium and Homeowner Associations Should Handle Pets Part 2”

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Anonymous | Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 | HOA, Property Management |

How Condominium and Homeowner Associations Should Handle Pets Part 1

Pets can be a well-behaved source of love and support for a family. Alternatively, they could be a nuisance or even a danger to the community. For this reason, condominium associations and homeowner associations (HOAs) often put rules in place to limit the type and number of pets that a resident can have. But with … Continue reading “How Condominium and Homeowner Associations Should Handle Pets Part 1”

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Anonymous | Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 | Property Management |

3 Things Real Estate Investors Need to Know About Property Managers

Real estate investors are often focused on their bottom line when shopping for potentially lucrative properties, especially when it comes to apartment complexes, deed restricted communities, and the like; however, many investors fail to appreciate the value of the property managers that help make these neighborhoods attractive to prospective buyers and renters. As Tampa homeowners … Continue reading “3 Things Real Estate Investors Need to Know About Property Managers”

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Anonymous | Friday, April 5th, 2019 | Uncategorized |

3 Signs That You Need a New Management Company for Your Neighborhood

Condominium associations hire property management companies for convenience and peace of mind. A management company that declines over time and doesn’t meet expectations can sabotage the quality of life in your neighborhood. When a management company is disappointing you, it’s time for them to go. In this article, we’ll be looking at three warning signs … Continue reading “3 Signs That You Need a New Management Company for Your Neighborhood”

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Anonymous | Friday, April 5th, 2019 | Property Management |

How to Welcome a New Resident to the Community

Being a new condominium resident can be challenging as the tenant is inexperienced with their surroundings while everyone else is familiar with the rules and each other. The prospect of integrating into such a close-knit community can be intimidating, and they may feel the urge to close themselves off from their new neighbors. Here are … Continue reading “How to Welcome a New Resident to the Community”

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Anonymous | Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 | Property Management |

Dealing with Pests in an HOA Community

Pests can easily spread from home to home, especially in a humid Florida climate. That’s why it’s important to know what to do when your homeowners’ community is faced with an infestation of termites, roaches, ants, or any other manner of vermin. Here is how a homeowners association (HOA) should approach the elimination of pests … Continue reading “Dealing with Pests in an HOA Community”

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Anonymous | Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 | HOA |

Why Keeping Residents Happy is Essential

Living in a condominium community is supposed to help lessen the amount of stress one would normally face when dealing with a standalone home. For example, when homeowners have an issue with their home, they must call a professional to provide an estimate and pay out of pocket for any necessary repairs. On the other … Continue reading “Why Keeping Residents Happy is Essential”

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Anonymous | Monday, February 11th, 2019 | Property Management |

The Difference Between HOA Operating and Reserve Funds

Many decisions a homeowners’ association (HOA) have to make hinge on their financial state. HOAs typically operate within two kinds of budgets: operating funds and reserve funds. Budgeting and arranging finances are some of the most important duties an HOA board can have and can be the difference between a successful community and an unsuccessful … Continue reading “The Difference Between HOA Operating and Reserve Funds”

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Anonymous | Monday, February 11th, 2019 | HOA |