Condo and HOA Law

Can We Fine for That? Make Sure the Board Follows Protocol and the Law

An important reminder for Boards and Property Managers: Can you impose fines for failure to follow the Declaration/Bylaws and Rules?  YES!  Can we just put a fine on the account once we notice a violation and leave it at that?  NO!   In Ohio, for condominium and homeowners associations, before imposing a fine or enforcement […]

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The Importance of Safety Precautions and Insurance for Social Events within your Association.

As we gear up for another exciting season of social events within our communities, it is important to take a moment to highlight the importance of safety precautions and making sure the association has the proper insurance when hosting large events.   Safety First: Hosting a social event and involving all your community members and

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Comprehensive Contracts for Community Associations

A comprehensive contract is a written document in which the terms within the four-corners of that document are the sole agreement between two or more parties. An estimate is not a comprehensive contract.  By signing a written document, the contracting parties agree and acknowledge that the written document describes in its entirety the obligations of

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Corporate Transparency Act for Homeowners’ and Condominium Associations

On January 1, 2024, the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) went into effect. Intended to help combat national security threats such as money laundering and terrorism, this new legislation requires corporate entities to report certain information to the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). It impacts millions of U.S. and non-U.S. entities alike—including several hundred thousand

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Spring Clean-Up: Not Only for Looks, but for Liability!

That time of year again is quickly approaching—landscapers will be completing the Spring Clean-Up soon, generally during late March and early April.  While we are lucky to have had a relatively mild Winter, it is important that all Association-responsibility landscaped areas are probably put to rights in the coming months. Snowplow Damage Ensure that any

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Enforcement process

Enforcement Process Key Reminders

As warmer weather moves back into Ohio this Spring, it is important to remember these key reminders of the enforcement process. This quick reference guide provides key reminders for both Ohio planned communities and Condominium Associations.    Generally, Community Associations have various deed restrictions that are codified in the Association’s governing documents. The governing documents

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