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Special assessments don’t feel special to HOA property owners

Two words that HOA owners despise: Special Assessments. Regardless of the improvement that is being made to the property or the emergency maintenance situation, all the owner hears is the cash register ringing. Special assessments are a necessary part of the HOA owner process but should be handled appropriately, and only really issued when deemed absolutely necessary. Below are a few guidelines to helping mitigate special assessments or avoid them in …Read More

Hiring a Professional Property Management Company

Recently, on the Community Associations Page on LinkedIn, there was a terrific post about questions you should ask when hiring a management company…we thought we would share! Hiring a company to manage your association is an important decision and should not be taken lightly. The comprehensive list below, is a great start to identifying a management team. 1. Tell me about your philosophy in Community Management 2. Same for Business …Read More

AirBnB – Love it or Leave it? Regardless, vacation home rentals should be left to management companies

Having a family of my own, I know the joys and hassle that sometimes occur on relaxing family vacations. Cramped quarters with three kids can be frustrating in a hotel…and that is how AirBnB arose. AirBnB is a vacation home rental service without the big hotel reservation system. People from all over the world can submit their own homes to be rented by others when traveling in that city…direct with …Read More

Additional units approved by Glendora City Council

The City Council at its Tuesday meeting approved a 24-unit addition to the previously approved Avalon Bay development on Route 66. The 280-unit project at 121 E. Route 66 is adding two three-story garden-style apartment buildings with 24 private garages and 14 surface parking spots at 221 E. Route 66. The addition also adds another driveway for residents to access the project from Route 66. The mixed-use project, which was …Read More


AC UNIT FILTER The most important maintenance to ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to replace or clean its filter. The clogged and dirty filters block the airflow and reduces the system’s efficiency by 5% to 15%. The filters are generally located somewhere along the return duct in the wall, ceiling, or in the air conditioner itself. Some types of filters are reusable; others must be replaced. They …Read More


It seems as though everyone now has email and access to the internet with expectations of information being available at our fingertips. In fact, many of our clients ask to be emailed or sent a text message when things are happening in the HOA…the way we communicate with each other has drastically changed in the last 5 years. All board of directors want to use their HOA website to keep …Read More

Large Versus Small Associations

DAVISSTIRLING.COM NEWSLETTER LARGE VERSUS SMALL ASSOCIATIONS QUESTION: I am a board member for an 8-unit association. Perhaps you can help me with some questions: (1) Do smaller associations have fewer disputes or legal problems? (2) Is governance different from that of a large association? ANSWER: There are distinct differences between large and small associations. When it comes to disputes, large associations have more of them but small associations experience greater …Read More

Maintaining Properties in Home Owners Associations

Dirty pool? Over grown tennis courts? Paint chipping on exterior walls? Don’t let your HOA get away with these things! As much as we preach to owners about the interior maintenance of their condos, keeping up the exterior of the complex is just as important. Curb appeal is a real thing… and it also reminds your potential Buyers that you care about the property. Your property management company should help …Read More

Technology and Common Interest Developments

Common interest developments are the only non-profits in California not permitted to vote electronically…almost hard to believe in the email world we live in today. However, AB 1360 in California hopes to change that. Assembly Bill 1360 is trying to change this rule with giving HOA’s the choice of offering its members the option to vote via the internet. How might this impact your HOA? Is it still vital to …Read More

Collecting Delinquent Assessments

What is your associations policy on collecting delinquent assessments? This is something that should be reviewed yearly on all HOA boards. As we all now, collecting debts that are years in arrears are extremely difficult to get. The longer you wait to start collection, the harder it will be to get the money. What action can you take in these circumstances? There are different statutes of limitations when it comes …Read More