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Barbara Holland

Barbara Holland is a certified property manager and holds the supervisory community manager certificate with the state of Nevada. She is an author and educator on real estate management. Questions may be sent to holland744o@gmail.com.

Homeowner gets bid but does not follow proper procedure

Per Nevada Revised Statutes 116.31086, bids must be opened and read during the board meeting. Technically, the board could disqualify the vendor’s bid.

Hot water heaters usually responsibility of condo owner

Unless your governing documents state otherwise, hot water heaters are the personal property of the homeowners. Technically, the homeowners are monitoring them and are replacing them when needed, somewhere around seven years, if they are being properly maintained. At 10 years of age, you definitely need to replace your hot water heater.

HOA board learns dog parks are expensive

We recently looked into adding an official dog park to our community with separate sections for large and small dogs. In the end we did not proceed. Here are the main reasons:

HOA budgets landscaping costs to meet SNWA requirements

Reserve specialists are supporting the use of the reserve funds allocated for landscaping to help address the changes to the landscape as mandated by the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

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Homeowner wants nearby in-person HOA meetings

Associations that are conducting their meetings online do have a responsibility to improve their technology.

Homeowner wants to recall board; fire manager

Under Nevada Revised Statutes 116.3108 (2), you would need a signed petition by at least 10 percent of your homeowners calling for a recall meeting.

HOA needs to get cyber-security insurance

Yes, both your association and your master association will be required to maintain cyber-security insurance.

There is a legal process to recall HOA board

Under Nevada Revised Statutes 116.3106, a removal election may be called by the owners constituting at least 10 percent or any lower percentage specified in the bylaws of the total number of voting members of the association.

HOA tells homeowner to remove rainbow flag

Q: I live in a large community in Las Vegas. Recently the HOA pressured a homeowner to remove a rainbow flag. Can a resident asked to remove a flag refuse when “the other side” is allowed?

The management company answers to the HOA

The problem begins with your board of directors. Management companies cannot just establish charges for late fees and violation letters unless your board agrees to these charges.

HOA wants homeowner to remove treehouse

Try to set a meeting with the board to reach some compromise. If the treehouse does not violate the architectural guidelines, it should be approved based upon those documents.

HOA seeks solutions to its homeless problem

Your association should have trespassing signs posted by the entrances to your community. You can advise homeowners to call 311 for assistance with the police department to remove trespassers from the community. You may consider hiring a security service to patrol the community, even if it is just a roving guard that comes through the community during a 24-hour period to remove the transients prior to them calling the police department for assistance.

Best to wait for written approval before starting project

Homeowners should absolutely avoid beginning an architectural project unless they receive written approval from their HOA board. When you don’t receive a formal written approval, unwanted consequences occur.

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