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Association Record Keeping Tips

Whether you're providing homeowners with access to the homeowner association's governing documents, trying to manage a construction project for the association, or meeting the association's discovery obligations in a lawsuit, good record keeping is essential to the proper governance of a Minnesota homeowners' association.

2017 Amendments to the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act (MCIOA)

Recent amendments to MCIOA have added additional layers of complexity to managing an association's common elements and, in particular, to bringing construction defect claims arising out of the original construction. Associations new and old should take note of the new requirements and how it will affect them.

Tips on Collecting Unpaid Association Assessments

For many associations, assessments cover the cost of maintenance, landscaping, water, snow removal, and other important expenses. Timely payments of assessment dues are a significant part of maintaining a successful homeowners' association. The following are collection tips for associations who have members currently past due on their monthly assessments. 

Buyer Beware? Know your Disclosure Rights

As any person who has purchased a home understands, the home buying process involves a good deal of paperwork. Included in that pile is the seller's property disclosure statement. The property disclosure statement is instrumental in the purchase of a home and is expected to be a full record of pertinent information known to the sellers at the time of sale. There are certain things that must always be disclosed, such as the existence of asbestos or lead-based paint in the home. However, other disclosure requirements can vary not only by state but even by county. The following is information for Minnesota home buyers regarding what should be disclosed and what the recourse is should you find yourself in a situation where you feel you were misguided by the property disclosure statement. 

How to Manage Construction Disputes

Despite best efforts and good intentions, sometimes construction projects do not go as planned. Not many things are more stressful than a construction project that is over-budget, off-schedule, or evidencing defective or non-compliant work. It can be overwhelming to determine the proper steps to take to resolve these issues, but here are some important tips to keep in mind: 

Association Living

Many neighborhoods have nice amenities and aesthetics - like the gate and monument that welcome homeowners and visitors to the community, or the community pool that provides respite on hot summer days, or the scenic walking and jogging trails. Most of the time, these amenities are provided because the neighborhood is part of a homeowners' association. Homeowners' associations offer wonderful perks and benefits for community living but, oftentimes, they also contain unfamiliar covenants and restrictions. If you reside in a homeowners' association, here are a few basic things to keep in mind regarding community living: 

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