Homeowner Documents for Developers and Project Owners: Financial, Governance, Control, and Liability Provisions
Limitation of Liability, HOA Dues, Management Fees, Restrictions on Property Owners, Management and Control, Amendments
Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A
With the advent of the COVID pandemic, much in our world has changed and homeowner association governance is no exception. Issues today include banning all rentals to keep neighborhoods safe from new faces that might spread COVID. Related issues are more homeowner disputes and bad behaviors caused by quarantine requirements, layoffs, and remote working. This CLE presentation will seek to address these issues and make suggestions as to the role homeowners associations can play in meeting the challenges of the COVID pandemic.
- The life cycle of an HOA
- Developer management
- Transition to property-owner governance
- Obsolescence (de-conversion and sale or redevelopment)
- Key issues and considerations
- The life cycle of an HOA
- Economic and financial provisions
- Governance and control provisions
- Restrictions on property owners
- Project manager scope of duties
- HOA amendments
- Best practices in drafting and negotiating
- Case studies
- Final considerations
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- Addressing issues arising out of the COVID pandemic
- New hot topics like displaying the American flag, xeriscaping, and enhanced transparency.
- What are the most effective ways of limiting developer and project owner liability through express provisions in the HOA agreement?
- How can a well-drafted HOA agreement limit developer and project owner liability at all stages of an HOA's lifecycle: development, developer management, and transition to property-owner governance?
- What is the difference between a transfer of control and a transition of control?
- How can an association's governing documents be drafted to preserve developer rights regardless of who has majority control of the association?
- What are best practices for drafting enforceable HOA documents?
- What is the importance of developer control and potential conflicts?
- What are ways to protect developer and project owner impartiality for warranty and construction-related matters?
- What are the critical economic and financial provisions to include in every HOA agreement, including the amount of HOA dues, management fees, and clauses accounting for how these change over time?
- What are the essential governance provisions of HOAs to avoid disputes and limit liability?
- What are best practices for drafting valid restrictions on property owners?
- How should HOA documents account for the scope of duties of the project manager and allow for amendments to the HOA documents?
- What are the most common points of ongoing liability for the developer, and how can they be mitigated?
- How can special committees of HOAs and tolling agreements be used to protect developer interests?
- What are the most critical reserved rights and powers of the developer to include in any HOA agreement?
- Why should the special rights of a developer or project owner be included in an appendix to the declaration of covenants, conditions, and restrictions?
- Reserve studies and sinking funds
- What steps can the HOA take to protect or enhance value in older projects that are obsolete?
Shareholder, Co-Managing Partner
Carpenter Hazlewood Delgado & Bolen
Mr. Carpenter focuses primarily on general counsel, corporate and transactional matters, complex litigation, business... | Read More
Mr. Carpenter focuses primarily on general counsel, corporate and transactional matters, complex litigation, business advice, transactions, employment issues, and conflict resolution and avoidance for condominiums, homeowners associations, planned community associations, cooperatives, churches and other nonprofit clients. As the author of Community Association Law in Arizona, published by the State Bar of Arizona, Mr. Carpenter is highly regarded on community association matters. He is a frequent contributor to continuing legal education courses on the topic of mandatory-membership community associations.Close
Ronald (Ron) Garfield
Garfield & Hecht
Mr. Garfield has represented landlords and tenants alike in negotiating retail, office and residential leases. He has... | Read More
Mr. Garfield has represented landlords and tenants alike in negotiating retail, office and residential leases. He has authored covenants and declarations for all kinds of developments from duplexes to PUD’s including high-end subdivisions. Mr. Garfield has represented banks and private lenders in their lending activities as well as the restructure of non-performing loans and where needed collection activity including foreclosures and UCC sales. He has represented purchasers and sellers of all manner of real estate including fractional, single family, duplexes, commercial properties, farm and ranch lands and parcels earmarked for development.Close