Posts Tagged ‘Maintenance’

Fifth Annual HOA Forum a Hit

March 10, 2014

Saturday morning we hosted Vial Fotheringham’s fifth annual Spring Forum here in Boise. We’ve been doing these every year since we opened the office here. This year we had the most attendance ever: about ninety participants, I think. It was a good time. We had a lot of questions come up about SB 1310. We also discussed governing documents, managing HOA money, maintaining common area and common property, construction defects, vendor contracts, keeping common area secure, and document retention policies.

The firm will have slides available, and if you are looking for information for next year, it is easy to get on Vial’s email invitation list. Check here: for information about our free monthly training meetings, our Idaho binders, or about next year’s forum.


I suspect we will be doing quite a bit of education work about the new fine law once SB 1310 becomes Idaho Code Section 55-115. Next week, we will be hosting some training sessions for managers and owners to get ready.


Why Did It Have To Be Snakes?

October 2, 2012

Some association problems are just more attention-grabbing than others.  This Texas HOA is dealing with an invasion of hundreds of rattlesnakes.  According to some owners, there is common area that is maintained by the association that is attracting mice and rabbits and other rattler food.

While the association may be mowing the area, or undertaking other regular maintenance, by getting the media involved, the owners are successfully raising a question as to whether that maintenance is sufficient.  Allegations of hundreds of rattlers certainly gets media attention.

In any event, Mr. Jackson (and Dr. Jones) would not approve.


I could see a similar problem arising here in Idaho.  But it probably wouldn’t be snakes.  Perhaps if the clubhouse trash were not cleared regularly, some communities would face an invasion of bears.  The association board has some discretion by law to decide how much maintenance the HOA can afford.   Reporting dangerous animals (if true) might be a good way to challenge that discretion.