Additional Minnesota Statutes Concerning Homeowners Associations

2022-01-03T15:17:18-06:00

Many Boards and property managers are familiar with the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act, Minn. Stat. § 515B (“MCIOA”).  MCIOA is the main statute that governs and regulates most, but not all, common-interest-communities (“CICs”) in Minnesota.  While MCIOA is important, there are a handful of other statutes which Boards and managers will likely run across. The Fair Housing Act (“FHA”)…

Additional Minnesota Statutes Concerning Homeowners Associations2022-01-03T15:17:18-06:00

Why MCIOA? The Advantages of Opting into the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act

2021-01-25T16:27:52-06:00

The Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act, Minn. Stat. § 515B et seq. (“MCIOA”, pronounced “em-kai-wah”) was passed by the Minnesota legislature in 1994 in order to provide a more uniform administration of common interest communities. Subject to a few exceptions, MCIOA applies to all condominium communities in Minnesota, as well as all townhome communities formed on or after June 1,…

Why MCIOA? The Advantages of Opting into the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act2021-01-25T16:27:52-06:00

HOA Signage Rules During Election Season

2020-10-05T15:45:26-05:00

As election day rapidly approaches,  it is important for homeowner and community associations (HOAs) throughout Minnesota to fully understand their rights and obligations relating to campaigning and campaign materials. While limitations on exterior signs, flags, and other decoration is extremely common at homeowners associations generally, there are laws relating to campaign season that Boards and property managers should be aware…

HOA Signage Rules During Election Season2020-10-05T15:45:26-05:00

The Difference Between Directors & Officers in your HOA

2020-07-27T14:36:31-05:00

It is a common misunderstanding that at a homeowner association, Directors are the same as Officers.  While often these rolls are filled by the same people, this is not always the case and the differences and distinctions can be important. The Association’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) is tasked with managing the day-to-day operation of an association.  The Board is…

The Difference Between Directors & Officers in your HOA2020-07-27T14:36:31-05:00

Managing Difficult Interactions at Homeowners Associations by Karly Kauf

2020-07-10T18:38:51-05:00

2020 has been an extremely difficult year for nearly everyone across the world. Working together and supporting each other can go a long way towards creating a thriving community. HOA Boards of Directors can have a genuine impact on the community members and can set the tone at the association in order to create a peaceful, cooperative living environment. In…

Managing Difficult Interactions at Homeowners Associations by Karly Kauf2020-07-10T18:38:51-05:00

Proposed Colorado Senate Bill 211 and its Impact on Homeowners Associations

2020-06-17T14:59:39-05:00

The Colorado legislature is back to work following the COVID-19 shutdown and proposing legislation to cease “extraordinary collection actions” through November 1, 2020.  Senators Winter and Gonzales along with representative Herod introduced Senate Bill 211 just 15 days ago on June 1, 2020 and the Bill has already been referred to the Committee as a whole.  This proposed legislation appears…

Proposed Colorado Senate Bill 211 and its Impact on Homeowners Associations2020-06-17T14:59:39-05:00

MCIOA Amendment Brings Ease to Common Interest Communities

2020-05-20T18:29:33-05:00

On Saturday May 16, 2020, Governor Walz signed into law a much-needed update to the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act (“MCIOA”) making governing document updates and amendments easier.  Importantly, these updates apply to all common-interest-communities in Minnesota, even those that are otherwise are not subject to MCIOA.

MCIOA Amendment Brings Ease to Common Interest Communities2020-05-20T18:29:33-05:00

Should HOAS require background checks for renters?

2020-01-16T18:58:52-06:00

Background checks have long been used as a way for owners wishing to lease their units to determine who may rent their property. However, this practice has recently come under fire, as rejecting tenants on the basis of their criminal history may violate state and federal discrimination laws. With that in mind, how should homeowners associations handle background checks for…

Should HOAS require background checks for renters?2020-01-16T18:58:52-06:00

Common Homeowner Association Mistakes to Avoid

2019-11-17T06:00:00-06:00

There is more to a homeowner association than meets the eye. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes, with these associations dealing with regular challenges and potential pitfalls that can cost them money and anger residents. Knowledge of the most common homeowner association mistakes makes it easier to avoid trouble. Here are five mistakes that come up time after…

Common Homeowner Association Mistakes to Avoid2019-11-17T06:00:00-06:00

What May Homeowners Associations Regulate?

2019-11-04T06:00:00-06:00

Running a successful homeowners’ association is a difficult task. Each resident within a community has their preferences for how they decorate and maintain their home, and there always seems to be one or two owners who simply do not want to operate inside the HOA guidelines. In many cases, some owners will find conflict wherever they go, regardless of how…

What May Homeowners Associations Regulate?2019-11-04T06:00:00-06:00