Most-read HOAresources Stories of the Year

By Laura Otto
Image Description is a popular destination for homeowners, board members, community managers, and businesses serving condominiums, homeowners associations, and housing cooperatives. This year, nearly 21,000 readers visited the site—searching for news, resources, and tips on trending topics like eliminating lifeguards, board member communication, budgets, fire pits, contracts, reserves, among others. Revisit the most-read stories from 2023.

Debate over eliminating lifeguards. The safety benefits of having a lifeguard are obvious, but there are other financial and liability considerations as well. If your association is considering eliminating lifeguards, we show you how to do it to ensure swimmers’ safety.

Fire Pits: How HOA & Condo Boards Can Safely Permit this Popular Trend. A popular outdoor housing trend is fire pits. We share how boards can safely allow residents to use fire pits, especially if it’s currently prohibited because of small patios and homes close together.

Can an HOA hand over residents’ email addresses? Find out if an association can turn over residents’ email addresses to an outside party.

How Many Bids Should Your HOA Get for Contract Work? Some boards believe they need three bids for every contract, no matter how small or how undefined the scope of the work is. That’s not always the right thing to do.

Tips to avoid common board member mistakes. Serving on your HOA board is a big responsibility but also a rewarding experience. We share common mistakes association board members should avoid.

We’ve longed believed the best communities have knowledgeable governing boards, highly engaged residents, and educated professional community managers. We’ll continue to support these individuals with breaking news, informative articles, and industry tips impacting HOAs and condos in 2024. explores questions and comments from community association members living in condominiums, homeowners associations, and housing cooperatives. We then assemble trusted experts to provide practical solutions to your most commonly asked, timely questions. We never use real names, but we always tackle real issues. Have a question or comment about your community association? Submit here for consideration:

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Laura Otto

Laura Otto is the Senior Editor of Digital Content at CAI. A seasoned journalist, Laura previously worked for a creative, advocacy agency in Washington, D.C., where she wrote and edited content for a variety of public health clients. Prior to that, Laura served as a senior writer and editor for the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Laura is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia.