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March 8, 2018

Chandler now accepting applications for HOA Academy

Residents who are involved, or those looking to get involved with their community or homeowners association, are encouraged to apply for the City of Chandler’s Spring HOA Academy. The free classes kick off Tuesday, March 27, and run thru Tuesday, April 24. To register for the entire academy or a class of your choice, download an application at bit.ly/springHOAacademy. Completed applications are due Friday, March 23.   

The HOA Academy was created to provide residents and board members of homeowner's associations (HOA) with the know-how, tools and resources to effectively lead their neighborhoods. The times and locations of the classes vary, with two classes being available online. 

The schedule is as follows:

Class #1: Top Legal Issues for 2018
5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27
Location: Downtown Chandler Library, 22 S. Delaware St., second floor, Copper Room South 
This class will discuss what legal issues will dominate the HOA landscape in 2018. Topics will include: Sexual and other forms of harassment liability regarding HOAs (#METOO); Desperate impact liability regarding HOA policies and procedures; Dangerous dog breed restrictions; the status of monetary penalties (fines); and social media and cyber security liability in HOAs.

Class #2: Community Association 101
12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29
Location: City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave., second floor, HR Training Room B, or Online WebEx
This class will define the characteristics and types of community associations, the governing documents and laws that pertain to community associations, organizational structure and rights and responsibilities of the board of directors and homeowners. This class also is a great opportunity to bring your community association questions, as all participant questions will be answered during a free question-and-answer session by an experienced HOA lawyer.

Class #3: Board Member and Future Board Member Boot Camp: Everything You Need to Know to Effectively Manage and Govern Your Association! 
12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12
Location: City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave., second floor, HR Training Room B, or Online WebEx
Participants will learn what boards should do to assure that the association's business is conducted in an efficient, legal and professional manner. Boards sometimes feel frustrated because they can't get anything done. This class will show your board how to set goals for your community and implement an action plan to make those goals a reality.

Class #4: The Great Debate! HOA Attorney vs. Homeowner Attorney
5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17
Location: Downtown Chandler Library, 22 S. Delaware St., second floor, Copper Room South
Back by popular demand, this lively seminar will pit lawyer vs. lawyer to debate and discuss commonly litigated HOA issues.

Class #5: Board and Owners: How Can We Get Along to Move Along? Understanding Yourself and Others
12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19
Location: Downtown Chandler Library, 22 S. Delaware St., second floor, Copper Room South
Sometimes personality conflicts get in the way of things getting done within a community association. This class will show board members and owners how everyone can coexist peacefully and get along so an association can be hassle-free and productive. Participants will get a free DISC (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance) personality test on themselves as part of the class. Together the class will discuss the different personality types, how to understand your personality strengths and weaknesses and how to work together with other personality types. This class is a must if you want to learn more about yourself and how to effectively work with other board members and owners.

Class #6: Water Damage: Prevention, Remediation and Insurance Issues/Save the Association Money by Properly Maintaining Dry Wells
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 24
Location: Downtown Chandler Library, 22 S. Delaware St., second floor, Copper Room South
VF Law will discuss what happens when you have a loss in a condo or planned development such as a water leak, storm damage, or other loss. Emergency situations, insurance claims and coverage, and how this impacts your HOA will all be discussed, as well as water leak policies, interpreting your governing documents and best practices for minimizing cost and exposure to the Association.

Chandler Stormwater Program will provide an overview on community association dry wells. Learn about the most common storm water drainage system components, the inspection and maintenance process, typical issues associated with drainage structures and applicable City codes and requirements.

For more information on the academy, visit bit.ly/springHOAacademy, or contact Neighborhood Programs staff at 480-782-4354.