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Aug. 3, 2016

Chandler now accepting applications for HOA Academy

Residents who are involved with their community or homeowners association are encouraged to apply for the City of Chandler’s Fall HOA Academy.  Classes will be held during lunchtime hours from noon to 1:30 p.m. each Thursday afternoon from Sept. 1-22, at the Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road.  Lunch will be provided. 
To register for the free academy, contact the Neighborhood Programs office at 480-782-4354. Applications may be downloaded at and are due Friday, Aug. 26.   

Class topics will include:
Thursday, Sept. 1: Introduction to HOAs – The basics
This class will define HOAs, the governing documents, organizational structure and rights and responsibilities of the board of directors and homeowners. Topics include characteristics and types of HOAs, organizational structure and board structure, hierarchy and purpose of governing documents, statutes and regulations as well as fiduciary duty and responsibility. An update also will be provided on the community association bills passed in the most recent legislative session.

Thursday, Sept. 8: Federal laws pertaining to community associations
Do you understand the terms reasonable modification and reasonable accommodation? The board of directors should. This class will provide a clear understanding of the association’s requirements with regard to the Federal Fair Housing Act and other federal laws. Additionally, this class will cover the importance of reviewing governing documents for possible amendments needed to insure that the association is in compliance with state and federal laws.

Thursday, Sept. 15: Advanced HOA legal issues 
Have you seen a rise in the number of drones in community associations? This class will address the issue of drones before they become a problem. The class also will discuss how to handle violations, levying special assessments and implementing strategic initiatives on your board.

Thursday, Sept. 22: Understanding the key players in HOAs
This class will discuss the rights, responsibilities, roles and rules governing HOA community members, the Board of Directors and the HOA nonprofit corporation. Participants will learn who the “three” key players are in the HOA “game.”

The academy is organized by the City’s Neighborhood Programs Office and held in partnership with The Mulcahy Law Firm and Shaw & Lines, LLC.  Enrollment priority will be given to Chandler residents. Those who complete all four classes will receive a Certificate of Completion.

For more information, call 480-782-4354, or visit