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Some of The Best Dining Places In Bend, Oregon

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You’ve just moved to Bend and don’t know the dining places or restaurants? Worry not! As Bend has some of the finest dining places in the Northwest. The diversity in the cuisine and the expert chefs in the area offer you foods that will satisfy your taste buds .

The lines below give some of the finest dining places and restaurants in Bend, Oregon that can curb your hunger and give you the taste the like of which you might not have experienced before.

Old Mill District:         

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The hub of dining and restaurants is in the Old Mill District of Bend, Oregon. All sorts of cuisines are offered by the various restaurants and food outlets of Old Mill District. In this hub of restaurants, there is something for everyone. There are restaurants that offer simple and healthy foods, some offer perfect environment for date night while there are others that allow you quality family time. Therefore, whether you are a bachelor, a couple or a happy family, in Old Mill District you can find the place of your liking. What are the restaurants and what do they serve? Make a quick list.

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Pronghorn Chanterelle:

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If you are looking for a culinary experience that is refined and rustic at the same time, then the best place to go in Bend is Pronghorn Chanterelle. The Chanterelle offers an environment that is equally enjoyable for a dinner for two or for occasional celebrations with family and friends. As far as the culinary experience is concerned, the cuisines offered by the Chanterelle take your palate to a sensual ride.

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900 Wall Restaurant:

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900 Wall restaurant is renowned for its contemporary continental food. They offer French, Italian and American cuisine with seasonal inspiration. The other thing for which the restaurant is known is the wine program where you have the option of selecting from 200 wines collected from countries all over the world. Therefore, a combination of continental cuisine, an elegant ambiance and a wide selection of wine is what will provide the dining experience you crave and wish.

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Next Level Burger:

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Next Level Burger really takes the concept of burger to the next level with its 100% organic and non-GMO Plant based burgers. The food outlet is committed towards offering the renowned junk food in the healthiest form possible. So, if you are a lover of organic food, yet you have a knack for fast food, then Next Level Burger is the place you need to visit.

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Brasada Ranch:

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Another great place for fresh and healthy food lovers in Bend, Oregon is Brasada Ranch. The expertise of Executive Chef and the freshness of organic ingredients provide a healthy eating experience to the food lovers on daily basis. In Barsada Ranch you can have a luxury culinary experience that exceeds all the expectations that you have from organic food.

How many of the above restaurants have you tried in Bend? What kind of experience did you have? Would you recommend any of the above or any other restaurant that you have tried? We would love to hear your recommendations.

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Summer Sporting Events Coming to Bend 2015

Category : Market Updates

If you love sports and are new to Bend, Oregon, then you don’t need to think twice. Bend is a renowned playground for all sorts of sporting events in the West.

Below you will find a sporting event lineup that will keep you moving throughout the summer in Central Oregon:

Elks Memorial Baseball Tournament:

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When: 23-25 May, 2015

The Bend Metro Part and Recreation District in collaboration with Bend-area high schools and Bend Elks Baseball Club offer the three-day tournament held on a decided weekend of May every year. It is a must go event for all the baseball lovers and is renowned all over Oregon.

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Bend Beer Chase:

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When: 6 June, 2015

Although not a conventional sport, yet the one day Beer Chase event in Bend is no less than a sporting event. On 6th of June, the second annual Bend Beer Chase relay will take place where you can relay with your friends and enjoy the finest of breweries of Central Oregon. So, have fun and go to Beer Chase this year.

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Oregon Senior Games:

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When: 17-21 June, 2015

For the seniors of Oregon, Humana presents Oregon Senior Games. If you are above 50 then you are eligible to participate in these games and bring out the athlete in you. The games with all their challenge and fun can be a good Bend vacation you’ve been planning for long.

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Pacific Crest Triathlon:

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When: 26-28 June, 2015

The Pacific Crest Weekend Sport Festival takes place every year in June. Athletes along with their friends and families join the event and it is this mass participation that has made this event a jewel in the crown of sporting events of Northwest. If you wish to test your athleticism among athletes from all over the country and globe, then you surely need to register for this triathlon.

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Cascadia Cycling Classic (CCC):

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When: 22-26 July, 2015

Cyclist from all over the country in general and Northwest in particular come to participate in the magnificent CCC held in Oregon. The event because of Oregon’s beauty, the elegance of the race course, and atmosphere is renowned all over the country.

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Oregon Lacrosse Classic:

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When: 24-26 July, 2015

The Oregon Lacrosse Classic event is held on the edge of Deschutes River and Cascade Range.  You are drawing a weak link between the location of the Lacrosse tournament and the sport. It would make more sense to talk about the age range allowed to play at the tournament, or the actual location of the field, and then nearby attractions (within a few kilometers)

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Cascade Lakes Relay:

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When: 31 July – 1 August, 2015

CLR is a walking and running event that serves as a means of enjoying the beautiful and intimate surroundings of Oregon. The event features the old and new terrains of Oregon allowing the participants to see the beauty of the region in addition to enjoying a healthy event.

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FC Timbers Bend Premier Cup:

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When: 7-9 August, 2015

Bend with its sunny weather almost throughout the year provides the best fields required for a soccer tournament. This tournament is renowned all over the Northwest, and its popularity is increasing with every passing year and what? Why should I go to this?.

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Halloween Cross Crusade:

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When: 31 October – 1 November, 2015

The Halloween Cross Crusade will take place in Old Mill District at the Deschutes Brewery. Over 1,000 costumed individuals will participate in the race with the objective of gathering as much Cross Crusade points as possible.

Have you registered for any event? Have you participated in any sports event in Bend? If yes, then we would love to hear your experience. Make sure there is some way for them to actually comment.

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CASA – An Integral Component For A Bright Future For Our Children

Category : Market Updates

The well-being and prosperity of a society in general and a community in particular is dependent upon both collective as well as individual efforts. The collective effort is usually considered the responsibility of the government, while individual efforts come from volunteers who become a part of the collective offer and play their part in making the society better.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is an association in USA that with the help of efforts by Government and individual volunteers works to better the plight of neglected and abused children by finding them safe and permanent homes. In this regard, the Government works on training Special Advocates who become active in the society to make sure that children find safe homes for a long time instead of moving from one foster home to another.

How Did It All Begin?

It all began in 1977 when David Soukup – Seattle Superior Court Judge faced the issue of relying on only the information of State Child Protective Services for passing judgement on neglected or abused child cases. Soukup came up with the idea that volunteers should come up and speak for the matters concerning children’s interests. Fifty volunteers responded to his idea, which served as a trigger for a movement that crossed Seattle and spread throughout the country, making sure that children were no more neglected or abused.

Objectives of CASA!

Although the holistic objective of CASA is to ensure general wellbeing and abuse-free environment for children, however, the association has set some strategic objectives as well that assist in providing specific directions to the association and make sure that every Advocate is aware of the vision that the Association carries. The prime objectives of CASA are as under:

  • The first strategic objective of CASA is to make sure that every court throughout United States of America acknowledges the pivotal importance of CASA volunteers as a means of better outcomes for children. It implies that the volunteer CASA advocates with their conduct and efficiency have to establish a repute with courts throughout the country to an extent where courts realize their importance pertinent to a better future for children.
  • Secondly, the volunteers in CASA should be representative of the cultural diversity of the children in the country. It means that the volunteers of CASA should be as various and as diverse as are the children in a particular state or throughout the country.
  • Thirdly, to make sure that every potential donor is aware of the importance of CASA advocates and the knowledge and agreeableness of the CASA advocates is on the priority list of the donors.
  • Fourthly, all the government officials, whether they are on local, federal or state level should understand the benefit that CASA advocates provide pertaining to children safety and a healthy environment for their future.

Stats So Far..!

Since 1977, CASA has spread all over United States and has become an integral part of the childcare system. According to CASA, at present there are over 77,000 advocates of CASA serving in over 933 local offices throughout the country. The volunteers have made it possible for CASA to assist 233,000 cases since its establishment. As far as the funding is concerned, the National CASA agency receives grant from Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and from partner organizations such as Jewelers for Children. The National agency then passes the grant to the states who then pass it on to the local areas.

CASA is an integral part of childcare system as its assists in forming the foundation for a better future for our country. There are CASA advocates all around who are just there to assist children as well as parents. If you are in search of any in Oregon or want to become a volunteer, you can easily contact CASA and become a contributor to a better future for our children.


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5 Interior Designing Tips

So, you’re all moved in to your new great place in Central Oregon, and you want it to feel like home with your personal touch. I found 5 great ways to customize your high desert pad:

1. Dig up an unused piece of gear (ie skis, snowshoes, old fishing rod, etc.) or favorite collection, and display it in the smaller unused sections of your living space. Kyle Schuneman says it makes your space look lived in and homier. You can check out his book and website at http://www.kyleschuneman.com/#/The%20Book/.

2. I am guilty of hanging artwork at the wrong height. Houzz.com suggests hanging the center of your piece 57 to 60 inches high. Even with high ceilings it’s important to keep visual displays to human height.

3. Have you ever stayed in a rental with an electrical panel as an eye sore? Forage your picture collections for a favorite landscape picture, blow it up, frame it and hang it over any flaws in your rental. You can also search through Bend area thrift shops (http://www.visitbend.com/Bend_Oregon_Activities_Recreation/Shopping-Stores-Shops/Thrift-Consignment-Stores/), on Craigslist for large local pieces that could be used as display items.

4. Living rooms don’t always need a sofa. Sofas can be expensive, and let’s FACE IT, furnishing with nice chairs allows for people to orient themselves to the rest of the group.

5. A counter-top is essential in any living space to place drinks, reading materials, or even to write things down. Inspired by HouseBeautiful.com, space can saved by topping an ottoman with a nice, large tray and serves the dual purpose of comfort and practicality. So, clear the tray when you’re finished entertaining guests and prop your feet up when you’re ready to enjoy your movie!


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3 Reasons Why You Can’t Afford to Skip a Tenant Check

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When it comes to renting your property, it is important to know who will be residing in your unit. A comprehensive tenant check can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about who will occupy your property.

Without a proper tenant screening, it can be easy to run into trouble. Tenants may not pay their rent on time or could refuse to pay for damage they cause in your unit. Unruly tenants can also create disturbances in the neighborhood and become a nuisance to other tenants. In order to avoid such conflicts, it is important to ensure that you evaluate potential tenants.

1. More Efficient Operations

One of the most common reasons that many landlords give for not conducting a tenant check is simply not having the time or resources to do so. Operating a property rental business can be time-consuming. When you need to rent a unit quickly, it is completely natural to want to skip over some steps and simply go with your gut instinct. While this might work out well some of the time, it is a risk and it is a risk that can cost you even more time and money in the long run. Conducting a professional tenant check can assist you in screening your tenants while saving effort and time.

2. Creditworthiness

As a landlord, you have a responsibility to run a tenant check on potential tenants prior to signing a lease agreement. Doing so will eliminate any doubt regarding the tenant’s ability to pay the rent. Additionally, a tenant check will provide some insight into the type of tenant the applicant may be and whether the applicant is suitable for your unit. With a professional tenant check, you do not have to worry about taking time out of your schedule to perform a background check. The tenant screening service will conduct a thorough background check on the applicants for you and then provide any relevant information you might need to know.

3. Criminal Background Checks

If you have encountered a situation where an applicant is referred to you by a friend, family member, or even another tenant, you may feel awkward about running a background check to obtain necessary information regarding the tenant’s background. Failure to run the proper background check can lead to even more problems later on. In order to avoid such problems, it is advisable to have a tenant screening service do the job for you. This will help to remove the burden from your shoulders while still helping you to make an informed decision. As a landlord, you need to know if a tenant may use your property in an illegal manner or even if he or she has ever been convicted for any unlawful activity in the past.

Managing a property rental business comes with numerous responsibilities. Among those responsibilities is ensuring that you rent to reliable, creditworthy tenants. A tenant check using VerticalRent is the best way to do that.


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Ten Tips for Tenants

Category : Sales

1. Bring your paperwork.
The best way to win over a prospective landlord is to be prepared. To get a competitive edge over other applicants, bring the following when you meet the landlord: a completed rental application; written references from landlords, employers, and colleagues; and a current copy of your credit report.

 

2. Review the lease.
Carefully review all of the conditions of the tenancy before you sign on the dotted line. Your lease or rental agreement may contain a provision that you find unacceptable — for example, restrictions on guests, pets, design alterations, or running a home business. For help reviewing your lease or rental agreement, see Signing a Lease or Rental Agreement FAQ.

3. Get everything in writing.
To avoid disputes or misunderstandings with your landlord, get everything in writing. Keep copies of any correspondence and follow up an oral agreement with a letter, setting out your understandings. For example, if you ask your landlord to make repairs, put your request in writing and keep a copy for yourself. If the landlord agrees orally, send a letter confirming this.

4. Protect your privacy rights.
Next to disputes over rent or security deposits, one of the most common and emotion-filled misunderstandings arises over the tension between a landlord’s right to enter a rental unit and a tenant’s right to be left alone. If you understand your privacy rights (for example, the amount of notice your landlord must provide before entering), it will be easier to protect them. For more information, see Tenants’ Rights to Privacy and Repairs FAQ.

5. Demand repairs.
Know your rights to live in a habitable rental unit — and don’t give them up. The vast majority of landlords are required to offer their tenants livable premises, including adequate weatherproofing; heat, water, and electricity; and clean, sanitary, and structurally safe premises. If your rental unit is not kept in good repair, you have a number of options, ranging from withholding a portion of the rent, to paying for repairs and deducting the cost from your rent, to calling the building inspector (who may order the landlord to make repairs), to moving out without liability for your future rent. For more information, see the article Renters’ Rights to Minor Repairs.

6. Talk to your landlord.
Keep communication open with your landlord. If there’s a problem — for example, if the landlord is slow to make repairs — talk it over to see if the issue can be resolved short of a nasty legal battle. Resolving Landlord-Tenant Disputes FAQ provides some advice.

7. Purchase renters’ insurance.
Your landlord’s insurance policy will not cover your losses due to theft or damage. Renters’ insurance also covers you if you’re sued by someone who claims to have been injured in your rental due to your carelessness. Renters’ insurance typically costs $350 a year for a $50,000 policy that covers loss due to theft or damage caused by other people or natural disasters; if you don’t need that much coverage, there are cheaper policies. For more information about renters’ insurance, see the article Renters: Protect Yourself From Crime.

 8. Protect your security deposit.
To protect yourself and avoid any misunderstandings, make sure your lease or rental agreement is clear on the use and refund of security deposits, including allowable deductions. When you move in, do a walk-through with the landlord to record existing damage to the premises on a move-in statement or checklist. For more information, see the article Protect Your Security Deposit When You Move In.

9. Protect your safety.
Learn whether your building and neighborhood are safe, and what you can expect your landlord to do about it if they aren’t. Get copies of any state or local laws that require safety devices such as deadbolts and window locks, check out the property’s vulnerability to intrusion by a criminal, and learn whether criminal incidents have already occurred on the property or nearby. If a crime is highly likely, your landlord may be obligated to take some steps to protect you. For more information on this subject, see the article Renters: Protect Yourself From Crime.

10. Deal with an eviction properly.

Know when to fight an eviction notice — and when to move. If you feel the landlord is clearly is the wrong (for example, you haven’t received proper notice, the premises are uninhabitable), you may want to fight the eviction. But unless you have the law and provable facts on your side, fighting an eviction notice can be short-sighted. If you lose an eviction lawsuit, you may end up hundreds (even thousands) of dollars in debt, which will damage your credit rating and your ability to easily rent from future landlords. For more information on eviction, see the Renters’ & Tenants’ Rights area of Nolo’s website.


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Ethics Code for HOA Board Members

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The Nature of Ethical Dilemmas

Ethical issues occur in everyday administration, management and governance of any homeowners association. In order to navigate these complex ethical dilemmas, HOA board members first need to be able to identify problems of ethics before they will be able to implement an ethical value system.

Many ethical dilemmas faced by board members on a daily basis are not clear-cut, often having no right or wrong answers readily defined. How your homeowners association deals with these ethical dilemmas says a lot about the character and integrity of the board.

Navigating the Grey Area

Ethical dilemmas often do not black or white answer, falling instead into a grey area that can be argued for or against in multiple ways.

According to Kenneth Blanchard and Norman Peale’s The Power of Ethical Management, HOA board members should ask themselves three questions when faced with an ethical dilemma:

  1. Is it legal? Study the California Civil Code and your HOA’s governing documents to determine if any will be violated by engaging in the action.
  2. Is it balanced? Consider the effects of the action on all parties involved, both in the short and long-term outcome to determine if the action is biased for those directly and indirectly involved.
  3. Is it right? Use your own moral guidelines to judge if an action is ethical. If you feel guilty, ashamed, or are generally unsure about an action, it’s best to refrain from committing it.

Most of the time, when dealing with grey area decisions, answering just one of these questions is not enough. Take the time to reflect on all three questions, and the most ethical course of action will become clear.

Fiduciary Duty and Board Member Liability

To maintain protection from liability as volunteer directors, HOA board members have to fulfill their fiduciary duty. According to Corporations Code Section 7231, this means board members must act in good faith, in the best interests of the association, and using such care, including reasonable inquiry, as an ordinarily prudent person would under similar circumstances.

To properly protect the actions of each member, the board, and the homeowners association, all board members should research and understand their fiduciary duties to ensure that they are acting ethically (especially a new board member with no prior director experience).

The Practice of Ethics

Practicing ethics involves integrity and personal responsibility. For a HOA board member, this involves knowing, understanding, and doing: knowing the rules of governance for the HOA, understanding the difference between right and wrong behavior or conduct, and always doing what is right.

Ethics of Board Duty and Responsibility

The HOA board should be focused on the main purposes of the association:

  • Protecting and preserving the HOA’s common areas and other real, personal, and intangible assets.
  • Managing the HOA’s finances, which includes statutory budgeting and disclosure requirements, reserve funds, and assessment collections.
  • Promoting the homeowners’ unimpeded and safe use and enjoyment of the HOA’s common areas, exclusive use common areas and separate interests.
  • Enforcing the association’s governing documents

Purposefully choosing to not commit an action for the best interests of the association can be both ethical and beneficial for a homeowners association. However, sometimes the act of not doing something can breach of a board member’s ethical duties. When inaction negatively affects the well-being of the HOA, board members cannot turn a blind-eye. No decision is a decision.

Board of Director Code of Ethics

Ethics are the moral compass that guides the performance of a director’s duties and governance of a homeowners association. Creating a functioning compass means establishing a standard for your HOA to follow when conducting its business. These standards are established, in part, in the California Corporations and Civil Codes. Boards should adopt a code of ethics or at a minimum a code of conduct, to establish a standard for how the board conducts itself and the business decisions of the association.

Checklist for HOA Board Member Code of Ethics
The code…
Defines the value system of the HOA and how directors must behave
Clarifies ethical standards regarding loyalty, fidelity, integrity, honesty, confidentiality and competency
Establishes ethical standards that enable board members to avoid potential grey areas
Incorporates preferred business practices, appropriate legal requirements, and the expected code of conduct for board members

An ethics code or conduct code can be an invaluable tool to ensure that board members are aware of the “line in the sand” when it comes to grey areas and turn an otherwise confusing situation into a clear decision. A good practice is to distribute your board member code of ethics to the homeowners as well as the board. This will make the board’s actions accountable to each other and the homeowners, creating a transparency that’s a win-win for directors and owners.

Check out our sample Board of Director Code of Ethics

Ethical Behavior in HOA Interactions

Ethical behavior is based on observations and perceptions – board members need to “walk the walk” as well as “talk the talk.”

In the homeowners association context, ethics are involved in approximately six types of relationships and interactions:

  1. Between individual board members
  2. Between the board and the association
  3. Between the board and homeowners/residents
  4. Between the board and management
  5. Between the board and association experts and consultants (i.e. association legal counsel, financial and tax advisors, reserve study providers, etc.)
  6. Between the board and vendors

Issuing platitudes as to what is and what isn’t ethical behavior is not sufficient for an HOA to be ethical. Board members should be held accountable for their actions, and their peers should demand that they implement ethical behavior.

The Business Judgment Rule

The Business Judgment Rule(link is external) is a presumption that directors’ decisions are based on sound business judgment, which can be rebutted only by a factual showing of fraud, bad faith or gross overreaching. Acting in accordance with the Business Judgment Rule is an indication that a board member is likely acting ethically. In the California Supreme Court case, Lamden v. La Jolla Shores (link is external)Clubdominium Homeowners Association, the effects of the Business Judgment Rule can be seen:

The court held that it will defer to a board’s authority and presumed expertise in discretionary decisions regarding the maintenance and repair of a common interest development, provided the board’s decisions are: (1) Based upon reasonable investigation; (2) Made in good faith and with regard to the best interest of the association; and (3) Within the scope of authority given to the board under the relevant statutes and CC&Rs. Assuming that a board was found to have acted in accordance with these factors, then the board would seemingly have committed no wrongs in performing whatever action was being questioned.

When acting upon/after reasonable investigation and inquiry, a director should…

  • Independently investigate and evaluate facts particular to a situation before acting.
  • Consult with experts or consultants (i.e. legal counsel, financial manager, reserve study provider, etc.) when it is prudent to do so.
  • Rely on information, opinions, reports or statements prepared by experts and consultants.

When acting in good faith and in the best interests of the association, directors…

  • Cannot make decisions that benefit their own self-interests.
  • Must make decisions that do not negatively affect the association financially, legally or otherwise.
  • Cannot act in the best interests of a particular group or minority interest of an association.

Identifying Unethical HOA Members

Ethical standards imposed on and expected of a homeowners association are only as good as their adherence by members.

Unethical Board Members

Unethical board members not acting in the best interest of the association are:

  • Not enforcing the association’s governing documents (including not enforcing delinquent assessment collection policies).
  • Acting in a disparate or discriminatory manner towards certain homeowners.
  • Advancing self-serving interests to further their own agenda (which would be a conflict of interest).
  • Improper corporate governance (i.e. not following the requirements of the association’s governing documents or statutory requirements).
  • Not following the Business Judgment Rule.
  • Violating the association’s governing documents. Depending on governing document authority, this can lead to declaring the seat of a director vacant.
  • Breaking the attorney-client privilege and/or distributing confidential corporate/business records.
  • Embezzlement – “Borrowing” permanently or temporarily from the association’s funds.

How to solve the problem: Educate board members of the above symptoms on their fiduciary duties, statutorily required standard of care, and code of ethics adopted by the board. Peer pressure can be an effective tool to curb unethical behavior – other board members should confront the offending board member to address ethical issues.

Unethical Homeowners

Unethical homeowners placing the association at risk are:

  • Harassing HOA employees, independent contractors and vendors. The HOA is in an employer-employee relationship, and harassment can create a hostile workplace while exposing the association to potential legal liability.
  • Damaging to the HOA’s common area.
  • Continuously violating the HOA’s governing documents.
  • Failing to pay assessments.

How to solve the problem: Enforce the HOA’s governing documents and discipline when appropriate.

Ethics are yours to adopt – if you don’t do it for yourself and your board, no one will.

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Contact Info

Cascadia Management Inc.
805 SW Industrial Way
Suite 9
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: 541-617-3863
Fax: 541-617-0184
Email:
Manager@mycascadia.com

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