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Neighborhood College

In Scottsdale, the success of our community is defined by how we as individuals address and respond to neighborhood issues and challenges. Believing that one person can make a difference, the city of Scottsdale developed the Neighborhood College to provide residents, neighborhood groups and homeowners associations with the information, resources and tools needed to become effective neighborhood leaders.

Spring 2017 Class Schedule

Professional, volunteer instructors invite you to participate in classes regarding city programs, volunteer opportunities, personal safety tips and HOA guidelines. Classes are offered at no cost but registration is required.

Register for classes

1 - 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 – Civic Center Library, Auditorium 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

We will start this class with an explanation to remove the confusion from each of the community association bills passed in the most recent legislative session. The steps required of your association to reach compliance will be spelled out. And, do you know where to find the Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) and how to use them? You will after attending this class, an attorney will guide you through the statutes. Finally, if you have questions regarding HOAs, this is the class for you - an extended session where your questions will be answered by a community association attorney…for free! Come find the answers to your questions.

6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 - Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Rd.

A comprehensive guide to tackling the toughest collection files and turning “written off” into “paid in full.”

12 – 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 - Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St. (note the new time)

Obtaining HOA insurance may seem simple on the surface, but there are many issues to consider when bidding for, accepting and calling on insurance. Does the coverage abide by the HOA’s CC&Rs and Arizona Statutes; what do I do if I have a claim; how do I bid on insurance; how do I ensure that the HOA will be properly covered? All will be discussed at this important Seminar that is team taught by both an attorney and an insurance agent.

1 – 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 - Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St.

During this presentation, you will learn ideas on ways to communicate with your community and how to engage your membership for greater participation. We will also discuss how and when your board can communicate with each other and ideas for staying in compliance with Arizona Open Meeting laws.

6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 28 - Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Rd.

We will discuss how to protect your home or condo and your community by recognizing potential construction issues. In addition, you will learn how to effectively seek the repairs or compensation that may be available to an owner or owners’ association under Arizona law.

6 – 8 p.m. Monday, Mar. 6 - City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

This class provides a general overview of the various types of housing communities and the similarities and differences they have. Gain an understanding of your community and how it works in relation to the law, the association documents, maintenance and insurance responsibilities, budgeting, and generally how to get along in your type of neighborhood.

6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 14 - Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Rd.

Code Enforcement is a process using various techniques to ensure compliance with zoning, sign standards, property maintenance, and nuisance and housing regulations. This course will focus on the City of Scottsdale’s code enforcement process including how individual residents, neighborhood organizations and community groups assist in code enforcement. It will also help you gain an understanding of how violations are handled, how inspections are conducted and documented, and how the court process works for code violations.

1 – 2:30 p.m. Monday, Mar. 20 – Fire Station 602, 7522 E. Indian School Rd.

Ever wonder what it is like to be a fireman? Take a tour of one of the stations to see how they live and work while on duty. Tour their living quarters, offices and learn what equipment they wear and what is on their engines.

1 - 3 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 29 – Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St.

There is confusion in the community association industry regarding the difference between a “disclosure fee” and a “transfer fee”. This class will explain the differences between disclosure fees and transfer fees and will assist associations with making good decisions on how to implement these fees in compliance with Arizona law. Also, the community association’s financials are affected when homes in the community are faced with a Trustee’s Sale or Bankruptcy. What is a trustee’s sale and how does the association assure that money due them can be collected? This class will clarify these two processes and the steps required by the association to possibly allow them to recover monies due.

For more information about these classes call 480-312-3111.

HOA Round Table

Are you interested in networking with other HOAs? Join other homeowners and board members in a discussion group held once a month. This is a time for you to inquire who other HOAs use for particular vendors, share wording that may be helpful in amending CC&Rs and offer suggestions to one another about what positive happenings are occurring in your community. This discussion group is self-led and therefore has no formalized agenda and registration is not needed.

First Tuesday of the Month
1 – 3 p.m.
10440 N Via Linda
Via Linda Senior Center, Room 8  

Neighborhood College Video Series

Learn the responsibilities of an HOA board member, how the working parts of an HOA or Condominium Association come together and how the smallest decisions can have unintended consequences.

A discussion on the ins and outs of HOAs’ CC&R enforcement with an emphasis on the statutory regulations regarding the enforcement of CC&Rs.

The roles and responsibilities of an HOA board member and how to assure the association's business is conducted in an efficient and professional manner.

Understanding an association's requirements with regard to the Federal Fair Housing Act and other federal laws. Also learn the importance of amending an HOA's governing documents.