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HOA Insolvent? A Board Changing Assessment Allocations Aug 07, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.

Dear Kelly,

Our HOA has suspended reserve deposits, borrowed from reserves without disclosing to members the full borrowed amount or the...

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Rising HOA Insurance Rates and Broker Advice Aug 01, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq., CCAL

Hi Kelly: Thanks for all the great info on HOAs. Our community’s liability insurance policies are up for renewal soon. Some...

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Establish Standards for HOA Meetings With Meeting Rules Jul 25, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Along with the property’s overall condition, another positive initial impression upon new members can be board meetings which are...

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Reasonable Rules Aren’t Automatic Jul 18, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

One important board responsibility is to adopt and enforce community rules.  Developers provide CC&Rs and Bylaws (usually fairly...

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Does Your HOA Have All Five of the Required Rule Sets? Jul 11, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Operating rules are often called “house rules” or “rules and regulations” by associations in...

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The Rules On Rule Changes Jul 02, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Good community rules and regulations (“operating rules,” per Civil Code 4340) help set standards and encourage neighborly...

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Reader Questions on Solar Installations Jun 27, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

I live in a planned development, and was told we could not install solar because it would void our roof warranties. Can our management...

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Have a Policy Regarding Solar Energy Installations Jun 20, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL 

As the cost of energy escalates seemingly weekly, an increasing number of HOA homeowners want to install photovoltaic systems on...

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Banning Solar Installations in Our HOA? Jun 13, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Hi Mr. Richardson: Can a HOA prevent us from placing solar panels on the roof of our townhome?  We are in an older condominium...

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Is there Double Jeopardy in HOAs, and Handling the Hateful? Jun 06, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Kelly: If HOA failed to send letter to homeowner within fifteen days as required by Civil Code 5855, may they simply ignore that and hold...

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The Drought Emergency Returned, Did Your HOA Notice? May 31, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL 

California has experienced many drought periods, but in January 2014 the drought situation became sufficiently severe that...

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Free Speech - Flyers and Flags May 23, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Dear Kelly: Under Civil Code §4515, are homeowners allowed to post community gathering notices near the mailboxes or on the mailboxes...

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