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Reader Questions - Is It My Parking? Jul 22, 2019

Good morning Mr. Richardson,

I discovered a problem with my deeded garage. Long story short my deed does not reflect the garage I was given. I have been fighting to...

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They Won’t Pay, Now What? Jul 15, 2019

When a homeowner fails to pay their share of the association expenses, the board is duty-bound to pursue the unpleasant but necessary task of compelling the member to pay....

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Reader Questions - Can’t We Have a Satellite Dish? Jul 08, 2019

Dear Kelly,

I am in an HOA of free-standing homes. Our CC&Rs require that satellite dishes cannot be visible from common areas or HOA streets. Yet, several members...

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Transparency – Great for Windows (HOA Boards Too) Jul 01, 2019

Nothing should be more important to volunteer boards than the trust of their neighbors. However, trust is not automatic and can be easily destroyed. Making good decisions...

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Tips Regarding HOA Committees Jun 24, 2019

Most associations find committees helpful. Here are some tips to maximize their value to the HOA:

1. Committees can be “ad hoc,” i.e., temporary, or ongoing

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Reader Questions - Investing, Growing, and Withdrawing Reserve Funds Jun 17, 2019

Kelly,

I am a member of my HOA board. Our prior management company had done all of our investments (from our direction) for our reserve funds. FDIC insured CD’s were...

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Spending Reserve Account Interest, Disclosing Reserves Electronically Jun 10, 2019

Dear Mr. Richardson,

Our HOA has operating and reserve investment funds. The monthly assessments include amounts to increase the reserve account balances. Interest earned...

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Reader Questions - What Amount of Reserves Does the Law Require? Jun 03, 2019

Dear Kelly,

Is there any legal requirement for the reserves to be at any levels or is it a recommendation by the state? Can an HOA be taken over by the state if it is...

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Reader Questions - Can I/They Keep My/Their Exclusive Use Area Change? May 27, 2019

Dear Mr. Richardson,

Many years ago, I was allowed by the board to raise the height of my deck. I paid for the architectural change. No board member or manager since has...

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Open Forum: Drudge or Jewel? May 20, 2019

The “Open Meeting Act” (Civil Code Sections 4900-4955), requires at Section 4925(b) that all membership meetings and board meetings have a time set aside...

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Reader Questions - Freedom of Speech and Assembly May 13, 2019

Dear Mr. Richardson,

Our board is considering banning informal meetings in common areas. To me, this sounds like a violation of the constitutional right of assembly, but...

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Reader Questions - Is This Exclusive Use? May 04, 2019

Dear Mr. Richardson,

If a club in the HOA wants a locked storage space, is it considered exclusive use?

W.S., Escondido

 

Dear W.S.,

Exclusive use common area is...

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