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Reader Questions - Our Mobilehome Park: HOA? Aug 14, 2017

Dear Sir,

How is it legal for a mobilehome park HOA to be registered with the government as a condominium association? What ramifications does that have on our CC&Rs?...

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Bare Walls or Full Coverage: Insurance Brokers Weigh In Aug 07, 2017

So-called “bare walls” insurance plans are often discussed in associations trying to limit the cost of water damage claims. In a bare walls approach, the HOA...

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Reader Questions - Now It’s Our Plumbing? Jul 31, 2017

Hi Kelly,

My spouse and I read your column regularly.

Recently our HOA called a meeting to let us know they want to change our CC&R’s specifically to have...

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Reader Questions - Elections: Is That Fair? Jul 24, 2017

Dear Kelly,

I own units in many different HOAs, including one in Huntington Beach.

The HOA board has recently promulgated new rules regarding qualifications required for...

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Don’t Make Them Guess: Is Your HOA Architectural Application Process Complete? Jul 17, 2017

A fundamental HOA purpose is to preserve the association’s architectural theme, typically protected by rules administered by an architectural committee or the board....

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Before Painting Garage Doors Purple Jul 10, 2017

Associations are normally created with an initial architectural and landscaping theme which boards are responsible to protect and preserve. Condominium association boards...

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Reader Questions - Their Cameras Make ME Insecure Jul 03, 2017

Hey Kelly,

A new owner in our condo complex rented it to tenants who installed security cameras on the exterior of their unit, one on their front door and one on their...

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A Boarding Hearing Notice: Now What? Jun 26, 2017

A notice of a disciplinary hearing is not the best kind of mail to open, but in common interest communities, that is how associations compel owners to be good neighbors....

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Reader Questions - Architectural Enforcement: Two Views Jun 19, 2017

Dear Mr. Richardson,

You have a very enlightening column. Our board is now requiring approval of any architectural changes within the individual owner’s unit. Seems...

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Reader Questions - They Aren’t Paying Jun 12, 2017

Dear Kelly,

Our HOA reserves are extremely low and our collections are growing worse by the day. We are a gated community, many with renters. Can we deny owners/renters...

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Reader Questions - They Won’t Vote! Jun 05, 2017

Dear Mr. Richardson,

I have been a director of a mid-sized association. About 90% of the homes are owner- occupied. For the last three years we have been unable to obtain...

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The Rules on Rules May 29, 2017

It is important to create good association operating rules and to make sure the rule topics required by statute are also covered, but all that is wasted if the association...

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