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Reader Questions - HOA Needs Intensive Care Feb 20, 2017

Hello Mr. Richardson,

Long story short, the members have all been reluctant to get involved on our board for many years. They are all fine with someone else doing it.

Our...

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The Board Balancing Act Feb 13, 2017

The ancient Chinese concept of yin and yang deals with opposite and inseparable forces. Common interest developments (“homeowner associations”) have their own...

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Reader Questions - We’re STILL Dealing With Drought? Feb 06, 2017

Mr. Richardson,

Regarding water cutbacks and dead lawns, can an HOA require homeowners who stopped watering to replace their dead lawns with other types of ground cover...

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Don’t Be Caught Napping: Your Rights At Risk! Jan 30, 2017

Some well-intentioned ideas can boomerang and hurt those who are intended to be helped. Such is the new Civil Code 4041, created by last year’s SB918.

Section 4041...

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Reader Questions - Whose Meeting Is it; I Wasn’t Invited Jan 23, 2017

Mr. Richardson,

In the spirit of shedding light on HOA governance would you please write about the difference between regular open board meetings and the annual homeowners...

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Unruly Meetings or Meeting Rules Jan 16, 2017

Other than the overall condition of the common areas, one of the first opportunities for associations to make a positive impression upon new members is at meetings of the...

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Reader Questions - A Few Minutes About Minutes Jan 09, 2017

Dear Kelly,

Our president has delegated our property manager to run our homeowners meetings and he acts like the board works for him and has to agree with everything he...

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Reader Questions - Can We Eliminate Exclusive Use Areas? Jan 02, 2017

Hi Kelly,

Just read your article [on exclusive use common area] and was wondering the implication (pro and cons) and cost of transferring an exclusive common area into a...

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Reader Questions - A Washout On Laundries? Dec 26, 2016

Kelly,

Our HOA prohibits washers/dryers in upstairs units. When this rule was adopted, owners who already had washer/dryers were allowed to keep them but no more would be...

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HOA Annual Checkup – How Does Your HOA Score? Dec 19, 2016

Common interest developments, or homeowner associations (aka “HOAs”) house about one third of Californians, and most new housing stock is established in HOAs....

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New Year, and New HOA Laws (in 2017) Dec 12, 2016

2016 was a relatively quiet year for HOAs in Sacramento, with only three bills passing to become law in 2017, and another law taking effect in 2017 from a 2014 bill....

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‘Twas the Night Before (HOA’s) Christmas Dec 12, 2016

[Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore]

‘Twas the night before the HOA’s Christmas, when through all the community
Not a complaint was there heard, all appeared to...

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