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Reader Questions - Do Chairs Vote, and a Rogue Director? Sep 05, 2016

Hi Kelly,

Recently, some board members from other HOAs and I got together to discuss issues we have in common and best practices other HOAs have tried. One president,...

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Reader Questions - Should We Worry About Upcoming Change in law? Aug 29, 2016

Dear Mr. Richardson,
I have read your article on exclusive use common areas and don’t get whether in a planned development the decks and balconies are in this...

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Reader Questions - Spouses Both Serving as Directors? Aug 22, 2016

Dear Kelly,

There is a pending vacancy in our board, and our new president hinted that he will name his wife to the vacancy. I don’t see anything in our laws that...

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Reader Questions - Who Fires the Bad Contractor? Aug 15, 2016

Hello Kelly,

A company that the general membership voted to select is performing work at our complex. In researching the selected company’s contractor’s...

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Federal Government HELPS! New Law Eases Condominium Lending Requirements Aug 08, 2016

While HOA law is primarily a state law issue, federal government is increasingly involved, in issues including housing discrimination, satellite dishes, amateur radio...

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Reader Questions - Do We Pretend Email Doesn’t Exist? Aug 01, 2016

Dear Kelly,
Recently our manager sent the following to the board: “Can I give the homeowner approval to install?” This responded to a board member submitting,...

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Border Protection: Observing Boundaries in the HOA Jul 25, 2016

Advising associations was for many years occasionally quite stressful, as I would sometimes advise clients which would reject that advice. However, one of the defining...

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Reader Questions - HOA or Hotel? Short Term Rental Headaches Jul 18, 2016

Dear Mr. Richardson,

We own a house and a rental house in a homeowners association. The association directors are proposing to raise the HOA dues on rental units because...

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Reader Questions - Assessments: Must They Pay THAT? Jul 11, 2016

Dear Mr. Richardson,

I’ve lived in my condo 3 years. Since I’ve been here the association dues have skyrocketed. The management claims assessments are owed. Is...

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Reader Questions - Associations Suffer From Quorum Failure Jul 04, 2016

Mr. Richardson,

I have been on our HOA board for eleven years, we have an election every year but we never receive enough ballots from owners to meet quorum. We have to go...

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Reader Questions - Leasing Minimums, Tenant Information Jun 27, 2016
 

Kelly,

I enjoy reading your articles. With the issue of renting by the day/week becoming red hot in the San Diego market, can the HOA amend the...

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The Open Meeting Act: A Checklist Jun 20, 2016

The Open Meeting Act is a law within a law, found within the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act at Civil Code Sections 4900-4955. A common misconception is that...

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