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Reader Questions - Proxy Form, Majority Member Votes Sep 01, 2014

Mr. Richardson, 

I very much enjoy your column. Can you recommend a source for a proxy form which is valid under California law for an HOA board of...

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Reader Questions - Assessments After Bankruptcy, Reviewing Contracts Aug 25, 2014

Hi Kelly,

I recently got a letter from an attorney demanding payment of back HOA dues on a house that I left in 2008. We got hit hard by the recession and were forced to...

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Ten Tips For Shorter Meetings Aug 18, 2014
 

Board meetings require balance. While nobody appreciates a meeting in which brevity is the only value, unduly lengthy meetings discourage and exhaust everybody...

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Reader Questions - Is Ours A CID, The Small Association Aug 11, 2014

Dear Kelly,

I live in a stock cooperative mobile home park. Do we come under the California HOA laws? If not how can we change to come under the California HOA laws. We do...

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Reader Questions - Open Board Meetings Aug 04, 2014

Dear Kelly,

I am the president of a small HOA. Some of the board members feel that it is ok to meet without calling a board meeting. They say that this has been...

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Legislation Update Jul 28, 2014
 

The Legislature has been in high gear in the past month, and the legislative “season” is a few weeks from its end. Some bills affecting common...

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Reader Questions - Board Donations, Bad Boards Jul 21, 2014

Dear Kelly,

Is it legal for our association board to take money and donate it to the police department because they think they are doing a good job? They also gave...

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Reader Questions - Budget Disclosures, Financials Jul 14, 2014

Good Afternoon Mr. Richardson,

We live in a small condominium complex with relatively low monthly dues. My concern is that the Board of Directors has not complied with...

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Reader Questions - Pools, Conflicts of Interest Jul 07, 2014

Dear Mr. Richardson,

We have one director who wants to wash their hair after exiting the pool at the outdoor poolside shower. The outdoor shower was intended for rinsing...

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Reader Questions - Animals Jun 30, 2014

Hi,

Our HOA will not impose stricter fines (currently $100) for dog owners whose dogs leave waste and damage the property. They hired a person who goes around weekly that...

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Reader Questions - Parking Jun 23, 2014

Dear Kelly,

My boyfriend’s association is not allowing guests to park more than 5 days in any 30 day period. This is problematic, of course. The parking rules are in...

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Electronic Business.. But Not For HOAs? Jun 16, 2014
This week, many of you have purchased airline tickets, paid bills, and even registered for traffic school using your cellular phone, tablet or computer. If you are a member...
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