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Buying in an HOA? Read this First Sep 07, 2021

By: Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

When buying property in a common interest development (“HOA”), one automatically becomes a member.  Here are 14 items to...

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Does YOUR HOA Have These Disclosures Ready For Buyers? Aug 30, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq., CCAL

California Civil Code Section 4525 requires specific important disclosures be provided to members upon request, to give to prospective...

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Reader Questions – Can We Meet Completely Virtually, Knowing Individual Director Votes, and “Discussion-Only” Agenda Items Aug 23, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Hi Kelly: Regarding your recent article on virtual board meetings, is it permissible for the board to also be virtual?  That is, do...

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Reader Questions – My Peeping Doorbell Camera, and Where is MY Parking Space? Aug 16, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Kelly:

Because of the type of work I do at home, I was required to install a security system in my condominium including a front door...

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Why Aren’t CC&Rs On-Line and Where Are Monthly Financials? Aug 09, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Good morning Kelly. In our recent HOA meeting, one question raised was, “Why isn’t our CC&R’s on the HOA’s...

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Reader Questions – City Says We’re Condo; Can I Have A Clothesline? Aug 02, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Mr. Richardson: I am a veteran trying to get a VA refinance, but the VA wants an HOA for our house. We live on a two on a lot,...

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Embrace The Hybrid Meeting in Your HOA Jul 26, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Before the pandemic changed our world in early 2020, who knew about WebEx, Zoom, or RingCentral, or the many other virtual meeting...

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If It Isn’t There, It Didn’t Happen – Good HOA Minutes Jul 19, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

When a corporation acts, its minutes document and prove that it acted. If the minutes do not record that the board of directors by...

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Avoid Overuse of Closed Sessions (part 4) Jul 12, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

[After three previous articles addressing reader questions on this subject, this concludes the series]

Perhaps the most frequently abused...

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Reader Questions – Closed Sessions (part 3) Jul 05, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

 

When will it be legal for HOA boards to handle any business they want in closed sessions? H.F., Banning

 

Dear H.F.:

The...

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Reader Questions – Closed Sessions (part 2) Jun 28, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

[Part 2 of a 4-part series]

Mr. Richardson: Our board has had several closed meetings to discuss revisions to our governing documents. An...

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Reader Questions – Closed Sessions (Part 1) Jun 21, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Closed session is a common point of contention in HOAs. This week begins a multipart series of reader questions on this important and...

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