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Reader Questions - What Is HOA, Disciplinary “Due Process” Jan 07, 2013

Hello Mr. Richardson,

What is hoa? I just glanced at your article in the newspaper entitled “Peace among HOA neighbors.” You use the word “hoa”...

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New Year’s Resolutions for CIDs Dec 31, 2012

Happy New Year! Consider these resolutions to start the new year, which may help your common interest development association to become a more positive community.

HOA...

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Reader Questions - Can I Opt Out? Dec 17, 2012

Dear Sir,

My CC&R has expired, what’s the right legal action to opt out the community. What does opt out mean exactly. Would there be any option to leave the HOA...

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Reader Questions - Too Close to Employee, Long Term President Dec 10, 2012

Mr. Richardson,

I was wondering if you would answer a question for me.

We have a Board member who is literally sleeping with the association’s property supervisor,...

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Reader Questions - Disregard Dissenter, Rapid Fire Round Dec 03, 2012

Dear Sir,

I have some very important questions and I totally trust your input after reading your column now for quite a while.

Our association board consists of 3 people....

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Reader Questions - Renter Information, Who Votes?, and HOA Financials Nov 19, 2012

Hi Kelly,

What recourse does a Board pursue when they cannot get information from owners on tenants residing in their community such as names, phone numbers?

I am not sure...

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Are These Rules or Just Traditions? Nov 05, 2012

Many Associations have policies regulating activities on a variety of topics, from water damage repair responsibility to pool use. But is it a “rule” recognized...

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Reader Questions - Can We Force the Board?, Campaign Flyer Oct 29, 2012

Dear Sir,

Appreciate your column in the newspaper on HOAs. Is there a way to force a Board to allow the membership to vote on an issue without calling for a recall?

Thanks...

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Reader Questions - Is It Still a Committee Meeting, Excessive Assessments Oct 29, 2012

Dear Mr. Richardson,

Our Budget committee had 2 board members out of its 7 total members. With our recent election, another committee member has joined the board. If...

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Terminology: Does It Matter? Oct 15, 2012

As a lawyer, I would have to plead “guilty” to being persnickety (to use a Latin term) regarding the correct use of legal terms. In the world of common interest...

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Reader Questions - Solar Energy Installations, President’s Violation Oct 08, 2012

Dear Mr. Richardson,

I applied to my HOA Architectural committee to install solar panels on my roof, believing that Civil Code section 714 is quite clear that my...

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The Critically Important Reserve Account Oct 01, 2012

Unfortunately, in common interest developments the reserve account is often overlooked or even deliberately ignored as unnecessary. This is unwise, because the reserve fund...

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