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Legislators are Discussing Many Proposed New HOA Laws – Here are Sacramento’s Good Ideas Mar 22, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

In typical years the Legislature considers a handful of bills concerning HOAs, but 2021 is an unusually heavy year. There are at least 20...

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Behind Closed Doors – What Is (And Is NOT) OK in Closed Session Mar 15, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

The Open Meeting Act (Civil Code Sections 4900-4955) is the HOA version of California’s “Brown Act,” requiring openness...

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Capping Rentals Under Civil Code 4741 Mar 08, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

 

Hi Kelly, thank you for your weekly articles, I really enjoy them. Regarding your recent article, does the section 4741 approval...

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Reader Questions – Renting to Criminals, Move in Fees, and What is “Single Family”? Mar 01, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

 

Dear Kelly: My HOA made a change in the CC&Rs. Renters must be approved by the board and nobody with a criminal record shall...

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Reader Questions – Rental Issues Feb 22, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

[Dear Readers: Last week’s column on views contained a significant typo. Views are NOT automatically protected in California. My...

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Reader Questions – Are My Views Protected or Not? Feb 15, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

 

Dear Kelly: My HOA requires that trees be situated so “normal enjoyment of view by other lot owners shall be...

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Reader Questions – Can We Attend? Can We Vote? Feb 08, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

 

Dear Kelly: I am on the Architectural Review Committee for our association.  Recently homeowners have asked to attend the...

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Reader Questions – Our CC&Rs Expired; Ours Has No Name! Feb 01, 2021


Kelly, do you have any information regarding the expiration of CC&Rs? I’ve heard 20 years from the time of the recorded filing of the CC&Rs. My subdivision...

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Shorter Meetings are BETTER Jan 17, 2021

It may not shock readers to know I have seen innumerable board meetings run far too long, exhausting volunteers and degrading the quality of the deliberations. ...

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Reader Questions – Where Is the Property Line? Jan 11, 2021

Dear Kelly:

My association has taken the stand that a side fence on a zero lot line single family dwelling that is entirely on the dwelling's property is shared 50/50 with...

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Reader Questions – Management Cutbacks Jan 04, 2021

Dear Mr. Richardson: I received notice from my association that our management company resigned and that the association intends to self-manage.  I am uncomfortable...

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'Twas the Night Before (the HOA’s) Christmas Dec 28, 2020

[Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore]

'Twas the night before Christmas, and through the HOA community
Not a complaint was heard, and there existed pure unity;
The thank-you...

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