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Improperly Posted Agendas Dec 27, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Kelly: Before our monthly board meetings, agendas are provided to each owner the week before the meeting. Occasionally the board schedules...

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Reader Questions – Do We Have Term Limits? Nov 22, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL


Kelly, could you elaborate on the newly signed into law "term limits?" We have a 5-member board and 3 members have served many years. If...

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Reader Questions: No Minutes; No Election; No Eligibility? Nov 15, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL 

Dr. Mr. Richardson: I’m concerned about my board no longer publishing minutes of their open meetings. I’ve asked for...

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Vaccine mandates: What Could Requirements Mean for Your Community Oct 19, 2021

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This article first appeared on Community Associations Institute (CAI) Ungated.

The continued presence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S....

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New Laws Approved for 2022 (Part I): Changes in HOA Elections (Again) Oct 19, 2021

 By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

The 2021 Legislative season in California has ended, and five good HOA bills (a record in recent decades) are becoming law. Assembly...

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Reader Questions and Breaking HOA News: HOAs Can Meet Purely Virtually During Emergency Oct 11, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.


Kelly: With the Governor's executive orders on Covid rescinded in June, is there anything preventing boards from conducting in-person meetings...

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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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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 – 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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Reader Questions – Requests for HOA Information Part 2 Dec 14, 2020

Kelly, I attended my first HOA meeting and I noticed that the format is slightly different from city council meetings. Board members were provided a lengthy document...

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Reader Questions – Questions about committee, board disclosures (Part 1) Dec 07, 2020

Are homeowners allowed to read or copy committee minutes? Our manager says no because they are not “standing committees” like the architectural committee. I...

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