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2021 Legislative Update: New Laws for California Community Associations Oct 20, 2021

The 2021 legislative session was one of the most active legislative years impacting California community association law. Pressures of the California affordable housing...

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Reader Questions - Our HOA Stopped Meeting - Is That OK? Aug 31, 2020

Dear Mr. Richardson:

Our board says that due to the pandemic they are suspending board meetings "until further notice." Our bylaws state board meetings must be held at...

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But I Disagree Jul 20, 2020

In our culture, disagreement is mishandled more than ever before. However, disagreement is to be expected between directors of common interest developments (aka...

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Don’t Be Reserved About Reserve Accounts Jun 07, 2020

 

Unfortunately, too many HOA boards overlook or disregard the reserve fund as unnecessary. This is unwise, because the reserve fund is a critical component of the...

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Reader Questions – Are HOA Board Term Limits Allowed? May 03, 2020
 

Mr. Richardson:

I appreciate your column in the [paper]. Many of your topics are extremely helpful.

According to our election rules and bylaws, no director...

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Navigating Elections in 2020 (and Beyond??) Mar 07, 2020

Senate Bill 323 took effect in January 2020, creating new procedural requirements for HOAs and also unintentionally creating many problems and unanswered questions....

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Reader Questions - Who Is Watching The HOA? Dec 14, 2019

Mr. Richardson,

Is there an oversight/audit department on a state level that oversees the management of an association? I am finding contradicting and wrong information in...

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Reader Questions - CC&Rs or Rules, and a Forgotten Bylaw Amendment Dec 06, 2019

Hi Kelly,

I’m confused between “rules” and “CC&R’s.” Our board, over the years, has implemented new rules. What I don’t...

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Reader Questions - Shaken Up About Earthquake Insurance Sep 30, 2019
 

Hi Kelly,

I live in a 100+ unit condo complex without HOA earthquake insurance. I have CEA earthquake insurance for my home. Have you written any articles I...

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They Won’t Pay, Now What? Jul 15, 2019

When a homeowner fails to pay their share of the association expenses, the board is duty-bound to pursue the unpleasant but necessary task of compelling the member to pay....

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Tips Regarding HOA Committees Jun 24, 2019

Most associations find committees helpful. Here are some tips to maximize their value to the HOA:

1. Committees can be “ad hoc,” i.e., temporary, or ongoing

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Reader Questions - Investing, Growing, and Withdrawing Reserve Funds Jun 17, 2019

Kelly,

I am a member of my HOA board. Our prior management company had done all of our investments (from our direction) for our reserve funds. FDIC insured CD’s were...

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