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Recipe for Reasonable Rules May 22, 2017

One important board responsibility is to adopt and enforce community rules. Developers, when creating common interest communities, provide CC&Rs and Bylaws (usually...

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Does Your HOA Have the Required Rules? May 15, 2017

Operating rules are often called “house rules” or “rules and regulations” by associations in California. Under Civil Code 4350(a), rules...

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Reader Questions - Copies Cost THAT Much May 08, 2017
 

Dear Kelly,

Recently my family sold a house and paid over $700.00 in fees to the association, a large portion of which was for copies of rules and regulations...

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Reader Questions - Can We Skip the Reserve Account? May 01, 2017

Dear Mr. Richardson,

I am wondering, are HOAs required to have a “Reserve” account or it is just recommended?

Thank you,

P.P. Rancho San Diego

Dear P.P.,

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Reader Questions - What Can They See? Apr 24, 2017

Mr. Richardson,

I am one of a couple employees in a small, self-managed, association. Regarding opening the association records to owners. How much detail are they...

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When Laws Collide: Child Safety Or Discrimination? Apr 17, 2017

Common interest development associations (aka “HOAs”) are governed by both state and federal Fair Housing laws. Fair Housing laws prohibit “familial...

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The Drought Emergency is Over. Back to Business as Usual? Apr 10, 2017

On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-40-17, formally ending the drought emergency, which can be read in its entirety at https://www.gov.ca.gov,...

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Reader Questions - Volunteer Means NO PROFIT Apr 03, 2017

Dear Mr. Richardson,

A board member also owns several properties elsewhere. An HOA vendor told me that this director demands, and gets, ‘discounts’ from the...

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Reader Questions - Leave My Tenant Alone Mar 20, 2017

Hello Mr. Richardson,

I recently received a letter from our management company, that all owners that rent their units out must submit a copy of the agreement to the...

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Reader Questions - Enforcing Unwritten Rules Mar 13, 2017

Hello Mr. Richardson,

Your articles are a wonderful resource for all involved with CIDs. I try to never miss an article.

This past year we got a new manager and there has...

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Exclusive Use Common Areas: What You Might Not Know Mar 06, 2017

Many condominium buyers do not understand what they bought until long after becoming an owner. Condominiums consist of two elements: A “separate interest”,...

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Reader Questions - Whose Pipes Are Those? Feb 27, 2017

I hope all is well. Thank you for your great HOA articles.

What is the definition of internal installations of the unit? Are pipes in the wall considered internal...

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