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Reader Questions on Solar Installations Jun 27, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

I live in a planned development, and was told we could not install solar because it would void our roof warranties. Can our management...

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Banning Solar Installations in Our HOA? Jun 13, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Hi Mr. Richardson: Can a HOA prevent us from placing solar panels on the roof of our townhome?  We are in an older condominium...

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Is there Double Jeopardy in HOAs, and Handling the Hateful? Jun 06, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Kelly: If HOA failed to send letter to homeowner within fifteen days as required by Civil Code 5855, may they simply ignore that and hold...

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The Drought Emergency Returned, Did Your HOA Notice? May 31, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL 

California has experienced many drought periods, but in January 2014 the drought situation became sufficiently severe that...

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Free Speech - Flyers and Flags May 23, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Dear Kelly: Under Civil Code §4515, are homeowners allowed to post community gathering notices near the mailboxes or on the mailboxes...

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Reader Questions – CC&Rs Expired, and Ignored May 09, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Dear Mr. Richardson: I am looking into purchasing a property with 3 freestanding units and a small amount of common space used as a...

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Reader Questions – Who is Watching Out For HOAs? Apr 07, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Kelly - Thanks again for your recent informative column pertaining to new state laws pertaining to HOAs.  I would never say that the...

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Reader Questions – Automatic Election Rules; No Ballot Box; and Term Limits Mar 14, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL 

Dear Kelly: Our board approved the old version of the bill SB323 as is to replace our current election rules. Recently we had our...

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Election by Acclamation, Self-Campaigning, and Cumulative Voting Mar 07, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Dear Mr. Richardson: Starting in 2022, all HOAs have the option of utilizing the acclamation procedures in Civil Code §5103 when...

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Reader Questions – A Law That Came Too Late Feb 28, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, HOAs were presented with a conundrum: Local health authorities prohibited gatherings of more...

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Reader Questions: Director Proxies, Bare Minutes, and Election Challenges Feb 21, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Hi Kelly, one of our board members sometimes is not available to attend meetings either in person or telephonically and has asked if he...

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Reader Questions – HOA Allowing Volunteer Labor? Feb 14, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Dear Kelly: We're a small association, so even the idea of boards and directors is beyond what we could hope to have. We barely had three...

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