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Keep the Lawyers at Bay [Ten Tips] Aug 20, 2018

Serving as a volunteer director is often thankless, but it shouldn’t be risky. Here are ten ways to reduce if not prevent personal risk from your service.

1. Learn...

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Reader Questions - Boards Barking About Dogs Aug 06, 2018

Dear Mr. Richardson,

Our CC&R’s limit the number of pets a homeowner can have to a “reasonable” number. City law states a resident outside of an HOA...

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Reader Questions - Ramped Up Assessments, Where To Pay Jul 30, 2018

Mr. Richardson,

This year our HOA dues increased 20%. The reason given was plumbing issues due to sewage backups. When I asked about just having a special assessment to...

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Reader Questions - We Have Unwritten Rules Jul 23, 2018

Dear Mr. Richardson,

Our board frequently adopts new rules, generally following the required process of providing 30-day notice to homeowners prior to voting at an open...

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Reader Questions - Candid Cameras in Our Association Jul 16, 2018

Mr. Richardson,

Can the HOA install a camera in one garage area but not others? The HOA also installed a camera in the pool in order to catch one person’s possible...

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Reader Questions - Are These Rules Valid? Jul 09, 2018

Dear Mr. Richardson,

The Davis-Stirling Act requires HOAs to develop certain operating rules, e.g., for elections or dispute resolution. Can (or should) the required rules...

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13 Surefire Steps to Guarantee Board Meetings Will Be Longer [Satire] Jul 02, 2018

If board service is not difficult enough, you can crank it up a notch by making board meetings much longer. If people aren’t dozing by meeting’s end and if...

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Reader Questions - Must We Accept Mary Jane in Our Building? Jun 25, 2018

Kelly,

Our condo association started a “no smoking” policy, but one owner continues to smoke marijuana often. The HOA sent a notice to stop and called him to a...

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Reader Questions - Where There’s Smoke, There May Be Unhappy Neighbors Jun 18, 2018

Dear Kelly,

My tenants are extremely allergic to smoke – the tenants next door smoke around the clock. I have been working with our board and management, and...

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Before Amending CC&Rs, Avoid “Ready, Fire, Aim!” [10 Tips] Jun 11, 2018

First, check with the members

Amending CC&Rs usually takes a supermajority (i.e. more than simply a majority of the quorum), so strong membership support is essential....

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We Don’t Like Non-Resident Directors, or Pot Farms, in Our HOA Jun 04, 2018

Dear Kelly,

Are board members required have to own and live on site to become a board member? I am not finding any information on this in my CC&Rs or rules and...

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Reader Questions - Can They Reject My Solar? May 28, 2018

Hi Kelly,

We purchased a home needing a complete remodel and we took all of the appropriate steps with the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). We submitted additional...

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