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What Makes a Director Outstanding Part 1 – Attitude Jan 14, 2019

A community association is no better than the board of directors which leads it, and excellent associations require excellent volunteer leaders. Truly exceptional volunteer...

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Make a Target! Goals for 2019 Jan 07, 2019

The late and legendary coach John Wooden said “The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take...

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Reader Questions - Frozen Out Directors Dec 31, 2018

Kelly,
Our board established an executive committee consisting of three board members, excluding the two remaining board members, under Corporations Code Section 7212....

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Reader Questions - Removed Presidents, The PUD Myth Dec 10, 2018
 

Dear Mr. Richardson,

The president of our HOA was recently removed as president (with no explanation and at an unposted meeting) but she is still on the board,...

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Tighter Protection of HOA Funds in 2019 Dec 03, 2018

Assembly Bill 2912

The most important new legislation changing how HOAs will operate is Assembly Bill 2912. AB 2912 began with the statement that its purpose is to...

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Reader Questions - Saving Our Lawns or Saving Our Artificial Turf? Nov 26, 2018

Dear Mr. Richardson,

Our board has indicated that they plan to remove all turf from the front yards of our community and replace it with various types of non-turf plants....

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Preparing for and Dealing with Disaster Nov 19, 2018

An unfortunate reality is that occasionally communities can be confronted with disaster, when earthquake, wildfire, or other calamity can transform a community within a few...

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Reader Questions - Should Our Assessments Increase? Nov 12, 2018

Hello Mr. Richardson,

Our board is against raising our fees which have been the same for at least 10 years! Obviously we are not keeping up with inflation. According to...

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Reader Questions - What If Our Annual Meeting Isn’t Annual? Nov 05, 2018

Mr. Richardson,

Our HOA hasn’t had an annual meeting in years. We receive notice that the “annual meeting” will be held on a given date to “count...

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Reader Questions - Executive Session Misused? Oct 29, 2018
 

Mr. Richardson,

Members of our board mention discussions in executive session when they are discussing agenda items at board meetings. For instance, at a recent...

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Reader Questions - Open Forum: When Do WE Speak? Oct 22, 2018

Hi Kelly,

Thank you for helping people understand HOA laws!

Civil Code 4925(b) states “The board shall permit any member to speak at any meeting…”...

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Reader Questions - Short Term Rentals: Both Sides Oct 15, 2018
 

Hello Mr. Richardson,

We have a guest house on our half acre lot that we have rented out (using a short-term rental service). We are always home in the main...

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