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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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Bills That Made It in Sacramento and Some Which Didn’t Oct 08, 2018

September 30 was the last day for the Governor to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature in 2018. Many bills affecting HOAs were signed, and two were vetoed.

SB 261

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Reader Questions - Limiting Rentals in Our Association Oct 01, 2018

Kelly,

Our board and management do a great job of overall maintenance and landscaping of the complex. Rental units have become a consistent problem to the quality of life...

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Recording Meetings, Secret Budget Talks, and a Dictator President Sep 24, 2018

Hello Mr. Richardson,

Our board announced that audio recordings of meetings would no longer be allowed. What are your thoughts on this? Does this...

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California Now Has Fair Housing Regulations: Sexual Harassment is Illegal Sep 17, 2018

The federal Housing and Urban Development Department (“HUD”), adopted regulations in September 2016 which for the first time prohibited sexual harassment within...

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Reader Questions - Boards Elections [Part 3] Sep 10, 2018

Dear Kelly,

We successfully recalled our HOA board, yet the next day after the vote the recalled directors held a special meeting and enacted lots of business. We believe...

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