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Reader Questions - A Few Minutes About Minutes Jan 09, 2017

Dear Kelly,

Our president has delegated our property manager to run our homeowners meetings and he acts like the board works for him and has to agree with everything he...

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Reader Questions - Can We Eliminate Exclusive Use Areas? Jan 02, 2017

Hi Kelly,

Just read your article [on exclusive use common area] and was wondering the implication (pro and cons) and cost of transferring an exclusive common area into a...

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Reader Questions - A Washout On Laundries? Dec 26, 2016

Kelly,

Our HOA prohibits washers/dryers in upstairs units. When this rule was adopted, owners who already had washer/dryers were allowed to keep them but no more would be...

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HOA Annual Checkup – How Does Your HOA Score? Dec 19, 2016

Common interest developments, or homeowner associations (aka “HOAs”) house about one third of Californians, and most new housing stock is established in HOAs....

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‘Twas the Night Before (HOA’s) Christmas Dec 12, 2016

[Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore]

‘Twas the night before the HOA’s Christmas, when through all the community
Not a complaint was there heard, all appeared to...

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New Year, and New HOA Laws (in 2017) Dec 12, 2016

2016 was a relatively quiet year for HOAs in Sacramento, with only three bills passing to become law in 2017, and another law taking effect in 2017 from a 2014 bill....

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Reader Questions - Which Law do we Follow? Dec 05, 2016

Ms. Richardson,

Recently we have had issues with projects and proposed projects that involve city regulations versus CC&R restrictions. Our board seems to think that...

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Reader Questions - Reservations Regarding Reserve Funds Nov 21, 2016

Mr. Richardson,

Is there a formula to help determine what is a reasonable amount to hold in reserves for a homeowners association?’

J.L., Los Angeles

Dear J.L.,

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No Kangaroo Courts Allowed: Disciplinary Hearings Nov 14, 2016

If everyone followed the Golden Rule (“do unto others…”), association disciplinary hearings would be rare. Unfortunately, hearing are a necessary,...

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Reader Questions - Can Boards Pass Any Rule They Want? Nov 07, 2016

Hi Kelly,

I’m confused between rules and CC&R’s. Our board, over the years, has implemented new rules. How is this different than making changes to the...

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Reader Questions - Who Prepares Delinquency Policy, and Who Votes On Special Assessment? Oct 31, 2016

Attorney Richardson,

We were recently informed by our management company that under the Davis-Stirling Act, we now need to have a collection policy in place. We also...

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Reader Questions - Delinquent Neighbors, “Certified” Managers Oct 24, 2016

Mr. Richardson,

Shouldn’t the board be pursuing legal action against homeowners who are in-default of their association fees? I spoke with one of the members of the...

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