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Reader Questions - Elections: Is That Fair? Jul 24, 2017

Dear Kelly,

I own units in many different HOAs, including one in Huntington Beach.

The HOA board has recently promulgated new rules regarding qualifications required for...

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Don’t Make Them Guess: Is Your HOA Architectural Application Process Complete? Jul 17, 2017

A fundamental HOA purpose is to preserve the association’s architectural theme, typically protected by rules administered by an architectural committee or the board....

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Before Painting Garage Doors Purple Jul 10, 2017

Associations are normally created with an initial architectural and landscaping theme which boards are responsible to protect and preserve. Condominium association boards...

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Reader Questions - Their Cameras Make ME Insecure Jul 03, 2017

Hey Kelly,

A new owner in our condo complex rented it to tenants who installed security cameras on the exterior of their unit, one on their front door and one on their...

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A Boarding Hearing Notice: Now What? Jun 26, 2017

A notice of a disciplinary hearing is not the best kind of mail to open, but in common interest communities, that is how associations compel owners to be good neighbors....

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Reader Questions - Architectural Enforcement: Two Views Jun 19, 2017

Dear Mr. Richardson,

You have a very enlightening column. Our board is now requiring approval of any architectural changes within the individual owner’s unit. Seems...

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Reader Questions - They Aren’t Paying Jun 12, 2017

Dear Kelly,

Our HOA reserves are extremely low and our collections are growing worse by the day. We are a gated community, many with renters. Can we deny owners/renters...

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Reader Questions - They Won’t Vote! Jun 05, 2017

Dear Mr. Richardson,

I have been a director of a mid-sized association. About 90% of the homes are owner- occupied. For the last three years we have been unable to obtain...

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The Rules on Rules May 29, 2017

It is important to create good association operating rules and to make sure the rule topics required by statute are also covered, but all that is wasted if the association...

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Recipe for Reasonable Rules May 22, 2017

One important board responsibility is to adopt and enforce community rules. Developers, when creating common interest communities, provide CC&Rs and Bylaws (usually...

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Does Your HOA Have the Required Rules? May 15, 2017

Operating rules are often called “house rules” or “rules and regulations” by associations in California. Under Civil Code 4350(a), rules...

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Reader Questions - Copies Cost THAT Much May 08, 2017
 

Dear Kelly,

Recently my family sold a house and paid over $700.00 in fees to the association, a large portion of which was for copies of rules and regulations...

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