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Reader Questions - Who is Supposed to Care for it? Apr 04, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Kelly, I’m in a dispute with my association. The doors facing the outside of my condo (original doors) have extensive dry-rot. I say...

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Membership Quorum Is Important AND Attainable! Mar 29, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Some of the most important HOA decisions must be made by membership vote, but many associations cannot make those decisions because they...

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The Board Amending CC&Rs and Bylaws? Mar 21, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL 

CC&Rs and bylaws are governing documents that normally can only be amended by a vote of the HOA membership. However, there are...

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Reader Questions – Automatic Election Rules; No Ballot Box; and Term Limits Mar 14, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL 

Dear Kelly: Our board approved the old version of the bill SB323 as is to replace our current election rules. Recently we had our...

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Election by Acclamation, Self-Campaigning, and Cumulative Voting Mar 07, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Dear Mr. Richardson: Starting in 2022, all HOAs have the option of utilizing the acclamation procedures in Civil Code §5103 when...

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Reader Questions – A Law That Came Too Late Feb 28, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, HOAs were presented with a conundrum: Local health authorities prohibited gatherings of more...

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Reader Questions: Director Proxies, Bare Minutes, and Election Challenges Feb 21, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Hi Kelly, one of our board members sometimes is not available to attend meetings either in person or telephonically and has asked if he...

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Reader Questions – HOA Allowing Volunteer Labor? Feb 14, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Dear Kelly: We're a small association, so even the idea of boards and directors is beyond what we could hope to have. We barely had three...

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Reader Questions: An Election Tie and Another Has No Elections Feb 07, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Dear Mr. Richardson: We had an election where 3 people ran for 2 positions and the second and third place vote-getters tied. Without...

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Reader Questions - Is Open Forum Truly Open? Jan 31, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Kelly, recently an owner had a matter which she wanted to bring up during the “Homeowner’s Forum” but she could not...

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Tips Before Starting Major Repairs Jan 24, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

One of the greatest challenges HOAs periodically face is major reconstruction. Whether a new roof, balcony rehabilitation, or other major...

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Celebrating Column #600 and What HOA Homefront Is About Jan 17, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

I’m excited to share the 600th column since “HOA Homefront” inaugurated in March 2005. Except for a hiatus in 2010 and...

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