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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 - What Can Managers Spend and Should They Run Elections? Oct 24, 2016

Hi Kelly,

Thanks for your weekly articles. I have 2 questions.

First, should the Board conduct the election meeting, allowing the manager to assist, advise and count...

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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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Risk vs. Reward: How to Make Community Service Fair Oct 17, 2016

It is a basic truth that the risk in any venture should match the reward. High risk investments should bring high yields, while low returns may be acceptable for very...

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