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Reader Questions - Smoking Bans, Flags Dec 08, 2014

Hi Kelly,

Must the board get a majority vote of homeowners to make their community common areas non-smoking? If the board got the vote would an amendment have to be added...

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Reader Questions - Manager Disclosures, Board Composition Dec 01, 2014
 

Dear Kelly,

Managers’ pay: commission vs. non-commission. What should a board know about this when working with a management company? Is it a practice for...

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Reader Questions - Rentals Nov 24, 2014

Dear Sir,

Can the board limit the percentage of renters in a common interest development?

If a certain percentage is reached, will that invalidate our senior citizen...

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Legislative Recap 2014 Nov 17, 2014

2014 was the first year of the relocated and reorganized Davis Stirling Act, but the legislators did not give the Act much rest. At least 32 bills proposed in the 2013-2014...

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Tips for the Prospective Member Nov 10, 2014

When buying a common interest property, you automatically become a member of an association. Here are a “baker’s dozen” of items to consider first:

1....

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Reader Questions - Director Compensation Nov 03, 2014

Dear Kelly,

Our HOA president has been working for one of the vendors that we use for some of the work around our complex. He did not disclose this information to anyone...

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Reader Questions - Noisy Floors Oct 27, 2014

Dear Kelly,

I purchased my condo last year. As of this year, I suddenly started hearing my upstairs neighbor’s footsteps when he walks across his...

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Partial Payments of Assessment Delinquency OK Oct 20, 2014
 

Since the assessment collection procedures were changed by the legislature in 2005, many have questioned whether associations were required to accept partial...

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Reader Questions - Board Amending CC&Rs, Forgotten Rules Oct 13, 2014

Dear Kelly,

When I bought my condo some thirty years ago, I signed and accepted the CC&Rs at the close of escrow; these included By-laws and Rules and Regulations. The...

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Reader Questions - E-mail Board Votes, Offensive Speech Oct 06, 2014
 

Good Morning Mr. Richardson,

I am an avid reader of your column, longtime member of my association and currently a board member.

Over the weekend our manager...

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Reader Questions - Condo or Planned Development, Earthquake Insurance Sep 29, 2014
 

Dear Kelly,

I own and live in a unit which I thought all along was a condominium, but I just recently found out that it’s actually a PUD. What is a PUD...

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Reader Questions - Spending Cap, Reserve Fund Cap Sep 22, 2014

Dear Kelly,

I live in a large retirement park, age 55 and up. There is no limit on the amount of money the board can spend. They are increasing our dues, to the point many...

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