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What is “Exclusive Use Common Area”? Jul 06, 2015

Condominium owners often misunderstand exclusive use common area, and this leads to far too many wasteful disputes. Simply put, exclusive use areas are not...

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Reader Questions - Termite and Wasp Problems Jun 29, 2015

Kelly,

I live in a stock cooperative apartment complex comprised of downstairs and upstairs apartments. When tenting for termite infestation, this service covers both...

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Reader Questions - Maintenance Agreements, Minutes and Hiring Family. Jun 22, 2015

Dear Kelly,

Our HOA permits homeowners to maintain small areas of common area with the understanding that the homeowner will pay for returning the area to the care of the...

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Reader Questions - Non-Action Board Discussions, Alcohol Jun 15, 2015

Dear Kelly,

Can the board of a condominium meet without the manager to discuss board business and take action as long as the agenda is posted? Can board members meet to...

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Reader Questions - Board Meeting Appointments, Location, and Attendance Jun 08, 2015

Dear Kelly,

Immediately after the election of the board the new board members go into executive session to determine who will be the officers for the following year. This...

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What You May Not Know About Your CC&Rs Jun 01, 2015

Of the five governing documents of most associations – articles of incorporation, recorded map or plan, bylaws, operating rules and “CC&Rs – the last,...

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Reader Questions - Two Sides of the Coin May 25, 2015

Kelly Richardson,

We have lived in three HOAs over the past 30 years. What we have found lately is that no one wants anything to do with the HOA. It is almost impossible...

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Reader Questions - Why Use Lockboxes? May 18, 2015

Kelly,

I’ve lived in a Planned Development in Placentia for 6 1/2 years. Our property management company was recently sold. We now send our HOA monthly fees to...

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Reader Questions - Insurance Coverage May 04, 2015

Dear Kelly,

Is it required that an HOA purchase earthquake insurance? Does it have to be stated in the CC&R’s? Can the board be held liable if it doesn’t...

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Reader Questions - Assessment Increases Apr 27, 2015

Dear Mr. Richardson,

I read your column in the [paper] every week. I really appreciate your help to clarify the difference between our bylaws and state laws regarding...

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Reader Questions - Financial Records Apr 20, 2015

Mr. Richardson,

I was an officer of a small condo association for about 10 years. There were 3 of us officers originally and as they moved away or just quit doing anything...

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Reader Questions - Fair Housing Issues Apr 13, 2015

Hi Kelly,

In my condo complex we have a rule that dogs, 15 pounds and under are allowed, but they have to be carried in common areas. We have some service (and...

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