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Reader Questions - Is Our HOA Incorporated, Questioning the New Management Nov 25, 2013

Is Our HOA Incorporated?

Hi Mr. Richardson,

I read your column recently about making sure my HOA is active. I went to the Secretary of State web site and typed in my...

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Reader Questions - What About Those Trees? Nov 18, 2013
 

Dear Sir,

We live in a community with many common areas. There is a common area behind our home with a large slope that has very large trees growing...

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If I Were President of the HOA Board Nov 11, 2013

Dear Readers,

David Brock, owner of a Pasadena management firm, sent me this recently. His perspective as a highly credentialed (PCAM) manager is unique – a view from...

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Myths Regarding the New Acts Nov 04, 2013
The reorganized and relocated Davis Stirling Common Interest Development Act will become law on January 1, 2014 (Civil Code 4000-6150). On the same day, another California...
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Reader Questions - Guerilla Gardener Oct 28, 2013
 

Dear Kelly,

In my townhouse complex, an owner plants his own personal fruit and vegetable garden on Association property. He has potted containers (from 30 to...

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Reader Questions - Limit on Assessments, Board Amending CC&Rs Oct 21, 2013

Limit on Assessments

Hello Kelly,

I have a question for you. I have owned my condominium unit since 1984. When my husband and I purchased our condo the dues were...

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Reader Questions - Member Petitions, E-mails Oct 14, 2013

Member Petitions

Dear Kelly,

Our By-Laws limit the board from spending over $3000 without 2/3’s owner approval. We tried to increase that a couple years ago, but...

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Reader Questions - Management Dissatisfaction, Off Site Landscaping Oct 07, 2013

Management Dissatisfaction

Kelly,

Our board works harder than our property manager. How do we fire him? I just want the best property and I don’t think our...

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Reader Questions - Minutes, Rule Challenges, and Termite Treatment Sep 30, 2013

Minutes, Rules Challenges

Dear Kelly,

Is it common for a board secretary to have the management company representative take meeting minutes? I do not see anything in our...

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Can’t I Disagree? Sep 23, 2013
Disagreement is to be expected when serving as a director of a common interest development. But the way it is viewed, and handled, can greatly affect the board’s...
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Reader Questions - Motorcycle Noise, Paralyzed Board Sep 16, 2013

Motorcycle Noise

Hi Mr. Richardson,

Our Board refuses to enforce the CC&R provision prohibiting the operation of motorcycles in the complex. To change the...

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Reader Questions - Depositing Reserve Funds, Providing Draft Minutes Sep 09, 2013

Depositing Reserve Funds

Dear Mr. Richardson,

I enjoy reading your columns in the paper very much.

One of the HOA’s that I belong to has a minute, but I...

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