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Reader Questions - Assessment Liens, Cumulative Voting, and Board Discussions Apr 06, 2015

Kelly,

The management company told us at a recent meeting that the HOA was due over $130,000 in past due HOA assessments. Therefore they increased our assessments 18%....

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Pursue Foreclosure Carefully Mar 30, 2015

Common interest development associations are alliances of owners agreeing to share a tract of property and share the control and costs of that property. That sharing of...

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Reader Questions - Tenant Issues Mar 23, 2015

Kelly Richardson,

Non-occupied owners were sent a form that they must sign stating, “I acknowledge that I will be held responsible for the actions of my tenants...

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Reader Questions - Small Claims, Attendance, and Self-Management Mar 16, 2015

Mr. Richardson,

If a homeowner is in arrears on HOA dues and the association has put a lien on the property, can the HOA proceed with Small Claims Court before a...

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Reader Questions - Who’s In Charge?, Director Trespass, and Condo or Not? Mar 09, 2015

Dear Kelly,

I really like your column. I’m on an HOA board and pride myself in keeping up with HOA legislation. I learned something new in your reply to a recent...

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Reader Questions - Election Documents, Telephonic Board Participation Mar 02, 2015

Hello Mr. Richardson,

I attended a Board meeting in which the opening of ballots was on the agenda. The president mentioned that a list with the names of all the...

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Reader Questions - Is Exclusive Use Area Insured? Feb 23, 2015

Dear Kelly,

You recently addressed a question about HOAs granting “exclusive use” to those individual owners requesting expanded control and use of parcels...

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Reader Questions - Director Absenteeism, Member Interfering with Vendors Feb 09, 2015
 

Mr. Richardson,

What can a board do about a board member who never shows up? We have a board member who hasn’t attended a meeting in over a year. When I...

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Reader Questions - Affiliated Company, Dog Complaints Feb 02, 2015

Dear Kelly,

Our management company also owns a maintenance company and seems to get all the work in the HOA. The board awarded him a paint contract after he received...

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Reader Questions - Pressure Washing, Enlarging Yards Jan 26, 2015
 

Dear Kelly,

The law has changed due to the drought. Because of that, California Civil code section 4736(b) puts limitations on using a pressure washing for...

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Reader Questions - Absentee Proxies, Absentee Meetings Jan 19, 2015

Dear Kelly,

We are in the process of assembling an electronic address file. I am interested in your recent comments about obtaining quorum proxies from absentee...

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Reader Questions - Who Decides? Lot Line Adjusting Jan 12, 2015

Dear Mr. Richardson,

I am new to the HOA concept and have thoughts about running for the board. However, there seems to be two concepts out there about the power of the...

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