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Reader Questions - Proxies, Member Petitions Jun 10, 2013

Mr. Richardson,

I have been under the impression that a change to the governing laws in California no longer allowed proxies for elections. As such, we almost never get a...

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Reader Questions - HOA Project, Old Spa May 13, 2013

Kelly,

Our board hired a landscape architect to give a proposal on redoing our entrance area. The proposal includes replacing original asphalt with pavers and installing...

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Get Ready for the “New” Davis-Stirling Act May 06, 2013

On January 1, 2014, the Davis-Stirling Act moves to a more spacious new home, thanks to a major reorganization effort by the California Law Revision Commission. For the...

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Reader Questions - Vague Agendas Apr 22, 2013
 

Good Morning Mr. Richardson,

We purchased a condo in Laguna Niguel. We noticed that many condos have privacy fences. All of these fences are constructed using...

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Legislation of Interest to Homeowner Associations Apr 08, 2013

This is an active time in Sacramento, as literally thousands of bills (over 2,300 at last count) have been proposed this year for possible new or changed laws in...

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Reader Questions - Remote Opening of Gates, Obtaining Agendas and Minutes Apr 01, 2013

Dear Kelly,

Our board members look forward to reading your columns with great interest. A question was recently posed regarding residents using cell phones to allow entry...

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Reader Questions - Open Meeting Act Mar 25, 2013

Mr. Richardson,

Our HOA has regularly scheduled, monthly, closed meetings. Based on your columns this doesn’t seem right to me. What types of topics are to be...

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Reader Questions - Condo Trapper, Wrong Insurance Mar 18, 2013

Dear Mr. Richardson,

I’m on the Board of a 20 year old complex. We have over 200 units. The CCR’s state that all pets in the common area must be kept on a...

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Reader Questions - Banks and Assessments, Unwritten Rules Mar 11, 2013

Kelly,

I have a serious question for you. I will quote to you a paragraph from the [HOA’s] Newsletter: 

“SERIOUS FINANCIAL PROBLEMS: Several homeowners...

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Reader Questions - Board Meeting Frequency, HOA’s Name Lost Feb 25, 2013

Hi Kelly,

We find your column interesting, informative and useful.

Our question is about the fallout from changing the name of an HOA on Articles of Incorporation. That is...

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Reader Questions - Bad Board Meetings, Settling the Debt Feb 18, 2013

Mr. Richardson,

There are Board meetings taking place with little or no advance notice to anyone other than the Board Members. We never have a formal agenda...

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Reader Questions - Code of Conduct, Majority Rules Jan 28, 2013

Dear Mr. Richardson,

Our Board adopted a “Code of Ethics” prohibiting any board member from discussing HOA issues with any other member outside of a...

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