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Reader Questions - Building Codes, HOA Ratings Jan 21, 2013

Dear Mr. Richardson,

I enjoy your columns, and the info presented is usually right-on. However, in the recent column from VV in Rancho Santa Margarita, there was an issue...

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Reader Questions - The Small HOA Jan 14, 2013

Hi,

I am Treasurer of a 12 unit HOA, built in 1978, and that is how old all the governing documents are. I know we need to update the documents. Is there a CCRs for...

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Reader Questions - What Is HOA, Disciplinary “Due Process” Jan 07, 2013

Hello Mr. Richardson,

What is hoa? I just glanced at your article in the newspaper entitled “Peace among HOA neighbors.” You use the word “hoa”...

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New Year’s Resolutions for CIDs Dec 31, 2012

Happy New Year! Consider these resolutions to start the new year, which may help your common interest development association to become a more positive community.

HOA...

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Reader Questions - Can I Opt Out? Dec 17, 2012

Dear Sir,

My CC&R has expired, what’s the right legal action to opt out the community. What does opt out mean exactly. Would there be any option to leave the HOA...

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Reader Questions - Too Close to Employee, Long Term President Dec 10, 2012

Mr. Richardson,

I was wondering if you would answer a question for me.

We have a Board member who is literally sleeping with the association’s property supervisor,...

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Reader Questions - Disregard Dissenter, Rapid Fire Round Dec 03, 2012

Dear Sir,

I have some very important questions and I totally trust your input after reading your column now for quite a while.

Our association board consists of 3 people....

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Reader Questions - Renter Information, Who Votes?, and HOA Financials Nov 19, 2012

Hi Kelly,

What recourse does a Board pursue when they cannot get information from owners on tenants residing in their community such as names, phone numbers?

I am not sure...

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Are These Rules or Just Traditions? Nov 05, 2012

Many Associations have policies regulating activities on a variety of topics, from water damage repair responsibility to pool use. But is it a “rule” recognized...

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Reader Questions - Can We Force the Board?, Campaign Flyer Oct 29, 2012

Dear Sir,

Appreciate your column in the newspaper on HOAs. Is there a way to force a Board to allow the membership to vote on an issue without calling for a recall?

Thanks...

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Reader Questions - Is It Still a Committee Meeting, Excessive Assessments Oct 29, 2012

Dear Mr. Richardson,

Our Budget committee had 2 board members out of its 7 total members. With our recent election, another committee member has joined the board. If...

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Terminology: Does It Matter? Oct 15, 2012

As a lawyer, I would have to plead “guilty” to being persnickety (to use a Latin term) regarding the correct use of legal terms. In the world of common interest...

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