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HOA Damaged Me, My HOA Suspended - Must I Pay Assessments? May 15, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL 

Kelly, when is it legal not to pay HOA dues/fees because an HOA is not fulfilling its duties? I've had emergency leaks and made...

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Four Pending Bills Would Badly Affect HOAs: Part 2 May 08, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

The Legislature is active this year regarding HOAs, and eight bills may significantly affect California associations. Last week’s...

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Already an Active Legislative Year For HOAs May 01, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

After a few quiet years for HOAs in Sacramento, California’s legislature is quite active this year with at least eight bills...

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The HOA Is Not Working With Me on Solar Apr 24, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Hi Kelly, I have been trying to get solar panels installed on my shared roof, which is maintained by the HOA. The CCRs state that the HOA...

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Solar for Our Whole HOA? Can Mine Be On a Common Area Roof? Apr 17, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Dear Kelly: We are a small HOA. We are debating going with community solar contract vs individual solar installation contracts and looking...

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How Does Somebody Become HOA Manager? Apr 11, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL 

Mr. Richardson: I really appreciate your HOA input and suggestions.

What are the legal qualifications and California requirements to...

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Seven Tips Before the Balcony Inspection Deadline Mar 29, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

On June 16, 2015, a fifth-floor balcony at a Berkeley apartment building collapsed, killing seven people, allegedly due to weakening by...

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Getting Board Meetings In Order Mar 26, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Unruly board meetings may be the most discouraging part of HOA living.  Mature homeowners avoid such meetings, managers fear such...

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Can One Person Destroy Our Meetings? Mar 19, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Kelly: Is there a way to limit comments/attendance at monthly board meetings?  We have a member who is constantly making harassing...

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Nine Myths Regarding Member Discipline Mar 12, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

One unpleasant but necessary aspect of board service is the imposing of discipline in response to unneighborly behavior by members. Here...

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President Imposes Additional Discipline. Can President Scream? Mar 05, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Dear Kelly: I had a hearing regarding a rules violation. I thought it was unfair and asked for an internal dispute resolution...

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Reader Questions- HOAs Have Election Questions Feb 26, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL


Good afternoon Kelly. No one on our HOA board has been elected and they all remain on by default year after year. We never meet quorum. I...

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