Articles

The Misunderstood “Exclusive Use Common Area” Feb 20, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. 

The typical condominium project consists of three categories of property – the “separate interest” (normally called the...

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Reader Questions – HOAs Still Refusing to Meet in Person Feb 12, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Hi Kelly: It seems our HOA is hiding behind an over-used Covid excuse to hold their meetings virtually. Is there currently a requirement...

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Reader Questions – Delinquent, Special, and Emergency Assessments Feb 06, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Question: Is an HOA allowed to announce the names of owners who have not paid their dues? K.G., Inglewood

Dear K.G.: I generally recommend...

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Reader Questions – Can We Elect Directors by Acclamation? Jan 30, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL 

Dear Kelly: Our HOA has board elections coming up soon.  We have two vacancies, and two candidates who have formally applied to...

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New Year’s Resolutions of HOA Service Providers Jan 23, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

[This is the fourth and final installment of this series, which previously addressed directors, homeowners, and managers]

As the...

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HOA Managers’ New Year’s Resolutions Jan 16, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

[After previous columns proposing resolutions for directors and HOA members, here are ideas for managers. Next week - service providers]

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New Year Resolutions for HOA Members Jan 09, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

[Second article in a four-part series, with possible resolutions for the HOA owner.  Next week’s installment will suggest ideas...

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New Year Resolutions for HOA Directors Jan 03, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

When starting the new year with commitments to improve, maybe your HOA could also benefit. This four-part series proposes resolutions for...

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‘Twas the Night Before the HOA’s Christmas Dec 27, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq., CCAL

[Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore]

'Twas the night before Christmas, and throughout the community
Not a complaint was heard - there...

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Finding Peace In Your HOA Dec 18, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq.

The holiday season is upon us, and a traditional wish is for peace and goodwill.  Let’s not only extend this wish to family and...

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But We Can’t Afford It! Dec 10, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Homeownership entails dealing with occasional unanticipated expenses. Recently, I didn’t plan on a main water line breaking, but it...

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Reader Questions – Our Manager is Controlling Us, and What is “Four Days’” Notice Dec 05, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Hello Mr. Richardson,

I live in a relatively new development. Until a few months ago, the builder had control of the board.  We had...

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