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Reasonable Rules Aren’t Automatic Jul 18, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

One important board responsibility is to adopt and enforce community rules.  Developers provide CC&Rs and Bylaws (usually fairly...

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Does Your HOA Have All Five of the Required Rule Sets? Jul 10, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Operating rules are often called “house rules” or “rules and regulations” by associations in...

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Is there Double Jeopardy in HOAs, and Handling the Hateful? Jun 06, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Kelly: If HOA failed to send letter to homeowner within fifteen days as required by Civil Code 5855, may they simply ignore that and hold...

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Time Is Almost Up to Remove Illegal Rental Restriction May 16, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

The first version of Civil Code Section 4741, banning “unreasonable” rental restrictions, became law in 2021, and also...

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Reader Questions – CC&Rs Expired, and Ignored May 09, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Dear Mr. Richardson: I am looking into purchasing a property with 3 freestanding units and a small amount of common space used as a...

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Reader Questions - Who is Supposed to Care for it? Apr 04, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

Kelly, I’m in a dispute with my association. The doors facing the outside of my condo (original doors) have extensive dry-rot. I say...

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The Board Amending CC&Rs and Bylaws? Mar 21, 2022

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL 

CC&Rs and bylaws are governing documents that normally can only be amended by a vote of the HOA membership. However, there are...

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Reader Questions – Who Fixes Roofs and Pipes? Nov 29, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL 


Dear Kelly: Our condo roofs will need replacement soon and there are inadequate reserves.  The board had a membership vote on...

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Reader Questions: No Minutes; No Election; No Eligibility? Nov 15, 2021

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL 

Dr. Mr. Richardson: I’m concerned about my board no longer publishing minutes of their open meetings. I’ve asked for...

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2021 Legislative Update: New Laws for California Community Associations Oct 20, 2021

The 2021 legislative session was one of the most active legislative years impacting California community association law. Pressures of the California affordable housing...

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EMERGING FROM THE SHADOWS— LET THERE BE SOLAR Aug 16, 2021

ESTABLISHING POLICIES FOR SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM INSTALLATION REQUESTS

BY: MR. JONATHAN R. DAVIS, ESQ.

This article first appeared in CAI-GRIE, Connect Magazine: 2021-Issue 3....

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Reader Questions – Our CC&Rs Expired; Ours Has No Name! Feb 01, 2021


Kelly, do you have any information regarding the expiration of CC&Rs? I’ve heard 20 years from the time of the recorded filing of the CC&Rs. My subdivision...

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