Articles

Thirteen Things I Wish All HOA Directors Knew May 19, 2024

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq., CCAL, HOA Homefront Column

[Readers: Five consecutive installments will address boards, homeowners, managers, vendors, and HOA lawyers.]

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Is It Our Manager Or Is It Us? May 06, 2024

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL, HOA Homefront Column

Many associations struggle with a poor manager relationship, resulting in frustration for both sides.  However,...

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If I Were the HOA President Nov 20, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL, HOA Homefront Column

[Dear Readers:  David Brock, owner of a Pasadena management firm, sent me this. His perspective as a highly...

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Time May Be Short for YOUR HOA’s Budget Report Nov 13, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

This time of year is often budget season for HOAs and their managers and can be hectic. Most HOAs follow fiscal years that are also their...

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Reader Questions: Who’s the Boss - Manager or Board? Oct 30, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq., CCAL

Mr. Richardson: I am president of an HOA with management whose performance has been lackluster. Lackluster is characterized by little to...

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Reader Questions: Who Watches the Managers? Oct 23, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq., CCAL 

Hello Mr Richardson: What entity oversees/regulates HOA management companies in California?
Thank You, C.W., Santa Barbara

Kelly:...

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BREAKING NEWS: A Win for Community Association Governance; Reduced Quorum for Adjourned Annual Meetings Oct 05, 2023

Governor Newsom Signs Assembly Bill 1458 (Ta) Providing a Path for Community Associations to Achieve Quorum Necessary to Elect Directors 

By Matt D. Ober, Esq.,...

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Breaking News: Virtual Meetings Are Now A Reality Sep 25, 2023

Governor Signs Assembly Bill 648 (Valencia/Lowenthal) - Meetings solely by Teleconference

By Matt D. Ober, Esq., CCAL 

California law has finally caught up with...

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Should We Hire a Member? Jul 02, 2023

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. 

Hi Kelly: Three of the members of our HOA board are employed directly or through service contracts with the master community company....

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9 Tips for Nailing the Process of Hiring Your Next Condo/HOA Manager May 31, 2023

This article first appeared in HOAleader.com. Kelly Richardson, Esq., CCAL, is a regular contributor to help inform community associations. 

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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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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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