Articles

New Law Restricting Watering of HOA “Nonfunctional Turf” Feb 25, 2024

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

Dear Mr. Richardson: Can you address AB1572 which will have a huge effect financially on our HOA? B.W., San...

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Is My Dog Allowed? Feb 16, 2024

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

Dear Mr. Richardson: I am hoping you could help me with my HOA that’s trying to remove my daughter...

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Fair Housing Laws – Helping Those Who Need It Feb 12, 2024

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

California and federal law provide important protections for disabled persons. Morally and legally, doing what...

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Do Our Balconies Require Inspection? Feb 05, 2024

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

Kelly, I am on the board for our HOA, which is comprised of single family residences. Does the new balcony law...

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Assessment Increases - What If I Can’t Pay? Jan 28, 2024

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

Dear Kelly: Can HOAs increase the 20% for monthly dues plus add a 5% special assessment at the same time? P.M.,...

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Is HOA’s Corporate Status Current? Jan 22, 2024

By Kelly G. Richardson, Esq. CCAL

The law requires HOAs to keep their corporate status current, and failure can be disastrous.

Most California HOAs are set up as nonprofit...

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For and Against Virtual Meetings – Who Decides? Jan 14, 2024

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

Hi Kelly, I wanted to get further clarification regarding the new Civil Code Section 4926. My simple question, which...

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Are Unexplained Assessment Increases and Vague Agendas OK? Jan 08, 2024

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

Hi Kelly, we just received a notice two days ago that our HOA assessments will increase 10%. The new increase takes...

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New Year, New Laws! Jan 01, 2024

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

A number of new laws affecting California HOAs take effect in 2024. Here is a quick recap of what changes.

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Could Holiday Charity Include Your HOA? Dec 22, 2023

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

Regardless of one’s religious leanings, most agree that the holiday season is a time of generosity. Here are...

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Who Insures What in the Planned Development? Dec 18, 2023

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

Kelly: Can a Planned Unit Development purchase "Bare Walls" fire insurance for residences since the HOA does not own...

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A Dozen of Long-Term HOA Challenges Dec 11, 2023

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

Dear Readers: This marks the 700th “HOA Homefront” column since it debuted in 2005. At this...

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