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  • What Can Possibly Happen in a Small HOA? February 22, 2017
    I have had a lot of calls lately from owners in, and directors of, small associations. I mean 10 or fewer units. One would think everyone could just get along, right? Well, we don’t always get what we want, and in any size HOA, but especially the smaller ones, one bad apple can spoil the […]
  • An HOA Lawyer Who Tells It Like It Is. February 17, 2017
    Those dang Attorneys – Sometime they are sooooooooo frustrating! I am a lawyer. I don’t be around the bush I tell it like it is. In my extensive 30+ year as an HOA lawyer, I have found that even if the news isn’t great, or what a client necessarily wants to hear, at least it […]
  • MUST THE TENANT RATIO IN AN HOA BE DISCLOSED TO A LENDER? February 10, 2017
    Here is a question sent to me about disclosures when a sale occurs in an HOA. “Escrow Sales HOA Demand Requests. During one of the seminars at the CACM Convention, one of the speakers (an association manager from Northern California) suggested management companies should not provide information about a condo to the lenders.  In particular […]
  • WAR OR PEACE …or war or peace in your HOA-You Be The Judge February 8, 2017
    WAR AND PEACE E-newsletter circulated February 7. Well, I did it now. I sent out an E-newsletter this week entitled WAR OR PEACE, WHAT DO YOU WANT IN YOUR HOA?  And it triggered more feedback than any E-newsletter in the past year. Lots of comments, lots of interest, most actually on point for real messages […]
  • May an HOA Board Waive HOA Assessments? February 1, 2017
    Here are a couple of questions about waiving HOA Assessments – people wondering if it is legal for various reasons. Is it legal for our HOA to waive assessments for board members? Most Bylaws and/or CC&Rs in California provide that board members serve as volunteers. That is the California HOA model. Waiving assessments is no […]

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