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  • Does a Lack of Formality in an HOA Board Meeting Invalidate any Actions Taken by the Board? June 15, 2017
    Quick Question: If a board meeting is never called to order, are the actions voted on relevant? Quick Answer: A lack of formality does not automatically void out the business of the meeting. Expanded Answer:  The safest bet for any Board is to use decorum, some form of parliamentary procedure (there several simple guides on […]
  • Attaching Restrictions to HOA Lots or Units-Can It Be Done? June 15, 2017
    May a Board Create HOA or Condo CC&Rs? Or Add Restrictions to the Condos or Lots? Here is the question posed to me: “Our HOA is a voluntary neighborhood association in Los Angeles and has no CC&Rs. My understanding is that for the HOA to create CC&Rs, 100% of the affected homes would need to […]
  • How Do You Determine What is Common Area in an HOA or Condo Association? June 15, 2017
    How Do You Find Out What is Common Area in an HOA or Condo Association? A reader asks: “Where in the Civil Code can you find a definition for Common Area?” Well, there’s this definition in the Davis Stirling Act: “4095. “Common Area” (a) “Common area” means the entire common interest development except the separate interests […]
  • How to Protect the HOA or Condo Association from Liability for Alcohol Related Accidents June 15, 2017
    Alcohol Related Liability Here is the query sent to me: “Historically, we have never had an issue in this regard that became legal.  We know there’s a newish law out of Sacramento that states parties are not responsible for adults who may have a mishap after imbibing on our premises.    However, our current Board is […]
  • Are There Different Levels of Legality in HOAs? If So, How Does One Cope? June 5, 2017
    Are There Different Levels of Legality in HOAs? If So, How Does One Cope? There are different levels of legality, and unfortunately, too much overall acceptance of illegality and immorality in the leaders and persons with the most influence in this country.  This attitude filters down. We see this every day at the highest level […]

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